Programming discussions take place from November to May with most programming decisions complete by June 1st prior to this year's fesivals. All artists must follow the same process. If you're interested in applying for the 2016 festival, check out "How to be a performer at the Richmond Folk Festival"
Three beautiful days of music, dance, food and fun brought more than 200,000 to the Richmond Riverfront. We are so thankful to our sponsors and volunteers, and to EVERYONE who made a drop in the bucket. Our bucket brigade brought in a record $118,000, helping us keep the festival free for ALL.
Photo by Skip Rowland
The Richmond Folk Festival once again brings together an eclectic mix of artists to perform on 7 stages along downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront. Forty musical groups representing traditions from all over the world are scheduled to perform at the free, 3-day event; eight of these traditions have never before been presented at the festival. This is the 11th year for the festival, the largest folk festival of its kind in the nation.
Check out the artists!
Read the press release
Pictured at left: Leonardo Sandoval
To honor the memory of original JAMinc board member, distinguished attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street, who we lost in February of this year to cancer, we announce the first Scott Street Five String Finals for young bluegrass banjo players living in Virginia. Learn more about the contest.
Check out this year's festival poster created by the incredibly talented and RVA's own Bizhan Khodabandeh. Signed, limited edition prints will be available for purchase at the Plan 9 CD and Merchandise Tents.
Didn't get enough of The Bailey Hummingbirds or the West African Highlife Band at last year's festival? Tune in to WCVE Saturdays at 1pm hosted by Steve Clark. Check out the schedule!
- Jul 25 – Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano (Mexican mariachi)
- Aug 1 – The Holmes Brothers (blues, gospel, R&B)
- Aug 8 – Boban and Marko Marković Orkestar (Balkan brass band)
- Aug 15 – Masters of Hawaiian Music: Led Ka’apana, George Kahumoku, Jr., & Richard Ho’opi’i (Hawaiian)
- Aug 22 – Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys (bluegrass)
- Aug 29 – The Bailey Hummingbirds (gospel brass “shout band”)
- Sep 5 – Lafayette Gilchrist & the New Volcanoes feat. Shodekeh (jazz)
- Sep 12 – Ann Yao Trio (Chinese stringe ensemble)
- Sep 19 – Kayton Roberts & Friends (country & western)
- Sep 26 – The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale (gospel choir)
- Oct 3 – West African Highlife Band (West African highlife)
Fans of the Richmond Folk Festival may notice a bit of a younger vibe at the Virginia Folklife Area this year. While the Virginia Folklife Program will continue to celebrate longstanding masters, the 2015 theme, “Youth Will Be Served,” spotlights a younger generation faithful to their traditions while infusing them with their own spirit. Read about the performers and crafts people at the Virginia Folklife area.
All of the performers have been selected and now we can finally start to reveal who will be wowing the crowds at this year's Richmond Folk Festival! Who will be your new favorite?
“Our local programming committee has once again put together an amazing roster of artists,” said festival director Lisa Sims. “We’re extremely excited about this year’s festival and will announce additional acts later this summer, including a few surprises.” See the first eight artists.
Pictured at left is Deacon John.
Coming in to town for the 2015 Richmond Folk Festival? Take the train! Railroads came first, long before the interstate and the airplane, making Amtrak the perfect official travel sponsor for the Festival. Amtrak is a convenient way for families and leisure travelers to visit Richmond, its cultural amenities and this top-rated destination city without worrying about traffic or hassles. Plan your trip to the Folk Festival 14 days in advance to save 25% on fares at Amtrak's website.