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. We've been known to have between 2,000 and 3,000 guests attending 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.

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:

Our Festival Director is Michael Jones , who works very hard and is always very dapper,
especially in his Morris kit.
  Café Cabaret setup, main stage lighting, sound man and generally fabulous Jack of All Trades is Art Peterson.  
Handling the Main Stage, publicity and evening dances is the delightful Cheryl MacDonald, ready for her evening dance in a very fetching tiara.   Wrangling the Volunteers is Donna Hyatt, who is currently incognito, but hard at work.  
The very hospitable Doug Debs is our Man About Town for Setup, Teardown and Hospitality.   Also working on our fine Café Cabaret and sound-coordination is the estimable Doug Jones.  
Webmistress is Elaine Richards, who wonders how our fine director manages to get photos of her unawares.   Setup, Teardown, and Program Man About Town is our very own Garry Wiegand.  
Another Café Cabaret wrangler is Karen Imperial.   Running the Craft Table is Laurie Vela, seen here, surrounded by the works of some of her young friends.  
Our Music Workshop Mogul is the melodious Melisse Leib.   Our Front Desk and Merchandise Guru is the fabulous Robin Cohen.  
Our perfectly perceptive publicity person is Ruth Mikusko.   Our Dance Workshops Wizard is the Tremendously Talented Tirtza Rosenberg.  

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