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Caspar to Host Second World Folk Festival
Brenda Curtin and Máire Egan --
the Bridies -- will perform at the second
Caspar World Folk Festival in August
Tickets went on sale this week in local outlets for August's second Caspar World Folk Festival, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 7th and 8th to benefit the Caspar Community Center.
"We're really combining two festivals," explains Michael Potts, one of the event's coordinators. "In Caspar's Village Square there's a bustling Marketplace with fifty booths demonstrating folk arts organized around a Marketplace Stage. At the Community Center and in the Shul, a series of four concerts present world-class folk musicians such as the Peña-Govea Family, Joel Breaux and his Cajun Band, Ancient Future, Caspar legend Gene Parsons, and noted Himalayan flutist Manose." Admission to the Marketplace is free.
The first of four concerts starts at noon on Saturday in the Caspar Community and features the Peña-Govea Family, Michael Hubbert and the Caspar Mambophonics, the Shaggy Manes, and the hot Irish fiddling of The Bridies. Tickets for this concert cost $15.
Saturday at 5pm a special Contra Dance will be held at the Community Center, with music by including Barry Schultz and Judy Stavely and called by Erik Hoffman.
Saturday evening there will be two concerts in neighboring venues. At 7:30 in the Mendocino Coast Jewish Community Center "Shul", Grey Larsen, Neo-Celtic Balladeer Danny Carnahan, Nils Olof Söderbäck and Himalayan Flute Master Manose present an evening of folk virtuosity. Tickets for the Shul concert are also $15.
At 8pm across the Caspar Village Square on the Community Center, the Lennie Laks Trio, Ancient Future, Wild Abandon and the Chandeliers, and Joel Breaux and his Cajun Band will entertain from the Main Stage. Tickets to this event are $20. "Caspar's hall is small, seating just 100 people," notes Dalen Anderson, the Caspar Community Center's manager. "Musicians love the intimate connection with their audience, and so this old Schoolhouse really rocks! But again this year, tickets are likely to sell out quickly."
The Sunday Afternoon Concert, beginning at 1pm, brings a rare collection of local musical heroes to the Community Center Main Stage: Hawaiian slack-key and hula from Hui Arago and O Lei Palaoa, Girl's Night Out, folk-rock legend Gene Parsons, and last year's electrifying belly dance troupe Nuba. Tickets for this concert are $15.
During last year's Festival, deemed a great success by all involved, all four concerts sold out. As long as they last, tickets for the concerts will be available online at CasparFest.org, at Tangents and Harvest Market if Fort Bragg, and at Twist and Out of This World in Mendocino, or by calling the Caspar Community office at 964-4997.
submitted to Mendocino Beacon / FB Advocate 2 July 2004
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