The KALW folk festival is back this Saturday April 28th from 3 to 8 pm. It's five hours of continuous music in the KALW studios performed by some of the Bay Area's finest talent.
Presented by festival hosts JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson. Here's the line-up:
3:00 pm Baraka Moon is a multi-cultural band that weaves together African rhythms, Sufi trance music, Indian ragas, and Australian aboriginal sounds. Band members are vocalist and harmonium player Sukhawat Ali Khan; percussionist and didgeridoo master Stephen Kent; drummer and percussionist Peter Warren; and guitarist, ukulele player Anastasi Mavrides.
3:45 pm The Seamus Egan Project performs traditional and Irish-inspired songs. Led by multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan (founding member of the renowned Irish-American band Solas) with Kyle Sanna on guitar, Owen Marshall on bouzouki, and Moire Smiley on vocals and accordion.
4:15 pm Misner & Smith are Sam Misner on guitar and Megan Smith on bass. Their soaring harmonies give their songs added resonance and a distinctive quality that sets them apart from other singers. They'll perform songs from their latest CD "Headwaters".
5:00 pm Cynthia Lin; She describes herself as a Modern Day Jazz Ukulele Diva. Her versions of familiar songs are joyful, sweet, and surprising. She not only sings and plays but also gives tutorials on her YouTube Channel.
5:45 pm Johnny Harper; long-time bandleader, supporting guitarist, champion of Juke Joint Rocking music. He's part of a two person event coming up celebrating the connection between beat era literature and the songs of Bob Dylan.
6:30 pm Fog Holler They are recent Bay Area arrivals who first arose in the foothills of Echo Mountain (LA County). Banjoist Casey Holmberg, guitarist Tommy Schulz, and bassist Noa Laniakea. Frequently busking around Berkeley, their most recent release is “Echo Mtn. Sessions.”
7:15 pm - Blue Summit The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2018 Band Of the Year features AJ Lee (mandolin), multiple winner of NCBS’ Female Vocalist Of the Year, with Sully Tuttle & Jesse Fichman (guitars) and Isaac Cornelius (bass). They also have a new album, and are the hottest band in the area.