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Takoma Park Folk Festival 2013


Takoma Park Folk Festival 2013

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The Takoma Park Folk Festival is a free annual festival featuring music and dance from around the world on eight stages in Takoma Park, Maryland. From old-time fiddle and bluegrass to acoustic folk-rock to Afro-Latin fusion, performers range from well-seasoned stage veterans to youngsters on stage for the first time. The festival also includes dance workshops, children’s activities, a crafts show and ethnic food from around the world. Kids will especially enjoy folksingers, interactive musical games, dancing and storytelling.

Date and Time:
September 8, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rain or shine.

Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Rd. (one block north of Route 410)
Takoma Park, Maryland

Limited on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. FREE PARKING is available at Montgomery College. Free Festival shuttle buses will stop at the Montgomery College garage's entrance on Fenton Street and will transport patrons to the event.

2013 Performance Highlights

  • The World Stage offers a variety of music beginning with Trio Sefardi presenting songs of the Spanish Jews, the Sephardim. Music Pilgrim Trio will follow with klezmer, gypsy, Russian and jazz. Then Mark H. Rooney will wow the crowd with Japanese Taiko drumming. Next, Kamel Zennia adds a Berber twist to North African folk, rock and blues, and then Ugandan-born Kinobe brings his kora, a multi-string bridge harp from West Africa, to the stage. The last two hours will showcase Furia Flamenca's flash of Spanish dancing, and Tierra Morena blending African and South American traditions.

  • The Grassy Nook stage features young performers including Thirteen-year-old Ruby Kules of Takoma Park, who will be performing on ukelele, guitar, and piano. Other up-and-coming performers include Stunahzz, the 2013 Sligo Creek Hedge School Irish Teen Band, and Davison, a group of D.C. siblings “with songs, guitars, kazoos and personality.”

  • Four additional stages offer a mix of singer-songwriters and big bands, composers and traditional players. Local favorites include Avril Smith and Big Chimney, playing original and reinvented rock, pop, and 19th century American tunes through a bluegrass and oldtime lens. Lea captivates audiences with a dynamic performance of country, gospel, and jazz. Tom Espinola’s trio Lulu’s Fate focuses on traditional Appalachian music with guitar, mandolin, cello and three-part harmonies.
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