Takoma Park-based Ruthie and the Wranglers, photo by Michael G. Stewart.
BY REBECCA GALLERY
It’s folk time once again as the 2014 Takoma Park Folk Festival comes to the Takoma Park Middle School this Sunday September 7th.
One day, seven stages of music with free admission— who could ask for anything more?
This musical event brings performers together to showcase the abundance of artistic talent resonating from this area, as well as regional and national artists.
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The entertainment kicks off with a lively performance by the D.C. Labor Chorus leading a singing procession throughout the festival grounds at 10:30 a.m.
Music, fun and entertainment will follow with an all day celebration of flavorful varieties of musical styles ranging from gritty folk, bluegrass, traditional celtic, psychedelic funk, blues, americana and more. Select performances will be interpreted with sign language for the hard of hearing.
Performers include the Lynn Hollyfield Band, Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents, The Torches, The Honest Mistakes, The All New Genetically Altered Jug Band, Ocean Celtic Quartet, Pete Kraemer, The Fiddle Oaks, Pete Seeger Tribute with Andy Wallace, Shango Band, Sourmya Chakreverty, and the Jelly Roll Mortals.
The Dance Stage opens at noon, presenting dance lessons, a family dance party and dance recitals from a wide variety of performance artists.
In addition to musical and dance performances, the Takoma Park Folk Festival will host local artisan booths with various creative original works. All handcrafted arts are of the highest quality determined by a juried selection process, no commercially produced or imported items are for exhibit or sale.
Enjoying an all day festival will surely leave the crowd feeling peckish which is why Takoma Park Folk Festival offers over fifteen different food and drink vendors located at the food court in front of the school; in addition to mobile carts located around the grounds. Food can be savored in the picnic area which offers seating and shade for all.
This folky family friendly free festival will come to a close at 6:30 p.m. and is surely an event not to be missed.
The Middle School parking lot fills quickly. Biking and public transportation are encouraged. Festival shuttle buses will run between the festival and the Takoma Metro Station and the Montgomery College East Garage from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are driving, head straight for the garage. See the festival web site for more information.