Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Steel (Guitar) Yourselves: Folk Fest is Back!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2022 at 1:09 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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The Humboldt Folklife Society announced today that the Humboldt Folklife Festival is returning for the first time in three years with the (pre-COVID, traditionally annual) event slated for July 14-16, 2022, at the Dell’Arte Amphitheater in Blue Lake.

The event brings back attendee favorites: an evening outdoor show on Thursday, July 14, a Barn Dance on Friday, July 15 and the All Day Free Festival on Saturday, July 16.

Mark your calendars: Tickets are available July 1 at humboldtfolklife-night1.brownpapertickets.com.

For more on this year’s fest and the upcoming Buddy Brown Blues Festival, read the press release below.


Arcata, CA– Humboldt Folklife Society invites the public to the Humboldt Folklife Festival, scheduled for July 14-16, 2022, Thursday-Saturday, at Dell’Arte Amphitheater in Blue Lake. All events are 100% outdoors, weather permitting.

· Thursday July 14, Outdoor show 6-10 PM with Huckleberry Flint, Canary & the Vamp, Bayou Swamis, and The Starhoppers

· Friday July 15, Barn Dance on the Street 4-6 PM with Lyndsey Battle caller, and Cider Mill Creek playing. Barn dance is free and open to all ages and skill levels. Outdoor show 6-10 PM featuring The Handshakers, Dead On, and Absynth Quartet

Tickets for Thursday and Friday outdoor evening shows are available to the public on July 1, https://humboldtfolklife-night1.brownpapertickets.com (July 14 show), and https://humboldtfolklife-night2.brownpapertickets.com/ (July 15 show). To become a Folklike Society member, and be able to purchase discounted tickets, go to https://humboldtfolklife.com/renew-support.

· Saturday July 16 is the All Day Free Festival (by donation) featuring Blake Ritter’s Fiddle Academy, Back Seat Drivers, Blake Ritter and Rick Kearns, Mariachi de Humboldt, Compost Mountain Boys, Kingfoot, Fickle Hill, The Yokels, and Barn Fire. One stage, 9 bands plus workshops on the street 11am- 8pm. Details are posted at humboldtfolklife.com

Also mark your calendars for the 20th Annual Buddy Brown Blues Festival, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, Perigot Park, Blue Lake, CA. The festival was cancelled last year due to Covid restrictions. Gate opens at 10:30 A.M. and five acts perform hourly until 6:30 P.M: Black Sage Runners, The Uptown Kings, Jim Lahman Band, Buddy Reed & the Rip It Ups, Mojo Rockers, and Back Seat Drivers. Tickets are $15 and $12 for HFS member, and can be purchased at the gate. August 6th, once again at Perigot Park in Blue Lake, starting at 11 AM.

The Folklife Society is seeking volunteers for both festivals, who will receive a Folklife beverage cup for four hours of volunteering. Interested community members can volunteer by emailing anne.g.kinne@gmail.com. For over 40 years, the Humboldt Folklife Society has existed to teach, celebrate, and encourage participation in folk and traditional arts.

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