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Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle

16 May 11 - 03:48 PM (#3155304)
Subject: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: John P

Who's playing & when?

I'll be there all day Saturday as I have one set in the morning and another in the evening:

Peekstok, Mooers & Ebert
"Old, new, borrowed, blue"
Fisher Green Stage, Sat, 11:40
Mad Fiddlu
"Hot Swedish, Freshly Wrapped"
Folklife Cafe Stage, Sat, 8:30


20 May 11 - 03:42 PM (#3157729)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: John P


20 May 11 - 06:52 PM (#3157802)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: Stewart

I won't be there.

After performing or leading workshops
for the past 8 years, I mailed an
application a month or more in advance
of the deadline. After hearing no
response when the applicants were
notified, I emailed Folklife.

They said they never received my
application - it must have been lost
in the mail, not their fault.

It might have been gracious on their
part to say that they had no record
of it, and if it was their fault,
they were very sorry. But no, they
would not admit that.

Actually, I'm relieved -
I don't have to come to Folklife this year.

Cheers, S. in Seattle

20 May 11 - 06:52 PM (#3157803)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: artbrooks

We aren't going to make it this year.

20 May 11 - 09:09 PM (#3157865)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: GUEST,mg

I will be there and paricipating in a workshop on maritime storytellers, which I am not so I have to fake it. I think it is Sunday afternoon..or is it Saturday? mg

20 May 11 - 09:40 PM (#3157879)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: Don Firth

My Gawd, that's this next weekend, isn't it!??

I can't say I've ever heard you, John, or met you. I would really like to.

Although I have participated a lot in the past, I won't be this time, and I hadn't really planned on attending this year (actually, it snuck up on me!). But if I can hack it, I might try to attend Saturday and catch your act(s).

Mobility problems. Lately, I travel around in an electric wheelchair and I think the thing needs new batteries. Last time I was out in it a few days ago, I darn near didn't make it home. I'll have to see if I can get an appointment with the guy from Care Medical Equipment to come over and install a new set.

I hate to sit there, push on the joystick, and not move. Feel sorta impotent. . . .

And these days, my shoulders aren't up to pushing myself around the Center grounds in my manual chair.

We'll see.

Don Firth

21 May 11 - 11:18 PM (#3158493)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: John P

I hope you can make it Don, but I can imagine how Folklife would be in a wheelchair. It seems odd that we don't know each other. I'm sure we have lots of friends in common and have been in the same place many times.


23 May 11 - 11:46 PM (#3159502)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: reggie miles

Well, it's been a whole year, at least twelve months after my original post about how this event has continued to harass those engaged in their First Amendment right to freedom of expression, by performing casually on the grounds of this public park during this free event. I'm still asking why this festival is harassing, demonizing and victimizing Folk performers at this 'supposed' Folk music event and still getting absolutely no response from the organizers of this event.

During January of 2011, I wanted to take a look at all of the hard work that this event's organizers have been doing to reform their rules and regulations, restricting the constitutional rights and freedoms of Americans on this, one of the nation's biggest national holidays, where we remember the sacrifices made by those who have protected our rights and freedoms in this country. So, I took a glance at the newly redesigned website that the NW Folklife event has worked so diligently at posting for the 2011 festival.

Guess what I found? This event has not done a single solitary thing to align their rules with those of expressed in our Constitution regarding our First Amendment right to freedom of expression on public property. Nor is this event in compliance with the ruling of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and their decision regarding the same issue. The Court has already made plain their decision regarding the attempts by commercial interests in trying to enact rules restricting our freedom of expression on public property. The court case is 108 pages long. The five page brief of this decision, the first five pages of the document, says it all and then some.

According to 8 out of the 11 judges in this 9th Circuit Court decision, street performing is a protected right. Simply put, that means that this event has no right to support regulations that restrict our First Amendment rights.

NW F_ _ _klife is guilty of violating our freedoms, on Memorial Day weekend, by acting to illegally enforce unconstitutional restrictions to our freedoms, shredding our constitutional rights like so much confetti and mocking the very foundation of this, our great nation. Furthermore, they disgrace the sacrifices made by every American who has ever had to stand up to defend our rights and freedoms and more importantly, they disgrace all those brave Americans who have had to lay down their lives for our rights freedoms. That's what truly sickens me about this event! They callously ignore all those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our way of life and at the same time, they continue to deny American Folk music performers our constitutionally protected right to freedom of expression on public property using threats of violence, harassment and police force.

