WOODY GUTHRIE PRIZE TO BE PRESENTED TO LEGENDARY PERFORMER JOAN BAEZ AT THIS YEAR’S PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER
PLUS, PERFORMANCES FROM SOME OF TULSA’S FINEST MUSICIANS
“FEST IN PLACE” WITH PFF AS WE PRESENT OUR NEW MULTI-STREAM ONLINE DIGITAL FESTIVAL
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE @ FOLKFEST.ORG
[Philadelphia, July 22, 2020] “The Woody Guthrie Center is so proud to be part of this year’s Virtual Philly Folk Festival,” says, Deana McCloud, Executive Director and Chief Curator. “ As part of our stage, we are sharing a variety of programming featuring artists from all along Woody’s ribbon of highway, including music from his granddaughter Cathy Guthrie as part of Folk Uke.
“In addition, we’ll be sharing a video and music from Fire in Little Africa, the hip-hop recording project that will commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and explore Tulsa music history with the Tulsa Revue followed by a preview of Back to Paradise, the new record that Tulsa artists recently recorded at Leon Russell’s studio to give a nod to the Tulsa Sound and its importance in music history.”
As a very special event, for the very first time WGC will be sharing their Woody Guthrie Prize presentation digitally as part of their stage at the 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. Past recipients of this award include Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson, Norman Lear, John Mellencamp, and Chuck D. The 2020 recipient is Joan Baez, and as part of their festival stage line-up, Joan will be presented with the award and participate in a discussion about her music and activism. “We are so proud to be sharing this music and the Woody Guthrie Prize event with our friends at the festival,” exclaimed McCloud.
“As I have followed in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, it has been my mission to use my music as a voice for those who cannot be heard or have been silenced by fear and powerlessness,” Baez said. “Thank you, Woody, and I will gladly accept the Woody Guthrie Prize.”
Along with the presentation of the award set for Aug. 16, the event will include a discussion with Baez moderated by Bob Santelli, founding executive director of the GRAMMY Museum.
If that isn’t enough, the Woody Guthrie Center is partnering with the Philadelphia Folk Festival to present an incredible array of artists:
Jedd Hughes * Folk Uke * Steve Gunn * Fire in Little Africa * The Tulsa Revue featuring John Fullbright, Paul Benjaman, Jesse Aycock, Jacob Tovar & friends * Back To Paradise set w/ The Tulsa Revue plus Sarah Frick, Branjae, Dustin Pittsley *
The Woody Guthrie Center, home to the Woody Guthrie Archives, preserves his legacy and life story and communicates the social, political, and cultural values found in his vast body of work. The Center is a repository for Woody’s writings, art, and songs and an educational resource for teachers and students everywhere.
HOW PFF59 digital fest will work: This year’s Inaugural Global Digital Edition is possible due to PFFs partnership with Mountain View Staging, who have more than 20 years experience presenting digital events and conferences. MVS has created a platform for audiences to enjoy multiple stages, fully integrated chat features, campfire open mics, ZOOM campsites, crafts 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 is providing “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 test their setups before the weekend. Viewers will even have the option to pause, stop and rewind the show (similar to ‘pay per view’ and ‘on demand’). As a special bonus ALL #PFF59 footage will be available for SEVEN DAYS POST FEST! So for the first time ever, viewers will have the opportunity to watch every single minute!
Daily times & the Campfire Open Mic: 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.
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.
Tickets are available NOW to purchase on a pay-what-you-can scale, beginning at $25 USD for a single day attendee ticket / $75 for the weekend, and increase to $1,500 for Benefactors (with portions tax deductible.) Several purchase options include a Fest Pack with PFF59 Printed Program and a wristband mailed to your home to complete your Fest experience! To view the full price list of ticketing options and to purchase visit folkfest.org.
TICKETS / PASSES (all prices are in USD) →
$25 Single day pass
$50 Two day (s) pass
$75 Attendee (3 days / all weekend)
*More ticket options and details at folkfest.org
ZOOM Campsites: ZOOM campsites can be purchased for $25USD (for PFS members) or $3USD (for non-members), where festers can set up their digital campsites with branding / backgrounds so we can still #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. PURCHASE Zoom Campsite Here → https://pfs.org/pff59camping/
PFF59 Global Digital Edition includes exclusive performances by:
Adia Victoria; Alanna Royale; Allen Stone; Amythyst Kiah; Aoife O’Donovan; Ben Gibbard ; Billy Bragg; Birds of Chicago; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Chris Smither; Courtney Marie Andrews; Devon Gilfillian; Eric Bazilian; Gangstagrass; Irish Mythen; Ivan Neville; John Flynn; Josh Ritter; Katherine Priddy ; Los Lobos; Matt Nakoa ; Molly Tuttle; Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy; Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco, Turrisi; Richard Thompson; Robert Earl Keen ; Shakey Graves; Sierra Ferrell; Steve Forbert; Susan Werner, TALISK , Teddy Thompson, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines; The Lone Bellow; The Milk Carton Kids; THE SUITCASE JUNKET ; Tom Rush; Trixie Mattel; Watkins Family Hour
Stay Safe, Fest in Place
Fest in place with us from August 13-16, 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.
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 →
VIEW the lineup at pfs.org/59thlineup
LISTEN to our PFF59 playlist on spotify here: – playlist by Philadelphia Folksong Society | Spotify
Woody Guthrie Center: Woody Guthrie Center
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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