LEWISTON — Lewiston fiddler Erica Brown, the Boston-area folk-fusion band the Bridgebuilders, and local and Bates College performers will appear in the Bates Community Folk Festival on Friday, Feb. 11.

The musical event will begin at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.

Following the festival, at 8 p.m., the college will hold its regular second-Friday contra dance, featuring caller Chrissy Fowler and the bands Playgroup and Perpetual e-Motion.

The festival is open to the public at no cost,  with a suggested $6 donation for the contra dance.

Festival performers from Bates and the region include Leafy Greens, Grace Glasson, Raspberry Jam, Brendan Davidson, Antonio Dominguez, Nicole Singer and the Bates singing ensembles Northfield and TakeNote.

 At 5:30 p.m., Brown and the Bluegrass Connection will perform. Brown, who has performed since age 7, has a trademark style that combines classical technique with the freewheeling spirit of bluegrass.

 The Medford, Mass.-based sextet the Bridgebuilders will play at 6:30 p.m. Fusing traditional Celtic folk music with funk and rock, the band blends timeless melodies and innovative arrangements that incorporate multiple fiddles, bouzouki and Hammond organ.

 Led by Greg Boardman, a prominent Maine fiddler and member of the applied music faculty at Bates, the folk band Chase the Fiddlers will provide the music for an open waltz. This session, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will include a beginner’s contra dance workshop with caller Fowler.

From the Midcoast, Playgroup will kick off the 8 p.m. contra dance, followed by Perpetual e-Motion, a Maine duo that enhances traditional songs and instruments with state-of-the-art technology.


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