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World Dance Party

Tell us how you are going to participate on our Facebook page! See full schedule at our website.

English Country Dance: Downton Abbey comes to Folklife! Channel your favorite Jane Austin character…no corsets required!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-2:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

Hey, Hendrix—Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Local musicians pay homage to one of the Northwest’s favorite sons. Jimi Hendrix took the blues to a place it had never been before, but the roots of that music were always an important element. This showcase honors the music of Hendrix as well as the important musicians that came before him. Presented in partnership with the EMP, whose “I Hear My Train A-Coming” exhibit is currently on display. Sponsored by the Washington Blues Society.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm in the EMP Sky Church.

World Dance Party: This popular community event has taken place all over Seattle, and it is a natural addition to Folklife—after all, the World Dance Party embodies all of what makes Folklife great: people of all ages, young and old, from all ethnicities, coming together to dance and feel good! Be a part of the movement.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Armory.

Team Up for Non-Profits Showcase: *New!* We are delighted to welcome aboard Team Up for their first year as co-presenters of Indie Roots artists. In partnership with Artist Home (producers of the Doe Bay fest) and with sponsorship by BECU, Team Up has curated a showcase of the best up-and-coming indie bands of the Northwest. Don’t know them yet? You will. Featuring Shelby Earl, Song Sparrow Research, Bradford Loomis and St. Paul de Vence.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by the Wizard of Oz: If you haven’t experienced the latest trend in musical folk art, check out this showcase to enjoy the pages of L. Frank Baum’s novel brought to life with glorious original music. But don’t expect Judy Garland impersonations—we said original music!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Folklife Café.

Sleeping in Seattle: A Bed Making Contest: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Think you know bed making? Let the housekeeping union show you how it’s done. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Saturday, May 25 at 2:00pm in the Olympic Room.

The Arab Show: This tour of the Middle East with eclectic music and dance. Groups Fathia and Les Troubadour play French Arabic music, and House of Tarab revive the vintage classics of Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Duo Maurice Rouman plays the oud with Waseem Sbait on darbuka. And experience the traditional Arab dabke folk dance, presented here with Lebanese and Palestinian variations.
Saturday, May 25 from 3:00-6:00 at the International Dance Stage in the Ex Hall.

Balkan Misfits Show: Sometimes it’s the old favorites that keep ‘em coming back! If you’ve never checked out this beloved showcase, make this the year. Experience the bad boys of Balkan brass, including Erev Rav, Bucharest Drinking Team, Orkestar Zirkonium and Chervona.
Saturday, May 25 from 6:00-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

The Soul of Seattle: Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme (recently seen rocking Bumbershoot stages), join Soul Senate, Kissing Potion, The Braxmatics and Little Big Band for this popular dance party that both closes out and brings to a climax Saturday’s programming. Sponsored by Seattle Pipeline.
Saturday, May 25 from 7:00-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

The Joy Mills Band

What to See at Folklife #429: The Emerald City Songwriters Circles

The Joy Mills Band

(Thanks Wes Weddell for this guest post! See the full schedule of workshops and participatory jams at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.)

For the fifth consecutive year now, Folklife will offer the opportunity for anyone at the Festival to share an original song with listeners and fellow songwriters in the Emerald City Songwriter Circles.  The circles have become a celebration of originality, creativity, and the regional songwriting scene.

The guidelines are simple:

-Anyone is welcome to join the circle and share an original song when it is his/her turn.  Listeners welcome too!

-Choose a song of 5 minutes or less to share.

-Please listen actively and avoid playing along unless you are specifically asked by the song-sharer.

Come by the Shaw Room Saturday or Sunday (5:00-7:00pm) to contribute a song or join in the listening.  Hosts Wes Weddell, Nancy K. Dillon, Tai Shan, Steve Wacker, Carolyn Cruso, and Mark Iler, and Joy Mills will be on-hand to offer gentle guidance if necessary.  Hope to see you there!

 

Image courtesy Wes Weddell

Emerald City Songwriter Circles

Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26

5:00-7:00pm

Shaw Room (Acoustic Stage)

Seattle singer/songwriter Wes Weddell has released five CDs over the past decade, his latest a collection of demos from his involvement with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle (with whom he will also be performing at the festival).  He founded and runs Puget’s Sound Productions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating community live-music spaces.

