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52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival Prepares for Another Stellar Year of Musical Excellence
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/15/13 9:02 pm | updated: 08/15/13 9:02 pm
52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival Prepares for Another Stellar Year of Musical Excellence August 16-18, 2013 Upper Salford Township (near Schwenksville), PA

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PHILADELPHIA - What are you doing the third weekend in August? Well, if you are like thousands of music lovers on the East Coast you head for Upper Salford Township near the bucolic burg of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, a little more than 35 miles outside of Philadelphia where the legendary PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL transforms a working farm into a magical, musical “soundpark”. This cherished event is the longest continuously-running outdoor musical festival of its kind in North America and will celebrate its 52nd Anniversary on August 16-18 at the Old Pool Farm.

Known to present superstars and rising stars alike, this year’s summertime extravaganza will showcase the talents of:

TODD RUNDGREN - DAVID BROMBERG - ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL - Richard Thompson Electric Trio – The Mavericks - Asleep at the Wheel – Carolina Chocolate Drops - Jake Shimabukuro - David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket: The Essential Songs of Philadelphia - Black Prairie – Luella & The Sun – Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band - Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars – Spirit Family Reunion – Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - The Stray Birds – Star & Micey – Otis Taylor - Caravan of Thieves - Amy Helm – Jeffrey Gaines – Gabe Butterfield – Ellis Paul – Del Barber - The Como Mamas – Burning Bridget Cleary – Andy Statman Project – Ben Vaughn - Runa – David Francey – Frank Fairfield – Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee -The Toy Hearts – Howmaw – RUNA – Burning Bridget Cleary - The Amigos Band – Mike ‘Slo-Mo’ Brenner - XPN Philly Local with Helen Leicht featuring Ali Wadsworth, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, Modern Inventors, Ginger Coyle - Aereo-Plain - The Lawsuits – Toy Soldiers – Gene Shay – Great Groove Band - Dennis Hangey – Give and Take Jugglers

“We are really excited about this year’s line up. One of the highlights for us is being able to put together a really “philly-centric” Saturday show”, said Richard Kardon of Point Entertainent. “David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia presents the soundtrack of the past several decades in Philadelphia. It’s a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ from the Philly music scene” finished Kardon.

Last year’s straight through programming on Saturday was met with great praise so organizers decided to do it again this year. There will be continuous musical performances from 11:00 AM through midnight, with workshops, showcases and Main Stage events. This straight-through concept allows the ticketing to be streamlined, with one ticket for each day, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as well as the All-Festival ticket, providing admission for all three days at a discounted price, and an All-Festival Camping ticket for those individuals who want to stay on site for entire weekend.

Returning for his 52nd consecutive year as host is WXPN-FM DJ Gene Shay who has been called the “Godfather of Philadelphia Folk Music”, has been playing folk artists on the radio every Sunday night, for most of our lives. His golden voice and affable demeanor welcome everyone to this historic event.

The PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL is a perfect family event, too. You will find an unrivaled selection of attractions for the kids, especially in Dulcimer Grove, the shady area between the Crafts Stage and the Camp Stage, where puppeteers, jugglers, storytellers, hands-on crafts and of course, kid-oriented musicians make it a haven for folk fans 12 and under. Again this year, there will be a concentrated effort to have continuous programming, including interactive musical events for children and families from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Children up to 11 years of age are admitted free of charge to the concert area. Older kids, 12 to 17, are eligible for the special “youth ticket”, allowing them into the grounds for half the regular gate price, when accompanied by an adult.

Individual daily tickets are available or attend for all three days; add tent camping and you get an additional concert on Thursday night! Imagine settling into our 40-acre living room and becoming a part of the musical landscape. The campground at the PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL is considered the ultimate Folk Festival experience.

Tickets for the PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL are now on sale and can be purchased online at

For additional information about the PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL, visit the website or call the PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL office at 800-556-FOLK.

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