The full list of artists performing at the Richmond Folk Festival released!

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

From the Norfolk sound, to Cuban son to rockabily to zydeco to beatbox, you'll find a broad diversity of sounds to get your feet tapping. Each performer represents the living folk traditions of their communities, whether hailing from across the globe, the US, or from regions within our own Commonwealth. The most popular festival of its kind in the nation, the Richmond Folk Festival brought more than 200,000 lovers of music and traditional arts to Richmond’s historic riverfront in 2015, an increase of 50,000 from 2014.

Festival director Lisa Sims said, “I wish everyone who loves the festival could spend a few minutes with our local Programming Committee. The wealth of knowledge in our community is staggering, their passion is thrilling, and they are steadfastly committed to our goal of providing full access to some of the greatest traditional arts in the world.”

Read bios, watch videos from the artists

Virginia Folklife Area to Present a Buffet of “Tasty Licks”

Unique Sound

Save room for seconds at the Richmond Folk Festival this year, the Virginia Folklife Area’s theme “Tasty Licks: Virginia’s Food Traditions” is shaping up to be a smorgasbord of culinary and musical delicacies.

“The popular expression ‘you are what you eat’ is often meant to be interpreted literally, but the saying also holds true in the greater cultural sense,” State Folklorist Jon Lohman said. “It is often through our food that we consciously and unconsciously express to ourselves and others our most deeply felt sense of who we are.”

Read more about performers appearing in The Union Bank & Trust Folklife Area

Folk Fest Insider: Road Trip! It's Folk Fest Season for Blaine Waide

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

It’s not easy to pin Blaine Waide down. As Programming Manager for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, he has a full calendar of folk festivals across the nation. We caught up with him to talk about what it’s like to have a career in folklore and to learn more about the folk festival scene—and how Richmond measures up!

All in a day’s work

Blaine found his fascination with folk traditions when he first started searching for someplace he could put down roots. His family moved around the South a lot, and he never quite had a place he called home. “At some point, Southern culture became interesting to me,” he remembers. And listening to musicians like Bob Dylan who were interested in social justice and civil rights issues led down another path to blues music—Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson.

Read more about Blaine behind the scenes at the Richmond Folk Festival.

8 things only Richmond Folk Festival volunteers know

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

1. You get rock star parking. While your buds are hunting for a space downtown or waiting for a shuttle bus, you flash your volunteer pass and drive right up and park in a designated lot.

2. It’s a solid strategy for making sure you get the full experience. One of the biggest challenges of the festival is that there is so much happening, it’s hard to see it all. If you are working the festival, rest-assured, you will be ALL. OVER. IT. Read More

Richmond Folk Festival announces the first set of artists
for 2016

Richmond Folk Feast 2015

There's nowhere else you can find both Sri Lankan dancers and rockabilly! For the first time we'll also feature the sounds of Afganistan and after many years of trying, Gary U.S. Bonds with Gene "Daddy G" Barge will bring the Norfolk Sound, a unique brand of rock 'n' roll. Read bios and listen to samples from the first of many great artists that will grace our stages this October.

Pictured at left, Homayoun Sakhi & Salar Nader

Skip Traffic, Take Amtrak to the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival

Amtrak

Coming in to town for the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival? Take the train! Railroads came first, long before the interstate and the airplane, making Amtrak the perfect official travel sponsor for the Festival. Amtrak is a convenient way for families and leisure travelers to visit Richmond, its cultural amenities and this top-rated destination city without worrying about traffic or hassles. Plan your trip to the Folk Festival at Amtrak's website.

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Folk Festivals

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