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Nick Spitzer at the National Folk Festival in Greensboro NC, SEPT 11-13

September 3rd, 2015 ~ American Routes host and producer Nick Spitzer will host the evening stage at the 75th National Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina September 11-12. The National Folk Festival began in St. Louis at the depths of the Depression as a public arts event. One early festival featured the first visits of Cajun musicians and crafts people outside of Louisiana in Dallas in 1936. By the end of the decade the National Folk Festival included Zora Neale Hurston presenting African American work songs from her home of Eatonville, Florida and featured Albert Gore Sr., the Tennessee Congressman who was also a fine fiddler, both at Constitution Hall in Washington.

This year’s National Folk Festival carries forward the tradition of traveling to new locations every few years and presenting a wide range of performers of the highest quality including Cajun music of the Pine Leaf Boys, soul music with Mavis Staples, Austin honky-tonk country from Dale Watson and band, New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, and a homecoming for Rhiannon Giddens of the Chocolate Drops, a noted traditional singer in her own right. The National Folk Festival presents 300 artists across seven stages with a strong component of North Carolina old-time country music and crafts as well as dance, southern foods, craft brews, puppetry, and parades. Music from the National Folk Festival is also broadcast on WFDD-FM in Winston-Salem NC. Admission is free. For information visit NationalFolkFestival.com