It would be incredibly verbose of me to write something comprehensive about this weekend’s Free Folk Festival in San Francisco. But I will say that it’s going to be an amazing and FREE event at SF City College at 50 Phelan Ave – a truly one-of-a-kind event.
Along with the usual performances from some of the Bay Area’s best folk acts, the festival includes music and dance workshops from topics like Irish tunes, blues guitar, percussive guitar techniques and ethnic rhythm, harmonica jams, traditional ballads and so many more. This kind of fun and education is rarely offered in such an accessible way, and did I mention it’s free?
You may see some familiar names on the schedule – a few of the bands have been featured on The Bay Bridged or other local blogs in the past, such as All My Pretty Ones, Beatbeat Whisper, Ash Reiter and Culann’s Hounds. Plenty more acts will take the stages, such as teenage fiddler Karl Kummerle and SF Klesmer band Hot Kugel. The lineup is diverse indeed.
Each evening concludes with a dance party (how fun is that?!) – either international dance, square dance, or ballroom dance. There are also lots of kid-friendly events such as sing-a-longs. Visit the website for a wealth of information for planning your Free Folk Festival itinerary!