The Great Lakes Folk Festival is more than just a music festival. It’s a cross-cultural exchange. It’s a place to try new food, hear interesting stories, and of course, listen to some fine folk music from all around the country. Great Lakes Folk Festival takes place in downtown East Lansing this weekend, August 12-14, 2011, not far from our Lansing Bed and Breakfast.
Over the course of the weekend, close to 100 musicians and dancers will perform. The Great Lakes Folk Festival showcases musicians and dancers who come from – and have remained rooted to – their distinct communities. All groups will take the stage at least twice, and some of the more popular acts will perform as many as four times. This allows listeners ample opportunity to hear and see a great variety of performances.
If Folk music has deep roots in the culture of its origin, so too does traditional food. Traditional dishes arise from distinct ingredients, weather, and culture; therefore there will be a number of traditional food vendors at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Find your favorite music, and then find a dish to accompany it.
Crafts demonstrations, art demonstrations, and children’s hands-on activities will be offered at the Green Arts marketplace. Different traditional cultures will be highlighted throughout the festival.
Great Lakes Folk Festival highlights include:
* Traditional New England dance and music by Dudley Laufman and Jaqueline Laufman. Dudley was a 2009 National Heritage Fellow and recipient of the New Hampshire Governor’s Award in the Arts for Folk Heritage in 2001. Put on your dancing shoes for this fun Barn Dance.
*Roots Vibration is a wonderful blend of musicians from the Caribbean Islands and Detroit. They delight audiences with their blend of original and popular Caribbean music in reggae, souk, calypso, and soccer styles.
*An Old Time Music Jam. Bring your instrument and join in, or come to enjoy a repertoire that includes southern Appalachian fiddle tunes, square dance music, East Coast contra dance music, Irish fiddle tunes, and so on, and so on.
The Great Lakes Folk Festival is produced by Michigan State University.