Sing, Play, Dance or Just Listen at Lake Erie Folk Fest

Carolina Blue

Sat 2/22 @ 1PM

The Lake Erie Folk Fest turns to Shore Cultural Center in Euclid, for a day-long whirl of traditional-music workshops, dances, jam sessions and performances, including participatory events.

From 1-6pm, there’ll be a packed schedule of mini-concerts and workshops for all skill levels, covering genres such as Celtic music, blues, polka, bluegrass and old-time, with special sessions geared for families and kids. Some of the best local players will be on hand to lead things, such as Bob Frank (harmonica), Sheelah Das (ukulele), Tina Bergmann (hammered dulcimer), and Paul Kovac (guitar).

Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing will be leading a swing dance, and there’ll be a polka dance and contra dance too. The Euclid High School Drumline will do a special performance at 2:45.

There’ll be a community sing, room for informal jams, and even an open mic, running all afternoon. So if you can’t find a way to participate, you aren’t really trying! Food is available in the bistro from noon-7:30pm.

Then at 7:30pm, everything converges on the auditorium where North Carolina quintet Carolina Blue will headline the evening concert with their award-winning traditional bluegrass music. The bill also includes three Cleveland acts: Harmonia, who play a mix of eastern European music; Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Work, a performance poetry ensemble of young black men ages 8-8; and Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Luca Mundaca.

The afternoon sessions are free. The evening concert is $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 12 and under are free.


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