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    Aurelio MartinezHonduran Garifuna - Page 7

    The ChankasPeruvian Scissors Dance - Page


    ElatosGreek - Page 15

    Frank Ferrel and FriendsMaine Fiddle Master - Page 8

    James King BandBluegrass - Page 16

    Jorge ArcePuerto Rico Parade - Page 17

    JuvenatoColombian Vallenato - Page 17

    The LegendarySinging Stars

    Gospel - Page 20

    Mcauley, Horanand OCaoimh

    Irish - Page 8

    Prem Raja MahatNepalese - Page 18

    Qi Shu FangPeking Opera - Page 6

    Rosie Ledet &The Zydeco Playboys

    Zydeco - Page 6

    Samba MapangalaEast African Rumba - Page 19

    Sista Monica ParkerBlues - Page 10

    Sonny Burgess andthe Legendary Pacerswith Lance LipinskyRockabilly - Page 10

    Yves Lambert TrioQubecois - Page 9


    IndexWelcome / 2

    Information / 4Donations / 5Volunteers / 5

    Music / 6Sponsors / 11 & 14

    Map / 12-13Food / 20

    Folklife / 21Kids / 22

    Marketplace / 23

    This American Folk Festival program was produced and published by

    Editor/Layout: David M. Fitzpatrick Writing: David M. Fitzpatrick and others Photos: BDN Maine, American Folk Festival, and others Cover Design: Bridgit Cayer and Michele Dwyer

    Sales: Jeff Orcutt, 207-990-8036 or

    To support the American Folk Festival, through a fi nancial contribution or by volunteering, contact Heather McCarthy at 207-992-2630 or

    Welcome to the 12th annual American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

    If this is your fi rst time attending the American Folk Festival, welcome. We encourage you to enjoy as much music as you can, to sample new and delicious food, to visit the talented craft vendors located between the Railroad Stage and the Dance Pavilion, and to enjoy the beauty of the historic Bangor Water-front.

    If you have been to The American Folk Festival before, you may notice a few changes. The Childrens Village is now located in a more central area of the festival grounds (between the Rail-road Stage and the Penobscot Stage); the Railroad Stage seating area has been updated to allow for some fantastic and unique viewpoints from which to enjoy the performances. Some of the food vendors have moved to a location adjacent to the Railroad Stage on Railroad Street, and the Beer Tents location at the Dance Pavilion has been adjusted to allow for a more enjoyable experience for festival-goers looking to enjoy spirits while tak-ing in the wonderful music.

    All of the changes minor as they may be are efforts to continue to improve the American Folk Festival experience, while retaining its true heart and soul. As always, you can listen to incredible performers from all over the world who create a global block party right here in Bangor, Maine. Blues fans will be amazed by the soulful, passionate singing from Sista Monica Parker, known as the lioness of the blues. Fre-quent American Folk Festival attendees may recognize Yves Lambert from his 2002 appearance on the Bangor Waterfront, although he returns this year with a new Qubecois sound with the Yves Lambert Trio. One of Americas top fi ddlers, Frank Ferrel, happens to live right in our own back yard and will perform throughout the weekend. You also may notice a couple of genres not heard at the American Folk Festival until

    this year, such as Chinese opera and Greek music. That is just a small sampling of what you can expect musically at this years American Folk Festival.

    As you navigate your way through the four music stages, the Marketplace, the food court, the Childrens Village, and the FolkLife Area, please keep in mind that the American Folk Festival remains admission-free because of sponsors and your generosity. Keep an eye out for our Bucket Brigade. We sug-gest a donation of $10 per person per day, but the members of the Bucket Brigade will accept any donation you are willing to offer. They also have helpful information to ensure that your experience is a positive one.

    The American Folk Festival is a unique festival for Bangor and for Maine. We are able to bring high quality entertainment and attractions year after year to this region because of you. This is your festival. This is Bangors festival. This is Maines festival. We are proud to be stewards of it and to ensure you an entertainment experience that is family friendly, fun for all ages and, as always, free.

