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We’re so thankful for Levi’s ears.

March 31, 2011

Homemade Goods

Pioneer of the Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly, Levi Fuller, has been sharing the music he loves since 2005. And not only has he been sharing the music – he’s been documenting it – with homemade compilation CDs, complete with screen-printed artwork.

Levi Fuller

Levi says he started Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly with “the idea of shedding light on and creating a document of some of the wonderful music that was being made all around me, much of which without any fanfare, press, or radio play”. With a new compilation released every three months and a live show to support each release, Levi has built a strong force of musicians and supporters alike – this May will be the release of Ball of Wax, Volume 24! (Levi is currently accepting submissions for Ball of Wax, Volume 24 until April 11th).

Folklife will be teaming up with Ball of Wax to introduce our newest stage, Indie Roots at the Folklife Pre-Fest Party on April 22nd at the Columbia City Theater. Ball of Wax bands, Led to Sea and Corespondents will be joined by the Crow Quill Night Owls and Mighty Ghosts for a night of celebration, good music and friends. Get your tickets here!

Don’t miss the Ball of Wax showcase at the upcoming Folklife Festival, May 29th from 12:00 – 3:00 PM on the Indie Roots Stage featuring Levi Fuller, Shenandoah Davis, Joshua Morrison, Sunday Evening Whiskey Club and Pickwick.

April 22, Columbia City Theater


This Satuday, Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 14, 2011

Marting Luther King Jr. Day falls this monday; however, if you want to pay tribute early, join us at Seattle Center on Saturday, January 15th, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, 1-3 PM.

This celebration commemorates the dream of Dr. King by promoting the principles of peace, unity and equality.  It also provides an opportunity for Seattle citizens to remember the dream and vision of MLK, and honors citizens who are energizing the MLK dream in their communities.

In addition, this year the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative will present the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Awards.  Through this partnership with Seattle Center, these awards were created to recognize the efforts of youth and youth-serving organizations to reduce and prevent youth violence in Seattle. 

See you there!

Re-Envision the Dream
Program Highlights

1:00        Human Harmony Children’s Choir – US National Anthem & Black National Anthem

1:10        Welcome by Robert Nellams

1:15        Mayor McGinn Welcome & Introduction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Awards Presentation

1:40        Dr. King Speech “Beyond Vietnam” by CD Forum

2:15        A Tribute to Billie Holiday featuring Stacie Calkins

Dance Your Way into 2011

December 27, 2010

Tango2011 is the year of the rabbit in Chinese calendars and the international year of forests and chemistry according to the United Nations (yes, this is true). But around the Northwest this is the “Year of Folklife. As many of you already know, we will be celebrating our 40th Festival this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30). Back in 1972, some folks gathered at Seattle Center and the tradition grew into the largest free community arts festival in the country!

We have several fun events planned for the new year and we will tell you all about them right here on the blog and at as well. The first on the list is a swing and waltz benefit at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall in Greenwood. Jodi Fleischman of Left Foot Boogie will DJ the event along with Zachariah Cassady of Waltz etcetera. Proceeds from this event will help us celebrate local arts and traditions and produce the annual Northwest Folklife Festival. We can’t think of a better way to kick off our 40th Festival year than by kicking up our heels at this dance benefit. We hope to see you there!

Check out the Left Foot Boogie website as the date approaches for more information. Special thanks to Sonny Newman for generously donating the use of the dance hall for this event.

Tis’ the Season for It’s A Wonderful Life

December 14, 2010

Looking for something special to rekindle your Holiday spirit?

Nothing lights that merry mood like watching Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life.  Don’t miss the FREE feature tonight at The Grand Illusion Cinema, at 8PM.

 The Grand Illusion Cinema has changed names, owners, and décor over the past 40 years, but one special thing has endured: an annual, holiday run of this heartwarming masterpiece. This year, Grand Illusion is proud to present the film in glorious 35mm for the 40th consecutive year!

Seating is limited so arrive early. If you can’t make tonight’s showing, still support our friends at Grand Illusion anytime between now and December 30, 2010 by catching one of the daily shows of It’s A Wonderful Life at 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

So go on, take a breath outside of  the holiday hubbub and remind yourself that “no man is a failure who has friends.”

Winter Craft Show This Weekend

December 3, 2010

From jewelry and journals to art and apparel, there’s a lot to see at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall this weekend during Urban Craft Uprising’s annual Winter Craft Fair.

This Saturday and Sunday (December 4 & 5) from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. check out some of the coolest crafters in the Northwest for FREE!

With over 120 vendors, hourly giveaways, free craft demonstrations, and a bunch of other awesome options, this is a great place to tackle your Holiday shopping (not to mention support local crafters). Plus, the first 100 people in line each day receive a swag bag—count me in!

