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The 19th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival

33 William St, New Bedford, MA   (view map)

We like the way the New Bedford Folk Festival dots its programming with specific themes. There’s a wealth of acoustic musicians performing at the rootsy bash and, with certain players participating in certain shows, it’s a sharp way of organizing the talent pool. One grouping is called “Play the Chords of Love,” with Cliff Eberhardt, Martina Evans, Craig Bickhardt, and Jeff Warner singing about affairs of the heart. In the session titled “As I Rode Out One Summer’s Day,” Michael Johnson, Chris Pahud, Joe Crookston, and Kate Campbell will share “songs of adventure and courage.” And Beaucoup Blue, Zoë Lewis, Chrissy Crowley, and Warner will ask the rhetorical question, “So You Thought You Knew Folk Music?” More than 50 performers — including top-billed vets Chris Smither, Jonathan Edwards, John Gorka, and Vance Gilbert — will have seven stages to call home during the two-day affair at the Whaling National Historical Park (33 William St) and the Zeiterion Theatre (684 Purchase St). There are also food and crafts and kids’ activities. The music runs from 11 am to 9 pm ($20 each day, $25 for a weekend pass, free under 12) | 508.493.3872 | newbedford

with Barbo + Beaucoup Blue + Craig Bickhardt + Benoit Bourque + Kate Campbell + Ronny Cox + Joe Crookston + Chrissy Crowley + Cliff Eberhardt + Jonathan Edwards + Bob Franke + Gail Finnie Rundlett + Marina Evans + Vance Gilbert + Bill Harley + Matt and Shannon Heaton + John Gorka + Anne Hills + Pete and Maura Kennedy + Christine Lavin and Don White + Mike Laureanno + Zoe Lewis + Grace & the RSO + the Murphy Beds + the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus + Chris Pahud + Poor Old Shine + Hayley Reardon + RUNA + Sacred Harp with the Beans + Chris Smither + Steve Tilston + Jeff Warner + Seamus Galligan + Molly O’Leary + Truck Cocteau & MaryBeth Soares + Barbara Phaneuf + Joanne Doherty + Moldy Suitcases + Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz + the Pourmen + Mark Roberts and Andrea Cooper + Pumpkin Head Ted + Fourteen Strings

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