2016 Folk Fest Suggested Routes 

With so many performers, the music can overwhelm you. Here’s our annual guide to the myriad paths you can take.

click to enlarge L’Orchestre Afrisa International

L’Orchestre Afrisa International

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FRIDAY

7:45 to 8:45 p.m. — Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata) at Altria

8:45 to 9:45 p.m. — The Fairfield Four (black gospel quartet)

 

SATURDAY

12:15 to 1 p.m. — The Branchettes (traditional African-American gospel) at VCU Health Stage

1 to 1:45 p.m. — Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader (Afghan rubab and table) at Altria

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — World Song Slam: From Queens to the Congo, featuring Rahzel, Wawali Bonane Bungu and Monuko Doddo Gisalu, Kevin Locke and Doug Good Feather, Alessia Tondo, Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer

3:15 to 4 p.m. — Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban son) at Altria

4:00 to 4:45 p.m. — Spiritual Voices with Cora Harvey Armstrong, Rev. Frank Newsome, Susan Gaeta, Humayun Kahn, the Legendary Ingramettes at Union Bank and Trust Virginia Folklife Stage

 

SUNDAY

Noon to 1 p.m. — Masters of Percussion at Community Foundation Stage

1:15 to 2 p.m. — Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader (Afghan rubab and table) at Community Foundation Stage

2 to 2:45 p.m. — Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata) at Altria

3 to 3:45 p.m. — Kevin Locke (Lakota hoop dance and flute) at VCU Health Stage

4 to 4:45 p.m. — Unique Sound of the Mountains: Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer (old-time) at Union Bank and Trust Virginia Folklife Stage

5 to 6 p.m. — Legendary Ingramettes (Richmond gospel) at Union Bank and Trust Virginia Folklife Stage

 

Dancer’s Delight

FRIDAY

7:45 to 8:45 p.m. — Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie (zydeco) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

8:45 to 9:15 p.m. — Adonis Puentes and Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban son) at Community Foundation Stage

9 to 10 p.m. — L’Orchestre Afrisa International (Congolese soukous) at Altria

 

SATURDAY

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. — Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie (zydeco) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban son) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

3 to 4 p.m. — Conteno (conjunto Tejano and norteno) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

4:15 to 5:15 p.m. — Phil Wiggins Blues House party (Piedmont blues and dance) at VCU Health Stage

5:30 to 6:15 p.m. — The Big Squeeze: Accordion Masters — Geno Delafose and Demetric Thomas, Juan Longoria Jr. and Juan Longorio III, Massimiliano Morabito.

6:15 to 7:15 — Gary U.S. Bonds with Gene “Daddy G.” Barge (The Norfolk Sound) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — L’Orchestra Afrisa International (Congolese soukous) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

9 to 10 p.m. — Maceo Parker (funk) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

 

SUNDAY

We recommend staying at Dominion Dance Pavilion all day, don’t wander far. Well, OK, for beer if you want. Maybe food.

Noon to 1 p.m. — Contento (conjunto tejano and norteno) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. — Marquise Knox (blues)

2:15 to 2:45 — Cuban son dance lesson with Eileen Torres

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. — Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban son)

4 to 5 p.m. — L’Orchestre Afrisa International (Congolese soukous)

5 to 5:45 p.m. — Jason D. Williams (rockabilly)

 

What We’ll Probably Do

FRIDAY

See Dancer’s Delight schedule. But the upside: Adonis Puentes starts at 8 p.m. at Community Foundation, so you can leave Delafose at any time to catch him.

SATURDAY

Noon to 12:05 — Frank Newsome (opening Old Regular Baptist hymn) at Virginia Folklife Stage

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. — the Fairfield Four (black gospel quartet singing) at WestRock Foundation Stage

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. — Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader (Afghan rubab and table) at Altria

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — World Song Slam: From Queens to the Congo (beatboxing to Afrisa). This should be a fascinating demonstration particularly of African song traditions and rural other genres.

3 to 4 p.m. — Conteno (conjunto Tejano and norteno) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

4:15 to 5:15 p.m. — The Beatbox goes on: Rahzel, Nicole Paris and Ed Cage (beatboxing) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

6:15 to 7:15 p.m. — Gary U.S. Bonds with Gene “Daddy G.” Barge (the Norfolk Sound) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata)

9 to 10 p.m. — Maceo Parker (funk) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

 

SUNDAY

Noon to 12:45 p.m. — Balinese All Stars (gamelan orchestra) at WestRock Foundation Stage

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. — Marquise Knox (blues) at Dominion Dance Pavilion

2 to 2:45 p.m. — Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (southern Italian pizzica tarantata)

3:30 to 4:15 p.m. — Chico Simoes (Brazilian mamulengo puppetry) at CarMax Family Stage

4 to 4:45 p.m. — Unique Sound of the Mountains: Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer (old-time) at Union Bank and Trust Virginia Folklife Stage

5 to 6 p.m. — The Legendary Ingramettes (Richmond gospel) at Union Bank and Trust Virginia Folklife Stage

Dilemma No. 1
One decision we see coming is choosing between headliners Gary U.S. Bonds (Norfolk sound) and Maceo Parker (funk) on Saturday afternoon. Bonds is playing at 6:15 at Dominion Dance Pavilion while Parker will be at Altria from 6-7. If you’re staying all evening, we suggest waiting to see Parker until his late set at Dominion Dance Pavilion — where the sweaty, close quarters will only enhance the funk.

Cross-Hybrid Tip
We suggest taking advantage of the collaborative group presentations from Juke Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks, and Old-Time Religion (Saturday, 2-3 p.m.) and, overlapping from 2:30-3:30, World Song Slam: From Queens to the Congo (more accurately wouldn’t that be from the Congo to Queens?). Then there’s the Big Squeeze: Accordion Masters (Saturday, 5:30-6:15). All are a great way to understand the cross-hybridization of cultures through music while getting a sampling of the sounds.

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