- Posted: 7:00 AM, May 3, 2012
Featuring more than 30 bands, organizers of the fourth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival promise to transform 27,000 square feet of raw space in Downtown Brooklyn into a music wonderland.
The three-day festival opens May 18 with a special tribute to the late-great, folk-music icon, Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year. It runs through May 20 at 345 Jay Street and will showcase the musical talents of renowned Americana singers, local and national folk bands and musicians from around the world.
“We are so excited about this year’s festival, which will have more entertainment, events, and music for all,” says Eli Smith of the web-based “Down Home Radio Show,” a co-sponsor of the event with The Jalopy Theater on the Columbia Street waterfront.
“Being at the epicenter of Downtown Brooklyn, everyone will be able to get there easily, and anyone who likes music will definitely want to make it.”
Among the headline performers are legendary singer, musician and folklorist Alice Gerrard, formerly of Hazel and Alice (with Hazel Dickens); Brett Ratliff, a banjo player and ballad singer hailing from Eastern Kentucky; Michael Daves, a bluegrass singer; and Bodoma debuts their traditional Afro-Caribbean Garifuna music from Honduras.
Music at the festival will range from Appalachian folk and string-band music, to hot jazz, Americana, songwriters, jug bands, blues and klezmer, as well as traditional music from Mexico, the Caribbean, the Balkans and more.
The festival costs $20 per day or $45 for the three-day pass.
Tickets include access to all instrumental workshops, film screenings, events and the Sunday afternoon square dance. Locally brewed beer, wine and food will be available for purchase.
Additional events include the new “Banjo-Toss competition” where contestants compete by swinging a banjo on a rope onto a hook, and the winner takes home a new banjo.
Also this year inaugurates the "Battle of the Harmonicas" where harmonica-playing contestants compete in a series of categories judged by the audience and a panel of judges to become the harmonica king of Brooklyn (and take home special prizes).
For tickets and more information, please visit: www.BrooklynFolkFest.com, www.jalopy.biz, or www.downhomeradioshow.com
You can follow the festival on Facebook.com/BrooklynFolkFest and Twitter @BklynFolkFest