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This Sunday: Seattle Folk Festival

December 6, 2010

This Sunday, December 12 from noon to 6pm with an evening show at 7:30, treat yourself to some good ol’ fashioned folk music at the Seattle Folk Festival at Town Hall.

Alela Diane

Alela Diane

This new event is the brainchild of Town Hall and Hearth Music (founded by our good friend and former Assistant Director of Programming, Devon Léger). Starting at noon, you can see some of the best in acoustic roots music all day long. Be sure to stick around for the evening show with Québécois trio, De Temps Antan and local rising star, Alela Diane & Wild Divine.

Tickets are $12 for the evening show ($15 at the door) or $22 for the whole day ($25 at the door). OR if you’re one of two lucky comment0rs, you can win yourself a pair! Just comment on this post by 2pm on Wednesday, December 8th and we will choose two people at random (and by random, I don’t mean that you should comment as many times as possible to try and stack the deck).

Comment and win, right here on the Northwest Folklife blog. Take it away, De Temps Antan:

Support Community Radio– Support KBCS!

October 12, 2010

KBCS 91.3 Community RadioThe KBCS 91.3 Community Radio pledge drive may have ended, but it’s never too late to show your support. At Northwest Folklife, we understand how important KBCS is to the Seattle community and we are proud to have the station as an official sponsor of the Northwest Folklife Festival. If you’re passionate about noncommercial, listener-supported radio, please donate!

Folk Inspired

August 16, 2010

Full Tilt Ice CreamNorthwest Folklife is proud to partner with Full Tilt Ice Cream this October and November to bring you a cool treat that’s sure to bring back the summer sun. Start brainstorming now because the details of this ice cream are up to you!

Send us your idea for Folklife’s 40th anniversary ice cream flavor and name by Friday, September 3, 2010.  Then, during the week of September 6th we will post the most popular suggestions on our blog for people to vote and pick a winner.

The winning folk-inspired ice cream flavor and name will be featured in all Full Tilt Ice Cream locations starting Saturday, October 9th at our Flavor Release Party. We’ll kick-off the event at the White Center Full Tilt location from 12- 2pm.

The Folklife ice cream will also be featured at an A Night for Folklife event at the Columbia City Full Tilt from 9-11 pm on Saturday, November 6, 2010. During this A Night for Folklife party people can come to celebrate Folklife, listen to live music and enjoy their tasty ice-cream! The Folklife flavored ice cream will stay in stores until November 16, 2010.

So why not head to one of the three Full Tilt locations and get inspired?

Here are the important dates to keep in mind:

–       Get your folk-inspired ice cream and name suggestion in by Friday, September 3, 2010.

–       Vote on your top pick the week of September 6-10th.

–       Join us at Full Tilt, White Center, for the Flavor Release party featuring music and ice cream on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 12-2 p.m.

–       A Night for Folklife benefit at the Colombia City location on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 9-11 p.m.

Full Tilt Logo

Stay tuned for exciting news yet to come about performers, flavors and all of your crazy name suggestions!

Support Folklife this Summer!

August 11, 2010
 Youth from Rainier Valley play with Artist Collaborative at Folklife 2010

Youth from Rainier Valley play with Artist Collaborative at Folklife 2010

In May of 1972, dedicated members of the Northwest community came together to create a small music and arts festival at Seattle Center.  Since then, Northwest Folklife has grown to become not only the largest free celebration of arts and culture in the United States, but a community tradition loved by all.

At Northwest Folklife, we believe that when people share their culture, music and heritage, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes and increase respect for our region’s diverse communities.  Our Festival and our organization aim to accomplish just that.

As we enter our 40th year of bringing the community together, we want to thank you for the part you play in our history, and our future.  This summer, we have launched a fundraising campaign to support our 40th anniversary Festival, and our year-round programming efforts like Family Days at the EMP, our Roots & Branches recording series, our Rhythm & Moves outreach program for underserved youth, and more.  We are almost halfway to our goal of raising $5,000 this month.  Please help us reach it by making a donation to Folklife! Click here.

If you enjoy the unique experiences and programs that Northwest Folklife offers, please consider giving a donation to our 2010 Summer Campaign.

Thank you for your support!

