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Friday, May 25
 

11:30am PDT

Guitar Orchestra of Seattle
The 66 String Guitar Paolooza

Performers
GO

Guitar Orchestra of Seattle

Guitar Orchestra is a collective of guitarists that work towards building commmunity and playing fun and interesting music from aroudn the world and across time. Over the last 18 years the Guitar Orchestra have played music arranged from ancient chants and lively folk dances and rocking... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

6:00pm PDT

Open Drum & Dance with Carold Nelson
With Carold Nelson

Performers
OD

Open Drum & Dance with Carold Nelson

Open Drum Circle with Carold Nelson!


Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

6:45pm PDT

Cello X aka Seattle Cello eXperiment
An eXperiment in Cello

Performers
CX

Cello X aka Seattle Cello eXperiment

Cello X was founded in 2010 by local cellist Peter Williams. Their mission is to explore the sonic possibilities and push the boundaries of cello playing. Its members are classically trained and are as comfortable performing Bach as Alice in Chains and Metallica. Cello X specializes... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 6:45pm - 7:15pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Joseph L Young
World Flutes & Sax

Performers
JL

Joseph L Young

One of Young’s goals is to create "music without boundaries" that offers a universal sound for everyone to enjoy. He adds: "I want my music to help people work through their emotions, releasing the negative as they grow and change, serving as a catalyst to help with their transformation... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

11:00am PDT

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra
International Folk/Classical Ensemble

Performers
SM

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Mandolin orchestras are part of the rich American folk performance tradition, originating in the 1920's as an accessible way for working people to participate in music. The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra has been continuing that tradition since 1968. Under the artistic direction of Dr... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

11:00am PDT

Tumbleweed Learns a Tune-Colman’s March
With Mimi Geibel

Performers
TL

Tumbleweed Learns a Tune-Colman’s March

For anyone who wants to get this classic jamming tune under their belt. Geared for beginning strummers and beg./int. tune pickers. Key of D


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Armory Loft 4- Music Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

11:40am PDT

Rick Fogel
Original Hammer Dulcimer Music

Performers
RF

Rick Fogel

In 1975, Rick first learned to build and play the dulcimer in Charlottesville, Virginia, after receiving a masters degree in nuclear physics. He has since founded the Whamdiddle Dulcimer Company, built hundreds of dulcimers, performed and taught workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

12:00pm PDT

Experiential Drumming For Fun
With Randy and Cliff Pomeroy

Performers
ED

Experiential Drumming For Fun

EXPERIENTIAL DRUMMING FOR FUN is an interactive workshop open to all ages and all abilities. Together we will explore music making using various instruments, drums and percussion's. Randy Pomeroy train as Drum Circle Facilitators (DCF's) with Arthur Hull of Village Music Circles... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Boom Boom Diggy
With Nathan Collins

Performers
BB

Boom Boom Diggy

Interactive Playshop for children, families and adults. Focus on FUN! Learn drum rhythms and drum circles songs and games. Some instruments will be provided.Nathan has always been involved with music. He fell in love with the music program, rhythm being the basic fundamentals taught... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

2:00pm PDT

FANGA, The World’s Most Popular Hand Drum Song
With Simone LaDrumma

Performers
FT

FANGA, The World’s Most Popular Hand Drum Song

Simone LaDrumma has been teaching the longest-running hand drums classes in the Seattle area. She began drumming professionally in 1987. In 1991, she created “Drumming & The Holistic Expression of Rhythm,” a method of learning to play hand drums that bridges the gap between our... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

3:00pm PDT

Rumble & Rhythm Family Drum Circle
With Jim Boneau

Performers
RA

Rumble & Rhythm Family Drum Circle

Jim Boneau is a facilitator, teacher, speaker and coach who has a passion for igniting leaders and professionals who are committed to the development of others. In 2000, after achieving success in corporate America, Jim participated in his first Village Music Circles Hawaii Playshop... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

3:30pm PDT

Autoharp Playing Styles for Old-time, Celtic, Folk and Original Music
Play Versatile Beautiful Autoharp

Performers
AP

Autoharp Playing Styles for Old-time, Celtic, Folk & Original Music

Cathy has performed and taught autoharp for 25 years locally, nationally, and internationally. She won the International Autoharp Championship in Winfield, KS, in 2005, founded and has taught at the Seattle Autoharp Week for 12 years, has taught and performed at the Ozark Folk Center... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:30pm - 4:50pm PDT
Armory Loft 4- Music Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:00pm PDT

Beginner's Strum Jam
With Mimi Geibel

Performers
BS

Beginner's Strum Jam

Don’t be intimidated by groups of musical jammers. Learn the basics to jamming in a group, geared for strumming instruments. We’ll go through a couple of easy tunes to put under your belt.


