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Richmond Folk Festival Announces
Second Round of 2010 Performers

September 1, 2010  (Richmond, VA) – The Richmond Folk Festival, one of Virginia’s largest and most unique events, bringing artists from across the country, announces its second group of performers. The third annual event will be held Oct. 8-10, 2010.

Among the second group of artists to perform at this year’s event:

Los Texmaniacs
conjunto tejano
San Antonio, Texas

The lively accordion-led music of the Texas/Mexico border explodes with contemporary energy as this turbo-charged conjunto quartet serves up a danceable mixture of polka, funk, country, Texas blues, and rock en español.

Andes Manta
Hudson Valley, New York

With a mastery of more than 35 traditional instruments, including a dazzling array of panpipes, the four Lopez brothers from the mountains of Ecuador bring vibrant, haunting indigenous music from South America’s Andes Mountains.

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Expressing the rich Eastern European heritage of communities in the Upper Midwest, this young American supergroup is creating a sensation at home and abroad with its brilliant playing of tamburitza, the traditional string band music of the Balkan region.

Capoeira Luanda
Brazilian capoeira
New York, New York

NEA National Heritage Fellow Jelon Vieira leads an ensemble showcasing tradition of capoeira, an exciting Afro-Brazilian fusion of acrobatics, dance and martial arts that developed in slave and Maroon communities in the northern Brazilian state of Bahia.

Rare Essence
Washington, DC

Dubbed “the wickedest band alive,” this legendary go-go band – an early, influential exponent of the DMV’s homegrown, funky musical style - has honed its sound to near perfection.

Zakir Hussain
North Indian tabla
Los Angeles, California

One of the world’s most famous percussionists, acclaimed for his mastery of classical Indian music and for his innovative compositions and collaborations beyond the tradition – a virtuoso of the highest order whose genius reveals the astonishing rhythmic complexities and melodic dimensions of which the two-drummed tabla is capable.

Tony Rice
Flatpicked guitar master and innovator
Reidsville, North Carolina
One of the most innovative and imitated flat-picked guitar players in history, with a genre-defying mastery of American acoustic music styles, teams up with longtime collaborator Peter Rowan in a musical partnership par excellence.

“Fiddle Journeys: 400 Years of Tune Migrations,” with Brendan Mulvihill, Lester McCumbers, Charlie “Possum” Walden and Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor
Irish, Virginia, Missouri and Texas fiddle

Tracing the movement, transformation and evolution of fiddle tunes – from Europe to colonial America, through westward migrations and immigration to the present day – reveals much about the American experience.  Master fiddlers from different regions and musical traditions share tunes and tales in this fascinating time travel.

Dr. Harold Lilly
Hammond B-3 organ gospel
Richmond, Virginia

The soul-stirring sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ have been a fixture in African American churches for decades.  Native Richmonder and “minister of music” Dr. Harold Lilly is known for making this instrument sing with his masterful “Lilly touch” in his moving performances of sacred music.

The Richmond Folk Festival is proud to present its third festival in 2010 which will feature performers on the Altria Stage, Dominion Stage, MWV Stage, Richmond Times-Dispatch Dance Pavilion, Martin’s/Union First Market Bank Family Stage and the CenterStage Virginia Folklife Area and Stage (produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Folklife Program).  The Festival also features a wide array of interactive and engaging activities in the Genworth Financial Family Area (produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond), along with a complete Folk Arts Marketplace and a huge variety of traditional and ethnic foods. Last year more than 150,000 people attended the three-day FREE event.

The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.  The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Folk Festival held in Richmond from 2005-2007.  In the tradition of the National, the Richmond Folk Festival features more than 20 performers and performing groups, on six stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife Area, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more.   More information is available at

The Festival is produced by Venture Richmond, in a continuing partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service, the Library of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.  Venture Richmond also produces Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sportsbackers to produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit

The NCTA was founded in 1933, and is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization.  The NCTA presents traditional artists to the public in festivals, national and international tours, concerts, radio and television programs, films, recordings and other programs.

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