Archive for the ‘Event’ category

One Night Only Membership Deal!

November 4, 2010

We mentioned yesterday that we’re partnering with the Grand Illusion Cinema as a part of A Night for Folklife to offer a special joint membership to:  Friends of Folklife AND the Grand Illusion Cinema for the reduced rate of  only $65. What a great way to support two of Seattle’s most beloved arts organizations! We’ll be offering this joint membership rate tonight only.  Come see the classic Coal Miner’s Daughter at 6:30 or 9:30 and get in on this deal. Here are the member benefits you’ll enjoy:

Northwest Folklife:

  • Official guide mailed to you in early May prior to the Festival
  • Copy of the latest Roots & Branches: Live from the 2010 Festival CD
  • Newsletter subscription
  • Two Friend of Folklife buttons
  • 10% discount at the Folklife Festival store, and a 15% discount for store

Grand Illusion Cinema:

  • Receive all Grand Illusion Cinema calendars and mailings
  • Reduced admission for films at The Grand Illusion Cinema
  • Invitations to member-only parties, screenings and events

See you tonight! Don’t forget to wear your best rhinestone-studded western shirt…

Coal Miner’s Daughter: Tomorrow Night

November 3, 2010

I have never seen Coal Miner’s Daughter. I love Loretta Lynn, so I’m psyched to watch the movie for the first time tomorrow night at the Grand Illusion in the U-District as a part of our A Night for Folklife event series. The fact that a portion of the proceeds from the night go to support Northwest Folklife just sweetens the deal that much more. The added fact that in a special membership offer, you can join both Friends of Folklife AND the Grand Illusion Cinema for the reduced rate of $65, is almost enough for me to camp out in front of the theater to ensure I get in.

Here’s the trailer:

Clearly, this movie has it all: Sissy Spacek in an Academy Award-winning performance, a rags-to-riches storyline, great music and rhinestones. Lots and lots of rhinestones. Also, did you know that Loretta Lynn got her start right here in the Northwest? If you make it out to the show tomorrow night, we will tell you all about it!

Coal Miner’s Daughter at Grand Illusion Cinema

Thursday, November 4 | 6:30pm and 9:30pm

$12,  Seating is limited, so buy tickets early!

Take it away, Loretta:

CD Release Party Pictures

October 26, 2010


Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss

The Raggedy AnnsNoah Gundersen & the Courage

Noah Gundersen & the Courage

Noah Gundersen & the Courage

Noah Gundersen & the Courage

CD Release Party Tomorrow Night!

October 23, 2010

Sunday evenings are usually filled with tasks to prep for the upcoming week. But why do laundry when you can listen to great musicians, sip a microbrew and purchase a copy of Roots & Branches v. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival three weeks before it goes on sale to the general public? The question practically answers itself.

Noah Gundersen

Noah Gundersen

During the week, you had a chance to preview the artists performing tomorrow night. Local legends, Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss, start us off with some of the traditional bluegrass our Festival is known for. The Raggedy Anns take the stage next with a blend of gypsy pop and rock ‘n’ roll rolled into a see-it-to-believe-it live show. Wrapping up the evening is Noah Gundersen and the Courage bringing introspective lyrics and a musical style that makes Gundersen seem wise beyond his 21 years.

So come out to the Tractor Tavern tomorrow night at 7pm and hear some great music! Your laundry can wait.

Get your tickets here.

Featured Musicians: Noah Gundersen & The Courage

October 22, 2010

In case you need another reason to attend the CD Release Party, this Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Tractor Tavern, here it is: the pop folk music of  Noah Gundersen & the Courage.

While many young performers sing what they know, and a lot of  what they don’t, Noah Gundersen, his sister Abby, brother Ivan, and band mate Travis lay it all out there—in a honest and soulful manner.

Noah Gundersen & the Courage are a group of remarkably talented musicians who produce deep songs that come from a young and faithful point-of-view while still remaining accesible to all-ages. Noah’s gravelly folk voice will stop you in your tracks as his sister, Abby, jams away on the violin and harmonizes with her soothing vocals. If this doesn’t sound cool enough, Noah Gundersen & The Courage has also been featured on network television (One Tree Hill).

Tickets are available for $8 online or at the door. Money raised at the show supports Northwest Folklife and the evenings’ artists. We’ll also be selling copies of Roots & Branches Vol. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival three weeks before you can buy it in stores and online. No joke.

So what the heck, come on down, listen to some truly amazing performers and enjoy your Sunday night!

Check out this song— it’s featured on the Roots & Branches Vol. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival CD:

Northwest Brews & Blues: Eric “2 Scoops” Moore

October 21, 2010

Tonight, head over to Hale’s Ales in Ballard/Fremont for Northwest Brews & Blues from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This evening’s performer, Eric “2 Scoops” Moore will bring an extra burst of blues back to Seattle. With Moore on Piano, this high energy show has an intoxicating blend of original and classic blues, jump swing and New Orleans-rooted tunes, that will make you want to boogie. The below video is a bit grainy but that’s just one more reason to check him out live, TONIGHT!

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to live music and enjoy local beer all while supporting Northwest Folklife.  Fifty percent of the proceeds raised from the sale of O’Briens Harvest Ale at Brews & Blues benefits Folklife.  Also, if you haven’t joined Friends of Folklife yet, new members can do so tonight for the very special 40th Festival rate of $40 for the year.  Join and we’ll give you a t-shirt AND a beer, compliments of Northwest Folklife!  Who can resist such a tempting deal?

If you can’t make it tonight, no worries there’s always next Thursday– that’s the beauty of Brews & Blues. Folklife hosts Northwest Brews & Blues every Thursday night in October from 6:30-8:30 p.m. So come listen to great local blues musicians and sip beer brewed on location at the Hale’s Brewery. The best part? You can support local culture and traditions while having a great night out!

And remember….

Tonight: Deseo Carmin @ Lucid

October 20, 2010

Deseo Carmin poster Tonight we will be at Lucid Jazz on the Ave to celebrate A Night for Folklife with Latin Flamenco Funk act, Deseo Carmin. As with all A Night for Folklife events, proceeds will go toward production of the upcoming 40th annual Northwest Folklife Festival. So, put on your dancing shoes and meet us there!

Deseo Carmin can’t really be described as “traditional” Latin music. While the roots are definitely based in Flamenco guitar, the presentation is wholly unique. “Latin Flamenco Funk” is an apt description, but to get a true interpretation of their sound, you will just have to come see for yourself.

Here is a clip of Deseo Carmin performing “Moliendo Cafe” for the Seattle Channel:

Special thanks to Deseo Carmin and Lucid Jazz for supporting Folklife and helping us keep the music going all year long!