In tough economic times, Bangor’s free, three-day American Folk Festival (Aug. 22-24) is a gem. Five stages of practically nonstop entertainment, feature music and dance celebrating the richness and variety of America’s multi-ethnic heritage,
This is not folk as in Peter, Paul and Mary, rather its broadly based folk arts and traditional entertainment, encompassing the myriad cultures that make up America. You’ll hear roots music, see traditional dancing, taste unusual foods and watch folk-craft demonstrations. It’s a celebration of American diversity.
Here’s a sampling–and I’m betting you can’t identify a few of these (I know I can’t): : blues, jazz, Creole, zydeco, salsa, gnawa, Quebecois, Franco-American, Senegalese akonting, Norwegian, Argentine tango, country, Appalachian, gospel, Trinidadian steelband, Cape Breton, go-go, Irish, Native Amerian, Persian percussion, Haitian…
The multi-stage festival takes place outdoors and under tents along Bangor’s revitalized riverfront, making it easy to sample a tradition without making a commitment. Stop by a stage, catch the entertainment and either settle in or move on, if it’s not for you. Yes, it’s free, but do throw a few bucks in the buckets to keep it so.
You can chance it on finding a free parking space, or park for $5 at Bass Park and take a free shuttle.