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Richmond Folk Festival Full Schedule of Events for a Virtual Celebration

The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce the full schedule for the virtual celebration that will take place the weekend of October 9-11, as well as final details about all the artists who will be featured throughout the weekend.

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The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce the full schedule for the virtual celebration that will take place the weekend of October 9-11, as well as final details about all the artists who will be featured throughout the weekend, bringing together the community through a special television program, radio broadcasts and online streaming.

Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program and the Children’s Museum, will present new music and dance performances that are exclusive to the festival, highlights of favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, a crafts marketplace and an official festival poster!

The show will go on—a virtual event celebrating the roots, richness, and variety of American culture.

THE FINAL FIVE ARTISTS WHO WILL BE FEATURED IN NEW, EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES IN THE LIVESTREAM EVENT INCLUDE:

  • Ann Yao (Chinese guzheng)
    Orlando, Florida

  • The Campbell Brothers (sacred steel guitar)
    Rochester, New York

  • Don Bryant (Memphis soul)
    Memphis, Tennessee

  • Jasmine Bell & North Bear (Lakota hoop dance and Northern Plains drum)
    Riverton, Wyoming

  • Pine Leaf Boys (Cajun)
    Lafayette, Louisiana

Click here for extended artist bios, plus audio and video samples on our website.

PAST FAVORITE PERFORMANCES ON VPM MUSIC (RADIO)

Listen all weekend to hear some of your favorite performances from the past 15 years of the Richmond Folk Festival. Tune in to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories. 

VPM MUSIC RADIO SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 FROM 6:00-10:00PM TUNE IN TO HEAR:

  • Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band (traditional New Orleans jazz) 2012

  • The Alt (Irish) 2015

  • Maggie Ingram & the Ingramettes (gospel) 2007

  • AltaiKAI (Altai throat-singing and traditional music) 2006

  • Bombino (Tuareg guitar) 2019

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 FROM 12:00-6:00PM TUNE IN TO HEAR:

  • Jeff Little Trio (Blue Ridge piano) 2018

  • Nathalie Pires (fado) 2013

  • Le Vent du Nord (Québécois) 2014

  • Debashish Bhattacharya & Family (Indian slide guitar) 2014

  • Joshua Nelson (kosher gospel) 2012

  • Lulo Reinhardt & Daniel Stelter (Gypsy jazz) 2018

  • Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata) 2016

  • Marcia Ball (Gulf Coast boogie-woogie piano) 2005

ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 FROM 12:00-6:00PM TUNE IN TO HEAR:

  • Virginia Sacred Singing feat.
    Frank Newsome (Old Regular Baptist hymns) 2007
    The Paschall Brothers (a cappella gospel quartet) 2005

  • Andes Manta (Andean) 2010

  • Dale Ann Bradley (bluegrass) 2017

  • Lurrie Bell (Chicago blues) 2013

  • Amargue Bachata Quintet with Andre Veloz (Dominican bachata) 2015

  • Ahava Raba (klezmer & cantorial) 2015

  • Sona Jobarteh (Manding griot) 2018

  • Clinton Fearon (Jamaican reggae) 2009

The full radio schedule and specific performance timing can be found on our website.

ALL TOGETHER NOW VPM PLUS TELEVISION SHOW

The Richmond Folk Festival proudly presents All Together Now, a two-part television program celebrating Virginia artists, to be aired on VPM Plus on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 from 6:00-8:00pm. This television program, created specifically for the 2020 festival, features new performances from some of Virginia’s most talented artists, along with several of our favorite past performances from the festival’s beloved Virginia Folklife Stage. Viewers will also enjoy brand new, 30-minute sets filmed at Richmond’s Spacebomb Studios in partnership with VPM, from artists including Butcher Brown feat. J. Plunky Branch, Cora Harvey Armstrong, Jared Pool & Friends, and Kadencia. All Together Now features both new performances and some of our favorites from the past.

The full television schedule, channels, and list of performers can be found on our website.

