Just over a year ago I had the great pleasure of attending the Philadelphia Folk Parade at World Café Live.  It was a magical evening of music that included some of my favorite local acts (Chris Kasper, Wissahickon Chicken Shack, Bevin Caufield, Paper Trees, The Great Unknown, Hezekiah Jones, and Spinning Leaves) all sharing the bill and the stage, in a grand finale that featured a stellar set of traditional folk songs.  The whole evening felt so special, a true testament to the amazing talent and collaborative spirit that is embodied within this community of extraordinary musicians.   

To learn more about the Philly Folk Parade:

So what has all this got to do with the Fermentation Festival?  Two things really.  First, we have asked the force(s) behind the Philly Folk Parade to put together a concert for us in honor of the fermentation festival.  That’s right, the Fermentation Festival will conclude with a boisterous evening concert featuring some of Philly’s best local musicians at the Kennett Flash starting at 8PM, Friday October 1st. 

On a more esoteric level, fermentation guru Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation writes of fermentation as a “transformative process”. If there is a musical equivalent to the “magic” that is embodied in the fermentation process, it is the Philly Folk Parade.  This collaboration of musicians that enjoy creating music and community together is also transformative.  The starter, the seed culture, the scoby in this music community is the amazing team of Barbara Gettes and Michael Baker of the Spinning Leaves and Raph Cutrufello of Hezekiah Jones.  When these three put together an evening of music, the result is something much more the sum of its parts (or individual bands and performers)—it is a celebration of true culture—a culture that includes music, community, craft, local food, and more—“a movement for change.” 

 Sandor Katz writes in the final chapter of Wild Fermentation:

Social change is another form of fermentation.  Ideas ferment, as they spread and mutate and inspire movements for change.  The Oxford English Dictionary offers a second definition of ferment:  “The state of being excited by emotion or passion, agitation, excitement…a state of agitation tending to bring about a purer, more wholesome, or more stable condition of things.”  The word “ferment” derives from the Latin fervere, “to boil.”  “Fervor” and “fervent” are other words from the same root.  Fermenting liquids bubble just like boiling liquids.  Excited people can channel the same intensity, and use it to create change.

So join us for an “exciting” night of music—the perfect end to the Fermentation Festival.  Check out links to the line up  below and get your ticket here:

BEN ARNOLD

ZACK DJANIKIAN

WISSAHICKON CHICKEN SHACK

SISTERS THREE

JONATHAN VASSAR AND THE SPECKLED BIRD

See you at the concert and a huge thank you to Barbara, Mike, and Raph!

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