Share Your Opinion about the Opportunity to Dance Tax

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We here at Folklife are passionate about our communities. From music, to storytelling, to dance, each of these communities and the artists that reside there provide the stuff from which our Festival is made: the songs, the stories, the dance, the movement.

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involves the knowing, and where possible, the growing, of those communities. It also involves using our ability to draw attention to issues faced by a particular community.

Today, this means drawing your attention to the Dance Tax that is affecting many in our Social Dance communities. Social Dancing accounts for a significant part of our dance programming and this issue directly affects many of the dancers you would dance alongside of at the Festival.

For more information about the Dance Tax and how it will play out today in Olympia, please go here:


Upcoming Bluegrass Shows at Nectar Lounge


2.16 Saturday

POLECAT w/ Buzz Brump, Kate Lynne Logan
$7adv / $10dos, 8pm, 21+




2.20 Wednesday – Wintergrass and Nectar Present:
Pickled Okra, Barleywine Revue, The Howdy Boys, Blueberry Hill
$5 adv / $8 dos, 6pm doors, 7pm showtime, 21+
Tickets available at: Dusty Strings & Nectar Lounge


2.22 Friday
$7 adv / $10 dos, 8pm, 21+





3.5 Tuesday
KaraokeGrass!!! Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER7pm Doors7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!21+


3.21 Thursday
HENHOUSE PROWLERS w/ Warren G Hardings, Pickled Okra
$7adv / $10dos8pm21+


3.29 Friday
Renegade StringbandWeatherside Whiskey Band, The Creak, w/ special guests TBA
$6 adv / $8 dos, 8pm, 21+


4.3 Wednesday (Americana/Folk Rock)
THE MATINEEThe Foghorns, Judd Lewis and the Loose Cannons
$5 adv / $8 dos, 8pm, 21+


4.9 Tuesday and every 2nd Tuesday…
KaraokeGrass!!! Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER7pm Doors7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!21+


4.11 Thursday
POOR MAN’S WHISKEY performs DARK SIDE OF THE MOONSHINE w/ very special guests TBA
$12 adv / $15 dos, 8pm doors, 21+


4.26 Friday (Americana / Rock)
Heels To The HardwoodThe Big Medicine, w/ special guests TBA
$7 adv / $10 dos, 8pm doors, 21+

Your Question Answered: Getting a 2013 Folklife Guide & Schedule

Nancy’s question is a good one for all you planners:

When will the online 2013 Festival guide be available?

Here are the important dates to get on your calendar:

  • A complete PDF, ready to print at home, AND our online tool with a customizable schedule will be online the first week of May.
  • You can swing by our offices in Seattle Center to pick up a copy, and look for other distribution locations (like libraries) on our website, beginning May 15.
  • The printed souvenir Festival guide will be available as an insert in home editions of the Seattle Times on Thursday, May 23.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

New Community Calendar

We are excited to have as part of our newly refreshed website a Community Calendar. Members of the public are encouraged to post their public events to share with the Folklife community. Performances, workshops, dances, storytelling hours and other arts events are welcome.

We’ll use this as a resource when we send out our monthly eNews, and will share this calendar with other partner websites, like the Seattle Office of Film & Music.

See our full Community Calendar here!

Please note that as of now, we are unable to accommodate recurring events; they must be entered individually. Please allow up to 2 business days for us to review and approve your submission.
Having trouble? Please email us and we’ll try to help!

Your Question Answered: Performer Application Decisions

Here’s a question many people are sure to be pondering these days.

Christine asks:

For those who applied to be performers in 2013, when will decisions be announced?

All applicants will be notified by late March by our programming department. For those who have been accepted to perform at the Festival, there is a period of scheduling back-and-forth before the final lineup in announced online in early May.

Wondering why a group was or was not programming this year? Find answers in our handy programming FAQ!

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

Spend Your Valentine’s Day the Folklife Way–with Crankies!

This just in, and I couldn’t wait to share! The Crankies will also be part of the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. Stay tuned for more details!



Feb 14, 2013 7:30 PM $ 15.00

Northwest Puppet Center (View)
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States


For the first time, Seattle audiences have the chance to enjoy an evening dedicated to the unique folk art of Crankies!  These hand-crafted scrolls are mounted in boxes and stories unroll as it cranks along.  One night only featuring the talents of:

Anna and Elizabeth
Sue Truman
Skye Richendrfer
Dejah Léger

All the way from Southwest Virginia, Anna and Elizabeth are widely renowned for their traditional Appalachian music which they combine with storytelling, shadow puppetry and scrolling illustrations.  Elizabeth LaPrelle is an acclaimed banjo player and ballad singer appearing at festivals and concerts around the nation and has recorded three CDs.  Anna Roberts-Gevalt plays fiddle, banjo and guitar.  She has studied with master musicians throughout Appalachia, including the late, great master of Kentucky fiddling Paul David Smith.

