Starts Friday: 2nd Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival

Three days of slap-and-twang kick off Friday in Red Hook

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Friday, May 21, 2010  |  Updated 8:02 PM EDT
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Starts Friday: 2nd Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival

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What you'll see plenty of at the Brooklyn Folk Festival: Banjos.


Yeah, you know you want to go to a square dance in Red Hook.

Admittedly, swinging yer partner is just a small piece of Down Home Radio’s 2nd annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, taking over Columbia Street’s Jalopy Theatre/Music School for three days. There’s also plenty of New Orleans jazz, jug, gutbuckety blues and even African and Mexican folk music, plus music workshops and film screenings. (But the square dance is on Sunday afternoon. Just saying.) It all starts tonight at 7:30PM. Details and full schedule of shows and performers below.

Down Home Radio’s 2nd annual Brooklyn Folk Festival
Friday 5/21-Sunday 5/23; schedule varies
Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-395-3214
Cost: $15 per day for the main stage evening concerts and workshops or $40 for all three evenings; $5 per day for Saturday afternoon concerts and Sunday afternoon outdoor stage, square dance included.



Friday May 21st at Jalopy:

7:30pm – Hubby Jenkins – Blues and folk songs
8:15 – George Stavis - Original improvised banjo music
9pm- Salieu Suso – Gambian Kora player
9:30pm- Calamity Janes - Oldtime String band
10:15pm- The Dust Busters – Oldtime string band
11:15pm- Blind Boy Paxton – Blues guitar, stride piano, old time banjo
12am – Ernie Vega – Blues, folk and original songs


Saturday May 22nd at Jalopy:

2:45pm- Alan Friend – Oldtime banjo and fiddle music
3:30pm- Danny Kalb – Folk/Blues guitarist
4:15pm- Peter K. Siegel & Eli Smith – Old-time banjo duet
5pm- Bobby Damore and his band – Greek Rebetika music
5:45pm- Isto – Isto music
6:15pm- Willy Gantrim – Blues, folk and original songs

7:30pm- Bob Malenky – Blues and folk songs
8:15pm- Elizabeth Butters – Ballad singer and guitarist
8:45pm- Banjorama – Funky banjo band
9:30pm – Feral Foster - Blues, folk and original songs
10:15pm- Clifton Hicks – Oldtime banjo player and singer from North Carolina
11pm- Radio Jarocho -  Son and Fandango music and dance from Jarocho, Mexico
12am- The Bill Murray Experience - Early jazz and popular music

Sunday May 23rd in the park (outdoor stage is located near Jalopy on President St. btwn Columbia and Van Brunt)

2:15pm- Rashad Brown – Blues and folk songs
3pm- Sam Doores – Blues, folk and original songs
4pm- Square Dance!Dave Harvey of will call the dance, and the music will be made by an all-star super group band!
5pm- Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – Jug band traditionals and originals
5:45pm- Stephen Strohmeier – Blues, folk and original songs
6:30pm- East River String Band - Country Blues duet


Sunday May 23rd at Jalopy:

2pm- Blues Guitar Workshop with Bob Malenky
3pm- Group Singing with Joe Hickerson, Heather Wood, Ann Price and Alan Friend from the Folk Music Society of NY
4pm- Old-time Banjo Workshop with John Cohen
5pm- Special Film Screening- a brand new film from John Cohen - “Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy Kentucky”- don’t miss it!
7pm- Pat Conte – Blues guitar and oldtime banjo player
8pm- John Cohen & Annabel Lee – Old time banjo & guitar duet, with special guests, The Dust Busters.
9pm- The Tillers – Oldtimey and original songs
9:45pm- The Dough Rollers – Country blues and oldtime music
10:30pm- Mamie Minch Blues, folk and original songs

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