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Friday, May 25
 

4:00pm PDT

Sarah Holman
Young Acoustic Pop Performer

Performers
SH

Sarah Holman

My name is Sarah Holman I am a 16 year old singer-songwriter from Seattle. I have been writing songs since 7th grade and would love to make music for a living. I have performed at the Bite of Seattle and Taste of Tacoma in the past. I also perform at coffee shops a lot!


Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:35pm PDT

Mia Day
Young Folk Singer-songwriter

Performers
MD

Mia Day

Mia Day is a young folk singer-songwriter local to Seattle. At seventeen years old, Mia brings with her on stage her ukulele and guitar and provides an intimate performance filled with the stories she longs to tell. Mia started writing songs when she was ten years old, after a man... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:35pm - 5:05pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:10pm PDT

Erika Lundahl
Songs for the Earth

Performers
EL

Erika Lundahl

Erika Lundahl is a Seattle musician and activist. She employs her classically trained voice and distinctive "tapping" guitar style to create an enveloping, atmospheric musical space. Her poetic, often autobiographical lyrics employ poignant and powerful imagery to deal with contemporary... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 5:10pm - 5:40pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:45pm PDT

Ryan Hoffman
French Musette Guitar

Performers
RH

Ryan Hoffman

I am a Seattle based guitarist, specializing in Gypsy Jazz and Musette. I studied Gypsy Jazz in France and the Netherlands with Sammy Daussat and Fapy Lafertin. I co-founded the Seattle band Zazou with my wife and I played for 9 years with the well known GJ group Pearl Django. Currently... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 5:45pm - 6:15pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

6:20pm PDT

mark wilson
Organic Beats from Barcelona

Performers
MW

mark wilson

Mandolinist, guitar player, singer and deep house dj Nick Presecott has played through out Europe but is based in Barcelona, where he makes music regularly in Bodegas and backyards, old castles and new cafes with his violin and singing partner Rebecca Macauley. Guitarist Mark H Wilson... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 6:20pm - 6:50pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:00pm PDT

Paul Che oke ten Wagner
Coast-Salish Stories Native Flute

Performers
PC

Paul Che oke ten Wagner

Paul “Che-ok-ten” Wagner is from the Saanich First Nations of Vancouver Island BC Canada, as a Traditional Storyteller & Native American flutist he brings us on a wonderful, profound and humorous journey to the world of Mermaids, Leprechauns, Grandmother cedar trees and marauding... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 7:00pm - 7:25pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:30pm PDT

Auntmama and Amigos
A NW Chicano Victory

Performers
AA

Auntmama and Amigos

Auntmama storyteller, emcee and keynoter presents her unique, original stories and performances at corporate or private events and festivals throughout North America. Integrating eclectic insights gained as an international leadership consultant, journalists, dramatist and machinist... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 7:30pm - 7:55pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

8:00pm PDT

Jo Walter, Storyteller
There and Back Again

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Jo Walter

Jo has combined storytelling for kids and adults in teaching and social justice work for more than 20 years. Her teaching mission is to inspire imaginations through the spoken word. "In our culture where images arrive fast and furious from television screens, our imaginations blossom... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 8:00pm - 8:25pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

8:30pm PDT

Sam Blackman
Stories: Poignant, Nuanced, Thought-Provoking

Performers
SB

Sam Blackman

Sam Blackman is a physician, scientist, teacher, and storyteller. His stories reflect 30 years of observing and studying life at all levels, and convey poignant themes and emotionally resonant episodes with grace and humor. Sam has won The Moth GrandSLAM and multiple StorySLAM events... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 8:30pm - 8:55pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Joseph L Young
World Flutes & Sax

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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

11:40am 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

12:20pm PDT

David Maloney
Veteran Songwriter, Performer, Humanitarian

Performers
DM

David Maloney

DAVID HAS BEEN AN ENDURING PRESENCE ON THE NORTHWEST SINGER-SONGWRITER SCENE SINCE THE 1970S. AS ONE HALF OF HE LEGENDARY ACOUSTIC DUO "REILLY AND MALONEY", DAVID CONTINUES TO WRITE AND RECORD SONGS OF HUMAN AND SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE AS WELL SONGS OF HUMOR AND STORIES THAT WARM THE... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 12:20pm - 12:50pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Jason McCue
Alternative Folk Songwriter

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JM

Jason McCue

Jason McCue is a Seattle-based alternative folk artist. He is the winner of the 2017 Sound Off competition, and released his full length album PANGAEA in March 2018.


