The Faith Petric Stage
Location: Auditorium

Our largest stage, aka the school auditorium, is sure to turn a few heads with its intricate art deco design. Our performers, covering a broad range of music and dance styles, are sure to delight even the most discriminating audience members.


Saturday, June 8th, 2013
12:15pm Doug Adamz
Doug Adamz has composed songs for the Kronos Quartet and the Joffrey Ballet. He is also admired for his guitar playing talents and his wry and absorbing original songs.
1:00pm Leah Ray Mendez Trio
The Leah Ray Mendez Trio includes: Leah Ray Mendez (vocals/guitar/harmonium/harp), Mauricio Mendez (bass/mandolin), and Beau Silver (percussion/electronics).Their songs are somber and melodious. Elegantly bluesy folk originals that stir the soul.
2:00pm "Faith's Favorites" Sing-Along
In the spirit of the Friday night folk club gatherings, a handful of folks will share Faith Petric's favorite songs. Singing along encouraged.
2:45pm Berkeley Morris
Morris dancing is a form of ritual folkdance that comes from the Cotswold region in western England. It is ritual as opposed to social dance-that is, its purposes go beyond fun, although it also is fun. Danced to both traditional and modern music, sometimes with handkerchiefs, sometimes with sticks, Morris dance may be part of the universal urge to influence and honor the unknowable forces that govern our lives.
3:20pm Leftover Dreams
Tony Marcus and Patrice Haan are one tall duo with sky high talent. Tony is best known for his guitar wizardry with the Cheap Suit Serenaders and Cats & Jammers. Patrice is a Canadian-born songstress who casts a spell of her own with her sultry vocals. Prepare for lovely renditions of lost jazz classics and a sweet swinging romantic vibe.
4:05pm Los Arribenos with dancers
The music and dance of old California. Los Arribeņos de San Francisco will present authentic songs of historic California, including some dancing, tying in with an earlier dance workshop presented by bandmember Jim Letchworth. The group of eight includes voices, guitars, percussion, fiddle and various wind instruments. The group performs in authentic clothing of Mexican-era California.
4:50pm Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
Come and see this joyous form of Scottish Dancing as Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers dance the classic ballroom dances of Scotland
5:30pm Vikki Lee & Russ "The Muleskinner" Whitehead
Vikki Lee and Russ "The Muleskinner" Whitehead know how to cause trouble. These two popular musicians have shared the stage with Albert Lee, Glen Glenn, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others. They will present a nearly acoustic show featuring hooky, melodic songwriting, and even yodeling!
6:25pm The Easy Leaves
The last time Kevin Carduci and Sage Fifield played the SF Free Folk Festival, they were just beginning to make a name for themselves. Now this dynamic duo headlines some of the biggest venues in town with their catchy country folk sounds.
7:10pm The T Sisters
The T Sisters are a genuine sister singing group based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. They sing traditional and original songs influenced by blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, folk and other musical traditions which the three marinated in as they grew up. The T Sisters are praised for their seamless, elaborate, ringing three-part harmony vocals which they interweave into an eclectic repertoire of a cappella and instrumentally-supported music. The T Sisters band grooves with bass, drums, piano and guitars, and the sisters' a cappella music will enchant and sometimes haunt the attentive listener.
8:00pm Anne & Pete Sibley
Have you noticed the sudden proliferation of folk duos? They're everywhere! Anne and Pete Sibley occupy a position at the forefront of this phenomenon. Their voices mesh with presence and subtlety. Their original songs are warm and full of emotional conviction. Bluegrass Now Magazine calls them: "One of the sweetest, most soulful and hauntingly beautiful duets in the business."
8:50pm Sister Sirens
Sister Sirens is a progressive belly dance troupe out of Martinez, CA. Their unique style crosses many nations and genres to provide the audience with a performances they'll never forget.
9:20pm William Florian (former lead singer with 60s folk group, the New Christy Minstrels).
The New Christie Minstrels were a 60s folk revival group known for such classics as Green Green and Today. The group roster is a veritable who's who of music icons, including Randy Sparks, Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Kim Carnes, and Kenny Rogers. Carrying on the tradition is William Florian. William Florian is your host and guide through the classic American folk songbook, featuring classics by John Denver, Peter Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, and, of course, the New Christy Minstrels.

