Weird Folk Fest
Awardee of the 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Festivals Grant, we at Weird Folk Fest organize grassroots interdisciplinary arts events that highlight music and artists that have been overshadowed and need space to be listened to. We’ve been organizing events since 2015. Below are some highlights and a record of our events from the past two years!
January 1st, 2019
“Queer femme folk music just might be my love language… Enter the Queer Femme Folk Fest, put on last May by Weird Folk Fest (@weirdfolkfest on Instagram and Facebook). I went there alone, without knowing anyone, to enjoy folk music and support fellow queer femmes—and I left with the start of my community of friends. I’m hoping this festival will recur next year…”
full article here.
Photos from Queer Qarnival by Stephanie Houten
February 16th 2019
Weird Folk Fest partnered with Dudley Café and Y2Y Harvard Square (a student-run shelter) to create an open mic that showcased performance artists in music, poetry, dance, or theatre who self-identify as homeless, formerly homeless or are facing/have faced housing insecurity. All open mic performers were compensated for their time.
Featured Speaker: Oompa
Featured Caterer: Dudley Cafe
Make Shift Boston
November 30th, 2018
“Community Over Consumption” intended to create an inclusive celebration that redefines what it means to be in this country during the holiday season. We shared our diverse array of experiences through food, music, community warmth and gratitude on this evening with new and old friends. The event included an open mic, live featured performances, a gratitude tree and potluck. This was co-organized with artist Ava Sophia and hosted by Amanda Shea.
October 6th, 2018
We invited Queer and Trans musicians, dancers, poets, visual artists, actors, writers, and community organizers to come together, share their art in spontaneous ways, take risks in front of a supportive audience, and create something beautiful together. We partnered with Freedom for All Massachusetts to bring visibility to their Yes on 3 trans rights campaign.
Featured Performers included: Mick Beth and J. Deschene
Make Shift Boston
July 21st, 2018
Queer Qarnival is a substance-free community-based Pride alternative celebrating LGBTQ arts and education, We feature intergenerational and interdisciplinary arts collaborations/activities to celebrate and preserve the diverse Queer community in a city threatened by gentrification. At it’s debut, Queer Qarnival featured 11 mainstage performances and education workshops as well as vending from the Cancuba Collective, Harbor Health, Game Over Books, and Boston LGBTQIA Artists’ Alliance. Here’s a video of Petting Kazoo Live.
May 27th, 2018
“Queer femme folk music just might be my love language… Enter the Queer Femme Folk Fest, put on last May by Weird Folk Fest (@weirdfolkfest on Instagram and Facebook). I went there alone, without knowing anyone, to enjoy folk music and support fellow queer femmes—and I left with the start of my community of friends. I’m hoping this festival will recur next year…” full article here.
Performers included: Pinkie Promise, Evan Greer, Eleanor Elektra, Hawthorne
April 21st, 2018
In April 2018 was the first ever PoC Folk Fest by Weird Folk Fest!
Performers included: Anjimile, Billy Dean Thomas, Nnux and Cathartic Conundrum.
Saturday March 17th, 2018
an event featuring LGBTQ performers! Come support your local Queer friends while simultaneously supporting one of the community epicenters of Roxbury!
Performers included: Vomitbitch, Petting Kazoo, Eddie Maisonet, The Sunset Kings
February 4, 2018
Magnolia Loft had been Weird Folk Fest's favorite community arts space from day one. At the end of February, it closed its doors along with The Space (located below) where WFF had its very first festival in October 2015. We brought in community members to lay musical flowers on the grave of this room full of flowers and created a special dip out of leeks and rose petals to honor the paintings that adorned the walls.
Performers included: BAERD, Petting Kazoo, Two Blind Mice, and Open Mic Performers as seen in this video.
January 26th, 2018
Concert and artist market featuring 14 vendors raising money for the Amwaj Choir School in Palestine.
February 10th, 2017
Performers included: Anjimile, Rafael Natan+Crispin Swank, Mattia Maurée, Sure Fire Cure