PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL ADDS MORE THAN 60 NEW ACTS TO COMPLETE THIS YEAR’S STELLAR LINEUP FOR THE
59TH ANNUAL GLOBAL EDITION
Local / Regional Acts from Philadelphia Music Co-Op and NERFA bring the grand total to 167!
Broadcasting Around The World the Weekend of August 13-16, 2020!
TICKETS AVAILABLE @ FOLKFEST.ORG
Special tributes to Gene Shay and PFF alumni, John Prine are scheduled
(JULY 28, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA) The Philadelphia Folk Festival has added 63 artists to its lineup for the 59th annual festival bringing the grand total to 167 artists, over 100 hours of music presented over 4 nights and three days, streaming from three stages with artists from around the world, playing the festival August 13-16, 2020. If you are like tens of thousands of music enthusiasts, your summer is defined by attending the legendary PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL. This year, the 59th Annual event will be celebrated August 13-16, 2020 completely online! Enjoy the extraordinary once in a lifetime lineup from the comfort of your home or your bubble. Tickets and passes are available for purchase now, and watching the event will be super easy. All you need is a device with a browser, and all content will be available for up to 7 days post fest.
After 59 years of festing in person, this year, PFF invites you to stay home, stay safe and fest in place with us as take PFF online via our Inaugural Global Digital Edition. This shift to a digital experience dashes geographical constraints and opens our doors in a new way, welcoming in our Global family.
The new slate of artists added to the Festival lineup will perform on the Front Porch Stage, and includes Philadelphia and regional based artists, Bobtown, The River Drivers, Emily Drinker, and more, presented by the Philadelphia Music Co-Op members— both Fest favorites and new discoveries! NERFA, the North East Regional Folk Alliance selected Alisa Amadour, John Muirhead and Tui to perform as part of their YOUNG FOLK program designed to present artists aged 28 years and younger. For the past few festivals, the NERFA conference has presented some of the very best in folk music. Click here to learn more about NERFA
The Folk Festival continues to be a focal point for Philadelphia-area artists to showcase their talents and gain new legions of fans. This year, organizers are thrilled to announce the Philadelphia Music Co-op members have been chosen to perform. “Every year, the bar is raised,” says, Festival and Programming Director, Lisa Schwartz. “These artists represent some of the very best in our local music community. They are incredibly talented, hard- working, gracious individuals, and I am so proud to have them join us at the Folk Festival.”
The Philadelphia Folksong Society’s Philadelphia Music Co-op works with area musicians to showcase, collaborate, and develop them as artists. Entering its ninth year, the Philadelphia Music Co-op now boasts more than 100 incredible acts that deserve to be on everyone’s radar. Says Folksong Society Executive Director Justin Nordell about this year’s acts:
“The music of Philadelphia is as vast, varied, and vivacious as its inhabitants, and I am truly elated that for this Global Edition of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, we are dedicating one entire stage on Sunday to phenomenal artists from Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs to showcase their talents on the world’s stage. Thirty-three Philadelphia Music Co-op Acts will perform during all three days of the Festival and show off the world-class talent that resides right here in Philadelphia.”
This year, the Festival will welcomes these Philadelphia Music Co-op artists:
Andrea Nardello · April Mae and Catfish Dave · Avi Wisnia · Bobtown · Bruce Sudano · deer scout · Earth Radio · EFRAT · Emily Drinker · Erin Fox ·G F Patrick · Hotsy Totsy · Jackson Pines · Jesse Gimbel · John Byrne · Katherine Rondeau · Kora Feder · Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise · Last Chance · Laura Lizcano · Originaire · Rare Spirits · Reverend TJ McGlinchey · River Drivers · Rob Lincoln · Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes · The Cheddar Boys · The Gene Smith Band · The Honey Badgers · The Hoppin Boxcars · The Whispering Tree · Tin Bird Choir · Two of a Kind · Valentina Sounds
“In addition,” states Justin, “as an out gay man working in folk music, it is incredibly rewarding to bring LGBT+ voices to the event to join skinny legend™ Trixie Mattel. Out singer-songwriter and Juno-nominee Jack Pine, androgynous celestial beings Parlour Panther, hard femme queer radical Korean Canadian Janice Jo Lee, Xicana Xingona Dr. Diana Alvarez, country queer Paisley Fields, women’s folk music legend Tret Fure, queer artist and prison abolitionist Zoë Boekbinder, half of the dynamic North Star Puppets identifies as nonbinary, and omni-hypersexual 2019 Fest favorite Shirley Gnome all bring their unique stories and voices that demand your attention to the digital festival.”
