Span the globe by taking a drive up I-64 this weekend by visiting the Richmond Folk Festival. This free event features high-quality music and other folk arts from a rainbow of cultures. This year's version features blues from The Holmes Brothers, bluegrass from James King and reggae from Don Carlos.
Interested in Tuvan throat singing? Curious about Vietnamese traditional music? Want to see some authentic Appalachian buck dancing? The festival has your ticket.
It all happens on multiple stages arrayed along downtown Richmond's waterfront. Here's the full list of performers. For time and stage information, consult the event's website.
Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabate and Super Mande (traditional music of Mali)
Alash (Tuvan throat-singing)
Alex Meixner Band (polka)
Aurelio Martinez (Garifuna)
The Brotherhood Singers (African-American a cappella gospel quartet)
The Chankas (Andean danza de las tijeras -- scissors dance)
Christine Salem (maloya)
Chuck Brown All Star Tribute Band (go-go)
The Dardanelles (traditional music of Newfoundland)
Don Carlos (reggae)
James King Band (bluegrass)
Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy (Cajun dance hall music)
Khac Chi Ensemble (Vietnamese)
Lurrie Bell (blues)
Marshall Ford Swing Band (Western swing)
Mighty Sam McClain (soul and R&B)
Nathalie Pires (Portuguese fado)
The Prusinowski Trio (traditional music from Central Poland)
Rhythm of Rajasthan (Rajasthani music and dance)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra (salsa dura)
Stooges Brass Band (New Orleans parade band)
Thomas Maupin and Daniel Rothwell with Overall Creek and guest dancer Kory Posey (Appalachian buck dance and string band)
Yves Lambert Trio (Québécois)
The Holmes Brothers (blues/gospel)
Cheick Hamala Diabate (West African traditions)
The Harris Brothers (Appalachian blues)
The Snyder Family Band (bluegrass)
Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt (family ballads)
Gankhuyag Natsag and Family (Mongolian dance and mask making)
Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes (gospel)
The Whitetop Mountain Band (old time/country)
The Knicely Family Band (old time)
Dry Hill Draggers (old time)
The Moore Brothers Band (traditional and progressive bluegrass)
Here's an official description of the festival:
Musical acts and artisans from around the world will perform traditional folk music and dance on Richmond’s Riverfront this weekend. Don’t let a little rain stand in the way—here’s just a few things in store this weekend:
- Twenty-three performers will bring traditional song, dance and culture on 7 stages, plus 11 Virginia artists on the Richmond Times-Dispatch Folklife Stage.
- A craft marketplace featuring two dozen local and regional master artisans and craftsmen selling and demonstrating a wide variety of handmade products from jewelry and soaps to clothing and metal sculptures.
- Music, entertainment, and activities for even the youngest family members on the Genworth Financial Family Stage and a pirate-themed kids' craft area put on by the Children’s Museum of Richmond where kids can create a pirate hat, telescope, and more.
- Local and regional craft beer and Virginia wine, plus an exclusive small-batch brew created by Wild Wolf Brewing Co. of Charlottesville exclusively for the Richmond Folk Festival, “Folktoberfest.”
- More than 30 eclectic food vendors bringing a taste of global cuisine and culture to festival-goers, from Jamaican and Greek to Italian and traditional American fare.
The Richmond Folk Festival is free and supported by the generous donations of attendees and community partners. Learn more about the 3-day festival here: www.richmondfolkfestival.org
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