Cami Lundeen

What to See at Folklife #309: The First-Ever Vashon Island Showcase

Cami Lundeen

Northwest Folklife is thrilled to present, for the first time, a Festival showcase dedicated to sharing the talented musicians of Vashon Island. “Voices of Vashon Island,” coordinated in partnership with Pete Welch, takes place Sunday, May 26 from 1:00-3:30pm on the Alki Court Stage, and features artists Gregg Curry, Cami Lundeen, Kiki Means, and Allison Shirk.

“Vashon Island is just a short 15 minute ferry ride from Seattle–a very short distance, but a million miles away in terms of the hustle and bustle of the city,” says Welch. “It’s home to hundreds of amazing musicians that entertain our community on a regular basis.  There are several music venues on the Island and they are always filled with musicians playing every genre of music imaginable.  The kind folks at Folklife have given us a wonderful opportunity to bring a few of our musicians to this year’s event.  We’re hoping that the music of Vashon will be well received so that we can build on this opportunity and bring even more music in the years to come.”

The 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival takes place this May 24-27 in Seattle Center. The full schedule with information about the 800 different acts participating can be found at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.

About the Vashon Artists:

Gregg Curry’s songs dig deep into the roots of American music, blending folk, country, rock, soul, blues, bluegrass and gospel to create his original sound. Website: http://www.greggcurry.com

Cami Lundeen’s sultry vocal, evocative style, and introspective lyrics are shared through catchy, memorable melodies. Her stage presence is real with a raw, relatable quality. Website: http://www.camilundeen.com

Kiki Means has been singing her whole life, and has been performing for many years. Her repertoire includes covers of all types of music and original songs.

Allison Shirk has a distinctive voice with a slightly southern accent. She plays guitar and bass and her songs take life experience and weave stories to which people can connect. Website: http://www.vashonevents.com

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Join Us for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival

You are invited to the greatest show of talent in the Northwest! Be part of the 42nd Northwest Folklife Festival this May 24-27 in Seattle Center. Enjoy and participate in your traditions! And experience other cultures by listening to their music, trying out their dances, and hearing their stories. And it’s all FREE.

The 42nd Festival features a special focus on stories and personal histories from the workplace, in a multimedia program called Washington Works. Come hear the folklore of the labor movement, and stories of how jobs have changed over the years, through movies, storytelling, and historical presentations.

Here’s a few other highlights to look forward to:
-A Latin Dance Party with live dance bands!
-A new showcase focusing on traditional dance and music of Asia
-The return of the hugely popular Bollywood Showcase!
-Crowd-favorites Balkan Misfits Party and Monday night Reggae show
-The Tractor Tavern’s Urban Square Dance for beginners and expert dancers
-Indie Roots music across all our stages

We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee a great time with fantastic entertainment, food, family activities, shopping, beer gardens, and more.

This year we are pleased to feature artwork by Drew Christie and web design by Shaun Swick.

Look for the full schedule on our website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.
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Hawaiian showcase, photo by Ben Shaevitz

28 Great Things to See at Folklife This Year

Don’t be overwhelmed! Here’s just a few of the many great things in this year’s schedule. Leave a comment and tell us what you’re looking forward to! See the full schedule at www.nwfolklife.org/festival. 

28 THINGS TO SEE AT FOLKLIFE THIS YEAR 

FRIDAY

Hawaiian showcase, photo by Ben Shaevitz

Groove Train: *New!* Kick off the first night of the festival dancing under the stars with Luc and the Lovingtons, Unite One, Wet City Rockers, Gravity Kings and the Jefferson Rose Band. These groups are sure to move your body and soul.
Friday, May 24 from 7:00-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheater.

Fin Records Showcase: *New!* Folklife is thrilled to have Ballard’s Fin Records on board to host Indie Roots artists this year. The lineup of exciting local roots acts includes The Lures, Davidson Hart Kingsberry, Low Hums and Red Jacket Mine. Sponsored by BECU.
Friday, May 24th from 6:00-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage
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Friday Night Gospel Celebration: Be thankful for this great local gospel music, featuring Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir and the Mt. Calvary COGIC Praise Team.
Friday, May 24th from 7:00-9:00pm in the Bagley Wright Theatre.

Bollywood Show: We are bringing back one of the most popular shows of the 2012 Festival! Get ready to feel the rhythms of India. Sponsored by NW Asian Weekly.
Friday, May 24th from 7:00-8:30pm at the International Dance Stage at the Ex Hall.

