National Folk Festival coming to Salisbury this weekend

Central to the musical traditions of New Orleans are the African American brass bands that play for traditional funerals and street parades. Among the most beloved of these is the Tremé Brass Band from the venerable and storied Tremé neighborhood. (Submitted photo)

SALISBURY, Md.. — The 78th National Folk Festival is coming to downtown Salisbury, Maryland Friday thorough Sunday complete with music, dance, crafts, food and more and its free to attend.

The National Folk Festival is a large-scale three-day outdoor festival and is the longest running multicultural celebration in the nation! Every three years the National Folk Festival moves locations to a new host city, and this weekend its coming to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The National Folk Festival features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional performers on seven stages and crafts people, with seven stages of continuous music and dance, craft exhibits and demonstrations, a festival marketplace, a children’s area and regional and ethnic foods.

Festival goers can enjoy blues, rockabilly, New Orleans jazz, reggae, honky-tonk, bluegrass, mariachi, salsa dura, klezmer and more – plus tap dance, puppetry, beatbox and precision jump rope demonstrations.

Performing traditions from all over the world will be represented – including African American, Andean, Azerbaijani, Cajun, Irish, Korean, Romania and Quebecois.

Featured performers include Treme Brass Band, Sounds of Korea, Nicolae Feraru, Michael Winograd and The Honorable Mentshn an Rahzel of The Roots.

A family area will feature hands-on crafts, quiet and active games and other creative learning activities for young audiences and their families.

The Maryland Traditions Folklife Area and Stage will celebrate the traditions of Maryland from the beaches to the mountains with stories and music.

This year’s festival is expected to draw 60,000 to 80,000 attendees in its first year, with attendance increasing annual over the festival’s three-year stay in Salisbury. Free festival parking is planned, along with free courtesy shuttles running all weekend.

Hours are 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The National Folk Festival is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts in partnership with the city of Salisbury.

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