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8 New Showcases to Check Out at Northwest Folklife

Make the most of the Memorial Day weekend festival with these fresh musical offerings.

By Seth Sommerfeld May 22, 2013

Don't miss Shelby Earl at Folklife's Team Up for Non-Profits Showcase.

Northwest Folklife continually offers up one of the most diverse festival experiences around. Where else can you take in Balkan brass, Bollywood dance, indie rock, and street busker tunes in a matter of mere minutes? While the old standbys like Gaelic music and the world dance party aren’t going anywhere, there are some fresh Folklife events to check out this Memorial Day weekend.

Fin Records Showcase
Ballard's Fin Records hosts a new showcase of its eclectic indie outfits featuring Red Jacket Mine’s power pop, Davidson Hart Kingsberry’s Americana tones, Lures’ garage rock, and Low Hums’ psychedelic folk. May 24 at 6, Fountain Lawn Stage

Groove Train
Kick off Memorial Day weekend with some outdoor dancing. Let loose and swing your hips to the reggae and funk sounds of Gravity Kings, Luc and the Lovingtons, Unite One, Wet City Rockers, and the Jefferson Rose Band. May 24 at 7, Xfinity Mural Amphitheater

Team Up for Non-Profits Showcase
Team Up teams up with the producers of Doe Bay Fesival to present a stellar lineup of local singer-songwriters headlined by the Shelby Earl, who should play a few tunes from her upcoming album Swift Arrows. Song Sparrow Research, Bradford Loomis, and St. Paul de Vence round out the bill. May 25 at 1, Fountain Lawn Stage

Hey, Hendrix
Local musicians pay tribute to Seattle legend Jimi Hendrix with a night of guitar shredding covers. The showcase pairs perfectly with the EMP’s current Hendrix exhibit “I Hear My Train A-Coming.” The lineup of acts taking a crack at Hendrix’s catalogue include Soul Senate, The Jelly Rollers, Baby Gramps, Spoonshine, and Renegade Stringband. May 25 at 1, EMP Sky Church

Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
While Bushwick Book Club is no stranger to Folklife, we’re looking forward to the collective’s takes on Dorothy and her journey in the Land of Oz. Don’t expect “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”; these original songs will forge new paths down the yellow brick road. May 25 at 1:30, Folklife Café

Giddy Up! Country Roots
It’s not always easy to get your country fix in Seattle, but Folklife is here to help. Grab a bolo tie and check out Country Lips, Annie Ford Band, Ganges River Band, and Ole Tinder. May 26 at 6:30, Fountain Lawn Stage

You Can't Fake Fresh - Northwest Live-Band Hip Hop
Those who are adverse to hip-hop because the musicians “don’t play real instruments” won’t be able to trot out that tired excuse for this showcase. Catch hip-hop with live accompaniment from Global Heat, the Sharp Five, Eastern Sunz, and Irukandji Physics of Fusion. May 26 at 7, EMP Sky Church

Vamos!: A Latin Dance Party
Salsa step your way over to the Mural and close out Folklife weekend with the alluring Latin rhythms of SuperSones, the Cumbieros, and Cambalache,. VamoLá! Brazilian Drum & Dance Ensemble joins the party with their festive South American beats. May 27 at 6:45, Xfinity Mural Amphitheater

Northwest Folklife Festival

May 24–27, Seattle Center, free (donation suggested)

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