The Campbell Brothers
From electrifying, raise-the-roof solos, to meditative sounds of beauty and reflection, this family-based band is among the finest ambassadors of the sacred steel tradition. Continue reading
Dale Ann Bradley
Raised in a Primitive Baptist family in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, this acclaimed bluegrass singer transports listeners with her shimmering voice and personal songwriting.
Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy
Emerging from the Houston blues scene like a force of nature, this Texas powerhouse has a commanding stage presence and a voice to match.
Raised in the Irish American community in the Bronx, this musical pioneer and innovator has won over 30 All-Ireland medals and redefined the boundaries of Irish traditional fiddling.
E.U. featuring Sugar Bear
Led by dynamic front man Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, this legendary group is synonymous with the funky, quintessentially Washington, D.C., dance music known as go-go. Continue reading
Gene Tagaban (Guuy Yaau)
Dancing in a stunning, hand-painted mask and feathered wings, this renowned storyteller and Raven Dancer brings audiences into active participation with timeless Indigenous teachings.
Himalayan Heritage Band
This virtuosic ensemble provides a vital link for Boston’s growing Nepalese community, bridging their new lives in New England with their homeland high in the Himalayas.
Hālau ‘O Lilinoe
With graceful and mesmerizing performances, this halau (school) celebrates hula and nourishes the roots of their culture, preserving it for generations to come.
Los Texmaniacs feat. La Marisoul
One of the most dynamic bands in conjunto tejano joins forces with a soulful, East L.A. singer, breathing fresh energy into timeless songs and sharing the rich legacy of Mexican American music—with a twist. Continue reading
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
Led by arguably zydeco accordion’s foremost living practitioner, this rollicking group represents the crème de la crème of the vibrant Black Creole dance music native to Southwest Louisiana.
Rogelio Ortiz with Eduardo Betancourt
Lively, fiery, and heartfelt tradition from Colombia and Venezuela has a champion in this singer known as el caballero del canto nacional (“the gentleman of the national song”).
Thomas Maupin & Friends with Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek
This 83-year-old Tennessee buck dancer is the most renowned of his generation, with a distinctive style that dancers and musicians alike emulate—including the apprentices and family members joining him on stage. Continue reading
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
The Crescent City’s preeminent funk master is another in that city’s long line of singular musical personalities, adding touches of soul and jazz to his distinctive rhythm and blues sound.
Wylie & the Wild West
This world-class yodeler and cowboy singer still lives the life of a working rancher and cutting-horse champion—and is one of America’s most popular western entertainers.
Maryland Folklife Area & Stage Performers
Maryland Folklife Area & Stage performers will be announced in Summer 2022.