Every American who believes in our Constitutional rights and freedoms should stand up to be counted in this issue and force this mockery of justice to end.

23 May 11 - 11:47 PM (#3159505)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: reggie miles

23 May 11 - 11:48 PM (#3159506)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: reggie miles

3rd times a charm

25 May 11 - 01:29 PM (#3160421)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: Haruo

I may be there Saturday and/or Sunday and/or Monday, mostly late afternoons/evenings. Sunday morning at 2 AM my wife and I'll be at a celebration of the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, probably, so we'll be sleeping in that day.

Where I'm likely to be if I'm there at all include (the schedule is here):

Maritime Showcase @ NW Court Stage:
William Pint & Felicia Dale Saturday, 3:00 to 3:20 pm
Piper Stock Hill Saturday, 3:30-3:50 pm
North by West Saturday, 4:00 to 4:20 pm
Shanghaied On The Willamette Saturday, 4:30 to 4:50 pm
Bold Horizon Saturday, 5:00 to 5:25 pm
The Cutters Saturday, 5:35 to 6:00 pm

Philip Morgan    Saturday, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Beer Garden Sing-along
Northwest Court Stage
Sea Shanties Sing-along

Dan Maher    Saturday, 5:30 to 6:20 pm
Intiman Choral Courtyard
Clancy Brothers Sing-A-Long

Vancouver Folk Song Society    Sunday, 3:00 to 3:50 pm
    Rainier Room (Northwest Rooms )
    Participatory Song Circle: Canadian Folk Songs

Wayne Palsson, Mary Garvey, Philip Morgan, Alice Winship    Sunday, 5:00 to 5:50 pm
    Panel: Northwest Stories in Maritime Songs'
    Narrative Stage (Fisher Terrace)

    Fisher Poets Discuss. . .
    Sunday, 6:00 to 6:50 pm
    Narrative Stage (Fisher Terrace)
    Patrick Dixon, Jon Broderick, Jay Speakman, Erin Fristad, John Van Amerongen, Moe Bowstern & Clemens Starck

John Palmes    Sunday, 6:00 to 6:50 pm
    Workshop: Harmony Singing
    Olympic Room (Northwest Rooms )

    Woody Guthrie Tribute: 70th Anniversary of the Columbia River Collection
    Monday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
    Northwest Court Stage
    Levi Fuller, The Wanderers, Sam Russell, Reggie Garrett, Tom Rawson, Anna Coogan, Carl Tosten, Doug Deems, Spoonshine, Todd Sumusson, Percy Hilo, Carl Allen, Amateur Radio Operator, Regenade Minstrels, Tom Colwell

    The Cookie Band w/ Amy Wimmer - Caller
    Monday, 2:00 to 2:50 pm
    Participatory Dance → Contra Dance
    Warren's Roadhouse (Fisher Pavilion)
    Sweet and Tasty Old-Time Dance

    Monday, 3:00 to 3:50 pm
    Workshop: Seattle Learns a Tune
    Olympic Room (Northwest Rooms )

    Seattle Song Circle
    Monday, 4:00 to 4:50 pm
    Workshop: Bring your Vocal Cords
    Olympic Room (Northwest Rooms )

    Teresa Morgan & Lara Clark
    Monday, 5:00 to 5:50 pm
    Workshop: Chants East and West
    Olympic Room (Northwest Rooms )

Sorry I don't have time to clean up the formatting ...


25 May 11 - 01:32 PM (#3160423)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: Haruo

I might give up Philip Morgan, since I don't do beer, and Experience Shape Note Singing instead on Saturday at 6.


27 May 11 - 08:37 PM (#3161557)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: Deckman

I'm somewhat amused to notice that on this first day of the Seattle Folklife (forklift?) festival, we are being blessed with a torrential downpour ... yet again. I firmly believe the planners of the festival brought this deluge on themselves. As they have moved the festival further and further away from it's founding roots of "FOLK MUSIC" ... the weather has gotten worse. I warned them that this would happen!

This year, they are trying to include "new music" into the traditional folk music festival that shouldn't even be allowed at a public hanging. If they keep up this "new thrust", I expect that this time next year, we can expect a snow storm! bob(deckman)nelson

28 May 11 - 12:05 PM (#3161761)
Subject: RE: Folklife Festival 2011 -- Seattle
From: MAG

I have to skip this year because my knees say no.

I quite enjoyed last year when the weather kept the crowds down.
The organizers weren't so happy.