The Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival celebrated 25 years of Music this past weekend, and Deb and I were there to join the fun. It takes just over an hour to get there from Casa Grande but that’s not bad for a full day of fun. This year I was EmCee on the Food Court Stage – a new performance venue this year – and performed there at 11:30 AM as some folks were eating. Others were just listening intently and grinning like they could bidentify with my Baby-Boomer lyrics. I particularly enjoy watching older couples as I sing “Snuggle Up to my Good Side, Baby”. Their laughter reveals our common maladies (“whisper in my good ear” and “be careful of my knees” were solid hits).
This Festival, like any other, requires a lot of volunteers and a committment from the city and Glendale provides both. But by far the biggest asset to the event is its founding father and relentless advocate Lon Berman. Lon’s been performing real Western folk music in Arizona for decades and he’s created an event that has become a “family reunion” of sorts for the state’s folk musicians. We all owe him a debt of gratitude.
Here’s a video produced by Glendale’s Channel 11 (cable) that introduces Lon and the whole event with help from several of my friends and the mayor of Glendale.
We really have to thank the City of Glendale AZ for keeping the event FREE to the public.
Maybe you can join the fun next year!