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The Many Things To Do At The Northwest Folklife Festival
May 24, 2013, 2:14 pm
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While Sasquatch is taking the headlines this weekend, the 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival is taking over the Seattle Center Campus with art, dance, music, and fun for the entire family. Best of all, its free.  The four day long festival boasts an enormous amount of activities to participate in.  The laid-back atmosphere can give you a sense that, while there are an overwhelming amount of options available, experiencing Northwest Folklife is not to be rushed.  The open grounds of the Seattle Center will carry you on to what ever sparks your interest.  This year, the musical options are plentiful and more diverse than ever.  While you plan you weekend, consider these options:

Fin Record’s Showcase (Friday, 6:00pm) – Ballard Label, Fin Records will have a few of their bans perform including, Lures, Low Hums, and Red Jacket Mine

The Soul of Seattle (Saturday, 6:30pm) – Feel rhythm and groove of homegrown soul music

Northwest Fiddle Traditions (Sunday, 11:40am) – Join two of the Northwest’s premier fiddle players, who also help found NWFolklife, for some down home rustic music

Vamos! – A Latin Dance Party (Sunday, 6:30pm) – Get your dancing shoes on and move your hips to Latin vibes

You Can’t Fake Fresh- NW Live Hip Hop (Sunday, 7pm) – Hip hop at Northwest Folklife? Yup!

and much much more!

(don’t forget about the drum circles!)

For more information check out the full schedule on the Northwest Folklife website.

February 23, 2011, 11:10 am
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Seattle Times
The Northwest Folklife Festival going down at Seattle Center every Memorial Day weekend, has announced a Bulgarian theme for its 2011 program. A highlight of the Bulgarian focus is an exhibit of photographs, “Voices & Images from Bulgaria: 1966-1979,” taken by Martin Koenig, founder of the Balkan Arts Center in New York. A special performance will be given by Bulgarian singer Tsvetanka Varimezova and her husband, piper Ivan Varimezov, along with their two daughters on vocals and tambura. As always, the festival will host a Balkan participatory dance featuring local Balkan and Bulgarian dance bands as well as workshops, panel discussions, lectures and children’s activities. In addition to the Bulgarian program, the festival offers a Northwest Stories component, which opens Friday, May 27, at the Charlotte Martin Theater. The evening showcases the variety of ways stories are told, through performance, dance and song. It draws on talent from the Seattle Storytellers Guild, Hugo House, Jack Straw Productions, Pongo Teen Writing Project, Voices Rising, SPLAB and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen College. The festival also brings back the All Ages, All Day Showcase at Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum on Sunday, May 29, featuring the 8-Bit Showcase, in which “chiptune” musicians repurpose old Game Boys and video-game systems, using the limited 8-bit tones to make original music. With something for all ages, all tastes and all budgets there is no reason to miss out on this year’s Folklife, so check the link above for more details on this year’s festival.

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February 8, 2011, 11:34 am
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Experience Music Project
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Experience Music Project’s “Sound Off!” a youth only battle of the bands. Underage bands spanning from British Columbia down to Vancouver, Washington will be competing for glory and prizes that can help jump start their career, such as performances slots at Bumbershoot and Folklife festivals, radio play, music gear and a recording consultation. By simply entering the battle, bands will get the experience of playing in front of a raging crowd, illuminated in strobing lights on EMP’s Sky Church stage. Previous Sound Off! winners have used the competition as a platform to emerge into the local scene and attract some well deserved attention. The first of three semifinal rounds begin this Saturday, February 12 and the following rounds each Saturday thereafter, until the finals on March 5. Check out the link above to learn more about the competition, listen to a few songs by participating bands, drool over the prizes and get your tickets early.

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May 28, 2010, 11:10 am
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Northwest Folklife
Focusing on multi-culturalism as much as music, Folklife showcases the colorful dress, vibrant music and local history of the Puget Sound’s Jewish, Slavic, Indian, Filipino and Korean communities, along with many others. Produced by Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, it hosts more than 7,000 participants, over 20 stages and venues, roughly 1000 performances, and an audience of approximately 250,000 at the Seattle Center. Participants immerse themselves in four days of music and dance performances, visual arts and folklore exhibits, symposia, workshops, craft and cooking demonstrations and films. Local bands Speaker Speaker, Pillow Army and Sound Off! winner Hooves & Beak play this weekend, in addition to numerous local country, bluegrass, swing and other distinctly American sounds. Sprinkled among the music festivities, there are readings, artist workshops and a “Liar’s Contest” on Saturday. The Festival is free and runs today through Monday at the Seattle Center.

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