Vancouver Folk Music Festival to feature Taj Mahal, Robben Ford, Alejandro Escovedo, and the New Pornographers

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      The Vancouver Folk Music Festival has just announced the lineup for its 2002 event, which takes place July 15 to 17 at Jericho Beach Park.

      The performers include blues legend Taj Mahal, guitar great Robben Ford, Western-swing stalwarts Asleep at the Wheel, cowpunk singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, and indie-rockers the New Pornographers.

      The New Pornographers.

      Other artists booked for the festival are Allison Russell, Beledrone, Bella White, Blue Moon Marquee w/Duke Robillard, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, Clerel, Debashish Bhattacharya, Five Alarm Funk, Ford Pier, Fortune Block, Frazey Ford, Golosa La Orquesta, Haley Heynderickx, Housewife, Kanatal, Lache Cercel & Roma Jazz Ensemble, Lennie Gallant, Molly Tuttle, Quote the Raven, Redbird, RevoluSon, Russell deCarle, Shovels & Rope, SINNOI, SGaanaGwa, Stringband Sundae, Suzie Ungerleider, the Bros. Landreth, Vancouver Fiddle Club, Vilda, and Witch Prophet.

      “I am so happy to have so many great Canadian and International artists coming this year,” says artistic/executive director Debbi Salmonsen in a press release. “As well as legends like Taj Mahal, and many great Canadian and US musicians, we have artists joining us from Chile, Finland, India, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan. This year our ‘folk music’ definition has really spread its wings into many roots genres.”

      As well as the evening mainstage, the festival features three daytime stages, a Little Folks area, artisan market, food vendors, and an adult beverage garden.

      Tickets are on sale now and you can find them here.