Back by popular demand! Northwest Folklife is honored and excited to share the 6th annual series of curated, family-friendly cultural arts performances on the Eastside at Crossroads Mall’s Market Stage in Bellevue (15600 NE 8th Street) on the third Saturday of every month from 1 PM to 3 PM at no-charge!
January 20 – Na Hilahila Boys
Na Hilahila Boys have been playing Hawaiian music in Seattle for 14 years. We do traditional Hawaiian music with Lap steel, 6 & 12 string guitars and ukuleles. Nothing newer than 50 years, some older than 200 years! We love the beautiful Hawaiian language and hope you all enjoy our performance.
February 17 – Troupeau
Classic Cajun, a little creole, and some tasty vintage country. Troupeau consist of Virginia Hand on accordion, Claudia Anastasio on the fiddle, Chris Russ on fiddle & vocals and Jerry Muhasky on the guitar & vocals. Together, this group creates dome twin fiddlin’ and honky tonkin’ Cajun dancehall music.
March 17 – Right As Rain
Folk, Bluegrass, Americana music – This 3 women front this Seattle based string band performing originals and covers with 3 part harmonies.
April 21 – Zaphara’s Middle Eastern Dancers & Friends!
A master instructor & entertainer in the Pacific Northwest, Zaphara is one of the few belly dancers in the US of Greek heritage. She has appeared in nightclubs and taught workshops throughout the Northwest and other US cities. During that time, she has appeared on local, Canadian, Japanese & National TV shows (ABC’s 20/20).
May 19 – Trio Guadalevín
Named for the ancient river and gorge that divides the city of Rhonda in Andalusia, Trio Guadalevín explores the deep roots that bind the Americas with Southern Europe, the Maghreb and West Africa – roots that stretch across the ocean and intermingle Indigenous, African, Arabic and European cultural expressions. Drawing on Mexican Son Jarocho and Huasteco, melodies sung in Zapotec, Spanish xácaras, Italian ciaccona, Andalusian song, Sephardic balladry and Moroccan shabia – Abel Rocha, August Denhard and Antonio Gómez interpret and often re-imagine a soundscape that draws on the many facets of identity that link Latin America and the Mediterranean.
June 16 – The Klez Katz
The Klez Katz are dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of the rich musical heritage of the Yiddish diaspora. Their repertoire encompasses freilach, bulgar, sher, terkishe, khosidl, theater music, folk songs and even the odd klezmer-influenced jazz tune, performed on tenor and soprano saxes, trombone, flute, keyboard, accordion, bass and vocals. Four fun-loving hard (and soft) blowing klezmer musicians comprise The Klez Katz, ready to set off a musical fireworks show right you right now!
July 21 – Batucada Yemanjá
Seattle’s Batucada Yemanjá performs samba batucada, partido alto, samba de roda, forró and chorinho. The group sings in Portuguese and performs “musica molida” with our órgano oriental. Batucada Yemanjá has been performing since 1978 at Northwest events such as Bumbershoot, the Northwest Folklife Festival, Brasilfest and on stage with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Please, join the fun, the sounds of Brazil and Cuba are totally danceable and engaging!
August 18 – Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin
Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin is a nonprofit youth dance group: Our dancers work on teamwork, leadership skills, public speaking, community exposure/awareness, while enjoying dancing! We strive to inspire healthy, happy, purposeful children and teens. We are committed to influencing our next generation in community service, higher education, love for tradition and positive values.
September 15 – Soyaya
Ghanaian-born Mohammed Shaibu leads my African band Soyaya, with virtuoso acoustic guitar, dynamic talking drums and endearing vocals. The name Soyaya means love and affection in their native language of Hausa in West Africa. The music of Soyaya is a combination of Palmwine and Highlife, is the indigenous rhythm and blues.
October 20 – Urvasi Dance Ensemble
Urvasi Dance Ensemble specializes in a rare form of Classical Indian Dance, legacy of the adiguru Pankaj Charan Das, son of a temple dancer in Odisha, India. Urvasi has performed to acclaim in India, home of the dance, several times, and will be doing 15 performances in December 2017. The home of this ensemble is the state of Washington, and according to the foremost dance scholar in India, Dr. Sunil Kothari, “Odissi is more important than any other classical dance only in the states of Odisha, India, and Washington, USA.”
November 17 – Mariachi Huenachi
Mariachi Huenachi is a nationally recognized Award Winning Mariachi Music Program. Mariachi Huenachi is the advanced mariachi class at Wenatchee High School, part of the Golden Apple Award winning Wenatchee School District’s Mariachi Music Program that has recently made national headlines being featured on FOX, ABC Networks, and on the CBS Evening News. The group performs annually at dozens of festivals, government, and community events in and out of State. Past performances include: Seahawks, Mariners, Washington State University, Northwest Folklife Festival, EMP, and for Latino Legislature Day. It is no wonder Mariachi Huenachi has earned a reputation as the best high school mariachi in the State of Washington.
December 15 – Strikes A Bell
Strikes A Bell sings familiar and catchy sea chanteys and maritime songs guaranteed to get the audience joining in on the chorus. The crew muster list includes Laura Bassett, Jean Geiger, David Kessler, Wayne Palsson, David Perasso, Dan Roberts, Steve Whinihan, and Mary Wilson.