After having to go virtual last year, the Philadelphia Folk Festival is ready to return this year in style as a “Pocket Sized Edition” in-person event in Upper Salford Township on August 21 and 22, writes Dan DeLuca for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The two-day event will be staged at the Spring Mountain ski area and headlined by Bettye LaVette and the David Bromberg Quintet.
There will also be many more acts to enjoy at the festival, including Katie Pruitt, Dustbowl Revival, Susan Werner, Dom Flemons, Flor de Toloache, Livingston Taylor, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise, Driftwood Soldier, the Hoppin’ Boxcars, Laura Lizcano, John Byrne Band, and Davina & the Vagabonds.
Additionally, the Fralinger String Band and Give & Take Jugglers will perform.
The event, which is being billed as the festival’s “59 ½ anniversary,” will have a daily limit of 1,000 ticket holders, but streaming options will be available for bands playing the main stage. This year, no on-site camping will be allowed.
After the COVID-19-related death of the longtime host and co-founder of the festival, Gene Shay, this year’s event will be hosted by John Flynn, a Philadelphia singer-songwriter.
Read more about the Philadelphia Folk Fest in The Philadelphia Inquirer.