The National Folk Festival

This weekend is the first of a 3 year residency for the National Folk Festival in Nashville. I can already hear some of you groaning about it. “Folk is boring, it’s just going to be a bunch of mediocre songwriters whining, it’s old, blah blah blah.”

Well, I hate to be so blunt, but if that’s what you’re expecting the National Folk Festival to be like, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Yes, those singer-songwriters are probably considered folk music, but folk as as genre (and in regards to this festival) is so much more. From a familiar standpoint it’s also blues and bluegrass. It’s also music from West Africa and Kurdistan, it’s Cajun music and awesome French music that you imagine when picturing yourself eating a baguette within spitting distance of the Eiffel Tower.

All of that and can be heard and seen at the National Folk Festival. The best part? The whole thing is completely free.

The schedule for the 3-day event is way too big to post here, but you can find an entire schedule on the festival’s website. I highly suggest checking out the Tennessee Folklife Stage. It’s sure to be full of awesome music and information about said music.

The festival starts Friday and will run Friday from 7-10:30pm, Saturday from noon-10:30pm, and Sunday from noon-6:45pm. Oh, and be sure to stop by NCTA Booth located near the Capitol Hill Stage at the intersection of 7th and James Robertson Parkway to enter to win a Martin guitar!



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