Northwest Folklife

The cool kids cringe, but every year hundreds of people still manage to have an awesome time at Folklife. And why not? Where else are you going to hear such a fantastically varied mix of global music, from West African beats to Celtic harp to Balkan brass to Ukranian Bandura? Tango, swing, contra, and square dance all get a turn on the floor (along with countless others). It's four straight days of uncynical entertainment. And if you must have your tastemaker-approved sounds, Vera is also plugged into the festival with a bunch of shows (Pufferfish, Ivan & Alyosha, etc.). Those who absolutely cannot abide drum circles should indeed stay away. Everyone else who loves music, stop on by. MARK D. FEFER

May 28-31, 2010

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