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Boeing Green 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:00pm PDT

Salmon Run Drum Story
With "Jamtown" John Hayden

Performers
SR

Salmon Run Drum Story

What began as a passions for adventure travel and music has blossomed into a business that connects people around the globe, including you! After 20 years, our respect and understanding of other cultures continues to grow more deeply. Jamtown works directly with artisans, cooperatives... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:00pm PDT

Move It & Groove It
With Alexandra Be

Performers
MI

Move It & Groove It

Join Alexandra Be in her Move It & Groove It Workshop at the Rhythm Tent. All ages are welcome, so I hope to see you there!


Saturday May 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:00pm PDT

Music Theory, learning the magical, mystical language of music
With Birgit Ages & Philip Ages

Performers
MT

Music Theory, learning the magical, mystical language of music

in the Pacific northwest for 30 years. Performed at Northwest Folklife for the last 28 years. International Folkdance music. promoter and Coordinator of events for music in the Pacific Northwest


Saturday May 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm PDT
Armory Loft 4- Music Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

6:00pm PDT

Diatonic Button Accordion
With Kory Tideman

Performers
DB

Diatonic Button Accordion

Kory Tideman has been playing diatonic accordion for 45 years. He has lead a workshop at the Leavenworth Accordion Celebration and is thrilled to host a workshop at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Come join this workshop for an overview of the diatonic accordion, history, styles... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Armory Loft 4- Music Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

6:00pm PDT

Open Drum & Dance with Carold Nelson
With Carold Nelson

Performers
OD

Open Drum & Dance with Carold Nelson

Open Drum Circle with Carold Nelson!


Saturday May 26, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Sunday, May 27
 

11:00am PDT

Pamela Mortenson
Powerhouse Worldbeat Didgeridoo

Performers
PM

Pamela Mortenson

Hi, I’m Pam. I play didgeridoo. Together, the didges and I tell all kinds of stories from beats of the urban streets to tales of the modern day forest-wandering shaman to lyrical songs of the cosmic divine. I love hanging out in a variety of worlds and letting that inspire the music... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

12:00pm PDT

Experiential Drumming For Fun
With Randy and Cliff Pomeroy

Performers
ED

Experiential Drumming For Fun

EXPERIENTIAL DRUMMING FOR FUN is an interactive workshop open to all ages and all abilities. Together we will explore music making using various instruments, drums and percussion's. Randy Pomeroy train as Drum Circle Facilitators (DCF's) with Arthur Hull of Village Music Circles... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

12:30pm PDT

Greathart's Ukulele Sing-along!
With Mel Greathart

Performers
GU

Greathart's Ukulele Sing Along!

Melanie Greathart is classically-trained in performance and general obnoxiousness, and currently leads the Ted Brown Uke an’ Play circle every Wednesday from 6:30-7:45, and the Ukulele Sing-along at the Northwest Folklife Festival. The ukulele is for everyone, and Mel introduces... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:50pm PDT
Armory Loft 4- Music Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Sax G
Children of the Sun.

Performers
SG

Sax G

I started rhyming when I was homeless in 2008. My friends, who made beats, rarely had beats for me because they gave them all to Nacho lol. So I started making my own beats in 2010. Now we're here.


Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
KEXP Gathering Space: Sponsored by KEXP 90.3FM 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Pamela Mortenson
Powerhouse Worldbeat Didgeridoo

Performers
PM

Pamela Mortenson

Hi, I’m Pam. I play didgeridoo. Together, the didges and I tell all kinds of stories from beats of the urban streets to tales of the modern day forest-wandering shaman to lyrical songs of the cosmic divine. I love hanging out in a variety of worlds and letting that inspire the music... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Discovery Zone Stage: Sponsored by Parentmap 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

3:00pm PDT

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
With Kory Tideman

Performers
HS

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Kory Tideman has been playing Slack Key since 1979- his first real foray into finger-styles. He has played at various Hawaiian festivals in the Pacific Northwest and have played with Led Kaapama. Ozzie Kotani and others. Come join this workshop for an overview of the Hawaiian Slack... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Armory Loft 4- Music Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:00pm PDT

Rhythm Games
With Abby Greene Bull

Performers
RG

Rhythm Games

Abby Greene Bull leads rhythmic games designed to help you listen, interact, connect and groove to one pulse. Her facilitated Pulse Play sessions are a powerful form of moving meditation to ignite your inner rhythm, engage the unexpressed brain, and leave you energized.