Cajun Roadhouse: Experience a little bit of the South in the great Northwest! The evening kicks off with Louisiana Dance Lessons, so there’s no excuse not to get out on the floor.
Friday, May 24th from 8:00-10:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

High School Swing Dance: This impressive lineup of young musicians includes the award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Band and the Eckstein Middle School Sr. Jazz Band.
Friday, May 24th from 3:45-6:00pm on the Armory Stage.

 

 

SATURDAY

Hey, Hendrix—Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Local musicians pay homage to one of the Northwest’s favorite sons. Jimi Hendrix took the blues to a place it had never been before, but the roots of that music were always an important element. This showcase honors the music of Hendrix as well as the important musicians that came before him. Presented in partnership with the EMP, whose “I Hear My Train A-Coming” exhibit is currently on display. Sponsored by the Washington Blues Society.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00PM in the EMP Sky Church.

The Soul of Seattle: Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme (recently seen rocking Bumbershoot stages), join Soul Senate, Kissing Potion, The Braxmatics and Little Big Band for this popular dance party that both closes out and brings to a climax Saturday’s programming.
Saturday, May 25 from 7:00-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

Balkan Misfits Show: Sometimes it’s the old favorites that keep ‘em coming back! If you’ve never checked out this beloved showcase, make this the year. Experience the bad boys of Balkan brass, including Erev Rav, Bucharest Drinking Team, Orkestar Zirkonium and Chervona.
Saturday, May 25 from 6:00-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

English Country Dance: Downton Abbey comes to Folklife! Channel your favorite Jane Austin character…no corsets required!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-2:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

Team Up for Non-Profits Showcase: *New!* We are delighted to welcome aboard Team Up for their first year as co-presenters of Indie Roots artists. In partnership with Artist Home (producers of the Doe Bay fest) and with sponsorship by BECU, Team Up has curated a showcase of the best up-and-coming indie bands of the Northwest. Don’t know them yet? You will. Featuring Shelby Earl, Song Sparrow Research, Bradford Loomis and St. Paul de Vence.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by the Wizard of Oz: If you haven’t experienced the latest trend in musical folk art, check out this showcase to enjoy the pages of L. Frank Baum’s novel brought to life with glorious original music. But don’t expect Judy Garland impersonations—we said original music!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Folklife Café.

World Dance Party: This popular community event has taken place all over Seattle, and it is a natural addition to Folklife—after all, the World Dance Party embodies all of what makes Folklife great: people of all ages, young and old, from all ethnicities, coming together to dance and feel good! Be a part of the movement.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Armory.

The Arab Show: This tour of the Middle East with eclectic music and dance. Groups Fathia and Les Troubadour play French Arabic music, and House of Tarab revive the vintage classics of Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Duo Maurice Rouman plays the oud with Waseem Sbait on darbuka. And experience the traditional Arab dabke folk dance, presented here with Lebanese and Palestinian variations.
Saturday, May 25 from 3:00-6:00 at the International Dance Stage in the Ex Hall.

Sleeping in Seattle: A Bed Making Contest: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Think you know bed making? Let the housekeeping union show you how it’s done. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Saturday, May 25 at 2:00pm in the Olympic Room.

 

 

SUNDAY

206Zulu Jam featuring Junior Breakdance Competition and Hip-Hop Showcase: See youth from local b-boy/b-girl classes showcase their dancing in a one-on-one competition. Featuring danceable music for everyone by DJ Cues & DJ Zeta Barber, with special guest performance by artist Fleeta Partee. All b-boys & b-girls are invited to come support the next generation of dancers & participate in open circles!
Sunday, May 26 from 3:00-6:00pm at The VERA Project.

Gaelic Crankie Show: Artist and musician Su Truman revives and reinterprets a beloved Appalachian tradition. Half movie, half handmade folk art, crankies are animated drawings and papercuts on cloth “reels,” hand-cranked for movement, and presented with traditional Gaelic music accompaniment. Sounds amazing, right?
Sunday, May 26 from 3:00-4:00pm, Center House Theatre.

You Can’t Fake Fresh—Northwest Live-Band Hip Hop: *New!* The name says it all! Featuring Global Heat, The Sharp Five, Eastern Sunz and Irukandji Physics of Fusion.
Sunday, May 26 from 7:00-10:00pm in the EMP Sky Church.

