17th Annual Albuquerque Folk Festival June 6 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

March 24, 2015



Low prices! Free parking! Free camping! Free admittance to the Balloon Museum


(Albuquerque, NM)— The Cajun-Creole Connection with Ed Poullard and Blake Miller, Cathy Barton and Dave Para, and the Handsome Family headline at the 17th annual Albuquerque Folk Festival. Back by popular demand are Spencer and Rains and Notorious. Also performing are Run Boy Run, Ryanhood, the Zuni Mountain Boys. Truckstop Honeymoon, and Cactus Tractor.   A favorite, Polyphony Marimba, are returning. The festival presents 120 non-stop events at 15 different venues at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Saturday, June 6, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

New Mexican and regional performers include The Rifters from Taos, Albuquerque’s Adobe Brothers, Squash Blossom Boys, Sage and Jared’s Happy Gland Band, and others.

The quintessential Irish-American band Solas is featured at a fundraising kick-off concert Friday evening at the Museum. Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward. Non-profits AMP concerts and the Albuquerque Folk Festival have joined to present this wonderfully energetic band. Tickets for the concert are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including a $2 service charge). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM – 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM – 6 PM.

Designed to be fully participatory and family-oriented, the Festival expects to attract up to 5,000 attendees who will have a myriad of opportunities to learn how to sing, dance, play instruments, to jam with other musicians, and to simply enjoy the extensive variety of entertainment offerings. A children’s instrument petting zoo, “The Explora” activity tent, and participatory workshops in song, play, dance, and storytelling offer a full day for the entire family. Local vendors will be available with food and beverages, including beer from two local breweries.

Saturday evening dances include a Barn Dance and a Contradance. The Barn Dance under the Stars features the Rifters from Taos (hosted by Albuquerque Dance Club, ADC). The Contradance (hosted by FolkMADS) features the award-winning Albuquerque MegaBand. Dance is taught by a FolkMADS dance caller.

Organized with the dedicated support and assistance of over one thousand presenters and volunteer staff, the Albuquerque Folk Festival provides an opportunity for the public to experience and participate in folk music, song, dance, and storytelling through educational workshops, kids workshops and activities, demonstrations and performances. Folk activities enhance community expression and the continuance of cultural traditions.

Features this year include:

  • Location: The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113. Turn north off Alameda.
  • Free parking and free camping with jamming on Friday night, June 5, through Sunday, June 7 noon.

Awards include:

  • AFF has won the Bravos People’s Choice Award
  • AFF came in second (behind the Weems Artfest) in Albuquerque Magazines polling 2014.

By popular demand, returning activities include:

  • Performances and workshops by headliners
  • The Saturday evening Band Scramble: Chosen by lot, pick-up bands rehearse for an hour and then compete.
  • The Saturday-evening Sing-along: In 2010, the sing-along was inaugurated with a tribute to Pete Seeger. With his passing last year, the sing-along honored his participatory joyful sharing of song. This year, we will celebrate other songs for such joyful sharing again.
  • Planet Music, hosted by composer/musician Casey Mráz, is an interactive display of playable musical instruments of all varieties from all around the globe! The varieties of musical instruments include stringed instruments, reed instruments and percussion instruments. Planet Music has been featured at Globalquerque at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, beginning in 2009.
  • Two evening dances—Barn dance and Contradance.

Advance tickets for the festival at $15 are available from www.abqfolkfest.org and from the following: Albuquerque: Apple Mountain Music, Baum’s Music, Grumpy’s Guitars, Guitar Vista, Marc’s Guitar Center, Music Go Round, Music Mart; West Side: Frame-n-Art; Santa Fe: Candyman Strings and Things, High Desert Guitars; Los Alamos: Otowi Station Bookstore.

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