Takoma FOLK, Sunday, September 11
Sadly, the always-anticipated annual Takoma Park Festival isn't happening this year but the good news is, there will still be music! To partly fill the gap and to help recruit volunteers so that the Festival can resume in 2017, two local organizations are stepping in and hosting free performances of folk music in Takoma Park on September 11. All Day. FREE. Keep this date open!
First, at the Gazebo, Carroll & Westmoreland Avenues, you can experience this fantastic lineup during the daytime:
10:00 a.m. The Devil's Tailors Traditional acoustic Scottish Celtic
11:00 a.m. Flo Anito Singer-songwriter of jazzy/pop for keys and guitar
12:00 noonThey'll Have Dreams Singer-songwriter duo playing percussive rock
1:00 p.m.Ampersand Stringband Old-style bluegrass and modern folk with a twist of jazzy roots
2:00 p.m.Letitia VanSant Acoustic Americana and indie-folk singer-songwriter
3:00 p.m.Mark H Taiko Contemporary spin on traditional Japanese drums
4:00 p.m.ilyAIMY Percussive acoustic grunge rock-folk
Then later in the evening, at the Takoma Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue, more wonderful atists are performing (times approximate):
5:00 p.m.Washington's SpelmanslagSwedish traditional music
5:30 p.m.Joe Uehlein and Anna Grace Uehlein "Peace, love, and justice": Songs for children and adults by a well-known Takoma Park artist and his 11-year-old daughter
5:55 p.m.Brian Kay Traditional folk songs and original music
6:15 p.m.Silver Strings DuoA string band for all occasions
6:35 p.m.Rick FranklinPiedmont blues guitar master with a taste for hokum blues
7:05 p.m.Lulu's FateTrad/Americana with guitar, mandolin, cello and 3-part harmony
7:35 p.m.Bruce Hutton, Lisa Null, Michele CallaghanBallad swap
8:05 p.m.The All New Genetically Altered Jug BandHilarious hot-jazz novelty songs à la Spike Jones
8:30 p.m.Washington Revels Maritime Voices Songs of the sea and shore, for all to sing along
As always, performance schedules are subject to change, but the day will certainly be full of fine folk music. The daytime lineup is sponsored by the Old Takoma Business Association and the evening performances are sponsored by The Folklore Society of Greater Washington.
How to help make the Takoma Park Folk Festival happen in 2017
While this day of music will be memorable, the annual Takoma Park Festival is a much bigger event, offering many more music acts, crafters and space for community organizations to interact with participants. If you want to help bring the Takoma Park Folk Festival back in 2017, now is the time to consider taking on a leadership role in this venerable community institution. A planning meeting will be held Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center (Azalea Room). As noted at www.tpff.org, "The planning committee of the Takoma Park Folk Festival has regretfully concluded that we cannot put on a festival in 2016, given the commitment, skills, and experience of our current core volunteer group. However, with new energy and new volunteers we can be back in 2017. ? More information is on the "Participate ? tab at www.TPFF.org.
In other words, Day-of-event volunteers are essential and appreciated, but it takes a committed team working all year to bring these festivals to life. If you can contribute just a few hours per month from now until September 2017, then the community will thank you for reviving an annual tradition cherished by audiences, performers, artisans and organizations together making Takoma Park a special haven for cultural traditions.