Seattle’s 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival continued the tradition of more quality music than you can shake a stick, or didgeridoo, at. For four solid days all of the local stages and theaters had full schedules ranging from local folk to distant ethnic music, from hip hop and break dancing to classical violins and waltzes.
The festival continued its tradition of free admission with suggested donations. Ethnic food vendors were everywhere. Unofficial street performers were perhaps the most entertaining: jug bands, young girls performing with their mothers, comedians, yo-yo tricksters, American Idol wannabes, and a lot of talented casual performers of bluegrass, African drums, punk-infused sea shanties, rocking bagpipes, and a whole lot more.