 Stop by for a quick peak or peruse all afternoon; either way Northwest Folklife suggests you check out Seattle’s largest indie craft show.

Warm up your Saturday afternoon at Family Days!

November 19, 2010

WhozyamamaThe weather may have taken a turn for the worse, but you will be nice and toasty as you cut a rug to the sounds of Whozyamama. Tomorrow (Saturday, November 20), join Northwest Folklife at the Experience Music Project SkyChurch for our November Family Days. The event runs from 1pm-3pm and is completely free!

Nothing heats up a room like the sound of Cajun music and even if you have  never danced Zydeco before, you will get some basic instruction. Practice your new moves at Family Days and head into the museum (admission is $15, $12 for students, military, under 12 or over 65 and free for those under 4) to check out the exhibits.

If you want to get  ready for tomorrow, take a listen to Whozyamama:

Reel de Joie by Whozyamama

Thursday: Eddie’s Trackside Bar and Grill

November 16, 2010

Kellee Bradley

Take the opportunity this Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., to get out of the house and out of the city and join us for a benefit concert at Eddie’s Trackside Bar and Grill in Monroe, WA.

Wendy McDowell, owner of Eddie’s since 2006 and a long-time Folklife performer and participant, put together a killer line-up that will make those train tracks tremble.

For a $10-$20 suggested donation, attendees enjoy a great line-up of music, starting with Kellee Bradley and her son Connor at 8 p.m., followed by the Stillwater Hillbillies, Troupeau Acadien, Cool Water, and closing the night with The OM Crew.

Make an evening out of it by carpooling with friends and fellow folkies because you don’t want to miss this family friendly, all-ages event. For directions, click here.

Northwest Folklife staff will also be at Eddie’s to hear your “Northwest Story” (our cultural focus at this year’s Festival) between sets.  So if you have a special Folklife memory or want to tell us your favorite part about living in the Pacific Northwest, we’d love to hear it.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Tonight: Square Dance at Tractor Tavern

November 15, 2010

Put your cowboy boots on and get ready to do-si-do!

Tonight, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Subversive Square Dance present a foot stomping good time at Tractor Tavern, starting at 8pm.

Bring yourself and a partner (don’t worry a partner’s not required) and get ready to boot scoot and boogie with two great local bands and callers. Starting out the night is the Atlas Stringband with caller, Gabe Strand.  Following their performance is the Queen City Bulldogs with caller, Charmaine Slaven. 

Don’t know how to square dance? Neither do I.  Before each dance a short intro to the steps will be given and we can all follow along.  Also, the main responsibility of the caller is to ‘call out’ the steps during the dances, so it’s easy as 1-2-3.

Special thanks to Charmaine Slaven, Gabe Strand and the rest of the Subversive Square Dace Society for organizing this event.

See you tonight!

Admission $5



Tonight: Café Paloma and Emerald City Guitars

November 13, 2010

Amateur Radio Operators

Venture over to Pioneer Square tonight because A Night for Folklife has an awesome line-up and we don’t want you to miss out!

 ahem, drum roll please…

In a new and exciting collaboration, Emerald City Guitars hosts from 7-10 p.m. a collective concert featuring Amateur Radio Operator, Joseph Giant and Lincoln Barr of Red Jacket Mine.  Donations for this FREE concert are accepted and space is limited so click here to RSVP. Wine is also available through donations thanks to Folklifes’ own Kelli and John Faryar.

The music doesn’t stop there.  At 7:30 p.m. Café Paloma  presents musical performances by Hell’s Bellows, Sonerion, Devon & Dejah Leger, Nadia Tarnawsky and Yeni Ses.  Not only will you get to listen to great live music, but you can also indulge in delicious food too! Special thanks to the event organizers Sedat Uysal and Peter Lippman.

Too many fabulous options, right? That’s okay. Hit up one of these parties– or both! It’s Saturday night after all.

Tonight: Les Chats Creole

November 12, 2010

Laughing Ladies CafeWe are so grateful to our Folklife supporters who are hosting events as a part of A Night for Folklife. It is truly inspiring to have this many parties to choose from over the weekend and tonight’s concert at Laughing Ladies Cafe in Shoreline is no exception.

Cajun Zydeco band, Les Chats Creole will make a cold winter evening in Seattle feel like a hot Louisiana night. Add in the intimate coffee shop setting of Laughing Ladies and you have the recipe for a perfect event! It all gets going at 7:00 tonight.

Here’s a little preview of Les Chats Creole from Louisianathon to get you in the spirit:

So come visit Laughing Ladies in Shoreline tonight! Tara and I will be there representing Folklife and we would love to see you.