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:35pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

1:45pm PDT

Tiffany Wilson
Your Seattle Soul Ambassador

Performers
TW

Tiffany Wilson

Tiffany Wilson is a true musical artist and songwriter whose voice speaks to something real and soulful. Not content with writing only standard love songs, her latest album "#SeeSharp" also speaks of inner and outer change, politics, and vision of a brighter future.As a solo artist... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

2:25pm PDT

Jim Page
Folk Music with Teeth

Performers
JP

Jim Page

Jim Page was named by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as “One Of The 50 Most Influential Musicians In Seattle History.”  He has recorded 21 albums over the course of a 40-plus year career and written a mountain of songs.  He has toured in 13 countries including the US, Canada... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:25pm - 2:55pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:05pm PDT

Jim Skewes
Fingerpicking Folk Noir Originals

Performers
JS

Jim Skewes

Jim Skewes is a classically trained guitarist (Cornish College of the Arts) who has been entertaining in Seattle and Portland for many years.His current CD "Blue to Black" and upcoming CD "Song Museum" feature original material with moody vocals, solid fingerpicking and lots of imagery... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:05pm - 3:35pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:45pm PDT

LTX Space Planning - a Community Conversation
With La Sala and Cultural Focus Committee Members

Performers
LS

LTX Space Planning - a community conversation

La Sala, Seattle Amistad School, and the Latino Community Fund have joined together to create a long-term center, LTX Space, for Latinx education, culture, and both community-based and professional arts. La Sala is engaging a broad range of Seattle’s Latinx community—those who... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:20pm PDT

Lindsay Clark
Intricate, Ethereal Folk Music

Performers
LC

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay Clark finds balance between traditional folk, english folk, country, and her own version of experimental folk that seems to come only from her soul. Exquisite and pitch perfect, her music speaks of quiet revelation. With influences ranging from the Elizabeth Cotton, Joni Mitchell... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:20pm - 4:50pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:00pm PDT

Lizzie Weber
Singer-songwriter

Performers
LW

Lizzie Weber

Lizzie Weber is a St. Louis-born, Anacortes based singer/songwriter. She released her debut full-length album in January 2014, and most recently released a single produced by Grammy-award winner Sheldon Gomberg called "Love Again." Her intimate songwriting style traverses the folk... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

6:30pm PDT

Karyn Ann
Neo-soul Troubadour

Performers
KA

Karyn Ann

With a voice known to “beguile the most inattentive bar-goer,” Karyn Ann has gained notoriety as a skilled singer and songwriter. Her song The Ender has appeared in a feature-length indie film and her song Listen My Dear was commissioned for a short film. She performs all over... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 6:30pm - 7:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:10pm PDT

Noah Derksen
Contemplative Folk, Acoustic, Melodic

Performers
ND

Noah Derksen

Born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah Derksen’s... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 7:10pm - 7:40pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:50pm PDT

Kelsey Sprague
Heart to Heart Folk

Performers
KS

Kelsey Sprague

Kelsey Sprague, with only her voice and an acoustic guitar, manages to convey everything beautiful and simultaneously desperate about the constant mist, relieved by the occasional spike of sunshine. With influences ranging from classics like Patsy Cline and Connie Francis to more... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 7:50pm - 8:20pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

8:30pm PDT

Wesley Randolph Eader
New Old Time Country

Performers
WR

Wesley Randolph Eader

American folk & old-time country singer-songwriter Wesley Randolph Eader has family roots all over Tennessee, but he was born and raised among the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. His storytelling songs showcase a broad understanding of American roots music: country ballads, bluegrass... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 8:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
 
