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Grantee Highlight: NC Folk Festival

2021 LeBauer Park Stage Photo by Lynn Donovan

Folk music has a long, rich history across the world. Folk music has many meanings across different cultures, but ultimately musicians agree that folk music is of the people. Smaller communities form and use music within these cultures to express their customs and traditions. Contemporary folk music emerged from traditional music, incorporating more modern themes into the familiar music style.

The North Carolina Folk Festival emerged in 2018 after Greensboro’s successful three-year National Folk Festival residence. Similar to the values of the National Folk Festival, North Carolina Folk Festival is dedicated to inclusivity by presenting different artists from varying backgrounds to perform on the same stage. NC Folk Fest highlights the diverse people that make up our community and world in one weekend, promoting culture and acceptance.

The 2022 performer lineup is full of talented artists ready to bring their art to Downtown Greensboro. Headliners include George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Sam Bush and Future Birds. Other performances include:

  • Karan Casey
  • QWANQWA
  • Michael Winograd & The Honorable Mentshn
  • Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
  • Big Band Boom
  • Jeff Little Trio
  • Symphony Unbound featuring Dori Freeman and the Winston-Salem Symphony String Quintet
  • Black Opry Revue featuring Joy Clark, Autumn Nicholas, Tae Lewis, Chris Pierce and Aaron Vance
  • BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
  • The Rumble
  • Soultriii
  • The Secret Agency
  • Kiki Villamizar
  • Larry Bellorín
  • Caleb Serrano

The weekend also features performances by Not Your Average Folk Contest winners, Anna Vitipl, The Zinc Kings and the Travis Williams Group. The weekend will also feature Center City Jams and Dance @ the Van Dyke.

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