Giddy Up! Country Roots: *New!* Bring your spurs and whiskey to the Indie Roots Giddy Up showcase featuring the best of local country: Country Lips, Ganges River Band, Annie Ford Band and Ole Tinder. Yee-haw! Sponsored by BECU.
Sunday, May 26 from 6:30-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

Country Swing Dance: I dare you to not join in after feeling the energy of this swingin’ cowboy soiree, back by popular demand after a long hiatus from the Folklife roster of dances.
Sunday, May 26 from 1:00-3:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

Rockabilly Round-Up: We’re bringing back the rockabilly and vintage country styles of the 50s to sweeten your Sunday afternoon. Join The Roy Kay Trio, The Black Crabs and The Honky Tonk Sweethearts for the Rockabilly Round-Up. Don’t forget your bowling shirt and dancin’ creepers!
Sunday, May 26 from 1:00–3:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

Puget Sound Rosies: Riveting History: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Join us for a fascinating panel discussion with some of the women who went to work in Washington shipyards during WWII. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Sunday, May 26 at 2:00pm in the Olympic Room.

Vamos!: A Latin Dance Party *New!* Save some energy on Sunday to join the rhythms of The Cumbieros, Cambalache, and SuperSones. That’s not enough? Parade in with VamoLá! Brazilian Drum & Dance Ensemble!

Sunday, May 26 from 6:45-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheater.

 

 

MONDAY

Memorial Day Flag Ceremony: Celebrating Memorial Day, the Flag Raising Ceremony will include words from Northwest Folklife, the West Seattle Cub Scout Pack 828, and music from the Northwest Scottish Fiddlers.
Monday, May 27 at 11:00am at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

American Standard Time Showcase: Some of the best names in roots music (and a little bit of gospel!) will hit the stage during this Indie Roots showcase, brought to you by BECU, and hosted by KEXP’s Roadhouse radio presenter Greg Vandy. The lineup includes The Sojourners, The Sumner Brothers, Crow Quill Night Owls and The Slide Brothers. Sponsored by alt-country authority No Depression.
Monday, May 27 from 3:30-6:10pm on the KBCS Fisher Green Stage.

Kindiependent: Get ready to rock your onesie socks off! This wildly popular show is supposedly for youngsters, but don’t be surprised to see some in-the-know hipsters there too. Featuring the musical stylings of Harmonica Pocket, The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs, and (new this year!) Cat Doorman. Sponsored by ParentMap.
Monday, May 27 from 11:00am-2:30pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

IWW Little Red Songbook: Enflaming the Fans of Discontent: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Help us wind up the weekend with a soul-stirring sing-a-long from the Industrial Workers of the World’s Little Red Songbook. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Monday, May 27 from 5:00-6:00pm at the Narrative Stage at SIFF Cinema.

Ver(A)rt Gallery Closing Reception: Toast the young artists who contributed to this weekend’s gallery show “When Your Work Speaks for Itself, Don’t Interrupt: Perspectives on Working.”
Monday, May 27 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Ver(A)rt Gallery.

Photo by Susan Slapin

Take a Musical Adventure with Carolyn Cruso

(Thanks to Carolyn for this guest post! You can read more about all our performers at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.)

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Photo by Susan Slapin

From performing in Europe amongst musicians, jugglers, comedians, one-man bands, mimes, and contortionists, to traveling the circus like Renaissance Fair circuit, to recording and co-producing with Billy Oskay (founding member of the Windham Hill recording and touring ensemble Nightnoise and producer of many Windham Hill, Narada and Green Linnet recording projects), Carolyn Cruso has led a musically adventurous life. She has traveled the world moving audiences with her expressive voice, flute, guitar and hammered dulcimer talents.

This multi-instrumentalist moves gracefully between the various instruments she plays, taking you on a magical journey of storytelling, instrumental music and lyrical song. “With her sensational talent, variety of musical styles and instruments, and fascinating anecdotes, she gave the audience an unforgettable evening of wonderful music,” says Jerene Weitman, from the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY.  Her show is a combination of instrumental and singer/songwriter pieces, drawing material from most  of her eight albums including her most recent singer/songwriter release “Have You Ever,” which features fourteen songs spanning folk, pop, jazz and alt. country styles. Carolyn tours both regionally and nationally.  She’s shared stages with and opened for a variety of artists such as Peter Mayer, Tom May, Pierce Pettis, Jim Page, and Randal Bays.

