We continue our For Pete's Sake tradition again this year with guest host and curator Chris Funk of The Decemberists. Each day on the Museum Stage, we will honor the traditions of bluegrass, gospel and roots music, to which Pete and Toshi Seeger dedicated their lives. The format is a mix of workshops, live performances and lectures.
Kevin Locke(Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. While his instructions were received from his immediate family and community, from extended family in every part of the world, Kevin has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each can draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage.
From his home state of Arkansas to his home in Los Angeles, Joe Purdy has recorded a baker’s dozen worth of albums. His songs have turned up on numerous TV shows and film soundtracks. Most notably, however, in recent years the singer, songwriter and self-described “hillbilly” has come to see the world and his role in it somewhat differently, charting this direction on his latest album, "Who Will Be Next?” Here he firmly plants his feet deep in the tradition of folk artists such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs, applying his unique skills as writer and vocalist as a passionate observer and participant of our times.
BEN MILLER BAND
Since its formation in 2004, the Ben Miller Band has staked out a singular niche that's established the Joplin, Missouri foursome as both a potent creative force and a perennial fan favorite.
berklee Darol Anger's Berklee Instant Strings
The quartet, collectively known as Berklee Instant Strings, consists of four Berklee students chosen by the String Department for the purpose of offering a string section to touring artists who otherwise might not have had access to such a resource beforehand. The whole idea behind Instant Strings was conceived by Darol Anger, associate professor of strings, and is directed by his departmental colleague Joe Walsh. “We wanted to offer a string section that could arrange something on the spot and be flexible,” Walsh said of the crew. They also needed to “be great players who can read/play in a quartet but who are good on their feet and can improvise.” `
Casey Neill and his band The Norway Rats perform rock music informed by post punk ethos, combining haunting dirges and diesel fueled rave-ups. Neill's original weather beaten narratives eschew irony in favor of romance, celebrate society's miscreants, and explore the hidden corners of the American landscape. The Norway Rats, a crack gang of Portland musos, perform Neill's originals with unhinged live energy. With accordions, over-driven guitars, and Neill's raspy voice, the band blends elements of Scots/Irish tunefulness, feral abandon, and heartland rock. Neill has left his impact on audiences in the United States and overseas while touring extensively for more than a decade.
cHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING
There is a fearless quality to the music of Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style and lyrics that are both dramatic, and intensely confessional. It’s a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he’s played over four hundred shows in just the past three years. It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to nurture ones character and art.
Kitty Amaral & Cosmic String Coalition
Kitty Amaral, now age 15, began fiddling at about age 5 at local festivals and jams near her home in Elk Creek, Virginia. She has won numerous fiddle awards in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Her discography includes "Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep", and the soon to be released CD recording, "Fiddle Gems". The latter is a collection of Old-time string tunes and Kitty's first solo project. In 2012, Kitty won an honorable mention in the Davidson Institute worldwide academic and music competition. Her project, which focused on the impact of Bluegrass and Old-time music on society, was titled, "Fiddling from the Heart on the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail." Kitty's goals and aspirations lie not only in playing bluegrass and Old-time music, but also in preserving its' history and heritage. She plans to use her God-given talent to travel the world with her fiddle and bow in hand and share these wonderful genres of music with all types of people and in many walks of life and also teach and "pass on" the music someday. She truly believes that bluegrass will make the world a better place.
Kim and Reggie Harris
Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.
Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a 3-time Grammy Nominee and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010.
Olivia Chaney is an English folk singer, pianist, guitarist, harmonium player and songwriter. Her debut solo album, The Longest River, came out in 2015. She will also be playing this year's festival with Offa Rex.