“...consistently delivering one of the most diverse and interesting festival lineups year after year, it’s clear that both musically and socio-politically, Philadelphia Folk Festival promises to keep building a better future by learning from the past, showcasing plenty of great music along the way” - Sam Roberts boxfullofrecords.com.
THE PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2020 DATES
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
+ DAVID CROSBY GIFTS FESTIVAL WITH MARTIN GUITAR
PFS NEW VENUE PRESENTS MONTHLY PERFORMANCES
[Aug 29, 2019 - PHILADELPHIA] The Philadelphia Folk Festival closed out last weekend with a memorable set from David Crosby and Friends, after a jam-packed weekend filled with music, friends and community. The historic 58th annual event took place in Upper Salford Township, on the Old Pool Farm, Aug 15-18, and according to fans, attendees and festival volunteers, PFF was “stellar” and “gets better every year!”
Next year, the 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival (PFF) will take place Aug 13-16, 2020 in Upper Salford Township, PA. Known to present superstars and rising stars alike, plans for the 2020 summertime extravaganza are well underway, and tickets are already available for purchase HERE. Philly Folk Fest is unique in that it is presented by a non-profit arts education organization, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, and is operated with the help of over 2,000 dedicated volunteers with upwards of 35,000 folks attending yearly.
The 2019 festival presented more than 90 artists, including acts from England, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, South Korea, and Israel on 8 stages over 4 nights. Highlights included David Crosby, Amanda Shires, The Mavericks, Margo Price, Yola, Talisk and many more.
Festival and Programming Director, Lisa Schwartz, says of the 58th festival “I am simply ecstatic with how this festival came together musically with our US artists sharing the stage with artists from across the globe proving once again that music is the universal language. So many folks approached me, both first time attendees and long time Fest-goers, to tell me that this was the festival of the dreams.”
First timer R. Croce wrote on the facebook page: “My wife and I had a blast. It was our first one and I am left wondering what took me so long, lol. See you next year for sure!”
Tell us your experience at #PFF58 by filling out our post festival survey. As a festival, we are always looking to improve the experience, so if you have feedback you would like to share, please visit HERE. Everyone who completes the survey is automatically entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to either #PFF59 or a pair of tickets to an upcoming PFS Venue show.
David Crosby gifts PFF with Martin DX WOODSTOCK 50th Guitar
C.F. Martin & Company, who have been sponsors of the Philadelphia Folk Festival since the very first festival in 1962, created a special edition guitar to honor the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. When Martin Guitar CEO Chris Martin heard David Crosby was performing at PFF, he immediately called Festival and Programming Director, Lisa Schwartz with an idea to gift Mr. Crosby one of these guitars at PFF. When Lisa presented Mr. Crosby with the guitar, after his stunning set Sunday evening, Mr. Crosby replied...You are doing a good thing here; sell the guitar and use the money to make it even better.”
PFF is considering options for the guitar, and will announce shortly. The DX Woodstock 50th Anniversary model includes colorful custom artwork by Robert F. Goetzl that replicates elements from the original, famed 1969 festival poster. This X Series D-14 model produces the rich, dynamic sound and look that made Martin the choice of many artists who played at Woodstock. It pairs an HPL top with rosewood-patterned HPL back and sides and includes Fishman® electronics. This model also includes certified sustainable wood parts.
Become a #MusicGiver by Supporting PFS
Help us grow this community by supporting our vision as the home for Philadelphia Folk today! Support for PFS music and music education programs are through generous donations by private donors and sponsors. Between now until Oct 31st, all gifts for the Philadelphia Folksong Society, Philadelphia Folk School, and music education programs will be MATCHED, up to $20,000. Thanks to our amazing donors, we have reached 35% of our goal, but we still need your help! To donate to Teach Your Children Well Campaign, visit pfs.org/support today!
The Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS) is dedicated to preserving the past, promoting the present, and securing the future of folk music and related forms of expression through education, presentation, and participation.
As we enter a new phase of PFS and continue to expand our education programs and live music offerings, we cannot thank you enough for your continued support and hope that you will support PFS all year long with a fully tax deductible donation.
PFS / PFF Presents Live Music in NEW VENUE
The Philadelphia Folksong Society is thrilled to invite you into our new venue and hub for all things folk in Philadelphia! Located at 6156 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128. This venue in Roxborough allows PFS to present live music all year for music lovers and supporters.
The PFS Venue is also available to rent for meetings, events, and gatherings. As a community- and member-based organization, PFS offers rental discounts to residents of Roxborough; current PFS Members; and non-profit organizations. For more details about the space, access, and nearby amenities, visit our Venue Page.
All proceeds from rentals are invested back into the organization’s music and education programs. So in addition to having a great event, you’ll be giving back to the community!
The September line-up includes performers: The Mays, Sept 5th; The Levins CD Release Concert with Katherine Rondeau, Sept 7; Che Apalache, Sept 11; Talisk, Sept 28 and many more in between, visit the full calendar and / or purchase tickets HERE.
Support for the PFF is provided by numerous corporate and community partners including C.F. Martin & Co., Yards Brewing Company, Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, Horgan Brothers, Inc., City Winery Philadelphia , WXPN 88.5 FM, PA Council on the Arts, Upper Salford Township, and Green Mountain Energy.
JOIN PHILADELPHIA FOLKSONG SOCIETY / PFS:
The support of our members is the driving force behind the programs and events that have preserved the past, promoted the present, and secured the future of folk music throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for over 60 years! In addition to our concerts, SINGs, workshops, and festivals, PFS also provides education, school programs, artist development and service to our community. Your PFS membership allows you to enjoy tons of benefits while helping PFS to expand our programs and reach our community in ways that may not otherwise be possible. Join --> https://pfs.org/membership/
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA FOLKSONG SOCIETY (PFS) / PFF:
Founded in 1957, The non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society offers programs of presentation, participation, and education throughout Greater Philadelphia and the nation year round and contributes to the preservation of a vast variety of musical styles and historical perspectives. PFS has acquired international recognition and local acclaim through popular programs such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the longest continuously running outdoor music Festival in North America. The 58th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival occurs August 13-16, 2020. Follow PFS on facebook, twitter and instagram at @FolkSongSociety
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