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America's various roots, richness and tradition mark this yr's Richmond Folks Competition – Richmond Free Press

Mark your calendars.

The 18th version of the three-day Richmond Folks Competition is sort of right here.

This yr’s musical extravaganza will showcase 28 acts from throughout the nation and all over the world on six phases from Friday, Oct. 7, via Sunday, Oct. 10 on Brown’s Island and close by websites, in response to the checklist of artists the competition has posted on its web site,

4 Richmond-based performers made the checklist, in response to organizers who describe the massive occasion as a celebration of the “roots, richness and number of American tradition via music, dance, conventional crafts, storytelling and meals.”

They embrace veteran hip-hop DJ Lonnie B and the gospel-inspired Legendary Ingramettes.

Lonnie B is slated to be the ultimate act 8:15 p.m. Saturday on the Dominion Power Dance Pavilion; whereas the Ingramettes, based by the late Maggie Ingram, will carry out 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the Heart for Cultural Vibrancy Virginia Folklife Stage.

Lonnie B

Different Richmond acts embrace the gospel group Ken Heath and the True Disciples, who will seem at midday Saturday on the Cultural Vibrancy Virginia Folklife Stage and blues harmonica performer Andrew Alli who will associate with blues guitarist Josh Small at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the identical stage.

A variety of different performers additionally will likely be making appearances on the occasion that Downtown booster group Enterprise Richmond phases in partnership with the Nationwide Council for the Conventional Arts, which promotes folks and conventional arts and launched the preliminary competition for this space in 2005.

There will likely be appearances from the 79ers Gang showcasing New Orleans Black Masking Carnival music and from Andre Thierry, a prime performer of West Coast zydeco.

Black Umfolosi will carry out a cappella songs from Zimbabwe whereas Felipe Hostins will current Brazilian Forro.

Cedric Burnside, the opening act Friday evening, will current Mississippi hill nation blues, whereas Jimmy “Duck” Holmes will current Bentonia blues and Fran “Woman Strings” Grace will serve up sacred metal guitar music.

The schedule is also to incorporate musical choices from Alba- nia, India, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands and Venezuela in addition to Native American ritual dance and a tribute to retiring world champion oyster shuckers Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon Boyd, each of Middlesex County.

Roots-rock, bluegrass and different conventional American music additionally will likely be offered, the schedule reveals.

As well as, the Virginia Folklife space additionally will current demonstrations and workshops that includes 11 completely different instrument makers, two fiberglass sculptors and a storybook artist.

And the Youngsters’s Museum may have a household space with themed zones that includes bag hats, hand portray and balloon artists, plus a creation zone the place anybody can contribute to a joint artwork mission and a separate exercise zone the place youngsters can run an impediment course or exhibit their skills.

The competition will function from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, midday to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and midday to six p.m. Sunday, organizers said.

Ranked amongst Virginia’s largest annual occasions, the competition is underwritten by 36 organizations, together with the Metropolis of Richmond, companies, nonprofits and different governmental entities.

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