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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.

Just Dance!

November 11, 2010

photo by Debbie Fant

Are you looking forward to contra dancing in the Roadhouse at the Northwest Folklife Festival with childlike anticipation? Is your closet bursting with twirly skirts and dance belts? Are you routinely searching eBay for new folk dance costumes? Do the words “fragrance free” mean anything to you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have a weekend packed with enough dance events to wear out a brand new pair of shoes. Let’s go down the list, shall we?


Friday Night Contra at Phinney Ridge @ Phinney Neighborhood Center

Calling by Mike Richardson and Luther Black, music from the Folklife Night Out Band

7:30-10pm (7pm beginner ‘s workshop), $8/$7 for SFS and PNA members

English Country Dance @ The Swedish Cultural Center

Calling by Laura Me Smith and Russell Owen, music by Julie King, Dave Bartley, Karen Iglitzin and Betsey Cooper

Seattle Balkan Dancers

Seattle Balkan Dancers at the Russian Cultural Center

8-11pm, Donations welcome

Balkan Dance @ The Russian Cultural Center

Music by Stanley, Christos & Kip, Radost Folk Ensemble and Orkestar RTW

Starts at 8pm, $15

Vancouver Country Dance @ St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave. at Trutch St., Vancouver, BC)

Calling by Ray Polhemus, music by Out of the Wood: Kathy Bowman and Pat and Vickie Marron

8pm-11pm (Introductory session at 7:45pm), $12 (Children free)


Dance for Joy! @ SouthDance for Joy Lake Union Armory

Click here for a full schedule of the day’s dances, musicians and callers

11am-8pm, $10 for 1 section, $20 for 3 sections, $35 for the whole day (funds raised for both Northwest Folklife and Dancing til Dusk)

Open Band Contra Dance @ Gift of Grace Lutheran Church

Calling by Mike Richardson, music led by bandleader, Steve Trampe

Potluck at 5pm, Dancing 6pm-8:30pm, $5 Suggested Donation


For more information on these dances or other A Night for Folklife events, see our website. Many thanks to the party hosts for all their hard work and to the venues who have been so generous to let us use their space.

See you on the dance floor!

Singalong at T.S. McHugh’s

November 9, 2010

This Veterans Day, Nov. 11, join us after work at 6 p.m. at T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in lower Queen Anne to eat, drink, sing and be merry!

At this singalong, bring your loudest voice and best instruments because no musical style is off-limits. Who knows, we may start with Balkan or sea chanteys then end with show tunes or Pete Seger songs—the playlist is up to you!

Also, anyone is encouraged to lead a song. If there’s something that suits your fancy, don’t hesitate to take the lead and bring the lyrics—you will have a whole chorus to sing with you.

While at T.S. McHugh’s Pub and Restaurant, eat some grub and try the wide range of beers on tap because 10% of the sales for the day come back to Folklife to benefit the production of the 2011 Festival.

So show up in a suit and tie or in your overalls–anyone is welcome.

For other upcoming A Night for Folklife events, look here.

A Night for Folklife Revs Up

November 8, 2010

Get ready to rock as we roll into the holiday season!

With November already here and December just around the corner,  several things come to mind: turkey (duh), black Friday, Starbucks’s red holiday cups, an unusually snowy winter, and my personal favorite, A Night for Folklife events.

Put your party hats on because these next few weeks Northwest Folklife’s  fundraising event line-up delivers great entertainment sure to put you in a merry mood!

Join us and the various communities we work with to celebrate the cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest in a fun and festive atmosphere. From Balkan and square dancing to house parties and live concerts at local venues, our friends have pooled together to produce Folklife fundraisers  truly representative of the Northwest and our organization.

Some of these fundraisers consist of a ticketed event, a ‘pass the hat’, or a suggested donation but ALL events help benefit the production of the 40th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2011.

Also at A Night for Folklife events, we are selling memberships to our Friends of Folklife program. Don’t miss out on the special  rate of $40 in honor of our 40th Festival, this May*.  By becoming a member you receive several benefits including a Festival t-shirt, the latest copy of the Roots & Branches CD and a Festival store discount.

Wondering when and where all these events are? Check them out right here!

* New members only.

Tomorrow Night: Ravenna Woods & The Horde and The Harem

November 5, 2010

What’s your Saturday night shaping up to look like?  If it’s anything like mine, you’re already anticipating tasty ice cream, thirst quenching beer AND an amazing (FREE) live concert at Full Tilt Ice Cream in Columbia City.

Tomorrow night, at 9PM join Northwest Folklife and Full Tilt Ice Cream as they  present two truly spectacular local bands that are sure to knock your socks off!

The evening starts with The Horde and The Harem at  9 PM  followed by Ravenna Woods at 10 PM.  Both of these bands are on the rise, so take advantage of tomorrow night and check them out…I know I will!

Here’s a sneak peak:

Also, not only can you enjoy a  great concert but by endulging in the Clusters of Folk ice cream, you’re also helping to support the production of the 2011 Northwest Folklife Festival, May 27-30, 2011.  10% of the Clusters of Folk ice cream sales come back to Folklife.  Hurry because the special run of Clusters of Folk ends November 16!

To further sweeten the deal  (as if you neede another reason to attend),  Full Tilt recently won best ice cream shop in Western Washington.  If you don’t believe me, try it tomorrow night and you’ll experience first hand how they received the honor!

See you all there!