Grab your partner! Do Si Do! Down Home Radio and The Jalopy Theater present the 8th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church starting today, Friday, April 8th through Sunday, April 10th. Per the event’s website, “The 3-day festival includes 30 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance and swing dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more!”
Highlights include Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Michael Hurley, Spirit Family Reunion, Ed Sanders and Steve Taylor (of the Fugs) Syrian vocalist Gaida and Ethiopian musician Abay Mengiste. Veteran activist Mattie Jones will also teach freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sunday’s festivities are particularly family friendly with a sing-along at 2:00 pm, earth-friendly puppet show at 4:00 pm, young people’s concert at 6:00 pm and square dancing at 7:00 pm.
Recent renovations at St. Ann’s have allowed for a second stage in Parish Hall, “room for food, drink and vendors, and new this year, additional rooms for workshops and film screenings.” The festival sells out every year. So, check the full schedule and buy those tickets!
3-Day Pass: $85
Saturday All Day Pass: $35
Sunday All Day Pass: $35
Friday Evening, 8pm-12:30am: $25
Saturday Afternoon, 1pm-7:30pm: $25
Saturday Evening, 8pm-12:15am: $25
Sunday Afternoon, 2pm-6:45pm: $25
Sunday Evening, 7pm-10:45pm: $20