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Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Support the proceedings with a donation-based cash wine bar. Admission is always free.

Hosted by Lara Ewen.

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5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Free

Tonight's Performance

5:30 pm

Jalopy Theatre Presents at the American Folk Art Museum: Eli Smith

On the first Friday of each month, Jalopy Theatre sponsors music at the American Folk Art Museum as part of a continuing partnership. Tonight’s performance features Eli Smith.

Eli Smith will present a program American folk song rarities, including songs and ballads from the North, South, East and West as well as banjo breakdowns and blues.

Smith is a folk singer, banjoist, and guitarist who grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village. Smith has recorded for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and regularly performs as a solo musician and with the string band the Down Hill Strugglers. He is also a music producer, currently heading the annual Brooklyn Folk Festival and Washington Square Park Folk Festival, and has curated releases of historic archival recordings for Dust-to-Digital and Jalopy Records. Smith also hosts the New York-based Down Home Radio Show, which is available at www.DownHomeRadioShow.com. He has performed and recorded with John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers), Peter Stampfel (The Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs), and playwright/actor/musician Sam Shepard, and has opened for songwriters Patti Smith and Steve Earle. Smith has performed at festivals and venues including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Newport Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, The Jalopy Theatre and many more.
http://elismithmusic.blogspot.com

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