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Richmond Folk Festival Announces More Artists

The best festival in Richmond just announced another round of musicians. We can’t wait for October.

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News straight for the Richmond Folk Festival. We’re beyond excited to check out 79rs Gang and looking for a hit of nostalgia with Art of Noise.

The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest and most beloved events. The festival draws attendees each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.

The free, three-day event hosts 200,000 people over the weekend and is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 performing groups from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces 10 artists of what will once again be a culturally diverse and inspiring program. Of the new artists being announced today, eight cultural traditions have never before been presented at the festival.

“While each year the Richmond Folk Festival provides a new artistic program, this year—the event’s 18th—promises to really stand out as a feast for the senses,” said Blaine Waide, associate director for the National Council for the Traditional Arts. “Whether featuring a longstanding local institution like the Art of Noise for the first time or numerous artistic traditions that are new to the festival—polyphonic singing from Epirus, Mauritanian griots, the haunting sounds of Bentonia blues, and many more—the 2022 festival will amaze and captivate audiences.”

ADDITIONAL ARTISTS TO BE FEATURED AT THE 2022 RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL INCLUDE:

  • 79rs Gang (New Orleans Black Masking Carnival music)
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Andre Thierry (zydeco)
    Richmond, California
  • Art of Noise (deejaying)
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Felipe Hostins (Brazilian forró)
    Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil, by way of New York
  • Gene Tagaban (Guuy Yaau) (Tlingit storyteller, musician, and dancer)
    Ruston, Washington
  • Isokratisses (polyphonic singing from Epirus)
    Deropoli and Politsani, Albania
  • Jesse Daniel (honky-tonk country)
    San Marcos, Texas
  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (Bentonia blues)
    Bentonia, Mississippi
  • Nani Noam Vazana (Ladino traditional song)
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritanian griot)
    Nouakchott, Mauritania

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

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.