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Promotional photo of the Alejandro Brittes Quartet members posing with their instruments
The Alejandro Brittes Quartet, whose 2023 AFC Homegrown Concert will be on Thursday September 21, as also part of the Live! At the Library program.

The 2023 Homegrown Concert Series on the Folklife Today Podcast

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The latest Folklife Today podcast episode is now available online and or on Stitcher, iTunes, or your usual podcatcher! In this episode, I join Stephen Winick to take a look back and ahead at the Center’s 2023 Homegrown Concert Series, which is currently in progress.

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Stephen and I interview the Homegrown Concerts producer, Theadocia Austen, and folklife specialist Doug Peach to talk about the series as a whole, and we each choose one or two songs to feature for all to hear. In particular, we listen to songs from Jake Blount (African American folk music), the Scandinavian group, Spaelimenninir, Christylez Bacon (Hip Hop and human beatbox), Ali Doğan Gönültas (Kurdish music from Turkey), and Hudaki Village Band (Ukrainian music from the Carpathian Mountains). We also listen to excerpts of interviews with Blount and Bacon.

Photo of the nine members of the Hudaki Village Band posing with their instruments in colorful costumes
The Hudaki Village Band, whose 2023 Homegrown Concert premiered on August 2.

Featured Homegrown Concerts

Kicking off the 2023 series was Jake Blount’s African American folk music concert and interview with Stephen Winick

Spaelimenninir’s April performance of Folk Music from Scandinavia

The July Ali Doğan Gönültas Quartet Concert

Hudaki Village Band’s August Concert

We also mention the August concert by Deitsch, a traditional folk band from Germany

Upcoming Concerts

September 6: Here, on the Folklife Today blog, we will premiere a video compilation from various Homegrown Concerts over the years that feature women artists singing about work, and labor-related songs, to celebrate Labor Day.

September 14: Nani Noam Vazana, a Ladino singer, musician, and composer

September 21: Alejandro Brittes Quartet Live! At the Library concert event

Mark your calendars for the rest of the series, and we hope you enjoy the episode!

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