As is the case every year, Philadelphia folk scene legend Gene Shay emerged from his record stacks, saw his shadow, and thus, it was decreed! The Philadelphia Folk Festival shall ramble on! For its 51st annual outing, the Festival will take place as usual in Upper Salford Township (near Schwenksville), this year from August 17th through the 19th. Performers this year include:
Debo Band – Mary Chapin Carpenter – Voices of the Wetlands – Little Feat – John Hiatt and the Combo – Steve Earle and the Dukes – Lucinda Williams- Wanda Jackson – Paul Thorn – Strand of Oaks – The Wooden Sky – The Secret Sisters – City & Colour – Red Clay Ramblers – Lori McKenna – Mark Erelli – The Holmes Brothers – Mary Gauthier – Mike Cross – Comas – Tracy Grammer – Arborea – Chris Bathgate – Brother Sun (featuring Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway) – Roosevelt Dime – Pokey LaFarge – The Gypsy Hombres – Chris Kasper – Griz – Spuyten Duyvil – Zach Stock – The Great Groove Band – Gene Shay
Not exactly household names, but then again, PFF is about VIBES, kids, and real talk: This is a lot easier on one’s body than, say, PEX, and it’s a consistent that the RV/camping scene at PFF could be the inspiration for a TV show called Pimp My Campsite. Plus, there is always the off-chance that this year, there could be a Lucinda Williams/Wanda Jackson drinking contest, which would have to be epic. More additions to the lineup will be announced as the dates draw closer, and tickets are on sale now.