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Claremont Folk Festival
Sunday, May 19, 2018
Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College
300 E. Bonita
Claremont, CA. 91711
Join the Claremont Folk Festival for a full day and evening of fantastic music, workshops, interactive activities, vendors village, food, beverages and more for the entire family. You will love our new venue, The Sontag Greek Theater and surrounding buildings at Pomona College Campus in Claremont.
We are a non-profit organization promoting folk music, art, and culture in the Los Angeles and surrounding area.
Past year's acts have included: Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, David Lindley, David Hidalgo & Louis Perez, Tom Morello, Henry
Rollins, Dave Alvin, Quetzal, Yuval Ron Ensemble, Tom Morello, David Lindley and may more local and regional performers.
PRESENTED BY THE CLAREMONT FOLK MUSIC CENTER MUSEUM
All the workshops will be held at the Folk Music Center 220 Yale Ave Claremont.
Workshops are included in the price of the ticket. Please bring your festival ticket to the workshop for entry.
The concert will be held at the Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College 300 E. Bonita Claremont, CA. 91711
Sontag Greek Theater
Dave and Phil Alvin & The Guilty Ones: Americana
Crooked Jades: Bluegrass/Traditional/Folk
Bula: Bomba (Puerto Rican musican and dance)
Snap Jackson: Bluegrass
Mostly Kosher: Klezmer
Squeakin' Wheels: Folk/Americana
The Studio Art Theater
Mick Rhodes: Americana/Rock n Roll acoustic
Ellen Harper: Folk
Harris Harper: Singer Songwriter
Kent Basocke: Traditional
Dave Alvin is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, music producer, band leader and poet. He is a former and founding member of the roots rock band the Blasters. Alvin has recorded and performed as a solo artist since the late 1980s, and has had stints with the bands X and the Knitters. He has released twelve solo albums and two collaborative albums with his brother Phil. Dave won a Grammy Award in the year 2000 for Best Contemporary Folk album for ‘Public Domain: Songs From The Wild Land’. He received a Grammy nomination in 2014 for ‘Common Ground’ in the Best Blues Album category.
Bula is a word throughout the African diaspora that has come to mean drum. We honor the drum and it’s manifestation in Puerto Rico as Bomba. Through performances, workshops and building community, Bula aims to share Puerto Rican Bomba and thus help preserve and promote this hundred’s year old music and dance tradition and art. Bomba is an ensemble musical genre and therefore we add members that fit our Bomba family from throughout the diaspora at each show.
The Crooked Jades
Old-Time Music for a Modern age
Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades music continues their mission to re-imagine old-time Americana music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances Writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “Chords in unexpected places, out of this world harmonies, and some of the most powerfully-arranged material I’ve ever encountered.” Innovative and fearless, constantly evolving and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.
The current line-up builds on 20 years of The Crooked Jades performances and recordings. The band has traveled countless miles across 4 continents, 10 countries, and many festivals, resulting in 8 critically acclaimed albums, including “World’s On Fire” (chosen by Sean Penn for the soundtrack of Oscar-nominated film “Into The Wild
Ellen Harper has been around the folk music scene her whole life. She learned to play, perform and teach guitar and other folk instruments at her mother, Dorothy Chase’s knee. Ellen participated in her son Ben’s documentary Pleasure and Pain in 2000 filmed by Danny Clinch. From this project the album, Childhood Home, a collection of original songs written and performed by Ben and Ellen Harper was released in 2014.
Ellen’s latest project, Light has a Life of its Own is a collection of her original songs reflecting the unusual musical heritage that has defined and shaped several generations of Chase/Harpers. Ellen currently runs the Folk Music Center, the Claremont Folk Festival and teaches music classes.
The five brothers and sisters that comprise Fivacious have been performing together since they were children singing in their father’s church in the Mojave Desert. Every time they take the stage Fivacious pour their hearts out with spirited five part harmonies. Their a cappella Afro-Folk Gospel is guaranteed to stir your soul.
There are no boundaries to what MR8 (Mick Rhodes & the Hard Eight) does; Songs that would not be out of place in a southern rocker’s set share space with others that would work just fine in Laurel Canyon of the 1970s. Lush three-part harmonies coexist with raucous fuzz guitar, and strings and cello share space with empty whiskey bottle percussion. Their performance includes everything from honky-tonk rock to delicate country ballads to punky three-chord power pop. Each of these thoughtful arrangements approaches Rhodes’ tunes from a slightly different perspective.
Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players
Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players is an award winning acoustic quartet hailing from Stockton, California. These four gentlemen effortlessly blend Americana, bluegrass, soul, and old time music to create a unique, fresh, and energetic sound. It is obvious from the moment this group takes the stage that they are ready to have a good time! They have been featured on the same bill with such notable acts as Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, Molly Tuttle, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Vince Gill, just to name a few. Whether it's a winery, theatre, club, or an outdoor festival, these boys are sure to leave a lasting impression.
The Squeakin’ Wheels
The Squeakin’ Wheels enjoy making music from a wide range of times and places. Seeing one of their shows is like having a brief tour of the American music scene of the past century as they play folk, country, rock, bluegrass, blues and pop songs, along with many original compositions. Their material ranges from timeless spirituals to contemporary acoustic pieces, featuring rich vocal blends and sparkling instrumental arrangements.
It’s the ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and honeyed melodies, a natural magic that is the soul of Tom Freund’s music. Though he’s widely-traveled in a variety of genres—from heartfelt folk to buoyant pop to Boho jazz to straightforward rock ’n’ roll, and beyond --Freund is, simply put, a singer-songwriter with a defined and captivating presence.
Harris Harper is an eighteen-year old singer-songwriter continuing a family tradition that spans four generations. At seven she joined the Colburn Schools youth choir, then moved to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music’s youth chorale and has been singing with them ever since. She is an avid writer, creating the lyrics and music that she has been performing in and around Los Angeles for the past two years.
dA Center Art Activity
Blues Guitar-Finger Picking
dA Center Art Activity
Uke: Finger Picking
Hunter Courtyard: Art
Jr/Sr Studio Patio: Art
Gray Space: Art 206
Digi-Fab Lab: Art 112
Seaver Classroom: 100
Small Studio: Seaver 120
Large Studio: Seaver 112
dA Center Art Activity
Middle Eastern Drumming & Belly Dance