Photo by Susan Slapin

A master of the hammered dulcimer, Carolyn is an innovator.  She pushes the boundaries of the traditional approach while honoring the original spirit. Her style is improvisational, lyrical and percussive.  She uses effects like bending notes and playing two notes with one hammer. She incorporates the independent hand technique of percussionists as well. “Through her hands the instrument became a living organism of beauty” says Charlie Vervalin of the Black Rose Acoustic Society.  Her lyrics, spanning from poetic to narrative, explore love, loss and regeneration.  She masterfully lays these over an intricate finger picking guitar style and open tunings, which allow her to find the rich voicing in the chords she hears. The Eugene weekly calls her music, “Intricate musical poetry…fine guitar work.”  Cruso’s show like her music is timeless and transportive in nature.  At present she is working on a Retrospective recording of the early years (1989-1995).

See Carolyn Cruso at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Sunday, May 26 at the Folklife Cafe stage at 12:55. 

www.carolyncruso.com

“Boundless highlights both Carolyn’s fluid playing style and the broad knowledge of Celtic music she brings to her compositions.  A gorgeous listen throughout!”
~Sing Out! Magazine

 “For the adventurous listener…Cruso’s voice has the ability to go from folk to jazz to late night and sultry blues without advertising the change…a lot more going on here than folk…a very fluid album”
~Frank Gutch, Folk Acoustic Music Exchange

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Take a chance on The Chance Brothers Band

(Thanks to Rob Witte for this guest blog! You can see the complete list of 2013 Festival performers at our website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) 

The Chance Brothers Band’s story begins with The Outriders, a critically acclaimed country/cowboy band that performed in several iterations until 2008. Bruce and Rob were both original members of the band.  The Outriders played a lot and grew and released a CD in 2004 that met with critical success.  The Outrider sound was largely defined by the three part harmonies of Tony Reed, Bruce Coe, and Rob Witte and Bruce’s stellar guitar playing.

In 2008, Tony died. Unfortunately, Bruce and Rob will not be singing harmony with Tony again in this life . . . and he is missed.  On the up side, Bruce and Rob hooked up again in June of 2011. It became clear pretty fast that the ole magic was still there. Both fellows can play bass and guitar. Both are at home on electric and acoustic instruments. Both can sing. Both are fanatic about “good balanced sound”.

In the purest form, The Chance Brothers Band is Bruce and Rob on acoustic guitars and upright bass. When the gig calls for something a little more lively, They contact their drummer and electrify. TCBB even plays with a 35 voice choir and a keyboardist when the occasion warrants it.

Take a chance on The Chance Brothers Band – you won’t be disappointed!

The Chance Brothers play Monday May 27, from 1:40pm – 2:10pm on the Alki Court Stage.

 

Photo courtesy Sue Isely

What to See at Folklife #274: A Hungarian Wedding

(Thanks to Sue Isely for this guest post! The full 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival schedule is now online and available for PDF download at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.)

Photo courtesy Sue Isely

The colorful costume pictured here will be worn by the bride in the Hungarian Showcase: A Turning-point in Village Life: the Hungarian Wedding. When Kathryn Isely, a member of Kisbetyárok,  visited a friend in Mezőkövesd, Hungary she fell in love with the traditional costumes in the town’s museum. As luck would have it, there was an elderly woman who still embroiders, sews, and pleates the costumes in the traditional style. The mother of Kathyrn’s friend made folk dolls and the elderly seamstress was her friend. Because of this connection, the lady offered to make an authentic costume for Kathryn and even used the last of the traditional material that she had. So this is a very special costume. The embroidery and knotted fringe are especially beautiful. The pleats are very tiny. She also has many rows of ribbon on the bottom of the skirt which indicate that she has much wealth!

Traditionally, the Mezőkövesd bride wore this colorful costume with an elaborate bridal headpiece, which we are having made by a local Hungarian lady. In more recent years, the bright colors have been replaced with white. Unfortunately, after our stage wedding, Kathryn will not be able to put on an authentic headpiece of a married lady. The elderly seamstress refused to let her have one…”not until you are married!” Kathryn will just have to return for one someday!

Music for this showcase will be provided by Kisbetyarok Hungarian Family Dance GroupForrás Hungarian Folk Band, and Zakuska.

Image from The Broken Circle Breakdown

Cinema Folklife–Music Movies to See at SIFF 2013

Image from The Broken Circle Breakdown

Our good friends at SIFF offer some truly tempting counter-programming during the Folklife Festival. Here’s a few movies we think are particularly interesting for the Folklife community…most of which don’t even conflict with coming to the Festival!