When they do the Double Dutch, that’s them dancing…

April 23, 2010

Jump roping in the streets!  Prizes!  Performances!  It’s all a part of the Family Fun Friday at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.  Bring your sneakers, bring the kids and get jumping.  Exhibitions by NW Double Dutch and OntheDouble (dutch).  And while you’re at it, be sure to check out some of the amazing films at the Festival, running through Sunday.

double dutching

Family Fun Friday
Friday, April 23 | 5:30pm
Central Cinema (21st and Union), Seattle | FREE!

Weekend Events Jan 8-10

January 7, 2010

Grand Hallway, Amateur Radio Operator plus Black Whales

ARO with Grand Hallway this Friday at the Tractor


Friday, January 8, 2010, 21+, 9:30pm
at Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA

Don’t miss Amateur Radio Operator and Grand Hallways at the Tractor Tavern for a night of haunting vocals and lush rock sounds. We are thrilled to have Amateur Radio Operator’s song “The Wind (Dead Soldiers)” featured on our Roots & Branches, v.1. Purchase your copy now: Roots & Branches

The Raggedy Anns with Red Dress and Let’s Get Lost
Friday, January 8, 2010, 9:30pm/$7
at The Sunset, Seattle, WA

Don’t miss the hot, swinging rock of the Raggedy Anns!

Water Tower Bucket Boys, Purty Mouth plus Tumbledown
Saturday, January 9 2010, 21+, 9pm
at El Corazon, Seattle, WA

It’s a night of hard hitting bluegrass, so kick up yer heels and get ready for the Water Tower Bucket Boys and Purty Mouth at Seattle’s hard rock club. El Corazon will be hoppin’ with this line up! Catch the Water Tower Bucket Boys hot and sizzling performance of “Train on the Island” on the 2008 Folklife Festival Compilation: 2008 Folklife Compilation

Clinton plays this Saturday.

Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band
Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9:00 PM
at Nectar Lounge

A living legend amongst reggae musicians and fans, Clinton Fearon has packed out the Mural Amphitheatre at past Folklife Festivals.  We were able to capture Clinton’s performance last year of “Feel The Spirit” on Roots & Branches, v.1.  Don’t miss the chance to see the Clinton and the Boogie Brown Band light up Fremont.

PDX Beats: Portland Old-Time Gathering, Jan 13-17

January 5, 2010

(Folklife’s Asst. Director of Programs, Devon Leger, is filling in for Cary Clarke this week on PDX Beats)

It’s no secret that Portland, Oregon is the epicenter of a thriving revival of Southern old-time music in the United States.  Led by pioneering old-time band Foghorn Stringband, Portland has encouraged a homegrown DIY old-time music scene that encompasses frequent square dances, multigenerational old-time bands, and a trailblazing festival in the Portland Old-Time Gathering.

Poster for 2010 Portland Old-Time Gathering

Founded by Michael Ismerio, a young fiddler and square dance caller (check out his website; it’s got lots of tunes to listen to!), the annual gathering started as a bar concert and house party at Michael’s home and has grown to an event that brings over a thousand musicians and dancers from all over the US to Portland’s Norse Hall.  For three days from Friday-Sunday (Wed, Thurs and Mon events are held elsewhere), this large building is filled completely with music and dance.  The two ballrooms sell out quickly, concerts and workshops are packed, and every square inch and corner of the building is filled up with impromptu jam sessions.  In the past few years I’ve been attending this event I’ve jammed in the bathroom, the kitchen, closets, hallways, anywhere I could find place to sit or stand.

As a festival, Portland’s Old-Time Gathering is part of a new generation of folk festivals that emphasize community engagement and participation first and foremost.  Bands come from all over but are chosen by committee and the emphasis of the festival is decidedly independent and DIY.  Seattle enjoyed a similar festival recently with December’s Dare to be Square and other cities are following suit. The second annual Olympia Old-Time Music Festival will be held in February this year, for example.

Square Dancing at the Gathering

We encourage you to take a trip down to Portland to check out this one-of-a-kind event.  It’s a golden opportunity to hear some of today’s best old-time musicians in an informal setting.

Here are some videos from past gatherings to give you a feel for the event.

Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), Michael Ismerio (guitar), Curtis Alsobrook (banjo) at the 2009 Gathering

Hot jam at a Gathering after-party

Bill Martin, caller and webmaster for Bubbaguitar

Keep up with Portland’s trailblazing old-time scene at BUBBAGUITAR, local caller and organizer Bill Martin’s website.

And check out this great documentary (excellent interviews!) on Portland’s square dance scene from Seattle photographer Doug Plummer.