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“I’m really honored to be playing the Takoma Park Folk Festival,” says singer-songwriter Julia Altstatt. “Because year after year, they do such a great job of presenting excellent and interesting local performers.” True enough. Singer/songwriters Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (pictured), Tom Prasada-Rao, Mary Sue Twohy, and Carey Colvin, strum along side the likes of Al Petteway & Amy White, the Alexandria Kleztet, old-timey string band Roustabout, and the “oddball insturments” of Ted Porter. Sunday will be Alstatt’s first gig following the birth of her son, Ranger (named, appropriately, after Riders in the Sky’s Ranger Doug), and she promises some new tunes. Altstatt (who will be joined on stage by husband Lymm Kasdorf and singer/songwriter Jerry Bresee) plays material that gets right to the heart of the matter, so expect a joyride. It must be noted that, should you be unable to attend, the Takoma Park cable channel will undoubtedly replay videos of the event daily for the next seven years. I’m still seeing two of Bill Danoff’s performances from last century (Bill isn’t on the extensive list of artists this year). But public-access cable is not really the way to experience artists like Allstatt and company. Get a seat up close and mingle— it is, after all, a folk festival. Gates open at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Takoma Park Municipal Center, Route 410 and Maple Avenue, Takoma Park. Free. (301) 589-3717. (Dave Nuttycombe)