 

A Tribute to the Music of Muscle Shoals with Patterson and David Hood

Thursday, May 30
Triple Door: Doors 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (all-ages)

 

Muscle Shoals

May 29 & 30
In a small Alabama town called Muscle Shoals, legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett gathered to create music that would later inspire the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. Covering the history of this unlikely musical birthplace and the music that sprang from its soil.

 

The Broken Circle Breakdown

May 19 & 24
Set to a fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, tattooist Elise and America-obsessed cowboy Didier fall in love, only to later have their happiness tested when their daughter falls ill. Based on the play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels.

 

Harana

May 25 & 26
U.S.-based classical guitarist Florante Aguilar journeys back to his Filipino roots to search for the lost voices of harana, a traditional Filipino form of serenade. He gathers the three remaining master haranistas, bringing this fading culture back to life.

 

I Used to Be Darker

June 4 & 5
A quietly devastating, music-infused family drama that traces the unraveling of a marriage through casually loaded conversations, elegantly framed hangout sessions, and cathartic musical performances by real-life troubadours Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham.

 

The Otherside

May 31 & June 2
A documentary on Seattle’s underground hip-hop scene featuring interviews and concert footage taken from all over the U.S., Daniel Torok covers the triumphs, failures, and stereotypes of Seattle hip-hop artists.

 

Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You – A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

May 25 & 27
This simply and intimately shot concert film captures the emotions of sibling performers Martha and Rufus Wainwright as they pay tribute to their recently departed mother, beloved Canadian folk musician Kate McGarrigle.

 

Twenty Feet from Stardom

June 1 & 2
Twenty Feet from Stardom
 
follows several diverse and gifted backup singers living in the shadows of superstardom. Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness.

 

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The 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival schedule is now live on our website!

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What to See at Folklife #197: A Little Louisiana in the Great Northwest

(Thanks to guest blogger MaryLee Lykes for this post! You can see the full schedule for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival online at www.nwfolklife.org/festival beginning May 1.) 

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Cajun & Zydeco of the Pacific Northwesst

Seattle is home to strong and vibrant Cajun and Zydeco communities that regularly gather to dance, play music and celebrate Louisiana culture.

Cajun and Zydeco music and dance originated in Southwest Louisiana and are popular there still, in addition to having an enthusiastic following throughout the U.S.

Cajun was introduced to the Seattle area by Dewey Balfa while performing at Port Townsend’s Fiddle Tunes. Local musicians Dave Lang, Karen England and Mike Bristow heard Dewey and his band and fell in love with Cajun music, soon after forming our first area Cajun band, “How’s Bayou,”  in 1978. Today there are some eight Cajun bands playing throughout the Seattle Area.

Zydeco hit the Northwest scene around 1985 when Laura Taylor and Richard Smallwood and Living Traditions began teaching Zydeco dance and bringing Louisiana bands to Seattle. Seattle’s first local Zydeco band was “Captain Leroy & the Culture Pirates” (later “Captain Leroy & the Zydeco Locals”).

Opportunities abound in Seattle for participating in Cajun and Zydeco dance classes, dances, music jams. Many celebratory gatherings feature Louisiana music, dancing, and food.

Our community is excited to have 3 shows at Folklife 2013:
Friday Roadhouse 8:00-10:00pm with Whozyamama & Swamp Soul; Sunday Roadhouse 3:00-5:00pm with Troupeau Acadien & Folichon; Monday Armory 11:00am-1:00pm with New Iberians & Richard Allen and the Louisiana Experience. Mini Dance Lesson between sets in Zydeco & Cajun taught by MaryLee Lykes.

There will be a Zydeco dance workshop in Rainier Room on Saturday from 12:00-12:50pm taught by MaryLee Lykes.

This year we are pleased to also have a Cajun Jam Session on the Boeing Green on Saturday, May 25, 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

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Marylee Lykes is the owner/director of Lykes To Dance.

MaryLee began teaching dance in Seattle 17 years ago and hasn’t stopped since! Her dancing expertise includes: Swing, Waltz, Ballroom Foxtrot, One Step, Blues, Zydeco, Cajun, and Western Swing and Two Step.

MaryLee co-founded the Swing and Lindy Hop dance instruction organization Swing Girls with Hallie Kupperman in 1992, taught for Living Traditions, and founded her own dance instruction business, Lykes to Dance, in 1998. She teaches extensively on a local, national, and international level. She offers both group and individual instruction for those with or without dance partners.