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!

2019 Showcases

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.


July 20 – Cello eXperiment


An eXperiment in Cello

The Cello eXperiment, aka “Cello X” was founded in 2010 by Peter featuring his highest-level students. Their mission is to push the boundaries of cello playing and are as comfortable performing Metallica and Alice in Chains as they are performing Bach. Most of their music comes from original arrangements of today’s best music. They have recorded an album at Jack Straw Studios and have performed at the Seattle Mariners, Triple Door, the Moore and ACT Theatres and elsewhere. They are delighted to be back at Folklife for their eighth consecutive year.


August 17 – School of Rock Bellevue


School of Rock Bellevue House Band performs Rock ‘n’ Roll Classics!

School of Rock is a performance-based music program. Students receive 30- or 45-minute lessons on the instrument of their choice (drums, bass, guitar, keys, and/or vocals). Students also participate in a weekly 3-hour rehearsal to prepare them for the main event: The Show! We find that the combination of private lessons and peer-group practice is the best way to motivate students to practice hard, overcome stage fright, and become amazing musicians. This show presents our audition-based House Band performing classic rock selections spanning decades.


September 21 – The Sound Crossing String Band

Old Time Songs and Tunes

The Sound Crossing String Band have been singing and playing old-time music separately for years, and recently found that we complement each other to produce a “sum greater than its parts”. We have tremendous fun singing and playing together, and we love to share our love of old-time songs and tunes in a fun and educational way.


October 19 – Anika Pearl


Soulful. Rock. Folk.

Anika Pearl is a 16-year-old musician and is also the name of the duo that she has with her Dad. She has played on stage since she was 9 years old with several different instruments as a soloist, as a member for the school orchestra and in different band configurations where she also employed her powerful vocals. Anika Pearl is always thrilled to perform at the Northwest Folklife Festival and other events.


November 16 – Soyaya

African Music and Dance from West Africa

Soyaya plays virtuoso acoustic guitar, dynamic talking drums and endearing vocals from West Africa. The name Soyaya means love and affection in their language of Hausa in West Africa, and the music is a combination of Palmwine and Highlife- which is the indigenous rhythm and blues. Enjoy the music and dance along!


December 21 – Dave and the Dalmatians

Southern European Men’s Acappella

Dave and the Dalmatians sings folk songs a cappella from the coast of Croatia and beyond, not least of which are Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Russia, Georgia, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, and Wales. We started and still enjoy singing the songs of the klapa tradition which originates along the Dalmatian coast and islands in the Adriatic Sea. The group is based in Seattle, WA and has sung together for more than twenty years.