Back by popular demand! Northwest Folklife is honored and excited to share the 6th 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 1 PM to 3 PM at no-charge!
January 20 – Na Hilahila Boys
Na Hilahila Boys have been playing Hawaiian music in Seattle for 14 years. We do traditional Hawaiian music with Lap steel, 6 & 12 string guitars and ukuleles. Nothing newer than 50 years, some older than 200 years! We love the beautiful Hawaiian language and hope you all enjoy our performance.
February 17 – Troupeau
Classic Cajun, a little creole, and some tasty vintage country. Troupeau consist of Virginia Hand on accordion, Claudia Anastasio on the fiddle, Chris Russ on fiddle & vocals and Jerry Muhasky on the guitar & vocals. Together, this group creates dome twin fiddlin’ and honky tonkin’ Cajun dancehall music.
March 17 – Right As Rain
Folk, Bluegrass, Americana music – This 3 women front this Seattle based string band performing originals and covers with 3 part harmonies.
April 21 – Zaphara’s Middle Eastern Dancers & Friends!
A master instructor & entertainer in the Pacific Northwest, Zaphara is one of the few belly dancers in the US of Greek heritage. She has appeared in nightclubs and taught workshops throughout the Northwest and other US cities. During that time, she has appeared on local, Canadian, Japanese & National TV shows (ABC’s 20/20).
May 19 – Trio Guadalevín
Named for the ancient river and gorge that divides the city of Rhonda in Andalusia, Trio Guadalevín explores the deep roots that bind the Americas with Southern Europe, the Maghreb and West Africa – roots that stretch across the ocean and intermingle Indigenous, African, Arabic and European cultural expressions. Drawing on Mexican Son Jarocho and Huasteco, melodies sung in Zapotec, Spanish xácaras, Italian ciaccona, Andalusian song, Sephardic balladry and Moroccan shabia – Abel Rocha, August Denhard and Antonio Gómez interpret and often re-imagine a soundscape that draws on the many facets of identity that link Latin America and the Mediterranean.
June 16 – The Klez Katz
The Klez Katz are dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of the rich musical heritage of the Yiddish diaspora. Their repertoire encompasses freilach, bulgar, sher, terkishe, khosidl, theater music, folk songs and even the odd klezmer-influenced jazz tune, performed on tenor and soprano saxes, trombone, flute, keyboard, accordion, bass and vocals. Four fun-loving hard (and soft) blowing klezmer musicians comprise The Klez Katz, ready to set off a musical fireworks show right you right now!