Folk music and dance are traditional expressions of families and communities. Some artists remain traditional, and some have blended and evolved into urban forms. In the beginning, all music is folk music and all dance is folk dance.
Folk Music & Dance in New York City
The World Music Institute, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Dzul Dance, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Redhawk Native American Arts Council and ID Studio Theater all produce folk music and dance. Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens hosts folk music and dance shows.
Folk Music & Dance New Yorkers
Only in New York City can you enjoy this amount of diversity. Everybody from everywhere is here.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7pm FLUSHING TOWN HALL FACEBOOK FREE – Martin Vejarano La Cumbiamba Grupo Rebolú Folklore Urbano Sebastián Cruz NYC Gaita Club Harold Gutierrez Freddy Castiblanco
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6pm WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE ZOOM FREE with rsvp
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB Harlem, NYC
April 7, 2017 ~ Barclays Center Prospect Heights, Brooklyn ~ Watch the Mexican – American folk singer get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Colombian music and dance for the entire family Le Poisson Rouge Greenwich Village Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Folk Music & Dance World
These artists from the United States and around the world have recently performed in New York City.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 Afro-Peruvian tambor jams with Jewish klezmer.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 NOHO, NYC ~ The living legend of Trinidadian calypso plays Joe’s Pub
Saturday, November 16, 2019 PURCHASE, New York (White Plains) ~ Traditional Haitian folk music as part of ‘(T)HERE: A Global Festival of Art, Culture and Ideas – Haiti’ at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center
Thursday, August 29, 2019 DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM, Lincoln Center
Sunday, August 11, 2019 CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ The multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning, Mexican-American folkloric pop singer who is a champion of Indigenous rights, brings ‘Al Chile’ to SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield. FREE
LINCOLN CENTER, WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE, Tue, Nov 20, 2018. Spanish Canary Island folk music ~ One of the most popular bands in the Canary Islands visits our island
The Bomba and Plena virtuosos are 4-time Grammy nominees. World Music Institute SOBs Hudson Square, Manhattan (West SoHo) Sunday, September 16, 2018
The Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th & 35th St Murray Hill, Manhattan Friday, December 8, 2017
Rumsey Playfield Central Park Saturday, July 8, 2017
Argentine Pop/Folk Stage 48 605 W 48th St, Hell’s Kitchen Friday, June 9, 2017
LINCOLN CENTER; Thu, Jan 19, 2017; WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE; Indigenous Honduran Garifuna folk live music ~ The leading voice of the Garifuna people, the last Indigenous Carib. FREE
MIDTOWN, Mar 18, 2016 ~ A Flamenco of Arabic poetry by Spanish and Persian musicians. # persian spanish flamenco festival live music
Folk Music of Faith and Ritual
Culture begins as an expression of the mysteries of faith and the rituals of belonging to a community.
This is where folk music begins. As it develops, it may lose its connection with faith, or that connection may become hidden to those who don’t know where to look.
Some folk musics become popular and then blend with other musics. Even the most contemporary music like salsa, hip-hop, reggaeton and Latin trap follows this path. It all derives from folk traditions.
We have been human (Homo sapiens) for about 200,000 years. We like to think that we are so very modern, but we really haven’t changed that much.