Down Home Radio host Eli Smith is proud to announce the 3rd annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, to be held at the Jalopy Theater
and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
in Brooklyn, NY – Friday, June 10th- Sunday, June 12th, 2011. The festival will feature the best young talent from Brooklyn’s exploding folk music scene as well as luminaries from the generation that made the 1960’s New York City folk music revival. The music featured will include traditional styles such as old-time string band music, blues, jug band music, traditional music of Mexico, the Balkans, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and West Africa, local author-vocalists and more! There will be concerts throughout the day as well as workshops on various musical styles, film screenings and a Sunday afternoon square dance! This year will also inaugurate the Brooklyn Folk Festival “Banjo Toss.” The person who throws a banjo the farthest will win a free banjo!
The festival will feature 35+ bands including luminaries such as Grammy Award winner Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders and Pat Conte of the Canebrake Rattlers and Secret Museum of Mankind, two of the main creators of the 1960’s folk music scene in Greenwhich Village, but will also feature young Brooklyn based talents such as The Dust Busters, acclaimed blues musician Blind Boy Paxton, ballad singer Elizabeth Butters, Country singer Alex Battles, songster Feral Foster, Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and many more. Radio Jarocho, a Mexican folk music collective will perform a variety of styles of music and dance from across Mexico. Clifton Hicks of Boone, North Carolina will be making a second appearance at the festival following his debut last year, playing his style of traditional banjo music of the Southern Appalachian mountains. The Brooklyn Folk Festival seeks to exhibit the cultural contributions from a diversity of Brooklyn communities, and in particular seeks to highlight the young talent emerging from those communities.
Come down to The Brooklyn Folk Festival in Redhook Brooklyn over the weekend Friday, June 10th- Sunday, June 12th to hear Brooklyn’s best traditional Folk musicians and song writers. You will hear banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, people blowing on jugs and harmonicas, a world champion whistler as well as great original songs. If you want to learn how to play, come down to the afternoon instrumental workshops. The festival costs $20 per day or $55 for 3 days, including the afternoon workshops and film screenings!
Friday’s show will be held at the Jalopy Theater and then, due to the huge crowds at last year’s event, the Saturday and Sunday activities will take place at a larger venue, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 718.395.3214 or on the Jalopy website: www.Jalopy.biz .
The Jalopy Theater is located at
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 395 3214
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition is located at:
499 Van Brunt Street
(718) 596 2507