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The National Folk Festival 

When: Sept. 11-13 2015
DOWNTOWN GREENSBORO

THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11–SUNDAY, SEPT. 13

Next month, Raleigh hosts the inaugural American Roots Music & Arts Festival at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre; that pricy and artistically limited shindig might do well to take some notes from the National Folk Festival, which Greensboro will host annually until 2017. The three-day event encompasses all stripes of roots music, art and culture, resulting in a tremendously diverse spectacle. There's gospel giant Mavis Staples, blues figurehead John Dee Holeman and honky-tonk stalwart Dale Watson. Bobby Hicks reps for bluegrasss, while Rhiannon Giddens kind of does it all with her new umbrella approach. The festival's lineup features treasures beyond the average expectation, too: Check out go-go by Washington, D.C.'s Trouble Funk, Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese guzheng and Cajun music from Louisiana's Pine Leaf Boys. The offerings also include buck dancing, clogging, flatfooting, storytelling and puppetry performances. And the entire festival is free, so buck up, make the drive out to Greensboro and relish the revelry. Friday, 5:45–10 p.m.; Saturday, noon–10:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon–6:30 p.m.; free; 336-373-7523; www.nationalfolkfestival.com. —Allison Hussey

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