Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Richmond Folk Festival Weekend Itinerary

The Richmond Folk Festival is October 10-12, 2014.

The Richmond Folk Festival is a three day event, but here's a potential Saturday/Sunday itinerary that takes in many of the performers.
Kayton Roberts
You could start Saturday with Kayton Roberts and Friends (country and western) at noon on the Community Foundation Stage. Kayton is heralded as a master of the classic steel guitar and was a member of Hank Snow’s Rainbow Ranch Boys. From there head over to the Dominion Dance Pavilion for the “Throwdown on Brown” breakdance competition at 1:15 pm. Sure to be a crowd favorite.

You won’t want to stay at the breakdancing competition for too long though, because The Hot Seats take to the Genworth Financial Family Stage at 1:30 pm. Trek on over to The Hot Seats, kids, and do some breakdancing of your own to their particular brand of old-timey music! Shortly after The Hot Seats finish you can keep the Appalachian vibe rolling with Furnace Mountain Band at 2:45 on the Union/UR Virginia Folklife Stage. But, in between The Hot Seats and Furnace Mountain you’d be well advised to sneak back on over to the Community Foundation Stage to catch a little bit of the West African Highlife Band, who play from 2:00-2:45.
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati
Either way, you definitely will want to return to the Community Foundation Stage at 4pm for Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati. Yes, this is Mexican mariachi music and it looks like it’ll be good! After the mariachi band is done try and squeeze in the Global Rhythms workshop from 5-6 pm at the MWV Stage.  Beware though, from 5:30-6:15 pm The Bailey Hummingbirds – a shout band – play on the Union/UR Virginia Folklife Stage. Shout Bands are all-brass, gospel-based groups from House of Prayer churches. The 20+ member Bailey Hummingbirds are based in Porsmouth, VA and feature trombones, a baritone horn, a sousaphone and percussion.

From this point on close out Saturday evening at the Altria Stage. Make sure you are there by 6:15pm to witness the Mayan Sundance – a five person acrobatic “dance” on an eighty foot pole with an ancient history and deep religious significance. Then, at 6:45 pm Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, featuring beatboxer Shodekeh, will perform funky go-go/jazz straight outta Baltimore. They will be immediately followed on the Altria stage by Quebecois group Le Vent du Nord at 7:30 pm, who play high-spirted French-Canadian music. That’s your Saturday.
Le Vent du Nord
Why not begin Sunday with some gospel music from Maggie Ingram and the Ingranettes at noon on the Community Foundation Stage? At 1pm the traditional country group Wild Ponies will be getting their honky-tonk on at the Union/UR Virginia Folklife Stage. At 2pm Pontic Greek musicians Kostas Fetfatsidis and Evan Karapanagiotides perform on the Richmond Times Dispatch/Richmond.com stage. Pontic Greek music is supposed to have a haunting and mysterious Near Eastern feel.

A must-see is the 3pm “From Africa to Appalachia” set at the Union/UR Virginia Folklife Stage featuring Danny Knicely, Sammy Shelor and Cheick Hamala Diabate. Any time these guys get together magic happens. Another good thing about seeing the Africa to Appalachia set is you’ll be well positioned to witness the winners of the breakdance competition, giving a special performance at that same Folklife stage starting at 4pm.
Joaquin Diaz
Then, if you like, head to the Altria stage to close out another day with Le Vent du Nord, who play from 5:00-5:45pm. Or, better yet, find some time to check out accordion master Joaquin Diaz and his meringue music - the vibrant dance music of the Dominican Republic. Joaquin plays 5-6pm at the Dominion Dance Pavilion. That’s it folks!

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