Mark your calendars.
The 18th edition of the three-day Richmond Folk Festival is fast approaching.
This year’s musical extravaganza will feature 28 artists from across the country and around the world on six stages from Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 10 on Brown’s Island and nearby sites, according to the list of artists the festival released. on its website, www.RichmondFolkFestival.org.
Four Richmond-based artists were on the list, according to organizers who describe the big event as a celebration of the “roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food.
They include veteran hip-hop DJ Lonnie B and the legendary gospel-inspired Ingramettes.
Lonnie B is set to be the final act at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Dominion Energy Dance Pavilion; while the Ingramettes, founded by the late Maggie Ingram, will perform Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Center for Cultural Vibrancy Virginia Folklife Stage.
Other Richmond acts include gospel group Ken Heath and the True Disciples, which will appear at noon Saturday on the Cultural Vibrancy Virginia Folklife Stage and blues harmonica player Andrew Alli who will join forces with blues guitarist Josh Small at 1:30 p.m. Sunday the same arrange.
A wide range of other artists will also make appearances at the event which downtown encore group Venture Richmond is organizing in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts, which promotes folk and traditional arts and launched the first festival of this region in 2005.
There will be appearances by the 79ers gang featuring music from the New Orleans Black Mask Carnival and Andre Thierry, one of the West Coast’s top zydeco performers.
Black Umfolosi will perform a cappella songs from Zimbabwe while Felipe Hostins will present the Brazilian Forro.
Cedric Burnside, the opening act on Friday night, will present country blues from the Mississippi hills, while Jimmy “Duck” Holmes will present blues from Bentonia and Fran “Lady Strings” Grace will serve up sacred steel guitar music.
The program is also to include musical offerings from Albania, India, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands and Venezuela as well as Native American ritual dances and a tribute to former world champion chippers. oysters Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon Boyd, both from Middlesex County.
Roots-rock, bluegrass and other traditional American music will also be presented, the program indicates.
In addition, the Virginia Folklife Zone will also feature demonstrations and workshops featuring 11 different instrument makers, two fiberglass sculptors and a storytelling artist.
And the Children’s Museum will have a family space with themed areas featuring sack hats, hand-painters and balloon artists, as well as a creative zone where everyone can contribute to a joint art project and a separate activity area where kids can run an obstacle course or show off their skills.
The festival will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, organizers said.
Ranked among Virginia’s largest annual events, the festival is funded by 36 organizations, including the City of Richmond, corporations, nonprofits, and other government entities.