Greensboro’s rich history of college basketball tournaments now includes the addition of a one-day festival in downtown’s LeBauer Park on Saturday, March 21, 2020, in conjunction with the Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s hosting of the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (March 20 & 22). Folk in the Park, presented by the North Carolina Folk Festival, will run from 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and features performances by four North Carolina performing groups:
Rissi Palmer (https://www.rissipalmermusic.com/) – Rissi Palmer’s gift lies in reaching across boundaries. One of North Carolina’s most compelling singers, she is at home in R&B but made her mark in country music, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.” Rissi Palmer will perform from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Charly Lowry & Friends (https://youtu.be/exMXsDBuUqg) – Charly Lowry is a singer-songwriter from North Carolina with Native American roots from the dark swamps of Robeson County. Before she could talk it was obvious that Charly would lead a life of entertaining others, as evidenced by her Grandfather’s collection of VHS tapes; through his camera lens, Charly and her Grandfather began the communicative back and forth of sharing in the joys of storytelling, make-believe, song, and dance. Charly Lowry & Friends will perform from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Burnett Sisters Band (https://www.burnettsistersband.com/) – The Burnett Sisters Band consists of five members who create a unique blend of energetic music in the folk, old country, and bluegrass traditions. Establishing themselves as a gospel quartet, all four sisters began singing and playing together at local venues and churches in their early youth with inspiration from various artists including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Doc Watson, and The Carter Family. The Burnett Sisters Band will perform from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Big Bang Boom (https://bigbangboom.weebly.com/) – Greensboro’s very own rockin’ 3-piece power pop band consists of talented artists and long-time musicians Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker. But this musical trio doesn’t play just any ole’ average music….these dynamic dads play parent-friendly, educational children’s music! Big Bang Boom will perform from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Folk in the Park will be a special opportunity for us to highlight a taste of the incredible musical talent that is part of North Carolina’s cultural landscape year round,” said Amy Grossmann, President & CEO of the North Carolina Folk Festival. “This event will mirror many aspects of our annual September festival, and allow us to shine a light specifically on three stellar women-led groups from our region.”
In addition to musical performances, Folk in the Park will host food and craft options, including local organizations and vendors such as Art Alliance, CraftRoom GSO, Gregory Musgrove Custom Guitar, Kate’s Photo & Design, Nailah’s Shea, and Organic Jewelry. Food vendors onsite will offer a variety of culinary favorites including Ghassan’s Fresh Mediterranean Eats, PorterHouse Burger Company, Havana Flavor, and Amoroso Bakery.
The Greensboro History Museum will host family crafts and games along with their exhibit, “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.” The Museum will also present a Women’s History Costume Contest and Parade.
Folk in the Park is presented by the North Carolina Folk Festival in the spirit of its annual signature event held each September in Greensboro. The 2020 North Carolina Folk Festival will take place in downtown Greensboro September 11 through 13.