The Woody Guthrie Stage
Location: Cafeteria

The ambience may remind you of mystery meat, leftover surprise, and food fights. Hey, it's a middle school cafeteria after all. But our performers are some of the most talented musicians from the Bay Area and beyond. Saturday's show features mostly originals from some of the best local singer/songwriters. Sunday is for fans of roots country, old time, and bluegrass. Come on over for coffee and snacks and hear some great music.

Open Mic. Open to anyone. Make sure to sign up early. The spots fill up quickly.


Saturday, June 9th, 2012
12:00 Open Mic
The open mic is open to all. Sign up starts at 12 noon. First come first served.
2:00 HopHead
HopHead is Kim Richards, Jim Tepperman, and Peter Tracy. They play folk rock versions of a lot of familiar classics, as well as tasteful appealing originals.
3:00 Emily Bonn & The Vivants
Driving, accordion and fiddle driven Americana originals. There's a little Cajun flavor, Western Swing stomp, and a spicy Mission District vibe.
4:00 Leftover Dreams
Peel back the years to the first half of the twentieth century with the vocal harmonies and sparse but memorable accompaniment of Leftover Dreams.
5:00 David Maloney
With 40 years of performing and composing under his belt, David Maloney -- also of Reilly and Maloney -- will surely please his audience.
6:00 The Keller Sisters
Sheryl and Kerry Keller are newcomers to the SF Free Folk Fest scene. This is what I know: They've performed music all their lives, they have the sister harmony thing going on, and they've formed a duo act after many years of singing in a blues rock band in San Mateo called Blue Tuesday. Lately they've returned to the kinds of songs they grew up singing together: Simon & Garfunkel influenced folk with a pop edge.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012
12:00 Open Mic
The open mic is open to all. Sign up starts at 12 noon. First come first served.
2:00 Jeanie & Chuck
Jeanie Poling has one of those grand Sweetheart of the Rodeo voices that country singers die for. You know, the kind where you stop in your tracks and say: "Gee, why the heck are you not famous?" Chuck Poling grew up playing music in a black gospel church and has the rock solid mandolin chops to prove it. Their monthly jam at the Plough and Stars has nurtured a whole new generation of local pickers and grinners.
3:00 Poor Man's Poison
A young folk Americana quartet from Hanford, California that is bursting at the seams with talent and a fresh, melodically mature sound. Spend a little time getting to know their polished, richly-textured original songs on YouTube. If you're going to catch only one new band at the fest this year, let this be the one.
4:00 Fret Not Gospel Old Time Gospel Band
This is a band that loves the Christian life and the old time roots of gospel music. They play some serious foot stomping country gospel music, but you're not going to hear about them playing the usual music venues. They only do a few dozen shows a year and most of them are in prisons and special benefits. Find out why the Chaplin of San Quentin calls them the inmate's all time favorite performers.
5:00 Brooks Hunnicutt
In her many decades of performing, Brooks has lent her deep soulful vocals to recordings by Steve Stills, Helen Reddy, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and more. She's coming all the way out from Shady Grove, Ga to play for the fest.
6:00 Brough Brothers
Zach from Jugtown Pirates joins with his brother Josh from Poor Man's Whiskey in order to play the stripped down folksy roots music they love the most. You'll love their smooth harmonies, upbeat rhythms, and goodtime originals.