“I think the most common comment I get is this reminds me of music my dad listened to and I heard growing up. People like David Letterman like it. We are also attracting a lot of younger fans. I hope people will come and hear us to learn that country music is alive and well as Ameripolitan!”
“I expect that one look at this schedule will upend the ideas many people have about what a folk festival is,” said Julia Olin, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), which is co-producing the Festival with ArtsGreensboro, in a release. “Individual tickets to see all of these great artists would cost thousand of dollars, but this festival is entirely free! Who can resist such an offer?”
ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion adds, “The 75th National Folk Festival’s schedule celebrates the true diversity of America’s heritage, and promises exciting discoveries and fun at every turn.”
The Festival will kick off with the Jeff Little Trio at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Wrangler Stage (North Elm Street at Lindsay). At 6:30 p.m., the Opening Parade, sponsored by Bank of America and featuring the North Carolina A&T State University Drumline, the Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corps, performers, and the public, will march from the Wrangler Stage to the Belk Stage on Market Street (between Davie and Church). At 7 p.m., Festival organizers will officially open the Festival. From 7:15 to 10:30 p.m., the Festival’s four lit stages—the Belk Stage, the Wrangler Stage, the Church Street Stage, and the Dance Pavilion—will be in full swing.
Beginning at noon on Saturday, Sept. 12, all seven outdoor stages—plus Center City Park and the North Carolina Folklife Demonstration Area, presented by the N.C. Arts Council and featuring pottery traditions—will provide non-stop entertainment. The Wells Fargo Family Area and the McDonald’s Family Stage will host activities and performers until 5 pm. The North Carolina Traditions Stage, presented by the N.C. Arts Council, and the Lawn Stage, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, will host performances until 7 p.m. The four lit stages will be up and running until 10 or 10:30 p.m.
All venues will be operating starting at noon on Sunday, Sept. 13. Activities at the N.C. Folklife Demonstration Area will end around 4:40 p.m, with performances on the McDonald’s Family Stage ending at 5 p.m. Final performances on the other stages will end between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.
Special Fabric of Freedom performances, events, and exhibits showcasing Greensboro’s unique history as a catalyst for social change since the American Revolution will be presented on several stages and at both the Greensboro Historical Museum and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.
The North Carolina Arts Marketplace, sponsored by PNC Bank, and food and merchandise vendors will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
This also ran on The Huffington Post here.