Folk festival will rock next weekend

By SANDEE DAVIES, Times Staff Writer
Published September 23, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG - Folk music, as in art, finds its roots in the traditional music of various cultures. Folk generally refers to the American form's revival of the 1960s and '70s but includes more traditional styles such as bluegrass, blues or Cajun and Creole-based zydeco.

A two-day family event next Saturday and Sunday in downtown St. Petersburg features two days of traditional music and folk art, outsider art and Intuit art. Folk and Music Fest 2007 also will feature drumming performances and swing and contra dance bands. Hundreds of feet of slides and bounce equipment will wear the kids out while face painting and a performance by Shana Banana will also be offered.

More than 40 folk artists from around the country will show and sell their work. Local market vendors will sell fresh food.

Saturday, two free workshops will be held at Creative Clay. Each workshop is limited to 10 people with advance registration required by calling 825-0515.

From 9 a.m. to noon the Whistles and Whirls workshop features one hour of clay instrument/whistlemaking with Brian Ransom, one hour of swing and waltz instruction with Arleene Norman, and one hour of introduction to contra dance and zydeco dance with Joey Norton.

Come create and be inspired by folk artist Mary Proctor and playwright Bob Devin Jones in a hands-on experience titled Door and Stories from 1-3 p.m.

Sunday's final musical performance is a Tribute to Bob Dylan.

Proceeds from the event benefit Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, a professional arts training program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Entertainment schedule

Saturday Mayor Rick Bakerwith Sam Stone 9 a.m. Blind Willie Jamesand David Lee Maxwell 10 a.m. Venus Joneswith Brian Ransom 11:15 a.m. Veronika Jackson noon The Porchdogs 1 p.m. Wholly Cats 2 p.m. Green Grass Boys 3 p.m. Rafter Ringers 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 30) Fred Johnsonwith Kevin Wilder 10 a.m. Rebekah Pulley 11:15 a.m. James Peterson noon Skull and Bones 1:15 p.m. Shana Smith (Shana Banana) 2:15 p.m. Lorna Bracewell 3:30 p.m. Tribute to Bob Dylan:Artist's Showcase. 4:30 p.m.

If you go

What: Two days of folk art and music.Where: Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, on Central Avenue from 11th to 13th streets.When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sept. 30For more information: Call 825-0515 or check the Web at www.creativeclay.org.