The National Folk Festival announced today four additional artists who will be performing in downtown Greensboro from September 8 – 10, 2017. The 77th National Folk Festival in 2017 marks the event’s third year in Greensboro.
Last fall, the 76th National Folk Festival attracted more than 138,000 attendees to downtown Greensboro for the FREE, three-day weekend. Based on the success of the National Folk Festival, a feasibility study is currently underway toward launching a legacy North Carolina Folk Festival in 2018.
Approximately 300 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the National Folk Festival, with more than 30 different musical groups performing on as many as seven outdoor performance venues throughout downtown Greensboro. The four artists announced today include:
- Alash – Tuvan throat singing: Acclaimed practitioners of one of the oldest and most striking vocal traditions of mankind: the ethereal sounds of xöömei from the heart of Central Asia.
- Egyptian Celebration – Egyptian dance and music: A kaleidoscope of robes unfurl as this master dancer spins in performance of the famous Tanoura, or Whirling Dervish.
- Los Texmaniacs – conjunto tejano: Lively accordion-led dance music of the Texas/Mexico border from one of the most energetic exponents of conjunto tejano.
- Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band – Chicago blues: Blistering guitar work and growling vocals combine to create rough and tumble blues revealing a Windy City master at the height of his powers.
These outstanding artists join the following performers, who have already been announced:
- Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band – Cajun
- Dale Ann Bradley – bluegrass
- Feedel Band – Ethiojazz
- Innov Gnawa – Moroccan Gnawa
- Kelsey Waldon – classic country
- Marshall Ford Swing Band – western swing
- Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac – Cape Breton singing and fiddling
- Orquesta SCC – salsa dura
- Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY – traditional Sri Lankan dance
- The Beat[box] Goes On – beatboxing
- The Fairfield Four – African American gospel quartet singing
- Tremé Brass Band – New Orleans brass band
To learn more about these artists and their stories, please visit ncfolkfestival.com/performers. The National Folk Festival will feature individual artists on its Facebook page (facebook.com/NationalFolkFestivalNC), Twitter (twitter.com/NtlFolkFestNC), and Instagram (instagram.com/nationalfolkfestnc) throughout the rest of March.
More performers will be announced as they are confirmed