February 27, 2016

The Lake Erie Folk Fest

Shore Cultural Centre   291 E. 222nd Street


Stay tuned for the second annual Lake Erie Folk Fest on February 25, 2017. Information below pertains to the 2016 fest, held on February 27, 2016.

On February 27, 2016, in Euclid, Ohio, we held the first-ever Lake Erie Folk Fest, an afternoon of engaging workshops, dances, jams and kids programming plus an inspiring evening concert – presenting arts and performers from Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Evening Concert – 7:30pm

The 7:30pm concert featured The Duhks from Winnipeg, Canada, who presented an exciting take on modern folk music with strands of Celtic, old-time, Afro-Cuban, French Canadian and jazz.

The Portersharks

The Portersharks

Also playing were The Portersharks, Cleveland’s Irish band extraordinaire;  Tina Bergmann and Bryan Thomas, really wonderful, widely-known players of the hammered dulcimer and bass; and an intriguing interlude by Alpha Step Crew, who step danced in a genre that hearkens to both African dance and military drill.

Concert admission was $10; age 12 and under free. Concert started at 7:30pm. Tickets were available for pre-purchase for special preferred seating at the front of Shore Cultural Centre’s historic and acoustically excellent auditorium. Presale ends noon, Friday, February 26, 2016. Tickets were also available at the door for general seating.

Purchase tickets to evening acts…

Afternoon Events – 1-6pm – FREE

Papa Assane Mbaye

Papa Assane M’baye

Free to ALL ages were 25 workshops, mini-concerts, jams and dances that will run from 1 to 6pm.  See our schedule here, including kids’ activities in dance and art and music, Alex Bevan, contra dance with Mr Haney, Tam Tam Magic African drum workshop, The Blues Devils, Hal Walker, a gospel sing with Darryl Lewis, beginning ukulele with Sheela Das, jams and more. Doors opened at noon for lunch and jamming.

WOW – what a late-winter break this was.

The festival was a collaboration of the North East Ohio Musical Heritage Association,  producer of the Blue Sky Folk Festival in Kirtland, and the Shore Cultural Centre, a former high school turned innovative arts center in downtown Euclid.

Our intent was to bring two communities together in a late-winter cross-pollination of the arts: Euclid’s diverse artistic community, and the Northeast Ohio folk music community. Questions? Contact producer Laura Lewis, lakeeriefolkfest@gmail.com, or call Shore Cultural Centre at 216-289-8578.


Want to Help Out?

Get involved. We still have openings for volunteers. We would also appreciate additional donations or sponsorships to support this FREE to the public day of workshops/dance/performance/jams/children's programming, and very affordable evening concert.

Heartfelt thanks to those many fine folks who donated to our Indiegogo campaign - look what you are making happen!

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