Sunday, May 27
 

11:00am PDT

Peter Ali / Native American flutist
Songs of the Heart

Performers

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

11:35am PDT

Patrice Webb
Award-winning Singer Songwriter

Performers
PW

Patrice Webb

Patrice Webb is a singer songwriter from Sandpoint Idaho. Patrice’s songs tell of the lives of those who’s stories make up the vibrant tapestry known as “Americana”. These are songs that are sung in a voice full of poignancy and humor and are described as “snapshots in time... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:35am - 12:05pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

12:15pm PDT

2018 Jack Straw Writers, Hosted by Daemond Arrindell
Featuring Kamari Bright, Meredith Clark, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, Rachel Trignano, Juan Reyes, Dujie Tahat, and Jalayna Walton

Performers
2J

2018 Jack Straw Writers, Hosted by Daemond Arrindell

Featuring Kamari Bright, Meredith Clark, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, Rachel Trignano, Juan Reyes, Dujie Tahat, and Jalayna Walton.


Sunday May 27, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

2:00pm PDT

Nancy Salguero McKay
What is Moral Courage?

Performers
NS

Nancy Salguero McKay

Nancy was born and raised in Mexico City, coming to the U.S when she was 17 years old. Currently, she is the Curator of Collections and Exhibits, for the upcoming Highline Heritage Museum. Her duties include preserving the stories of the Highline region through community engagement... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

2:50pm PDT

J.R. Rhodes
Singer/Songwriter

Performers
JR

J.R. Rhodes

Singer-songwriter J.R. Rhodes believes that music heals and that love is real. From her first open-mic performances at the O.K. Hotel, Seattle, to her latest album I Am, these beliefs in the transformative power of song are distilled into gems of quiet intensity that traverse blues... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 2:50pm - 3:20pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:25pm PDT

Tomo Nakayama
Northwest Indie Folk Singer-songwriter

Performers
TN

Tomo Nakayama

Named "Best Folk Act 2017" by Seattle Weekly, Tomo Nakayama has consistently created music that is complex, nuanced, and emotionally compelling. He is a former Artist in Residence at Town Hall, and his decade of work both as a solo artist and as frontman in his chamber-pop band Grand... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 3:25pm - 3:55pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:00pm PDT

Pat Chessell
Celtic Canadian Folk Singer

Performers
PC

Pat Chessell

Pat Chessell has been performing professionally since the age of 16. Now in his early thirties, he has become one of the most sought after and in demand acts on the Vancouver music scene. He has opened for Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, Delhi 2 Dublin, Jim Byrnes, The Town... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:40pm PDT

Leonard Podolak
Trad

Performers
LP

Leonard Podolak

Leonard Podolak has been playing traditional music professionally for over 25 years. He founded the Duhks after being influenced by a generation of fabulous musicians he was exposed to at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Along with touring and recording with A variety of groups from North... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 4:40pm - 5:10pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:25pm PDT

Oliver Swain
Alt.Old.Time

Performers
OS

Oliver Swain

Award winning roots artist Oliver Swain has as been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles for both his astonishing instrumental and vocal abilities, though he seldom gives the genre a fully traditional treatment. Oliver Swain strays... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 5:25pm - 6:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:00pm PDT

Liars' Contest
Sign Up in the Folklife Cafe Lobby at 5pm to Share a Story! Limit 8 minutes.

Performers
LC

Liars' Contest

Sign Up in the Folklife Cafe Lobby at 5pm to Share a Story! Limit 8 minutes.


Sunday May 27, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
 
Monday, May 28
 

11:00am PDT

Tre Paesani
Italian Latin Mandolin Cuatro

Performers
TP

Tre Paesani

Johnny Calcagno, Robert Hinrix, and Tony Mates play traditional tunes from Italy, Western Europe, and Latin America, These intricate and beautiful melodies from Sicily, Puerto Rico, and Mexico are played on mandolin and 10 stringed cuatro, and there is a story to go with each tune... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

11:40am PDT

The Tarantellas
Italian Mandolin/Guitar Duo

Performers
TT

The Tarantellas

We are applying for the Italian Showcase promoting Festa Italiana. We did it last year. Emcee John Venables knows all about us.


