Performers A to Z

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Acoustic Soul
Acoustic Soul features Jackie and Fred Holzhauer, longtime contributors to the Colorado music scene in several genres. They bring a unique and powerful acoustic approach to the blues, jazz, light rock, swing and rhythm'n'blues. Jackie sings with passion and authority and zeros in on a song's emotional core in a way that lights up her audience.
Aireene & the Rarities
Original songs with hints of latin/African, folk, bluegrass and gospel inspiration.
Al'Azifoon featuring Monica Berini and the Zakiyya Dancers
Monica Berini and the Zakiyya Dancers will be accompanied by Al'Azifoon playing classical and modern Arabic music.
Alan Smithline
Enjoy the intricate arrangements of one of the Bay Area's finest finger-picking blues guitarists.
The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine
A bi-coastal jug band originally from Niagara Falls, New York.
Amelia Hogan
Amelia Hogan is a powerful singer who adds a vivid context and historical perspective to the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and England.
American Gypsy
American Gypsy features band members Brooks Hunnicutt, Lori Oz and Robert Thornton Kent. They perform original and traditional folk music with lyrics, vocals and music that transports the listener across the boundaries of time and space to places only found in the heart. Once you hear them, you will become a fan.
Ancient Future Duet featuring Matthew Montfort and Mariah Parker
Lovers of soulful guitar artistry prepare to get your minds blown. Matthew Montfort is the leader of the world fusion group Ancient Future. DigitalDreamDoor.com listed him as one of their 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, and Guitar Player Magazine profiled him in their Les Paul tribute issue. His Hendrix-inspired Purple Raga must be heard to be believed. He will be joined on dulcimer by Mariah Parker.
Art Peterson
Fingerpicking blues and ragtime guitar, old-time banjo and flaming accordion are Art's hallmarks. Expect a wide variety of music, some songs to sing along with, and guest musicians.
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Banda Sin Nombre
Folk music from around the world featuring rich vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments.
Banjo Babes Review
Erin Inglish and some of the hottest lady banjo acts will get all five strings sizzling!
The Barbary Ghosts
In a very short time, The Barbary Ghosts have leapt to the forefront of the national shanty song scene. Now, thanks to their new album of classic and originals that sound like classics, they are winning fans from all over the musical map. As one admiring fan puts it: "These guys sound kind of like a chantey band transplanted to Appalachia or something."
Beatles Sing-Along and Play-Along
Get to know the music of the lads from Liverpool in this sing-a-long. Learn why these brilliant songs changed the landscape of popular music forever.
Bev & Jerry Praver
After more than 50 years of playing folk music, Bev and Jerry Praver return to the SF Free Folk Festival.
Bobcat Rob Armenti
Boot stomping, feel good music straight from the soul.
Brokin Jug Band
The Brokin Jug Band is an old time jug band that plays music from the early 1900s to the present. Members Wayne Hagen on jug, kazoo, washboard and mandolin and Forest Flanigan on guitar, ukulele and kazoo have been playing together since 2003 in assorted configurations. Come on out and see this unique act ... and be ready for the kazoo jam!
Brooks Hunnicutt, Lori Oz, and Robert Thornton Kent
Thoroughly engaging musicians with a deep understanding and love of Americana music.
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Cello Stories
Toni's delightful fusion of classic stories and cello music plus critical thinking. For curious people of all ages.
Colonels Of Truth
Northern California Americana Neo Bluegrass Anti Folk Urban Gospel Alt Country.
CommonUnion59
Original music that is both personal and universal.
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Da! Mozhem -- International Folk Dance Party
These easy but delightful folk dances from around the world are fun for all ages and will feature the music of Da! Mozhem.
Dagwood Blondies
The sweet, funny, always entertaining songstress, Vikki Lee, is back! This time she teams up with Nancy Wenstrom to bring you her unique American originals and covers.
Danse Maghreb
Experience the vibrant costumes, the lavish jewelry, and the lively and colorful dance and music of the Ouled Nailiyat.
Diego the Whistler and Jeff Pierre
A rare creative artist who has cultivated each of his natural talents -- music, dance, and the fine arts -- to a professional level.
Doris and Mike Animal Puppet Show
A participatory, singalong puppet show for all ages.
Doug Blumer & Bohemian Highway
Solid Americana rhythms, easy-swinging harmonies, and catchy, tuneful originals.
Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
The Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers invite us to celebrate Beltane with a medley of Scottish country dance, step dance, jigs, and reels
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Jeanie & Chuck Poling
Honky tonk and bluegrass music played with flair on acoustic instruments.
Julian & the Upside Sound
A cheery quintet whose pop/Americana sound displays the optimism and enthusiasm of a leader still in high school.
Justin Purtill
Intense, cerebral, jazzy acoustic guitar stylings.
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Kif Bender
Despite his tender years, Kif Bender has a lot of experience as a singer-songwriter.
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Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins
A complicated guy singing songs of other people's complicated lives in an uncomplicated manner.
Lighthouse String Band
The Lighthouse String Band play mostly Irish and Scottish traditional music, but also love to play American old time tunes, and love to share the joy of these melodies with audiences.
The Littlest Birds
The Littlest Birds are a nationally touring cello and banjo duo from the Eastern Sierra of California. Together since 2010 they've performed 100s of shows across 32 U.S. States plus the District of Columbia, and Canada, including festivals, concert series, radio stations, farmer's markets, fine restaurants, house concerts, weddings, bars, an Ambassador's residence, street corners, backyards, wine cellars, and even one 200 year old Misión deep in the heart of the Baja Peninsula.
