Win Tickets to the Folklife Preview with Big Sur, Denver & The Annie Ford Band
There are tens of other local music festivals now, but growing up as a kid in Seattle, there were two: Folklife and Bumbershoot, summer’s bookends. And since Bumbershoot always marked the end of summer and the beginning of school, it was Folklife, the official start of Seattle summer, that was my favorite. It didn’t hurt that for as long as I can remember, The Grateful Dead chose to set up residency at Memorial Stadium for Memorial Day Weekend, so along with the patchwork of, well, patchwork that is Folklife, there was the added bustle and color (tie-dyed, of course) of Dead Heads.
The Dead may not be there anymore, but Folklife is still free (donations suggested), a quintessential Seattle happening and, since this is a local music blog, it must be noted that Folklife has really stepped up their local booking in recent years. Folklife isn’t just your parents festival anymore. Last year’s Fest boasted sets from Pickwick, Bryan John Appleby, Hobosexual, Wheedle’s Groove — all on the weekend there’s another
little gigantic Fest over at The Gorge.
To celebrate 2012′s Folklife line-up being announced and to get a sneak peek at a few of the performer’s from the “Indie Roots” Stage, Folklife is hosting a preview party this Thursday at the Tractor with Big Sur, Denver and the Annie Ford Band and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment, using your real email address, and we’ll pick a winner by the end of the day Wednesday.