Sunday, June 9th, 2013
12:00pm Splinter Group with John Maxwell
Seasoned by over 20 years making music together, Fredi, Gail, and Peter have simmered their harmonies into delicate and savory blends on familiar standards, contemporary and traditional folk tunes, and an occasional silly song. Accompanied by the soulful sounds of Peter's acoustic guitar, everything The Splinter Group does will touch your heartstring or funnybone.
1:15pm Holly Tannen
Recently an old cache of flyers from past SF Free Folk festivals was unearthed. Holly Tannen's name featured prominently in fest line ups, then disappeared mysteriously about 10 years ago. Where has the dulcimer-playing, self-described "Mistress of Folklore" been all these years? A quick scan of her web site reveals that she's been, among other things, teaching anthropology, writing scholarly journal articles, and raising money for Julian Assauge's defense fund. Whatever she's been up to, you can bet it wasn't boring.
2:00pm The pickPocket Ensemble
Entrancing instrumentals for the world cafe featuring cello, accordion, woodwind, banjo and percussion. It's like you're sipping your White Russian on a busy street corner off the Champs-Elylees while an American backpacker plucks a mournful banjo near a Romanian gypsy caravan. And the whole scene meshes seamlessly into the soundtrack of your best egalitarian dreams.
2:45pm Bollywood Fire
Bollywood is India's answer to the classic Hollywood movie musicals. Bollywood Fire will be performing a bollywood sequence that includes a fusion of styles including Bollywood freestyle, Rajasthani and Bhangra.
3:05pm The Bolos
When Don Burnham isn't playing with his famed western swing band Lost Weekend, he entertains audiences with the Bolos. They'll be playing cowboy songs, Don's wry originals, and a sprinkling of swing classics for good measure.
4:05pm Lisa Aschmann
The SF Free Folk fest faithful have clamored for Lisa's return for the last decade. Now they get their wish. Lisa Aschmann is a prolific professional songwriter, a singer, and an educator. She has recorded six CDs of her own and has had hundreds of songs recorded by major artists in almost every genre, including bluegrass, jazz, country, folk, inspirational, pop, and R&B.
4:50 Madhuri Kishore Kuchipudi School
Kuchipudi is an south indian classical art form originated from Andhra Pradesh, South India. The beauty of this art form is spread world wide. Its known for its beautiful facial expressions and graceful movements.
5:25pm Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band with dancers
Kapalakiko performs not only to entertain their audiences, but to cultivate knowledge about the rich history of Hawai?i through music and dance. They provide "the good stuff" in the mele ku?i tradition. They use both traditional and western instruments and the various genres of Hawaiian music to emphasize the beauty of the Hawaiian language, lyrics, and poetry to complement the hula.
6:15pm Dustbowl Revival
The band describes themselves thusly: Once upon a time, a brass band and a string band decided to come together to form a ragtag musical army called The Dustbowl Revival
I call them: Party in a box. These are not musty revivalists. They play a unique self-minted Dixieland meets rockin' folk blues style with such relish and flair you'll feel like you're hearing these old time sounds for the very first time.
7:05pm Dirty Cello
If you've never heard Jimi Hendrix, BB King or Guns and Roses on cello, well, then you've never heard the cello. Rebecca Roudman plays cello like a demon windstorm possessed. She and her band will leave you clapping along and calling out for more.
7:55pm Quake City Jug Band
When it comes to the Quake City Jug Band, the name of the game is fun. There will not only be fun, but big ol' dancin' mess o' fun as the QCJB is joined by East Coast Swing dancers. Year after year they remain one of the most popular acts at the FFFest.
8:50pm Brooks Hunnicutt and Friends
Brooks Hunnicutt is one of those unsung music industry heroes not so many have heard of but everybody has heard. She is a singer's singer who has shared the stage with everyone from Steven Stills to Helen Reddy to Rod Stewart to Kris Kristofferson. Even a terrible car accident last year will not mange to keep her from performing at this year's fest. She's fully recovered and ready to close the fest in high style. Brooks will be joined by musical friends Robert Thornton Kent, Lori Oz, and Jean Anne Chapman Richardson