Endless Summer - 2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival
The Susquehanna Folk Festival is coming to YOU this summer! And instead of one weekend, it's all summer long. A packed calendar of virtual programming and safely-distanced in-person events make 2021 an endless summer of folk. MORE
Fri, July 30 - Hit Rewind: Happy Traum
Good news for folks who missed Happy Traum's in-person concert — or who loved it and want to share it with distant friends. We recorded it! Grab a ticket, “Hit Rewind,” and watch the concert as a YouTube Premiere starting Friday, July 30. MORE
Wed, August 11 - Bringing it Home: Beautiful Gestures
A classical Indian dancer, an African American quilter, and an artist of hooked rugs: what do they have in common? Three local women featured in our Folk Artists Gallery chat about women's art and the many ways we make meaning with our hands. Virtual conversation on Wednesday, August 11. MORE
Fri, August 13 - “Spoonful of Jazz” Solo Jazz Dance Class
Hot diggity! IN-PERSON dancing returns with world champion swing dancer Carla Crowen. Learn how it's done in The Big Easy — and at the Tuba Skinny concert that evening, you'll be dancing in the aisles! Everyone is welcome at our IN-PERSON dance class on Friday, August 13. MORE
Fri, August 13 - Tuba Skinny
To call Tuba Skinny revivalists would be to miss the point. The New Orleans ensemble have never conceded the death of pre-1940s jazz and blues... they laze and weave around each other as if bebop never happened. LIVE IN PERSON! Outdoor concert on Friday, August 13. MORE
Sat, August 14 - Nora Brown
15-year-old Nora Brown "has a host of roots music legends pouring out of her fingertips and through her lips," says The Bluegrass Situation. Dedicated to the traditional banjo music and soulful ballads of the south, Nora possesses a music wisdom that is far beyond her years. LIVE IN PERSON! Outdoor concert on Saturday, August 14. MORE
“Bringing It Home” Series
Local traditional artists take center stage in a series of virtual conversations showcasing the diversity of folk arts in Central Pennsylvania. In Beautiful Gestures on August 11, we focus on women's art and the many ways we make meaning with our hands. DETAILS
Narda LeCadre, an original member of the African American Quilters Gathering of Harrisburg, talks about quilting as a form of giving back in the Black community. Rachita Nambiar demonstrates how ancient Hindu myths come to life in classical Indian dance. And Julie Smith talks about how rug hooking, as an art form, has gone from the hearth floor to the gallery wall. Folklorist Amy Skillman moderates the conversation with these three artists from our Folk Artists Gallery. DETAILS
A Folk Festival Event!
This event is part of the Endless Summer 2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival, coming to YOU this year with events all summer long.
Those who play and present music for a living are in difficult straits right now, along with restaurant staff, service workers, and so many others. If you are in a position to do so, please support your community in whatever ways you can.
If you play an instrument, you might consider reaching out to any musician you admire and asking about lessons via video-call. Many of them suddenly have more time and less income than usual! Ask your local music store owner if you can buy a gift certificate. See if the pub down the street is offering carry-out. Support an arts nonprofit whose work you believe in (like SFMS! among others).
Pull together with your community and do what you can. Together we'll get through this.