Sue Truman, a well-known performer in Cape Breton/Scottish Circles, has been fiddling and stepdancing for 30 years.  She has a life-long passion for quilting.  All roads came together when she discovered crankies.  Her crankies are hand-stitched from felt and tartan telling Scottish tales of seagulls, whisky and sheep!

Skye Richendrfer, a pillar of the Scottish piping community, piped with the Simon Fraser Pipe Band in the 1980s, taking 1st place in the North American competition and 2nd place in the world competition.  He is the founder of The Celtic Arts Foundation and brings his deep knowledge of all the Scottish to his piping and storytelling.

Dejah Léger is a traditional musician and artist.  Using paper-cutting techniques and drawing from a background of both folk art and contemporary graphic design, she creates crankies for traditional French-Canadian and Americana songs.  She has performed her crankies at Festival du Bois (Canada) and in Port Townsend, and will be a featured artist on MusicBox Project’s Americana Women series.

Your Question Answered: Performing at the Festival

BOAT: photo by Piper Hanson

This question from Brendan is one we get all the time. He writes:

So..How does one person or band get booked at the Festival?

Northwest Folklife is a celebration of how traditions and cultural arts are kept alive in the Northwest. So, first of all, a band or performer must be based in the Northwest to perform at the Festival. Each year we have an online (or hard-copy, if you prefer) application for all prospective performers, bands, dancers, and storytellers. Once the application is filled out and submitted, we evaluate performers based on submitted samples, whether or not the group has performed in the Festival recently (we sometimes need to rotate performers in and out of the lineup to give everyone a chance to participate), and other scheduling factors.

The application goes live on September 1, and the deadline is December 15. If you are interested in performing at the 2014 Festival, I’d suggest you sign up for our eNews or like us on Facebook to be alerted to when the application goes up. You are still welcome to participate in the 2013 Festival as a busker, or by joining in one of our dances or singalongs.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

Your Question Answered: Last Year’s Schedule

Here’s a straightforward question that came in from Emily:

“I’ve never attended Folklife. Can I see a schedule from a past year?”

Why yes, you can Emily! We are working on putting up an archived version of the 2012 Festival website, but meanwhile you can take a look at the souvenir Festival guide online here, or you can download your own copy here.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

Do you want to be an extra in a Head & the Heart concert scene?

You are in luck! This just in from the filmmakers behind the project:

Greetings to all fans of The Head and the Heart, St. Kilda, Seattle Films, and FREE SHOWS!

The Head and the Heart and St. Kilda will be featured for a concert scene in LUCKY THEM, a new film from Seattle’s own Megan Griffiths. It’s about a 40-year-old rock journalist who is given an assignment to track down her ex-boyfriend, a former rock icon who disappeared mysteriously ten years earlier.  What we need is to fill this concert scene with a bunch of extras to make it look like awesome local show. The demographic should feel like regular concert going ladies and gents and that means YOU.

We can’t offer any financial compensation for your time, but it’s gonna be a free concert and you get to be on film, which you can totally brag about to all your friends! The scene scheduled to be shot on Wednesday February 6, at a Belltown venue in Seattle and we would need people to commit to a full day of being on set. (Typically 7am-6 pm.) Parking and food will be provided.  So come on out, have a good time, see a FREE SHOW, and BE IN A MOVIE!

If interested, please send an email with the subject line ” SHOW EXTRA” to with info (name, phone #, email, and a recent pic) and we will add you to our list and keep you updated with more detailed information as the date draws closer. Friends are welcome–we definitely want the “concert” to feel well-attended! 🙂



Bands on the Big Screen

We are super excited to partner with Team Up For Nonprofits to present this great night of local talent!

On January 31st, Team Up for Nonprofits presents “Bands on the Big Screen” a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife dedicated to showcasing the talents of five local filmmakers working with local music.

Directors Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg will present music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Allen Stone, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole and many more.   The 90 minute screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with the directors.

Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00

$15.00 for all seats (no discounts)


SIFF Cinema Uptown

Team Up for Nonprofits –

Northwest Folklife –



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