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A Weekend Of Traditional Music In Brooklyn

I would not have known the Brooklyn Folk Festival existed were it not for the publicist. I might have known if I lived in New York, but I do not. I am grateful to that publicist because I was introduced to some fine people – musicians, a writer, and a filmmaker – who enriched my life.

Eli Smith, founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival

This three-day festival celebrated its ninth year with a large diverse crowd, ranging from families with babies to older people who lived through the folk revival movement of the 1950s and 1960s.The musicians were as diverse as the audience; there was an 11-year old girl playing a mean banjo and there was Jim Kweskin who was part of the folk revival movement.

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This “Machine” Was Well-Oiled!

I eagerly anticipated this show by Dave Rawlings Machine at The Wilbur Theatre! Several friends introduced me to his music several years ago and I was instantly smitten. Finally, there was a show in the Boston area and it beckoned me!

David Rawlings

Dave Rawlings

Surprisingly, this show was not sold out but that did not diminish the energy in the theatre this night.

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More Great Additions to the Newport Folk Festival Lineup

Newport Folk Festival Logo
Newport Folk Festival Logo

Week 7 started off with a fabulous announcement, as has every week before this week!

This week’s additions to the lineup are:

Jimmy Cliff – wonderful reggae artist who I’ve not seen perform for a long time

Willie Watson – a singer-songwriter who is on the rise with his solo career (he was with Old Crow Medicine Show)

Puss n Boots – a new collaboration but Norah Jones is a member

Lucius – an indie pop-rock band that I’ve been interested to see for a while

The lineup, so far, includes:

Friday:  The Devil Makes Three, Band of Horses, Death Vessel, Jenny Lewis, Phox, Robert Hunter, Reignwolf, Jimmy Cliff

Saturday:  Shakey Graves, The Oh Hellos, Benjamin Booker, Nickel Creek, Shovels and Rope, Houndmouth, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, The Milk Carton Kids, Aoife O’Donovan, Willie Watson, Puss n Boots, Lucius

Sunday:  Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mavis Staples, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Trampled by Turtles, Gregory Alan Isakov, Lucero, Caitlin Rose, Conor Oberst, Dawes, Rodrigo y Gabriela

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