Washington Square Park Folk Festival This Weekend September 24-25

East River String Band 2011 Washington Square Park Folk Festival
East River String Band 2011

Now in its 6th year, the Washington Square Park Folk Festival was the brainchild of former NYC Parks Department employee and park administrator Rebecca Ferguson. The festival will take place again this weekend Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 between 1 and 5 p.m. featuring nine performances and closing off with a square dance.

The music leans more bluegrass-folk vs. pop-folk and is happening on the Garibaldi Plaza stage (east of the fountain). Free!

What I wrote about it the first year:

This weekend there’s a new music event at the park, the Washington Square Park Folk Festival. The two day event, which began yesterday, is being produced by Eli Smith, organizer of the Brooklyn Folk Festival in Red Hook for the last three years and host of the Down Home Radio Show. The festival was the idea of WSP administrator Rebecca Ferguson who learned of Smith upon asking Matt Umanov — of the eponymous famous guitar shop on Bleecker Street — for a recommendation of someone to produce the show.

Schedule for the 6th Washington Square Park Folk Festival:

Saturday, September 24th

1 pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues

1:45 pm Ali Dineen

2:30 pm Feral Foster

3:15 pm The Tillers

4 pm Bulla en el Barrio

Sunday, September 25th

1 pm The Freakniks

1:45 pm Kenny Kosek

2:30 pm Julia Patinella

3:15 pm The Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers

4 pm Square Dance w/ Alex Kramer Calling
washington square park folk festival
Previous coverage at Washington Square Park Blog (interviews with Eli Smith):

Washington Square Park Folk Festival – Interview with Organizer Eli Smith | Photos from First Day

Washington Square Park Folk Festival Returns for Year Two at WSP This Weekend (9/15 & 16, 2012)

The first year logo (so cute with pigeons on the Arch!):
Top photo: Cathryn

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