Sunday May 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:00pm PDT

Meter Music School Presents: Beginning Drums for Kids
With Peyton Levin

Performers
MM

Meter Music School Presents: Beginning Drums for Kids

Peyton Levin’s hand drum workshop is focused on the essential elements of improvising, designed for all ages and skill levels! Participants will learn about playing technique, keeping a steady beat, and creating their own rhythms via drum circle games. Peyton is a percussionist... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

6:00pm PDT

Open Drum & Dance with Lance Scott
With Lance Scott

Performers
OD

Open Drum & Dance with Lance Scott

Lance has been playing in drum circles for three decades and has studied traditional West African rhythms for the last dozen years. He is a veteran performer in the ensembles Afö, Bambara Spirit, and the Invisible Circus, and is now bringing his knowledge of traditional djembe into... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Monday, May 28
 

11:00am PDT

1000 Cellos
With Karen Fardal, Morven Balmidiano and Karen Helseth

Performers
1C

1000 Cellos

Whether you are a cello student, a cello teacher, a member of a community orchestra, a member of the Seattle Symphony, Yo Yo Ma or a cellist without a formal affiliation, you are invited to join this exciting one-time event bringing together Seattle cellists to perform in a Northwest... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Cornish Courtyard 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

12:00pm PDT

Rumble & Rhythm Family Drum Circle
With Jim Boneau

Performers
RA

Rumble & Rhythm Family Drum Circle

Jim Boneau is a facilitator, teacher, speaker and coach who has a passion for igniting leaders and professionals who are committed to the development of others. In 2000, after achieving success in corporate America, Jim participated in his first Village Music Circles Hawaii Playshop... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

12:30pm PDT

Beginning Hammer Dulcimer
With Rick Fogel

Performers
BH

Beginning Hammer Dulcimer

In 1975, Rick first learned to build and play the dulcimer in Charlottesville, Virginia, after receiving a masters degree in nuclear physics. He has since founded the Whamdiddle Dulcimer Company, built hundreds of dulcimers, performed and taught workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:50pm PDT
Armory Loft 4- Music Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Family Friendly Drumming!
With Friends

Performers

Monday May 28, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

2:00pm PDT

High Class Brass
Lively Brass Music

Performers
HC

High Class Brass

High Class Brass is a premier Brass Quintet in Seattle, WA. Members of the group have played together for over 10 years, performing a diverse repertoire of brass music including classical quintet compositions, jazz, pop, and marches. We play for our love of music and enjoyment of... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

2:00pm PDT

Rhythm Games
With Abby Greene Bull

Performers
RG

Rhythm Games

Abby Greene Bull leads rhythmic games designed to help you listen, interact, connect and groove to one pulse. Her facilitated Pulse Play sessions are a powerful form of moving meditation to ignite your inner rhythm, engage the unexpressed brain, and leave you energized.


Monday May 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

3:00pm PDT

Beginning Bones Playing
With Rick Fogel

Performers
BB

Beginning Bones Playing

Bones are a percussion instrument that is portable, unbreakable, inexpensive, easy to play any kind of music, prehistoric in origin, and always in tune. Many people have not heard bones playing, so with a little practice you will create a delightful surprise. There will be many different... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:00pm PDT

Introduction to Whole Person Drumming
With Zorina Wolf

Performers
IT

Introduction to Whole Person Drumming

Discover how Whole Person drumming can be one of the best ways to health and vitality! In these sessions you will learn: • to experience the drum as an energetic instrument--increasing well-being and vitality • basic technique to create your own unique sounds • the joy of singing... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:00pm PDT

Salmon Run Drum Story
With "Jamtown" John Hayden

Performers
SR

Salmon Run Drum Story

What began as a passions for adventure travel and music has blossomed into a business that connects people around the globe, including you! After 20 years, our respect and understanding of other cultures continues to grow more deeply. Jamtown works directly with artisans, cooperatives... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:45pm PDT

Ecco Chamber Ensemble
Socially Conscious Chamber Music

Performers
EC

Ecco Chamber Ensemble

The Ecco Chamber Ensemble, a trio composed of soprano Stacey Mastrian, flutist and composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte, and guitarist and composer Mark Hilliard Wilson, works to build concerts around the intersection of art and social change. Their focus is on programming classical music... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 5:45pm - 6:15pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

6:00pm PDT

Open Drum & Dance with Carold Nelson
With Carold Nelson

Performers
OD

Open Drum & Dance with Carold Nelson

Open Drum Circle with Carold Nelson!


Monday May 28, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Rhythm Tent 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109