The Birmingham Folk Festival will be held this Saturday at Avondale Amphitheater and will feature all-day music free for all to hear.

Artists such as Clarence ”Bluesman” Davis, The Mountain Grass Unit and Sarah Lee Langford will take the main stage throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m. and wrapping up at 7 p.m.

Davis will take the stage with Jock Webb. Davis and Webb have performed with blues titans such as Willie King, Sam Lay, Bobby Rush, T-Model Ford, Birmingham Goerge Conner and “Gip” Gipson and are known for their unique Alabama Black Belt style.

The Mountain Grass Unit is a three-person bluegrass band that occasionally mixes in country, jazz, funk, rock and even metal. The band performs both original tunes and covers of popular bands such as Tony Rice, the Grateful Dead and Billy Strings.

Singer-songwriter Sarah Lee Langford received classical voice training at the University of Montevallo. She embodies elements from the Old South and New West in her Americana musical style. 

Other musical acts include Ruth Black and the Harmonettes, a gospel quartet from Alexander City, Alabama Jazz Hall of Famer José Carr’s Jazz Jam Session, Footmad, West African drumming, dance and folklore group Sahi On Ko Djony, Crestwood Community Band and the old-time group, The Whistlebees.

There will also be a jam tent, which functions as a second stage for old-time and bluegrass music, playing throughout the afternoon.

At the children’s pavilion, there will be interactive art, storytelling and dance for kids.

Birmingham artisans, businesses and nonprofits will set up vendor tents at the amphitheater and be open for business to festival-goers.

The Birmingham Folk Festival was founded to foster community in the city and state and strengthen the music scene in Birmingham. 

The festival is a nonprofit primarily funded by contributions from sponsors, presenters, individuals and grants. If you want to help the Birmingham Folk Festival continue to provide a free entertainment experience to the public, you can become a sponsor or donate to the festival through its website.

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