The Folk Sessions celebrated its 17th anniversary with a gala event last Sunday, February 23rd, at the Elk’s Theater’s Crystal Hall. Founded in Prescott in 2002, the Folk Sessions has been described as one of the most eclectic radio shows in America. The Folk Sessions is broadcast throughout Northern and Central Arizona, on KJZZ and Prescott Public Radio, and is the area’s longest running radio program.
Over the years the concerts they have sponsored have brought to the Prescott area over 350 artists including Tom Chapin, Rosanne Cash, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Maria Muldaur, the Dustbowl Revival, and the Senators.
The Sunday afternoon gala before a full house of folk music enthusiasts featured food and wine and traditional folk music played with acoustic instruments. The playbill featured both a selection of folk music standards and original compositions. The afternoon’s headliners included Meg Bohrman, Eric Ramsey & Robbie Roberson, JC & Laney, and Prescott’s own Tom and Christa Agostino.
Many readers will remember the folk music revival of the 1950’s and 60’s and the tremendous influence iconic artists such as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez had on American popular culture.
The folk music genre is music steeped in tradition with lyrics that typically tell a story, usually sung with acoustic instruments, and exploring socially relevant issues, often in a satirical way. Contemporary American folk music has often been associated with political protest and social activism such as the Peace Movement, the War on Hunger, and racial justice.
Upcoming concerts include Acoustic Eidolon at the Elks Crystal Hall on Friday, March 13th, at 7pm, and McDougal Street West, featuring the music of Peter, Paul and Mary, on Friday,May 29th at the Highlands Center. Tickets may be purchased at www.folksessions.com.