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When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 Shoreline Village Drive
Tickets: $30 pre-sale, $40 at the door; kids ages 12 and under, and seniors 75 and older get in free
Information: www.folk revivalfestival.com
The fifth annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park on Saturday with more than a dozen acts that all celebrate the roots of American music.
The festival lineup encompasses genres such as outlaw country, bluegrass, Americana, old-time string bands, and even blues. This year there are plenty of ladies in the mix too, as well as an outlaw legend and a few acts that blend a good dose of punk into their country roots.
“We really encompass all the genres of folk, which is a huge umbrella,” said Shea Newkirk, who founded the festival first held at the MADhous in downtown Long Beach.
So here’s a look at the 2017 lineup broken down by what makes them stand out in the eclectic soundtrack of folk music:
The don’t miss acts
The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit: Two of Americana music’s most respected singer-songwriters — Willy Taylor and Chris Doud — lead this unforgettable group that mixes Americana, folk, bluegrass country and rock. They’re Folk Fest veterans, too, who always get the crowd going.
Matthew Logan Vasquez: He founded the critically acclaimed indie rock band Delta Spirit before going solo in 2015 with his debut album “Solicitor Returns.” That record was followed this year with his latest album, “Does What He Wants.” So be on the lookout for the new songs when he performs.
The country punks
Lucero: This Memphis-based band started off as a straight-up punk group in 1998 before adding country roots to their sound. They now pair lead singer Ben Nichol’s tender growls with booze-infused songs that talk about whiskey and heartache.
Scott H. Biram: It doesn’t get more punk than one hard-living Texan onstage with a few guitars, a pair of subwoofers, a stomp board and harmonica singing songs about life, death, redemption and yes, drinking. Biram is a one-man band who delivers it all with grizzled and bluesy growls. And if you catch him after the show, ask about his chili recipe.
The Hooten Hallers: Their recently released self-titled album is the story of the band’s decade on the road. And it’s been a crazy ride since their wild shows blend Americana and punk with hectic guitars, screaming vocals and a lot of energy.
Ivory Deville: It’ll feel like a punk rock roadhouse when this Los Angeles band hits the stage with its mix of honky-tonk, glam, rock and lots of swagger.
The original outlaws
Billy Joe Shaver: Back in 1973, Waylon Jennings recorded an album called “Honky Tonk Heroes.” It’s widely considered the first real “outlaw” country album, and just about every tune on that record was a Billy Joe Shaver song. And while the Texas Country Music Hall of Famer isn’t a household name, he does count Bob Dylan and the late great Johnny Cash among his many musician fans, and that’s all the cred anyone needs.
Ol’ time string bands
Hogslop String Band: They formed as a pickup square dance band in Nashville in the summer of 2009, but they sound more like they formed in 1909 because this is a true traditional string band.
Have More Fun String Band: The fiddle is fun to begin with, but in the hands of master fiddler Ben Guzman it will be impossible to keep your feet from stomping.
Jaime Wyatt: Wyatt is an old soul with a young spirit who will melt you with her warm, vulnerable voice and songs about love, life and with new album “Felony Blues,” even a few tunes about prison.
Valley Queen: This Los Angeles band is influenced by artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell. It’s all driven home by lead singer Natalie Carol’s deeply penetrating bluesy voice, which will make you appreciate the simple beauty of good music.
The Show Ponies: This indie-folk outfit blends bluegrass with old-school country tunes as band founders Clayton Chaney and Andi Schrock share the singing duties while often trading “sassy” lyrics.
Katie Jo & the Mijos: This Long Beach-based country honky-tonker adds a little bluegrass into her toe-tapping music.
Travesura: Professional skateboarder and Long Beach resident Leo Romero fronts this folk, indie and country-rock band.
Leather Tramp: The Long Beach band won the 2016 Buskerfest and was named the Best Indie Band of 2016 by the OC Weekly thanks to their self-described “Folkestral Indie Rock.”
Janie: Long Beach music fans may remember their performances at Buskerfest and the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Night Dive series. The band mixes classic folk with rock ’n’ roll and three-part harmonies.
The kid-friendly band
The Hollow Trees: The Folk Festival is a family-friendly event with an instrument “zoo” where kids can play banjos and guitars and a stage where they can hear “Folk Music for Families” from The Hollow Trees. Their songs include kid-friendly tunes like “Hello Friend,” “Animal Alphabet Song” and “What do you want on your taco?”