CROSSROADS CULTURAL ARTS SERIES
Back by popular demand! Northwest Folklife is honored and excited to share the 7th 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 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This event has no admission fee, and is accessible for all!
January 19 – En Canto
Brazilian Social Dance Band
A Seattle-based multi-ethnic, female-led six-piece formed in 2011, En Canto’s world pop music—a combination of forró, samba, and choro-inspired originals and reimagined covers of classic Brazilian hits. Playing primarily in North America venues, En Canto currently channels its fierce independence into challenging stereotypes while also helping audiences expand their comfort zones.
February 16 – Barleywine Revue
Red-Hot Tacoma Bluegrass
Tacoma-based band Barleywine Revue, formed in January 2010, writes and performs contemporary, relevant bluegrass and Americana music while paying homage to traditional bluegrass. Each member brings a unique blend of backgrounds and influences to writing songs, taking leads, and adding harmonies, keeping the band’s sound fresh and dynamic. In 2016 Barleywine Revue released its third CD, T-Town Hoedown. The members are Forest Beutel on banjo, Kevin Shintaku on bass, Kyle Kubler on mandolin, Julie Campbell on fiddle, and Gen Obata on guitar.
March 16 – Bunny Holiday and the Highball Boys
Vintage Swing and Blues
Bunny Holiday began assembling her crack team of swing musicians in 2013. All of them veterans of other area dance bands, the band came together with the goal of creating a new experience for dancers while recreating the sound of vintage swing bands. Led by their chanteuse Bunny Holiday, the group combines her silky voice with the warmth of accordion and string instruments to make an irresistible musical blend.
April 20 – Waterbound
Fierce Americana Celtic Roots
Waterbound is the Celtic/Roots duo of Steve Akerman (mostly mandolins) and Mimi Geibel (mostly autoharps). While seemingly Celtic, it’s without fiddles or pipes; a kaleidoscope of shimmering notes from an evening in Lothlórien or Cair Paravel. There’s also Americana; a musical mixture of bluegrass, folk, swing, Swedish, Canadian and fiddle tunes, with a few vocals thrown in. Sometimes their vertical medleys combine them. The combination is a lovely blend of the most appealing melodies you’ll hope to hear. Music binds them together as they met in a Folklife band and married at an autoharp festival!
May 18 – Balkanarama
Southeast European Party Music
Balkanarama plays high-energy dance songs from Southeastern Europe: Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Greece. Their repertoire includes many songs of the Rom people (no longer called Gypsies) living in those countries. The Seattle-based quintet includes alto sax, clarinet, keyboard, drums and bass, with four vocalists. They have performed since 1997 at concerts, festivals, nightclubs, dance events, weddings and other celebrations in the Pacific Northwest, including many appearances at Northwest Folklife, and have released three CDs.
June 15 – Anjali Music School
Indian Instrumental Orchestral Music
Anjali Music School was founded in 2007 by Anjali Joshi, who is well known in the Seattle area as a solo Santoor artist and teaches different instruments to adults and children. Anjali has been teaching music since 2002 and has given numerous workshops on music theme; worked as a judge on musical competitions and has published her album series “Instrumental Melodies”. Anjali Joshi is a software engineer by profession, but music will always remain her passion.