Posted tagged ‘Northwest Folklife’

Meet the Folklife Family

December 29, 2010

Since the New Year is just around the corner, we wanted to introduce you to one of our lovely ladies, who helps Folklife tick. Please welcome Christina Halverson, the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator! In her own words, here’s what she has to say about Northwest Folklife:

This spring, I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Northwest Folklife staff as the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator.  I grew up in Seattle and the Northwest Folklife Festival has been a part of my life since before I can remember. I’ve always had an interest in event planning, and started volunteering in the office a few years ago by helping out with administrative tasks in preparation for the Festival.

I’ve volunteered for Folklife because I believe exposure to other cultures, arts and traditions are vital to understanding one another and crucial in allowing us to live in such a diverse world.  After volunteering at Folklife for the Festival, I knew immediately I wanted to be more involved with the organization because they do just that: bring communities together.  Therefore, this past October I applied for the Fall Events Intern and started working with the Marketing and Development staff for A Night For Folklife events– a series of fall fundraisers that raise essential funds for the organization.

Now that my work as an intern is waning down, I’m already excited to join the staff in February to help produce the 40th Festival. Folklife has provided me with a plethora of knowledge and experience; I can’t wait to see what these next few months bring!

See you at the Festival,


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.

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.

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!

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