Lake Erie Folk Fest Feb 22, 2020 – Bluegrass Workshop Feb 21

Jamming at the 2019 Fest – Photo by Arai Photography

Hey folk fans:

The fifth annual Lake Erie Folk Fest brings a warm blast of music for February’s cold days on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22.
– Friday 10 a.m. “Pass It On,” a program for schools
– Friday 7 p.m. Bluegrass Band Lab for intermediate and advanced players of fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass.
 – Saturday 1-6 p.m. Free concerts, workshops, dances and more 1 to 6 p.m. for the general public.
– Saturday 7:30 p.m. Grand Finale Concert – (admission $15 advance, $20 day of)


Bluegrass Band Lab

Calling all bluegrass musicians! Carolina Blue from Brevard, NC, will give a Bluegrass Band Lab for intermediate and advanced players at the Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Carolina Blue were the top winners at the National SPBGMA Awards held recently in Nashville where the band took top honors as Entertainers of the Year; Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall); Vocal Group of the Year; and Album of the Year for “I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me.”

Instruction for intermediate and advanced players on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass will be followed by tips on playing as a band.

Listen to the band here. Visit our website to sign up for the Bluegrass Band Lab. Fee is $50.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

Friday School Program

On Friday at 10 a.m., Carolina Blue plays at our Friday School Program. Educators, bring your students to learn about the rich musical melting pot that created Bluegrass, and parents, tell your children’s music teacher! This assembly is open to students K-12 as well as home schoolers.

Student admission is $5, with teachers and chaperones attending free. Reservations are still available. A “History of Bluegrass” study guide is provided.


Saturday free events 1-6 p.m.

Day Program: On Saturday, Feb. 22 the Lake Erie Folk Fest gets into full swing with a day bursting with workshops, concerts, jams, dances and more starting at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon). You’ll find more than 30 events to attend, all for FREE! Check out our schedule and plan your day.

All of the Lake Erie Folk Fest events are held at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E 222nd St, Euclid, OH 44123.

Swing Dance class at the 2019 Fest – Photo by Arai Photography

“Love the venue. Love the community feel of the festival. It had the same warm and enthusiastic spirit as the old Kent fest. Thank you!”


Saturday evening concert 7:30 p.m. (admission)

Evening Concert: Finally, after the daytime events and a short dinner break, settle in for an evening concert in the Shore Cultural Centre’s historic 800-seat auditorium. The concert features:
Carolina Blue  – Bluegrass from North Carolina

Luca Mundaca – Brazilian Singer Songwriter

Harmonia – Music of Eastern Europe

Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word – Performance Poetry

Admission $15 online thru Fri. Feb. 21, $20 day of show) Tickets here.

We’re so-o-o excited for the music community to gather for this wonderful celebration of traditional music and dance. If you’re excited about it as well, send this flyer to your friends, share our Facebook page, and check our website for updates.

And if you’re REALLY excited about the festival, consider volunteering! Anyone who fulfills a two-hour volunteer shift gets a FREE pass to the evening concert. You can access the volunteer signup sheet here.

Visit for more in-depth information on performers, workshops, dances, jams and childrens’ activities.

We look forward to seeing you at the 5th Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest!


The Lake Erie Folk Fest Committee

The 2020 Lake Erie Folk Fest is sponsored by Studio Strings and Village Blacksmith, Inc., and made possible by grants and donations from the Ohio Arts Council, the Funny Times Peace Fund, A Grateful Contra Dancer, Anonymous and Laura Fidel.
The Lake Erie Folk Fest is a collaboration between the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, producer of the annual Blue Sky Folk Festival in Willoughby at the Fine Arts Association, and  Shore Cultural Centre, a former high school turned innovative arts center in downtown Euclid. The afternoon workshops and evening concert bring together Euclid’s diverse artistic community and the Northeast Ohio folk music community in a late-winter cross-pollination of the arts.
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