Brooklyn Folk Festival To Take Place This Weekend
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A traditionally rural genre of music gets a very urban showcase as the Brooklyn Folk Festival kicks off.
The three-day event kicked off Friday and features all kinds of folk music from old time string to bluegrass.
There will be performances from 34 bands as well as workshops, films and banjo-themed carnival events.
This is the fourth annual folk festival, but this year it's in the heart of downtown Brooklyn at a 27,000-square-foot old hardware store on Jay Street.
There will also be a special 100th birthday tribute this year to the famous songwriter Woody Guthrie, who was a Brooklyn resident.
"He was from a little town in Oklahoma but he moved to Brooklyn in 1940 and lived in Coney Island and spent the remainder of his life in Brooklyn," said Eli Smith, the founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival. "He's well known s for writing "This Land Is Your Land' and other famous folk songs."
For schedule, directions and ticket information you can check out BrooklynFolkFest.com.