Total Experience Gospel Choir, image courtesy of Pamela Eaton-Ford.

Friday Festival Highlights

Total Experience Gospel Choir, image courtesy of Pamela Eaton-Ford.

Kick off the 2013 Festival right with these great showcases! Of course, there’s a lot more to see. Tell us what you’re most excited about on our Facebook page! See our full Friday schedule at

– 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.

– 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.

– 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.

– 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 why not get out on the floor?
Friday, May 24th from 8:00-10:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.


What to See at Folklife #44: New Communities

Every year new artists, bands, cultural groups, food vendors, craft merchants, and dancers join the Festival lineup. Let’s take a moment to welcome a few of this year’s new communities!

Fin Records: 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

Hollow Earth Radio: Hollow Earth has been part of the Festival for a few years now, but this is the first year that they have put together their own showcase!
Sunday May 26, 2013 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Vera Project/Gallery.

Jack-A-Napes Comedy Show: This is the first year Folklife will host a comedy showcase! In the past year there’s been a real growth in the level of talent as well as following of Seattle’s stand-up comedy scene. Evan Morrison, a local comic and coordinator, has curated his own weekly open mic called Jack-A-Napes at Conor Byrne.  He performs stand up regularly and represents this new school of comics gaining momentum in this town. He is also a huge advocate for others that share the stage with him and is quickly building a community unto itself. Other comedians performing are Albert Kirchner, Sean Murphy Yogi Paliwal, and Brett Hamil.
Saturday May 25, 2013 8:30pm – 10:00pm at the Center Theatre.

Passages and Peninsulas of Southeast Asia: Welcome Huong Viet Performing Arts GroupMelody InstituteApsara Ensemble, and all the other great performers in this new showcase!
Sunday May 26, 2013 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Bagley Wright Theatre.

Forró Dance: This new show featured the music of En Canto, a group dedicated to the preservation of Forro music. Forro is from northeastern Brasil and is a mix of baiao and latin grooves. The Seattle based sextet will bring you to Brasil!
Monday May 27, 2013 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Armory Stage.

Voices of Vashon Island: 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.  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.
Sunday May 26, 2013 1:00pm – 3:30pm on the Alki Court Stage.

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.

Su Truman & the 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.

Scottish Country Dance: Enjoy dancing to the wonderful, rich dance music of Scotland and have fun learning some simple dances that are done all over the world. Saturday May 25, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm on the Armory Stage.

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What to See at Folklife #135: Fin Records Showcase

(Special thanks to guest blogger Christine Geronimo from Fin Records! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival schedule. Full schedule is live on our website beginning May 1, or you can get an exclusive look at our Pre-Festival Party on April 26.)

Fin Records is an independent record label based in Ballard. Most record labels specialize in a specific kind of music or certain types of artists. Not at Fin Records. What our artists have in common is a commitment to the independence of their expression.

We’re really just interested in treating artists with respect, being transparent with them in the business dealings, and giving them complete creative control. So, if we like the music, we’ll put it out there for the world to hear. We also take pride in our commitment to high-quality packaging and work with every artist closely in designing each project.

Almost one year ago, Fin Records hosted the first in a series of four themed musical events for the Next 50 celebration. It was an experiment in combining a panel discussion about music with performances by emergent Northwest artists. Kelli Faryar, Programs Director of Northwest Folklife, was a panelist for our Acoustic music event. We later connected about another potential collaboration, which turned into the Fin Records showcase and panel at this year’s Folklife Festival.

As Events Manager of a young local label, I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this Northwest tradition. It is extremely exciting to be a part of one of the largest free folk festivals in the nation. Four bands will be representing Fin Records: Lures, Low Hums, Davidson Hart Kingsbery, and Red Jacket Mine. Our showcase takes place on Friday, May 24 from 6-9pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage, so we’d love to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook!

Christine Geronimo
Events Manager – Fin Records