Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 45th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 27-30, 2016, at Seattle Center.
If you or your group is based in the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana, this is a great opportunity to share your music and traditions!
The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest community-powered arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.
Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 5,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to hip-hop. We presented dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India. We believe everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.
Click these links to be redirected to our online applications:
If you need a paper version of our performer application, please email us at programming at nwfolklife.org.
Interested in how we select bands and performance groups? Click here to read our Programming FAQ.
Still have questions? Email our programming team now.
We’re counting down the days to our first annual Winter Fireside Party this Saturday, January 25th at the Vera Project. We’ll have a limited number of tickets available at the door so if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, order your tickets now:
Still planning your day? Click here to view the schedule for the day!
You can also purchase tickets for the Northwest Fiddle Tour! Start off the day at the Vera Project and then head up to the Phinney Neighborhood Center to experience a whole day of fiddlers. Between the two events, you will have the chance to hear a wide array of many of the best players of all different styles and backgrounds in the Northwest! Save money and get a discounted combined ticket to both events.
Northwest Fiddle Showcase
Winter Fireside Party, Vera Project – Seattle Center Grounds, 4pm
One of the highlights of Northwest Folklife’s Winter Fireside Party will be a Northwest Fiddle Showcase, an excited and fast-paced show of both up-and-coming new fiddlers and some pillars of Northwest Fiddle traditions. The show will feature fiddlers of various different styles including Bluegrass, Mexican music of the Tierra Caliente, Cajun twin fiddling and more. We’ll be featuring some of the hottest young fiddlers in the Seattle scene such as The Onlies, a band of teenage traditional music superstars, as well as some of the most celebrated and experienced tradition bearers, such as Vivian and Phil Williams, who have been documenting and performing Northwest fiddle music since the 1950s. Paul Anastasio, Karen England and Jim Newberry, and Ben Hunter (of Renegade Stringband) will also perform to create this cross-generational fiddle extravaganza. Please join us on January 25, 2014 at the Vera Project on the Seattle Center grounds for the Winter Fireside Party starting at 2pm with the Fiddle Showcase at 4pm.
Seattle Folklore Society’s Fiddler’s Showcase Concert
Seattle Folklore Society, Phinney Neighborhood Center – 6532 Phinney Ave N, 7:30 pm
The Seattle Folklore Society presents an evening with some of the finest traditional fiddlers in the Pacific Northwest on January 25th at 7:30 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Featured Fiddlers are: Jeff Anderson – Norwegian American; Paul Anastasio – Tierra Caliente and Western Swing; Gary Lee Moore – Oklahoma/Texas; Jamie Fox – Metis/Northern Plains; Ramon Selby – Old Time Northwestern/Western Swing; Hank Bradley – Southern string band. Hosted by Stuart Williams.
Get your tickets now for the Northwest Fiddle Tour:http://folklifefiresidefundraiser.bpt.me
We’re counting down the days until our Winter Fireside Party; a benefit for Northwest Folklife on January 25, 2014 at the Vera Project on Seattle Center grounds. We’ll be featuring some of your favorite Northwest performers on three stages! Doors open at 1:30PM, programming starts at 2PM…and will continue until 11:00PM.
Let the excitement begin…
Main Stage – Featuring Square Dancing, Northwest Fiddle Showcase and Full Bands
2:00pm – Square Dancing with The Onlies and Caller Gabe Strand
4:00pm – The Northwest Fiddle Showcase at 4pm highlights a varied line-up of some of the best fiddlers in the Northwest such as Phil & Vivian Williams, Ben Hunter (of Renegade Stringband), Karen England & Jim Newberry, The Onlies, and Paul Anastasio.
5:45pm Jason Dodson & Kevin Barrans of The Maldives
Gallery Stage – Special acoustic performances in the Vera Gallery include:
And don’t miss the Folklife Fireside Tent presented by KEXP: a cozy, outdoor heated and fire-lit space for jams and conversation with musicians:
2:15pm Phil and Vivian Williams
3:15pm Swing Jam with Paul Anastasio
4:15pm Les Pamplemousses
5:45pm Old Time Fiddle Jam with Tony Mates
6:45pm Blues Jam and Q+A with Orville Johnson
7:45pm Cajun Jam with Whozyamama
9:00pm Balkan Jam with Marchette DuBois
(Food and drink available in the venue.)
Already have plans on January 25th? Consider making a donation of $25 or more to Folklife and support the largest community supported Festival in the nation.
OUTSTANDING LINE-UP planned for KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural
KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural returns in August with four nights of live concerts featuring some of the region’s best indie music, along with some noted national artists, free-of-charge, starting at 5:30 p.m., Fridays, Aug. 2 – 23, at Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center.
Now in its 6th year, the Friday evening concerts continue the KEXP and Seattle Center tradition of starting the summer weekends off with a blast of engaging, all-ages culture.
The 2013 Line-up:
Friday, Aug. 2 – No Depression Night
Friday, Aug. 9
Friday, Aug. 16
Friday, Aug. 23 – Decibel Festival Night
KEXP and Seattle Center share a commitment to innovative and culturally diverse programming. The outdoors concert series offers a blend of musical styles for Seattle Center neighbors, downtown workers, music lovers and families. Seattle Center contributes the concert space, sound, lighting, and technical and event expertise. KEXP provides the “music that matters.”
Seating for Concerts at the Mural is on a first-come basis. Folding chairs and blankets are allowed. Large coolers/ice chest, umbrellas, pets, video, and audio recorders are not allowed. A beer garden begins at 5 p.m. for people 21 years of age and older with a valid ID, and fresh foods will be available on-site. In addition, Seattle Center Armory food merchants will be open for food and drink.
Support for KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural is provided by Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, Vulcan, Inc.– A Paul G. Allen Company, Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Clif Bar, Hotel Max, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, 4Culture, and the City of Seattle.
About Seattle Center
Seattle Center serves as an extraordinary arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, offer nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.
Northwest Folklife opens the final day of the 2013 Festival with a special Memorial Day Ceremony on the Mural Stage. Please join us! Then continue to celebrate our Northwest traditions—and honor our history!
See full schedule at our website.
– Memorial Day Flag Ceremony: Celebrating Memorial Day, the Flag Raising Ceremony will include words from Northwest Folklife, the Seattle Police Department Color Guard, the West Seattle Cub Scout Pack 828, and music from Calum McKinnon &the Northwest Scottish Fiddlers, with bagpiper Jori Chisholm.
Monday, May 27 at 11:00am at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.”
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(Tune into KEXP this morning at 9:30 to hear Shelby Earl live on the Morning Show with John Richards!)
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.
Some of the best names in roots music (and gospel!) will be hitting the stage during the Indie Roots American Standard Time Show, hosted by KEXP’s Roadhouse radio host Greg Vandy: The Slide Brothers, The Sumner Brothers, Crow Quill Night Owls and The Sojourners! The show takes place Monday, May 27th on the Fisher Green Stage, from 4:00-7:00pm.
Tune in tonight (Wednesday, April 24) to hear The Sumner Brothers live on Greg’s show, The Roadhouse, on 90.3FM in the Seattle area.
Then come see The Sumner Brothers, Country Lips, and Ole Tinder on Friday, April 26 at the Pre-Festival Party at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard!
Country Lips and Ole Tinder will join Ganges River Band and Annie Ford Band at the Festival on Sunday, May 26th on the Fountain Lawn Stage from 6:30 – 9:00 PM as part of the Giddy Up! Country Roots Showcase.