Banjos Out: Mega Folk Fest on Old Pine Avenue

Twenty regional bands'll play two stages at a strummy street party.

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    Who is playing the Long Beach Folk Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16? The California Lions, for one. Head for Pine Avenue for the whole strummin' line-up.

    A lot of music-watching pundits have tossed out a lot of labels about the rise in recent years of old-school, twang-driven, tambourines-out folk music.

    We've heard "suspender rock" and "corduroy chords" and other frankly adorable tags that can fit the sound reasonably well. But doesn't "folk" work perfectly well? Especially when followed by "revival"? It says all it needs to say, without stripping the movement of any of its rootsy cool.

    You can decide for yourself when the jammin' genre and its modern-day purveyors take over Historic Old Pine Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 16. The reason? To make eleven hours -- heeyaw -- of sweet, folk-making tuneage at the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival.

    Yeah, we said "heeyaw" -- like you wouldn't? You would.

    Some twenty bands are doing the on-two-stages thing. Think Roses Pawn Shop and California Lions and Moonsville Collective and Sawtooth and Paperplanes and a host of honkytonkin', harmonica-wielding, and, yes, suspenders-wearing (occasionally) acts.

    Tickets are 10 bucks, but kids get in for free. It's a family thing, folk, so, yep, come one, come all.

    And as befitting its folksy feel, a farm-to-table lunch and local craft brewers shall be about (food and drink are good, given that this'll take up half a day, basically). Also? And "old time photo booth" and a mustache and beard competition'll be a-brewin'. Of course. We'd be sad if those two things weren't happening.

    Old, soft cords and your own mutton chops are not mandatory, but if you do have some 'stache wax and well-worn boots, you might come dressed for the hand-clapper of an occasion.

    Yep, "folk" is plenty descriptive when it comes to a certain strummy soundscape.

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