Monday May 28, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

12:20pm PDT

TONY LA STELLA, Italian Singer & Guitarist
Sinatra, Opera, Italian Pop

Performers
TL

TONY LA STELLA, Italian Singer & Guitarist

"Superstar Talent…Magnificent Tenor Voice" (American Liberty News) Tony La Stella performs OPERA, SINATRA & ROCK” named TOP MALE VOCALIST IN THE USA (Hollywood Pillin Awards) with appearances in Night Clubs, Concerts, Television, Motion Pictures, Broadway Musicals & Opera throughout... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 12:20pm - 12:50pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Anika Pearl
Soulful, Rock and Pop

Performers
AP

Anika Pearl

Anika Pearl is a 15 year old musician and is also the name of the duo that she has with her Dad. She has played on stage since she was 9 years old with several different instruments as a soloist, as a member for the school orchestra and in different band configurations where she also... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

1:45pm PDT

Olivia and Rene
Beautiful Melodies from Brazil!

Performers
OA

Olivia and Rene

Hailing from Portland, OR, Olivia and Rene have played festivals and house concerts across the Pacific NW. Olivia Duffy and Rene' Berblinger fell in love with Brazilian choro, a rich genre of intricate melodies and playful syncopation. Their expressive and joyful music is grounded... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:15pm PDT

Seattle Escribe
Members of Seattle Escribe (The only Spanish speaking writers group in Seattle) will be sharing their work with the audience.

Performers
SE

Seattle Escribe

Seattle Escribe es una plataforma que une, fortalece e impulsa a los escritores a enriquecer y preservar la riqueza de la naturaleza de la lengua castellana. Nuestros talleres literarios y actividades culturales estimulan la escritura creativa en espanol con el objetivo de compartir... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:20pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:30pm PDT

El Fin del Mundo
Greek, Balkan, Original Tunes

Performers
EF

El Fin del Mundo

El Fin del Mundo is Hank Bradley, Cathie Whitesides and WB Reid. They play music that’s out-of-this- world fun to play: Greek, Serbian, the El Fin del Mundo Rag, Hank’s songs from his latest CD. Each with decades of musical experience performing at Georgia's Greek Restaurant and... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:10pm PDT

John Palmes
Folk Music from Alaska

Performers
JP

John Palmes

A folk musician from Juneau Alaska, John Palmes sings and plays mouthbow, guitar and fiddle. John is featured on National Public Radio for his songwriting and playing the Appalachian mouthbow and is a regular performer at the Alaska Folk Festival, Northwest Folklife Festival and the... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 5:10pm - 5:40pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:45pm PDT

Bill Pfleging
Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist Extraordinaire

Performers
BP

Bill Pfleging

A veteran of both the Vietnam War (US Navy), and the first Woodstock Festival, Bill is originally from the Woodstock, NY area, and relocated to the PNW several years ago. He played at both the 20th and 21st Anniversary Woodstock as well as other festivals, and shared the stage with... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 5:45pm - 6:15pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

6:20pm PDT

Lauren.Napier
Poetic Punk Folk

Performers
L

Lauren.Napier

Inspired by all forms of energy and art, lauren.napier takes comfort in the written word and in creative performance. With this latest musical incarnation, she hopes that you feel as though you are sitting next to her, surrounded by candles and the pull of the moon. Most sounds were... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 6:20pm - 6:50pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

6:55pm PDT

Brittany Jean
Washington's Own...Brittany Jean

Performers
BJ

Brittany Jean

Brittany Jean grew-up in West Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Brewster, Washington 4 years ago with her parents who relocated for employment opportunities. She has travelled to and from Nashville many times while living in Washington State to complete her Second Album "Leavin' Home... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 6:55pm - 7:25pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

7:30pm PDT

Cascade Cascade
Folk Indie Rock

Performers
CC

Cascade Cascade

Seattle musician Carly Calbero, knew that she didn't want to go back to singing and writing, strictly on her own. Cascade Cascade is the space between.Performing songs written by Calbero and her wife, Nika Wascher (formerly of The Alkis), the soulful power of her vocals and rhythmic... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 7:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
 


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