Clear as Folk

Billy Jonas

South Florida Folk FestivalIt's that time of year again, when the groves and meadows of Easterlin Park are filled with the strains of acoustic guitars and folksy lyrics. More than 100 performers are set to perform at this year's South Florida Folk Festival. Eight stages boast everything from the aforementioned performers to children's activities, workshops, and contra dancing. Over the course of the two-day event, look for local folk favorites such as Amy Carol Webb on the Cypress Hammock Stage, though the Main Stage is where the big national acts come to play. This year's headliners include Caroline Aiken, who has garnered plenty of attention in her home base of Atlanta. From a bizarre existence with a cult in Central America to life as a street singer in Seattle, Aiken has lived a life that provides plenty of material for her work, which has been praised by Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls, among others. Billy Jonas also graces the main stage, and his frantic blend of folk and tribal beats -- drummed out on everything from buckets to cookware to pogo sticks -- should make for an energetic show. Also adding their names to this year's list are John Flynn, disappear fear, the 24th Street Klezmer Band, and Lowen and Navarro. The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park. Tickets cost $20 for one day, $35 for both. Ages 17 and younger are admitted free. Call 800-785-8924.

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