Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and John Hiatt will take the main stage at the 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Fest, which kicks off August 17-19 in Upper Salford Township. Of the three respected songwriters, only Earle has graced the stage in recent yearsâ€¦and that was solo.
That’s not the only big surprise: Saturday will be so full of music that instead of the traditional afternoon concert, the music will continue straight to midnight. That’s thirteen hours of tunes in one day, not counting times when two or even three performances will take place simultaneously.
â€œWe’ve been calling this the First Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, presenting 50 years of Folkâ€œ, said Lisa Schwartz, Marketing Chair and President of presenting organization, Philadelphia Folksong Society. â€œWe felt that last year’s 50th celebration was so special, we didn’t want to even try to top it.Â Point Entertainment has done a stellar job putting together our lineup. There really is something for everyone this year!â€
The straight-through concept allows the ticketing to be streamlined, so this year, there will be one ticket for each day, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as well as the All-Festival ticket, providing admission for all three days at a discounted price. Aside from deleting the Afternoon Concert, other changes include booking significantly less acts that in previous years, giving the artists more stage time and more room for the potential for collaboration.
Of the other acts, make plans to check out Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna, and Tracy Grammer. They are up-and-coming songwriters who will dazzle you with poignant, earnest music that doesn’t feel overwrought. You’d be glad you did.
For complete information about the Philadelphia Folk Festival and tickets, visit the website at www.folkfest.org