About Us

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival was conceived in 1976 by the San Francisco Folk Music Club, which staged it for the first two years at the Hall of Flowers. It then moved to Fort Mason, where it remained for 13 years, before moving to the John Adams campus of City College until that venue became too small. Several years ago, the festival moved to its current home at Roosevelt Middle School. Last year, between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended the event. It takes about 200 volunteers to stage the Festival.

The festival was co-sponsored for many years by the San Francisco Folk Music Center / Plowshares Acoustic Music Center. We are also grateful for the support of our friends as KALW.

While the festival would be a special event under any circumstances, what makes it unique is the fact that it is an all-volunteer effort. Not only do members of the sponsoring organization - the San Francisco Folk Music Club –serve as volunteer organizers, but all performers and workshop leaders donate their time and talents to the festival as well.

Detailed planning for the festival begins several months in advance. The committee this year included:

Art Peterson
—Doug Debs
—Garry Wiegand
—Ruth Mikusko
—Carol Chapman

—Doug Jones
—Karen Imperial
—Tirtza Rosenberg
—Cheryl MacDonald
—Juanita Shaikh

—Jim Saxe
Michael Jones
—Robin Cohen
—Lorraine Sohlberg
—Joe Cadora

The festival would not be possible without the help of many people over the weekend, as well as in the months before.

In particular, the committee would like to thank the many performers and workshop leaders, all of whom donate their time to the festival for free.

The weekend itself relies upon hundreds of volunteers to help setup, instrument check, parking, front desk, etc. Thank you.

Last, but not least, are various folks working behind the scenes to make the festival a success:

Redmond O'Colonies - catering
Bobbie Raymond - open mic. MC
Charlotte Patterson - vendor liason
Mariela Gallo - web design
Dona, Andy, Rachael & Steven Forman, Carol Chapman, Page Family, Julie Herzenberg - craft table
Andy Wilson - sound + equipment
Marty Brenneis - sound equipment
Ed Sherry - sound + equipment
Hali Hammer, Rob Sherman - sound engineers
Ed Hilton - Instrument check
John Gregorin artwork
James Benney - parking
Vince French - logistics

Leo Lichtman - printing
Ms. Fong - Roosevelt School
SpaceSpare.com - web-based carpool matcher
Fran Carey, Larry Joba, Miriam Kaplan, Fran Post, Jim Letchworth, Lorraine Kostka, Morgan Skold, Jillian Talmer, Nancy Yost - phone calling

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