Zeiterion Performing Arts Center Celebrates 25th New Bedford Folk Festival – New Bedford Guide


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is pleased to present the 25th New Bedford Folk Festival with special programming in honor of its silver anniversary on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10, 2022. After a two-year delay due to the pandemic, The Festival returns with the best in contemporary, American, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. To celebrate this musical milestone, the festival has invited folk music legend Tom Rush, folk, jazz and pop singer Susan Werner, avant-garde Celtic band RUNA, Grammy-nominated former and American violinist Bruce Molsky Awards, and legendary fiddler Tony Trischka called “the father”. of modern bluegrass by The New York Times, Native American blues master Cary Morin, award-winning French-Canadian band Musique à bouches, singer-songwriters Cheryl Wheeler, Garnet Rogers, Catie Curtis and John Gorka described by Rolling Stone as ” the quintessential male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement” and many others.

The New Bedford Folk Festival presents music on 7 stages ranging from the 1,200-seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” stage in historic Seaman’s Bethel. Performers are featured in concerts and in the festival’s popular “workshops” which feature 3 or 4 performers or bands on stage at the same time in one-of-a-kind, one-of-a-kind shows.

The festival also includes six craft vendor blocks and a gourmet food court and beer garden open to the community. .

The line-up for the 25th festival includes: Alisa Amador, Roy Book Binder, Bourque Emissaires, JP Cormier, Catie Curtis, Dansmall, É.T.É., Beppe Gambetta, Abbie Gardner, Vance Gilbert, Seth Glier, John Gorka, Rev. Robert B. Jones, Pete and Maura Kennedy, Chris Matthews, McLane, Cummings and Van Norstrand, Bruce Molsky and Tony Trischka, Cary Morin, Grace Morrison, Peter Mulvey, Mouth Music, Mustard’s Retreat, Chris Pahud, Emerald Rae, John Roberts , Garnet Rogers, Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, RUNA, Tom Rush, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan, Art Tebbetts, The Vox Hunters, Susan Werner, Cheryl Wheeler All artists subject to change.

Ticket prices are $40 for a single day, $50 for the weekend, $85 for a Weekend Plus Pass (two days of shows plus Premium lounge access), and $150 for a Premium Pass (two show days, a Premium Pass lanyard, Folk Festival 2022 T-shirt, Premium Pass lounge access, guaranteed seating at all Zeiterion performances and priority seating at Whaling Museum performances, free parking at the Zeiterion and Elm Street garages , discounts at several food vendors in the Food Court & Beer Garden outside the Zeiterion Theater, and more). . Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available by calling 508-994-2900, online at http://www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com/ or at the Zeiterion box office at 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford.

The New Bedford Folk Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Westport Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Community partners include the City of New Bedford and the New Bedford Whaling Museum