LOWELL -- The traditional folk music, artisan crafts and food from around the world will be all over downtown before you know it. Organizers have released the lineup for the 32nd Lowell Folk Festival, taking place July 27, 28 and 29.
The free family-friendly festival offers something for everyone, officials like to say.
"There will be a number of great new artists to the lineup this year," Kevin Dwyer, executive director of the Lowell Folk Festival. "For a lot of performers, it will be their first time in Lowell.
"It's really exciting to bring new world-class artists to Lowell and give our attendees an opportunity to see them for the first time," he added.
Last year's weather was spectacular, recalled Philip Lupsiewicz of Lowell National Historical Park, which helps run the event. Ideally, those same pleasant conditions come through for this year, he said.
"It's just a fun mid-summer break," Lupsiewicz said. "It's always a treat to listen to music I don't always listen to, and to have some foods I don't normally eat the rest of the year."
As always, there will not be any entrance fee.
Hundreds of volunteers with the Bucket Brigade collect donations for the festival. Those who donate receive a Mardi Gras style bead.
Keeping the festival free is significant, Lupsiewicz said.
"We're always trying to make it a better experience for attendees," he said.
The following performers are booked for the festival:
* Tribu Baharu -- Colombian champeta
* Bernard Allison Group -- blues
* Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac -- Cape Breton song and fiddle
* Kahulanui -- Hawaiian swing
* Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers -- Cajun
* Rahzel -- beatboxing
* Neuza -- Cabo Verde
* Big Country Bluegrass -- bluegrass
* Orquesta SCC -- salsa dura
* Greek Rebetiko Trio -- Greek rebetiko music
* Salar Nadar & Mustafa Saeed -- Afghan tabla and rubab
* Don Roy Trio with Rossby & Elsie Arnott -- Franco-American
* Cora Harvey Armstrong -- gospel
* Sidi Toure -- Songhai guitar music from Mali
* Iberi -- Georgian polyphonic singing
* Tony Blazonczyk's New Phaze -- polka
More performers are expected.
At the Folk Craft area, the theme will be "Painted, Plaited, Pounded, or Pulled."
The Foodways area will be featuring "Flatbreads: Plain & Fancy."
The Lowell Folk Festival is presented by Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Festival Foundation, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the City of Lowell, the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.
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