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National Folk Festival brings people together
September 18, 2015

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Greensboro last weekend for the National Folk Festival. Masters of folk music performed before capacity crowds on seven stages. This was the first time the festival was held in Greensboro. The Gate City will sponsor the event through 2017. Approximately 300 musicians, dancers, puppeteers, storytellers, potters and craftspeople participated […]

Music legend Mavis Staples reflects on remarkable career
September 10, 2015

“Awww, huh,” Mavis Staples grunts as her father’s guitar line plays hide-and-seek with drums and horns. “Mmmmph.” Few singers can “mmmmph” as soulfully as Staples, hooking the listener before she even gets to the opening lines. “I know a place, ain’t nobody cryin’ ….” The song is, of course, “I’ll Take You There,” the Staple […]

Babá Ken Okulolo to perform at Folk Festival
September 1, 2015

  Babá Ken Okulolo will turn 65 years old during the National Folk Festival, where he will perform with the West African Highlife Band. One of the greatest African musicians of his generation, Okulolo projects a youthful demeanor and frisky spirit that belies his years. “I’m still going strong and everything is fine,” he says […]

Folk Festival offers something for everyone
August 21, 2015

For its 75th anniversary, the National Folk Festival will feature 300 artists on seven stages in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13. The three-day festival is free to the public. “The festival is such an embarrassment of riches,” said Julia Olin, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), which is […]


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