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Free Music Fridays

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


Tonight's Performance

5:30 pm

Jalopy Theatre Presents: Belle-Skinner

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 Belle-Skinner:

Belle-Skinner will present a program of original music on guitar and vocals, including folk- and jazz-inspired tunes classified as “nostalgic indie-folk.”

With a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads – nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Though her influences cover a broad range of genres – from French chansons and Russian folk to contemporary alt-pop and rock – her voice often draws comparisons to the likes of Joan Baez, Jeff Buckley, and Angel Olsen.

Opening for acts such as Saint Saviour, Bill Ryder-Jones, Joy Ike, Sean Rowe, Mitski, Novelty Daughter, Winterpills, and Heather Maloney, she has performed at venerated venues like The Linda, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and the Roundhouse Theatre in London.

In 2015 she was a finalist at the Telluride Troubadour Competition; a showcasing songwriter on the main-stage at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO; a semi-finalist in The 2015 Great American Songwriting Contest; a finalist in July 2016’s SolarFest Songwriter Showcase; and in August 2016 a showcasing artist at MusikFest, the country’s largest free music festival.

In 2013 she was awarded a Maguire Fellowship to study music production in London, where she recorded her first EP, titled Operator. Her self-produced record, titled We Shut Our Eyes, was released in November 2016. Last year she relocated to NYC from Upstate NY, and currently performs extensively with her originals and as a jazz singer.


North Shop (act. c. 1790–1841), paint decoration attributed to Mercy North (1798–1872)


175 At Jennie Richee. Everything is allright though storm continues.
Henry Darger (1892–1973)


Peacocks on Branch With Flowers
Artist unidentified