The complete roster of additions to the lineup featuring exclusive performances by these exciting artists:
Jack Pine · Janice Jo Lee · Miss Rosie · Nick Nace · North Star Puppets · Paisley Fields · Parlour Panther · Peter Lehndorff · Piper & Carson · Quote the Raven · Rachael Sage · Sarah King · Shirley Gnome · Taarka · The Bent Benjamins · Tret Fure · Yaniza · Yasmin Williams · Zoe Boekbinder
About the All New digital Festival: This year’s Inaugural Global Digital Edition is possible due to PFFs partnership with Mountain View Staging, with more than 20 years experience presenting digital events and conferences. In addition to the 3 days (more than 100 hours) of live music, audiences will enjoy multiple stages, fully integrated chat features, campfire open mics, ZOOM campsites, craft show food and merchandise tents. Viewers will be able to watch all stages and all performances from the comfort of their home, bubble, or virtually anywhere on a mobile device. For those not tech savvy, PFF will provide “how to” information on “how to set up your device” and “how to get the best fest experience” in advance of the weekend, allowing audiences to experience fest on home theatres, HDTVs, in full 1080p High Definition with stereo audio running at 48kHz. Folks will even have the option to pause and rewind the show (similar to ‘pay per view’ and ‘on demand’).
Access to Archival Footage: Ticket holders will have exclusive access to archival footage as well and other bonus content in advance of the event itself as an extra incentive to register early. This year’s festival will run 12 hours per day, Noon ET to Midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10AM ET to 10PM ET on Sunday. Thursday night will recreate the Festival’s beloved Campfire Open Mic that will repeat Friday and Saturday nights, with a winning performance that will be chosen as the first act booked for the 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2021. Plus more live performances and scheduling details to be shared.
Tickets are available NOW to purchase beginning at $25 USD per day for a single day attendee ticket / $75 for the weekend, and run up to $1500 for Benefactors (with portions tax deductible.) For those wanting to create their own virtual campsite experience, ZOOM campsites can be purchased for $25 (for PFS members) or $30 (for non-members), where festers can set up their digital campsites with branding / backgrounds to #FestinPlace together even whilst apart. Campsites can be kept private, invite only, or public – offering campers the opportunity to allow new friends to join them online. Several purchase options include a Fest Pack with PFF59 Printed Program and a wristband mailed to your home to complete your Fest experience!
TICKETS / PASSES (USD) →
$25 Single day pass
$50 Two day (s) pass $50
$75 Attendee (3 days / all weekend)
To view the full price list of ticketing options and to purchase visit folkfest.org.
PURCHASE CAMPSITE HERE → “Camping” at PFF59
Stay Safe, Fest in Place
Fest in place with us from August 13-16, 2020, while the Philadelphia Folksong Society does the unthinkable by bringing the vibrant experience of North America’s oldest continuously run outdoor music festival to the digital world. With social distancing and safety concerns threatening to derail a decades-long tradition, this folk community responded – as it always has – with ingenuity, compassion, and the indomitable spirit of people-power.
While the technology to deliver this year’s event may be brand new, the indomitable spirit and culture is nearly six decades old. Since its inception, the Philadelphia Folk Festival has been produced nearly exclusively by tireless volunteers. Sheer determination and moxie led to the first event on Wilson Farm in September of ‘62, and the same can be said of this year’s 59th version. This year we’re able to welcome our extended Folk Family from around the world, simultaneously continuing vital traditions while creating entirely new ways of connecting and communing.
View the lineup at pfs.org/59thlineup
Listen to our PFF59 playlist on spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5XECNRDqssnrQigZ7F1pVs?si=OYj7UULcQ4OMRdyjF6cllQ
ABOUT the PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL:
Presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, the Philadelphia Folk Festival is the longest continuously run outdoor music festival in North America. Founded in 1962, the 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival Global Digital Edition occurs August 13-16, 2020. This year #PFF59 takes place online, find out more and #festinplace at folkfest.org. Follow PFF on facebook and instagram @PhiladelphiaFolkFestival and on twitter @folkPhilly.
ABOUT the PHILADELPHIA FOLKSONG SOCIETY:
Founded in 1957, The non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society offers programs of presentation, participation, and education throughout Greater Philadelphia and the nation year round and contributes to the preservation of a vast variety of musical styles and historical perspectives. PFS has acquired international recognition and local acclaim through popular programs such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Follow PFS on facebook, twitter and instagram at @FolksongSociety
ABOUT MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGING:
Mountain View Staging is proud to have the opportunity to provide our technical support services and virtual event expertise to the Philadelphia Folk Festival. We are excited to find innovative ways of connecting people during these difficult times and the Folk Festival is an excellent opportunity to adapt what we have learned with our technology clients for a new audience.
Philadelphia Folk Festival 2020 branding is by John Warner.
MEDIA LINKS to performer images →
Kimberly Sinclair | PR | Spincount
Lisa Schwartz | Festival and Programming Director | Philadelphia Folksong Society
Justin Nordell | Executive Director | Philadelphia Folksong Society
Sam Bolenbaugh | Project Manager | Mountain View Staging