To fans and supporters of the Brooklyn Folk Festival,
We are delighted to announce The 10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, scheduled for April 6-8, 2018. Many of you have been friends of the Festival from the beginning and we hope you have enjoyed watching the festival grow from a small event into a truly substantial yearly gathering, drawing bands from New York City, across the nation, and around the world. We greatly appreciate the support you have shown over our nine-year history.
This year’s 10th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival will be held at St. Ann’s Church, our home for the past three years. The 10th Annual Festival will feature 35+ bands over three days, playing American and world folk music, along with workshops, dances, film screenings, puppet shows, jam sessions and the world-famous Banjo Toss Contest!
The Festival is the nation’s largest folk festival set in an urban area; right here in the heart of New York City. The festival is curated by folklorist and musician Eli Smith in partnership with the Jalopy Theatre and exhibits the very best underground and nationally recognized talent in the field of Folk Music, including blues, old time string bands, songwriters, jug bands, gospel music, klezmer, salsa, Native American, Mexican, Balkan, African, Indonesian folk music and more. This year, the Jalopy Theatre has reorganized as a non-profit organization. This transition offers us new opportunities to connect with our community, strengthen our organization, and continue to evolve, as we begin our second decade. As a non-profit, Jalopy hopes to form strong partnerships that will strengthen the Brooklyn Folk Festival.
In the 1960’s the greatest yearly gathering for folk music took place at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Today we want to keep the yearly focus of the vibrant new folk music revival squarely here within the borders of Brooklyn. This will keep the festival accessible for New Yorker’s and visitors from out of town, and help keep Brooklyn the heart of the contemporary revival of interest in folk music.
The festival has been recognized by sold out crowds, the press, and folk music artists themselves as a “magical event” which stands out with clarity and vision against a backdrop of cultural noise. Last year the New Yorker magazine called the Brooklyn Folk Festival’s offerings, “diverse, spontaneous, counter-cultural, and trenchant” and the festival itself “one of the most vital and spiritually sound folk-music events in the country. The Brooklyn Folk Festival feels like an unexpected haven for folk’s weirder, wilder, more diverse, and more provocative strains.”
We need your help now to secure the future of the festival as it continues to grow in size and scope and in order to produce this special 10th anniversary event. Your donations are used to underwrite the considerable costs of the festival while maintaining our commitment to low ticket prices. This commitment is part of our mission to offer down home, handmade music presented at a non-corporate, participatory festival. We hope you will join, support and celebrate with us at the 10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival.
We are asking for your donation to help us plan the Brooklyn Folk Festival this year and secure its place on the New York cultural landscape on into it’s second decade! The Festival is a non-profit event, and your donation is fully tax deductible.
Eli Smith, Lynette and Geoff Wiley and the Friends of the Brooklyn Folk Festival.
As a thank you gift we are offering the following rewards:
BFF – $1000
3 three-day passes to the 2018 festival, 10 tickets to any shows at Jalopy Theatre and four LPs from the Jalopy Catalog.
Folk Hero – $500
2 three-day passes to the festival, and four tickets to any shows at Jalopy Theatre
Benefactor – $250
2 three-day passes to the 2018 Festival
Friend – $100
1 three-day pass to the 2018 Festival
Supporter – $50
Brooklyn Folk Festival t-shirt