Richmond Folk Festival Announces Second Wave of Artists
Press contact: Kelly Vance
August 22, 2017 at 12pm
RICHMOND, Va. – Venture Richmond released today a list of 13 additional artists who will be performing at the 13th Annual Richmond Folk Festival, a FREE, three-day music event held this year on October 13-15, 2017.
“The Folk Fest continues to connect people, with neighbors enjoying the same traditional arts side by side,” says Venture Richmond Executive Director Lisa Sims. “It brings the city together and shows what Richmond is really about.”
An eclectic mix of musicians, artisans, dancers, and more from all over the world bring their unique cultural traditions to Richmond; nine of these traditions have never before been presented at the festival, the largest folk festival of its kind in the nation. Despite record amounts of rain from Tropical Storm Matthew in 2016, more than 125,000 people came out to experience one of Richmond’s most beloved traditions.
Still to be announced in September is this year’s theme and roster of artists and craft demonstrators to perform at the ever-popular Union/Richmond Times Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area, featuring an array of traditional music, dance, food, and crafts from across the region. Programming for the CarMax Family Area and Stage, produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, will also be revealed next month.
2017 Richmond Folk Festival Artists:
- Be’la Dona (go-go)
- Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Afro-Venezuelan parranda)
El Clavo and Caracas, Venezuela
- Bitori feat. Chando Graciosa (Cabo Verdean funaná)
Praia, Santiago Island, Cabo Verde
- C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (zydeco)
- Corazón de Granada: Flamenco Joven y Jondo (flamenco)
- Crooked Road Ramblers (old-time)
- Dale Ann Bradley (bluegrass)
- Don Bryant (Memphis soul)
- Eddie Cotton, Jr. (soul blues)
- Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka & the San Francisco Taiko Dojo (Japanese taiko drumming)
San Francisco, California
- The Green Fields of America (Irish)
East Coast of the U.S.
- Hot Club of Cowtown (western swing and hot jazz)
- Innov Gnawa (Moroccan Gnawa)
Brooklyn, New York
- Jan Knutson (jazz guitar)
Berwyn Heights, Maryland
- Los Wembler’s (cumbia amazonica)
- Nicolae Feraru (Romanian cimbalom)
- Patti Kustorok (Métis fiddle and dance)
- Paulin Brothers’ Brass Band (New Orleans brass band)
New Orleans, Louisiana
- Sahba Motallebi (Persian tar)
Los Angeles, California
- Spencer Taylor & the Highway QCs (gospel)
- A Step Ahead (Virginia step show competition)
- The U.S. Army Blues (classic big band jazz)
- Wayne Hancock (honky-tonk)
Sponsors and Partners:
The Community Foundation
Union Bank & Trust
Richmond Times Dispatch
City of Richmond
Virginia is for Lovers
Children’s Museum of Richmond
NBC12 & CW Richmond
American Civil War Museum
Hilton Garden Inn
VA Folklife Program
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
National Park Service
Plan 9 Music
House of Hayes
Federal Reserve Bank
Virginia War Memorial
Richmond Folk Festival producing partners include the City of Richmond, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), The American Civil War Museum, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and the Virginia Folklife Program.
To learn more about the Richmond Folk Festival visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org
About The Richmond Folk Festival
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 skilled performing groups passionate about preserving a diverse array of cultural traditions on seven stages. The festival includes continuous music and dance performances, a Virginia Folklife Area featuring ongoing demonstrations, 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 www.richmondfolkfestival.org.
About Venture Richmond
The Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, LLC a subsidiary of Venture Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization which engages business and community leaders in partnering with the City of Richmond to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy, and events. Venture Richmond also produces such longstanding and signature community events as Easter on Parade, TEDxRVA, Friday Cheers, and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sports Backers to co-produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit www.venturerichmond.com.
About the National Council for the Traditional Arts
The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation's oldest folk arts organization. The NCTA presents the nation's very finest traditional artists in festivals, tours, international cultural exchanges, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, media productions, school programs, and other activities. It works in partnership with communities across America to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural, and economic benefits. For more about the NCTA, visit www.ncta-usa.org.