    On behalf of the hard-working staff, the board of directors, the members of the various committees, and the hundreds of volunteers who make this amazing weekend happen, enjoy the 2013 edition of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.


    Rick Fournier Heather McCarthyChair, Board of Directors Executive DirectorThe American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront





    Welcome to the 2013 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, the 12th year of an annual celebration of authentic traditional arts. We hope that you enjoy this years festival, and that youll make your plans to experience this grand event with the help of the information in this program guide.

    From 2002 to 2004, Bangor hosted the 64th, 65th and 66th National Folk Festivals, celebrating traditional performing arts from cultures across the globe and entertaining tens of thousands of people each year. After a very successful three-year run, the community launched the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront in 2005, carrying on the tradition established by the National Folk Festival.

    The American Folk Festival is a nonprofi t organization, working in partnership with many community members, including the city of Bangor, the Maine Discovery Museum, and the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine. The AFF has proven that authentic traditional arts have a long-lasting place in the heart of Bangor.

    This years American Folk Festival features 16 performing groups for your enjoyment.

    Plus, mark your calendars for Aug. 22-24, 2014 for next years American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

    ADMISSIONThere is no fee to attend any of the

    festivals programs, including performances, demonstrations, and childrens activities. However, presenting the festival free-of-charge costs nearly $900,000, and your help is crucial to cover these production costs. The suggested donation is $10 per day per person or $20 per day per family. When you see the donation buckets, please, consider a gift to support the event!

    BUCKET VOLUNTEERSThe volunteers who make up the Bucket

    Brigade and the Donation Stations are a happy corps of community volunteers who encourage festival-goers to support the American Folk Festival. The Donation Stations are at the two main festival entrances (at Railroad and Broad streets). The Bucket Brigade travels throughout the festival site. Please, drop your contribution (suggested donation: $10 per person per day) in the bucket to help cover the cost of the festival.

    PARKING People familiar with downtown Bangor

    are invited to park in any street-side parking, surface lots, or the Pickering Square Parking Garage. Or you may want to use the convenient parking at the Bass Park complex off Buck Street. Parking fees are $8 per vehicle per day, or $20 per vehicle for a three-day parking pass. The Folk Festival is pleased to be working with the Anah Shrine to facilitate parking at Bass Park. One hundred percent of your parking fee supports these two Bangor area nonprofi t organizations: the Second Section of Anah Shrine and the American Folk Festival.

    Free shuttle service will transport people from Bass Park to the festival site on the Penobscot River waterfront.

    BICYCLESFree bicycle parking will be available at the

    Festivals Broad Street entrance in a designated bicycle parking area. Remember, Maine law requires a headlight and rear red refl ectors visible from at least 500 feet when riding at night. Flashing taillights and light-colored and/or refl ective clothing are highly recommended. The law requires helmets for anyone under 16, but everyone should wear a helmet to prevent head injury.


    General festival information, the schedule of performances, and area information will be available at four information booths: near the Dance Tent, near the Railroad Stage portal, near the Food Court, and near the Two Rivers Stage.

    WHAT TO BRINGYou may want to bring comfortable walking

    shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses. A credit card may come in handy to buy festival memorabilia and CDs of performing artists.

    Collapsible chairs and a blanket might make your trip more comfortable. Some stages will have seating, but others, such as the Railroad Stage, require that you bring your seating.

    Dont forget your prescription medications

    and, just in case, bring your insurance and Medicare cards.

    WHAT IF IT RAINS?Tents cover many festival stages and

    presentations. If the weather appears threatening, bring an umbrella. The show will go on, rain or shine, unless there is a concern for public safety.

    PETSPlease, do not bring pets (other than service

    animals) to the American Folk Festival. The large crowds with many people seated on the ground will appreciate your animals staying at home. Your pets will be more comfortable at home than in the midst of the festival crowds.