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There’s been some debate about how directors of the Washington Folk Festival defines folk music, and as to whether electric music should be featured. Hip-hop made the cut: Chris “Christylez” Bacon is slated for a 3:30 p.m. performance tomorrow at the Yurt Village Stage. Below, some other performers who will be playing the festival at Glen Echo Park this weekend.Saturday, June 5
Hoag, Kelley and Pilzer, 1 p.m., Cuddle-Up Stage
Scandinavian, Grammy-nominated fiddlers.
Magpie, 3 p.m., Crystal Pool Stage
Traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the ’20 and ’30s, and contemporary music, both original and written by others.
Rockledge, 4 p.m., Yurt Village Stage
Veteran musicians from Northern Virginia who take traditional bluegrass and create a distinct sound.
Hot Buttered Nuggets, 4:45 p.m., Potomac Palisades Stage
Vintage Americana, swing, fockabilly, and Delta blues.
Runakuna, 7 p.m., Cuddle-Up Stage
Traditional Incan music from the Ecuadorean Andes.
Slaveya Vocal Ensemble, 12:00 p.m., Yurt Village Stage
Folk and traditional a cappella music from Eastern Europe, traditionally sung by women and featuring unusual harmonic intervals.
Washington Toho Koto Society, 2:30 p.m., Puppet Company Theater
Traditional Japanese music with the Koto, a wooden, 13-string, zither-like instrument.
Jonny Grave, 2:45 p.m., Cuddle-Up Stage
Acoustic blues from the Heartland.
The Sweater Set, 4:30 p.m., Yurt Village Stage
Jazz, sincere folk, and humorous pop sung in soprano harmony.
Fynesound, 5:45 p.m., Crystal Pool Stage
Scottish fiddling, with foot-stomping jigs, soulful songs, and Highland dancing to boot!
The Washington Folk Festival will take place from noon to 7:00 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. Free. For a complete schedule of performers, check out the Folk Society of Greater Washington.