Avert your eyes from the urban mirage and contemplate more rooted sounds during the seventh annual Brooklyn Folk Festival. Highlights of the three-day, 30-act event, which is co-produced by local folk epicenter the Jalopy Theatre and Down Home Radio podcaster Eli Smith, include tonight’s rare local appearance by Oregon rural-boho avatar Michael Hurley on a bill with country bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and New Orleans jazz-piano preservationist Terry Waldo’s Rum House Band. Following tomorrow’s banjo-hurling contest (impress your date!), youthful old-timer Frank Fairfield plays sets devoted to American and Italian string music, respectively, and Daptone recording artists Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens raise the roof. Downtown punk-psych folkies Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel will bring it all back home on Sunday.
April 17-19, 8 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2015