What to See at Folklife #139: The Bushwick Book Club Sings the Wizard of Oz

(Thanks to Wes Weddelll for this guest post! You can see our full lineup of special events at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.)

Photo courtesy Bushwick Book Club Seattle

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Bushwick Book Club – Seattle, to be sure, is not your run-of-the-mill book club: since 2010, a revolving-door cast of local songwriters has read a chosen book each month, written music inspired by the selection, and then performed the songs for live audiences.  Past shows have ranged from Vonnegut to Austen to Silverstein to Bradbury, Narnia to Wonderland to Gotham to Vegas.  And for the 2013 Folklife Festival, the group proudly presents all-ages music inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Featured for this Saturday afternoon showcase on the Folklife Cafe Stage are Ryan Barber, Sean Hunting Morse, Debbie Miller, Nate Bogopolsky, Wes Weddell, Mark Blasco, Tai Shan, and a special appearance by students from Academy Schools in Tukwila, who recently wrote their own Oz-inspired songs through one of The Bushwick Book Club’s school programs.  Bushwick-Seattle founder Geoff Larson will emcee.  Expect free schwag!

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Saturday, May 25 1:30-3:00pm Folklife Cafe Stage.


Seattle singer/songwriter Wes Weddell has released five CDs over the past decade, his latest a collection of demos from his involvement with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle (with whom he will also be performing at the festival).  He founded and runs Puget’s Sound Productions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating community live-music spaces.