Kottke headlining 2011 CT Folk Festival, Green Expo, New Haven, Sept. 9-11

Sep 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Top Story

“One Planet, Many Choices”: Edgerton Park is the place to be September 9-11 for music and green ideas

The 2011 Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo kicks off on Friday Sept. 9, with the Grassy Hill Song Circle, a unique evening of collaborative entertainment. Four of the hottest musicians on the Indie/Americana scene will play solo work and then accompany each other in a jam-session atmosphere: Mai Bloomfield, Anthony daCosta, Brian Dolzani and Rachael Sage. The Neighborhood Music School’s DoSo Band opens the night and the Master of Ceremonies again this year is Vance Gilbert. The Grassy Hill Song Circle will also be held in the magical atmosphere of Edgerton Park, beginning at 7 p.m.

Saturday afternoon, Edgerton Park will be the site of CT Folk’s sixth annual Green Expo, a free afternoon event (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) featuring 75 exhibitors, demonstrations and activities to promote living a sustainable life, as well as a free family concert with Nerissa and Katryna Nields and activities for kids.

The afternoon will begin with the top five artists from our CT Folk’s 2011 songwriting contest in a competitive showcase. A judging panel made up of accomplished musicians and community leaders will select one outstanding performer to join the Main Stage line-up later that evening. New Haven’s Professors of Bluegrass join the festivities again this year for the afternoon concert, followed by Connecticut’s own Mon Monarch (featuring the current CT State Troubadour, Chuck E. Costa).

Innovative acoustic guitar virtuoso, Leo Kottke, will headline the Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo’s main stage concert on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in New Haven’s Edgerton Park. Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations, a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and he continues touring globally.

The 5 p.m. concert under the stars will also feature acclaimed singer-songwriter, Vance Gilbert; national touring musicians, Nerissa and Katryna Nields; and Connecticut-based Too Blue starts the evening with their unique blend of bluegrass and swing.

The Festival will conclude at noon on Sunday, Sept. 11 with the Dava Hoot, an informal community sing-along hosted by the CT Folk Board Band in Edgerton Park.

Now in its second decade, the Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo is a nonprofit, primarily volunteer organization based in New Haven. The Festival & Green Expo’s parent organization, CT Folk, is dedicated to traditional and contemporary roots music and to caring for the earth.

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The CT Green Expo kicks off day two of the CT Folk Festival weekend, September 9, 10th and 11th  In its 6th year, this is a free event that endeavors to educate and entertain in a way that celebrates “local is green” and also acknowledges our role in the world by focusing on “one planet many choices”.    The day is chock full of music, fun and educational exhibits for all with a special focus on families.  Find all the latest in products that support sustainable living.

The Green Stage showcases the CT Folk song writer’s contest and also includes performances by Mon Monarch, the Professors of Blue Grass and a family concert with Katryna and Nerissa Nields.  For the young ones, create a recycled art project with the New Haven Museum or  visit “ New Haven’s Kidical Mass Touch a Cargo Bike” event or be enchanted by the Earth Fairy.   This is a day where your local community comes together to show you what they have to offer and you won’t be disappointed!  Hours 11AM till 4PM at Edgerton Park for more info Coleen at coleencamp@yahoo.com

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