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.

Rosies

What to See at Folklife #3: Washington Works

In honor of May Day, the globally recognized International Workers’ Day, today we are highlighting the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival’s Cultural Focus, or theme.

This year, Northwest Folklife is celebrating work. Washington Works is a multimedia program that features panel discussions, special presentations, demonstrations, film screenings, storytelling, sing-a-longs and more, all on the topic of working. The program is part of a year-long project that explores labor culture and history in the Northwest.

“Washington Works” is also the culminating event of MayWorks, an annual month-long celebration of workers’ culture and history first organized in 2012 by Washington’s labor movement. A full listing of MayWorks activities in the weeks leading up to the Festival can be found at http://www.facebook.com/mayworkswa.

For many of us, our work not only pays the bills, it gives meaning to our lives. Washington Works explores the ways people in our state make a living, with a special emphasis on union jobs.  This region has a long history of labor organizing, and Washington has one of the largest union workforces in the country.

Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to learn more about other people’s jobs through panels and presentations on the Narrative Stage at SIFF Cinema (sponsored by KUOW 94.9FM), at art exhibits in the Lopez Room, during demonstrations and storytelling sessions in the Olympic Room, and in the discussions and exchanges taking place throughout the weekend.

Josie Dunn and friend — two of Washington’s “Rosie the Riveters.” Photo courtesy of Washington Women in Trades.

Highlights of the schedule include a presentation by Seattle Public Librarians that features their favorite fiction and nonfiction works about labor on Friday, May 24 at 2pm; a bed-making contest with members of Unite Here 8 first showing us the way it’s done in the hotel industry on Saturday, May 26, at 2pm; a panel on Sunday, May 26 at 2pm, made up of some of Washington’s “Rosie the Riveters,” women who who stepped up to work traditionally male jobs such as shipbuilding during WWII; stories told by IBEW 77’s linemen about working in winter storms to get the electricity back on on Sunday, May 26 at 3:30 pm; an exhibit of the work of New Deal printmaker Richard V. Correll on display in the Lopez Room all weekend; and even stories from two local ministers and a rabbi about the “work” of being  a clergyman or woman on Monday, May 27 at 2:00 pm.

More details and a schedule of “Washington Works” programming can be found at http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/cultural-focus/2013-cultural-focus-washington-works/.

Folklife will continue the Washington Works program after the Festival concludes by collecting oral histories from union workers across the state and producing a series of video documentaries series about the project with filmmaker Doug Plummer.

Northwest Folklife is working with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington, and other labor history groups to present a variety of programs as part of “Washington Works.”

Northwest Folklife’s Debbie Fant Receives Archie Green Fellowship in Support of “Washington Works” Program

We are excited to announce that Northwest Folklife’s Deputy Director, Debbie Fant, has been awarded an Archie Green Fellowship by the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress! Fellowship funds will support the ongoing project “Washington Works,” a series of interviews with union workers throughout Washington state.

Working in cooperation with the Washington State Labor Council, Debbie will conduct approximately fifty interviews with a representative cross-section of Washington’s union workers, from farm workers to nurses, construction workers to teachers, bus drivers to machinists. The interviews will cover many topics: a description of a particular job, the way it’s done now with a comparison to the way the interviewee learned to do the work, tales connected with the kind of work being performed,  family dynasties in unions, uniforms or clothing, strikes, food on the job, jokes, and comeuppances.
The interviews will be used as the basis for video documentaries, radio programs, website enrichment, and public programming at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. Each interview will be deposited in the archives of the Library of Congress. In addition to augmenting the AFC’s collection of Washington state materials, copies will also be deposited at the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.
This fellowship comes at the perfect time for Northwest Folklife. We will be featuring occupational folklore as the Cultural Focus for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival! In recent years the Cultural Focus has also guided year-round programming. We look forward to presenting monthly programs that honor the culture and traditions of the region’s workers throughout 2013.
In the past, Debbie coordinated the Cultural Focus with groups such as Bulgarian immigrants (2010), urban Native American populations (2008), Arab groups (2006), and Horn of Africa communities (2004). She has had considerable fieldwork experience throughout her career, documenting the folk groups of Southwest Florida, traditional artists in Idaho, cowboy poets in Nevada, and musicians in Texas.
“Debbie’s folklore work has been recognized nationally and we are fortunate to have her work associated with Northwest Folklife,” says Executive Director Robert Townsend.  “The product of her efforts for this Fellowship will be an asset to our organization and of great benefit to the subjects, the collection at the Library of Congress and the public at large. It will also be something for supporters of Folklife to look forward to throughout the year and at the 2013 Festival.”
Other 2012 recipients of an Archie Green Fellowship include Hannah Harvester of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), folklorist Ellen McHale, Murl Riedel of the Kansas Humanities Council and writer/photographer Candacy Taylor.
The Archie Green Fellowship Program was created in 2009 to honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a pioneering folklorist who championed the establishment of the American Folklife Center. Green was a scholar and advocate for the documentation and analysis of the culture and traditions of American workers. The fellowships are intended to support new, original, independent field research into the culture and traditions of American workers and/or occupational groups.
The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to “preserve and present American Folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs and training. The center includes the American Folklife Center Archive of folk culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/folklife/.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website, www.loc.gov.
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