Upcoming Events

ArtsCrush 2012: A Revolution of Hope

Presented by The Seattle Storytellers Guild & The Seattle Labor Chorus
Co-Sponsored by Northwest Folklife

Saturday, October 13 from 4-6pm
Keystone Congregational (5019 Keystone Place N)

“A Revolution of Hope” weaves together lively songs and heartfelt stories for an entertaining afternoon that links history and current events.
Celebrate the first people, the new people, and the working people who call America home.

Talk-back session after the performance.
Admission $10/suggested donation

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Tribute Times Two–
Anthems of Activism: Pete Seeger and Steve Goodman

Two shows!

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
at the Historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle
benefiting Northwest Folklife

“PETE: The Songs and Times of Pete Seeger,” led by Peter McKee: 4 p.m.
“Steve Goodman: Facing the Music,” led by Clay Eals: 7 p.m.

“Tribute Times Two,” an energetic afternoon and evening of live music focusing on the songs and inspiring lives of two folk-music masters, is on tap Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at the Historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle.

This extraordinary experience, coming just three weeks before the Nov. 6 general election, will emphasize the themes of peace and justice in song. It will take the form of a double bill:

-  4 p.m.: “PETE: The Songs and Times of Pete Seeger,” a one-man, multimedia performance led by Seattle banjo player Peter McKee, honors the songs, the times and commitment of the legendary musician. Read more here>

-  7 p.m.: “Steve Goodman: Facing the Music,” a concert featuring the music and story of the late singer/songwriter, performed by Tom Colwell, Bruce Hanson, Mark Myers and special musical guests and led by Seattle author Clay Eals, Goodman’s biographer.

Between these two shows, other brief presentations, videos and exhibits will bolster the themes of the day.

Tickets, available at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door, will be $12 for each event. A combo ticket for both events will be $20.
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The double billing will launch our 2012 “Nights for Folklife” series fundraising events. A portion of the events’ proceeds will go to Folklife.

The Historic Admiral Theater, which hosted “For Pete’s Sake: Sing,” Seattle’s popular 90th birthday celebration in 2009, is located at 2343 California Ave. S.W. in the Admiral Junction of West Seattle.

Nights for Folklife

Join us for a series of community events put on to benefit Northwest Folklife!

Each winter we present the Nights for Folklife benefit events. Nights for Folklife is a series of private house parties and public concerts at local venues, organized by our friends and community partners. These events represent the wide variety of cultural traditions in the Northwest and what our organization is all about.

Read more and see the full schedule here>


Northwest Folklife & the Somali Youth & Family Club present

An Evening of Theatre, Music and Dance, Celebrating the Somali Culture

November 3 at the Carco Theatre in Renton

Image by Doug Plummer

Join us for a performance by the Somali Youth & Family Club! This summer, Northwest Folklife partnered with Somali communities in King County for a special project funded by the Washington State Arts Commission. With the help of the Community Arts Engagement Mentorship Project (CAEMP) Northwest Folklife worked with the Somali Youth & Family Club to produce two community performances of the traditional and emerging arts of Somali culture.

Join us for the final performance which will feature a theatre presentation with poetry and dance of the Somali culture by the Somali Youth & Family Club, November 3rd, at the Carco Theatre in Renton! Ticket information coming soon.


“Roots & Branches Volume 4″ CD Release Party

Saturday, December 15 at the Columbia City Theatre

Join Northwest Folklife as we launch Volume 4 of our Roots & Branches series, a compilation of some of the best performances at the 2012 Northwest Folklife Festival, with a big Holiday celebration at the Columbia City Theatre! We’ll be joined by special guests from the album, including Nu Klezmer Army, the Joy Mills Band, Brían Ó hAirt, and Eleanor Murray. Dance the night away with great tunes and friendly holiday cheer!

Tickets $8