CARMAX FAMILY ACTIVITIES, PRODUCED BY THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Enjoy great new interactive videos from the Children’s Museum over the event weekend! Festival fans can make the iconic Children’s Museum bag hats, among many other creative and inspiring activities. Pick up your child’s bag hat kit in advance at the Children’s Museum’s downtown location, 2626 W Broad Street, at the doors closest to Terminal Pl. Pick up dates are: Saturday, October 3 from 10:00am-noon, and Saturday, October 10 from 10:00am-noon. Limited availability, one per child in each household. First-come, first-served.

TOGETHER APART: PARTICIPATORY ART INSTALLATION ON BROWN’S ISLAND

A new and exciting addition to this year’s festival is an interactive art installation on Brown’s Island, by artist Kevin Orlosky. Public participation is encouraged! The artwork will manifest as a massive stone labyrinth that when viewed from above reveals a hand. Become a part of the sculpture and paint a rock that represents something you miss, mourn, or are excited to experience again after the period of social distancing ends. Place your rock on the black fabric inside the contours of the rock perimeter. The public installation will take place from October 4-16 on Brown’s Island. More information can be found on our website.

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL BEER, HAZY FOLK

The official Richmond Folk Festival beer, Hazy Folk, our collaborative effort with AleWerks Brewing Company, is now available at select retailers throughout the state! This New England-style IPA greets you with aromas of ripe peaches, grapefruit and tangerines on the nose. Notes of tropical fruit and slightly citrusy pine take center stage with your first sip. The addition of oats and wheat to a light and crisp pilsen malt base yields a velvety mouthfeel. Grab a 4-pack while you can! Learn more about Hazy Folk and where you can purchase it on our website.

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL T-SHIRT AND POSTER FOR SALE

VCU graduate Shannon Wright joins a talented collection of artists commissioned to design the official poster for the Richmond Folk Festival. Posters and event t-shirts are for sale at Plan 9 Music in Carytown or at Plan 9 Online.

CRAFT MARKETPLACE ONLINE SHOPPING

The festival’s Craft Marketplace features artisans selling handcrafted and traditional items, ranging from jewelry and specialty goods to original artwork. This year, enjoy shopping from over 25 of your favorite festival merchants online.

WAYS TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS YEAR’S VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

This year’s virtual celebration is a great opportunity for families to plan gatherings and watch parties at home in a safe, fun and responsible way.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

6:00-10:00pm
LISTEN
to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals. 

6:30-8:30pm
VIEW LIVESTREAM at 
RichmondFolkFestival.org, the Richmond Folk Festival’s Facebook page, and the Richmond Folk Festival on YouTube.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

12:00-6:00pm
LISTEN
to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals.

1:30-5:45pm
VIEW LIVESTREAM at
RichmondFolkFestival.org, the Richmond Folk Festival’s Facebook page, and the Richmond Folk Festival on YouTube.

6:00-8:00pm
WATCH
All Together Now, a special television program celebrating Virginia artists, to be aired on VPM PBS Plus Channel 57.1 WCVW digital HD transmitters, and other VPM TV stations found on our website, as well as livestreamed on VPM’s Facebook page and VPM’s YouTube page.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

12:00-6:00pm
LISTEN
to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals.

2:00-6:00pm
VIEW LIVESTREAM at
RichmondFolkFestival.org, the Richmond Folk Festival’s Facebook page, and the Richmond Folk Festival on YouTube.

6:00-8:00pm
WATCH
All Together Now, a special television program celebrating Virginia artists, to be aired on VPM Plus Channel 57.1 WCVW digital HD transmitters, and other VPM TV stations found on our website, as well as livestreamed on VPM’s Facebook page and VPM’s YouTube page.

STAY INFORMED

Folk Fest Insider enewsletter subscribers are among the first to receive updates and breaking news about the festival. For more information about the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.  #RVAFolkFest

TEXT TO GIVE!

We won’t be able to gather on downtown Richmond’s riverfront this year, but the show will go on and we still need your support. Text FOLK to 44321 to donate or donate online.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

Altria, City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, WestRock, Capital One, Community Foundation, CarMax, NBC12 & CW Richmond, Richmond Times Dispatch, VPM, SummitMedia, National Park Service, Plan 9 Music, House of Hayes, Tonal Park Studios, Spacebomb Studios

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