From the good folks at the Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival:
The Richmond Folk Festival, scheduled for Oct. 12-14, 2018, is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront, according to organizers.
Much like the Greensboro Folk Festival, this festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Council for the Traditional Arts’ National Folk Festival, held in Richmond from 2005-2007. The Richmond Folk Festival features performing groups representing a diverse array of cultural traditions on seven stages.
In 2017, the festival attracted more than 220,000 people to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food.
The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running. The 2018 Festival will bring a new and similarly amazing list of performers — including bluegrass superstar Claire Lynch, Boone, North Carolina-based Jeff Little Trio and gospel queen Mavis Staples — as well as other artists and exhibitors.
Learn more here: https://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/performers/
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance has announced the fall lineup for the event happening Oct. 4 – 7, 2018, on 72 acres outside of Pittsboro, North Carolina, just outside the Triangle. Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine ranks Shakori Hills as one of the best festivals of 2018.
Festival founders Donna the Buffalo will perform a headlining set Friday night and sets during the weekend with Zydeco elder statesman Preston Frank on accordion. Ryan Montbleau will treat the crowds to a solo set while Consider the Source will play hybrid acoustic.
Meanwhile, Durham-native G Yamazawa, a rapper and poet whose song “North Cack” rose to No. 3 on Spotify’s “Viral 50” chart last year, will make his first visit to Shakori Hills, as will rising Americana star Sierra Ferrell. Rolling Stone described Ferrell’s singing as a blend of, “folk, country, and ragtime, in a tone that has the foggy warmth of a photograph.”
And some of my personal favorites including Yarn, Caleb Caudle and folk-rock Shiloh Hill, a Winston-Salem-based band, will make its Shakori Hills debut this fall. I just released a first listen of the band’s latest video here and on No Depression.
If you are looking for some live music this weekend in Western North Carolina, don’t miss the annual Jam in the Trees set for Aug. 24-25 at Pisgah Brewing Co. in Black Mountain. Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine named this progressive string and roots bash among its 2018 Best Independent Music Variety Festivals. Acts include the Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas Band, Shooter Jennings and Elizabeth Cook.
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From the good folks over at the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation:
Are you ready to BE LOUD again?
Be Loud! ’18 is set for the weekend of Aug. 24-25 Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, with all proceeds benefiting the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.
This is our fifth Anniversary show (can you believe it?!) and we’re pleased to announce that Matthew Sweet is headlining Friday night with a reunited The Right Profile and Surrender Human opening. Saturday night is anchored by the one and only Sex Police with Collapsis and the Pre-Raphaelites supporting.