The 79th National Folk Festival Will Announce the First Eight Performers on February 27

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DATE: February 20, 2019

CONTACT:  Caroline O’Hare, National Folk Festival Local Manager / cohare@salisbury.md

The 79th National Folk Festival Will Announce the First Eight Performers on February 27

WHAT: 

National Folk Festival announces the first eight performers to be featured at the Festival, returning to Salisbury September 6 – 8, 2019.

WHEN: 

Wednesday, February 27, from 11:00am – 12:00pm

WHERE: 

Downtown Salisbury Visitor Center, 110 North Division Street Salisbury, MD 21801

WHO: 

Lora Bottinelli, Executive Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts; Blaine Waide, Associate Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts; Mayor Jake Day, City of Salisbury; Caroline O’Hare Local Manager, National Folk Festival.

SALISBURY, MD – The National Folk Festival will announce the first eight performers who will be featured in the 79th National Folk Festival, which will take place in downtown Salisbury, September 6 – 8, 2019. This will be the second year of the event’s three-year residency in Salisbury.

Approximately 350 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the National Folk Festival, with more than 35 different musical groups performing on seven outdoor stages throughout downtown Salisbury.

The Festival strives to present the nation’s very finest traditional artists. Music and dance traditions from every part of the country are represented—authentic blues, rockabilly, gospel, jazz, polka, tamburitza, cowboy, bluegrass, klezmer, R&B, old-time, Cajun, rhythm and blues, mariachi, beatbox, breakin’, western swing, honky-tonk and zydeco, as well as traditional music and dance from Native American, Celtic, Acadian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, East Asian, Appalachian, Latino, Eastern European, West African, and Pacific Island cultures, among others.

Media are invited to attend the lineup announcement, which will include government leaders and planners for the event.

INTERVIEW OPTIONS:

  • Lora Bottinelli, Executive Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts
  • Blaine Waide, Associate Director, National Council for the Traditional Arts
  • Mayor Jake Day, City of Salisbury

To learn more about the National Folk Festival, please visit http://www.nationalfolkfestival.com/.

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About the National Folk Festival

Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival, the National Council for the Traditional Arts’ (NCTA) flagship event, has celebrated the roots, richness and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. It was also the first to present to the public musical forms such as the blues, Cajun music, polka, Tex-Mex conjunto, Peking Opera, and many others. Today, the National is an exuberant traveling festival, produced by the NCTA in partnership with communities around the country, that embraces the diverse cultural expressions that define us as a people in the 21st century. http://www.nationalfolkfestival.com/

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)

A leading non-profit in the field, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), is dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the U.S. Stressing excellence and authenticity, the NCTA presents the nation’s finest traditional artists in major festivals, tours, concerts, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, media productions, school programs, cross-cultural exchanges and other activities. It works in partnership with American communities to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural and economic benefits. Over 7,000 hours of the NCTA’s archival audio recordings dating from the 1930s are permanently housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The NCTA champions the interests of folk and traditional artists and organizations in the arena of public policy. http://ncta-usa.org/

About the City of Salisbury, Maryland

Founded in 1732, Salisbury is the county seat of Wicomico County, a place where John Smith touched land in 1608 during his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Situated on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore at the crossroads of the Delmarva Peninsula, Salisbury is now one of the region’s largest cities, and serves as the capital of the Eastern Shore, a rural area defined by its agricultural and maritime traditions, landscapes and industries. The Chesapeake Bay is central to this distinctive identity. Though a relatively small city, Salisbury is the geographic and economic hub of one of the nation’s fastest-growing Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Led by a dynamic mayor, the City of Salisbury is working to build its reputation as an arts and culture destination, and is aligning its downtown development and revitalization efforts with the arts. Salisbury believes hosting the National Folk Festival is the perfect catalyst to further a cultural renaissance and urban renewal. http://www.salisbury.md/

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