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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.
Matt Small and Pam Small
Matt Small and Pam Small, the son and wife of Clem Small, will share one of Clem's songs and lead the audience in a sing-a-long.
Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora
Twangy modern country and rockabilly.
MerryGold
Whiskey-soaked folk/bluegrass songs take listeners back to simpler times and portray a rawness that embodies the pioneer spirit of the Wild West.
Mokai
Earthy originals filled with gripping stories and accompanied by Mokai's signature fingerpicking.
Mugg Muggles & His Sizzling Syncopators
Mugg Muggles has been delighting Bay Area audiences on street corners, in sundry bars and dives, as well as radio and television for over 3 decades with his eclectic repertoire, irreverent demeanor and mellifluous bass/baritone. Simply accompanied by his pulsing acoustic guitar (or 1 stringed Gutbucket Bass) and awesome homemade kazoo, Mugg evokes distant eras of Prohibition Speakeasies, Minstrel Shows, Juke Joints, House Rent Parties, Barn Dances and Sock Hops.
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Nueva Trova y Nueva Canción
Protest music in Spanish, especially from the Cuban experience.
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Omnipresent Puppets - 3 Little Pigs
Omnipresent Puppets presents a delightful show for the whole family. Enjoy the familiar story -- with some wild detours!
Open Mic
The open mic is open to all. Sign up starts at 12 noon. First come first served.
Open Mic
The open mic is open to all. Sign up starts at 12 noon. First come first served.
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Peter Krug
Peter has been writing songs for over 50 years, mainly to express himself or to entertain his friends, never as a profession. However, some people in his life took him more seriously than he took himself. As a result, his songs have been sung, recorded and published from Scotland to Australia. He has two CDs and a third in the works.
Pig's Foot String Band
Old time southern string band music with a diverse playlist.
Powell St. John
Powell St. John is a legendary American singer, songwriter, musician and artist. His musical career began in the mid 1960's in Austin, TX, performing folk songs on the harmonica and guitar. During this period, Powell was a member of the Waller Creek Boys; a folk blues trio featuring Lanny Wiggins and a young Janis Joplin. Janis would later go on to make a hit of Powell's song "Bye, Bye, Baby".
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Redmond O'Colonies
A troubadour in a brash Hawaiian shirt, Redmond O'Colonies is a man transported from another time, an itinerant musician, thespian, and jester.
Rev Rabia
Rev Rabia has been singing blues in the Bay area for over 20 years. Rev stands for Reverend, which is fitting because she definitely brings the church to her dynamic, unique brand of acoustic blues.
The Rowan Brothers
Modern day Everly Brothers with a splash of bluegrass.
Rozanne Gewaar & Band
Rozanne Gewaar and Josh Beemish share their original folk ballads that stretch from South Africa, across the American midwest, all the way to San Francisco. Expect deceptively sweet vocals, guitar and banjo that spin powerful tales of fracking, shipwrecks on the bay, and love for land and language.
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Sauce Piquante -- Cajun Dance Party
Kick up your heels with Sauce Piquante and the traditional high-energy dance music of Southwest Louisiana.
Shane Philips Band
Fusing soul and folk, Shane Philips shares the idea that love can unite the world.
Spark & Whisper
Spark & Whisper is the musical collaboration of Anita Sandwina & Velvy Appleton, singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists from the SF Bay Area.
The Splinter Group
Well-seasoned harmonies with familiar standards, contemporary and traditional folk tunes, and occasional silly songs.
Stevie Coyle
Among his many accomplishments, Stevie Coyle is probably best known as co-founder of eminent, fondly remembered Waybacks. Stevie's gone feral and solo nowadays, and is busily booking festivals, venues and house concerts, both nationally and internationally.
Stringquake
An electrifying trio, StringQuake brings a new sound to today's world music scene, drawing inspiration from the music traditions of the Americas, Greece, Africa, India, European classical, and the musical masters who have emerged from every corner of the globe.
The Sylvia Herold Ensemble
Stories told through Irish and British traditional songs.
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Three Times Bad
This acclaimed new string band trio from San Francisco has a gritty dynamic sound that will appeal to fans of The Devil Makes Three, Old Crow Medicine Show and Woody Guthrie alike.
Tone Bent
Gorgeous harmonies and inspired guitar playing from musicians and songwriters Robin Eschner and Bill Horvitz.
Transit of Earth -- An English-Irish-Scottish Country Dance Party
Learn the country dances of the United Kingdom as well as some waltzes and polkas. Join in or just enjoy the spectacle and music.
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Windy Hill
California Bluegrass from right here in the bay area -- in a Menlo Park woodshop class.
Wishing and Bone
Mix up a bunch of blues, folk, Americana, country, and two good friends who have playing together for 25 years and you have Wishing and Bone.
World Dance Fusion
This wonderful group of dancers, led by Katy Alaniz Rous, takes you over the cultural boarders. Your passport gets you here and the world of dance comes to you. Ballet, meets Congo, hip-hop, Jazz, Merengu and beyond. Truly the dance styles go on and on and on. This really is a world of dance experience. An amazing experience of dance awaits you!
The Wronglers
Simple tunes played by complicated people.
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Young Ireland
Father and son offer up inspiring, original, Irish-American folk songs.