Celebrate everything folk at the American Folk Art Museum’s Summer Saturday—an all-day FREE event of live music, artist demos, guided tours, and family fun.
The first annual Summer Saturday 2017 will be on July 22, starting at 11:00 am. Bring the kids to hear folk tales from years past. From our popular Free Music Fridays series, performances by singer-songwriters will take place throughout the day, and docents will lead guided tours of the museum’s exhibitions between sets. Artisans will demonstrate their skills, and their work will be for sale in the Museum Shop. A special 10% discount is available in the shop all day (20% for members). Summer Saturday 2017—if it’s folk, it happens here! #FolkSummer
11:30 am–12 pm: THE BIG LITTLES
Matt Singer is the singer-songwriter for The Big Littles, a super cute acoustic pop rock duo that deftly walks the tightrope of making genuinely enjoyable music for kids and grownups. Not cute enough? Matt plays a little guitar. Super cute.
12:15 am–1 pm: STORIES & SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Storyteller April Armstrong speaks and sings a tapestry of universal themes from legends, folktales, tall tales, and tail tales (some old, some new) that delights and inspires audiences. April was awarded a BRIO Award for storytelling in 2015 from the Bronx Council for the Arts. Her debut CD, The Cat Came Back: Stories and Songs with a Jazzy Twist, won a 2015 Parent’s Choice Award – Silver (available on her website, CDBaby.com, and Amazon.com). She and her jazz trio have performed her concert of Stories and Songs with a Jazzy Twist at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, Flushing Town Hall, and the Abroms Art Center Theater. April is a featured teller for Historic Hudson Valley venues and has appeared at the Hudson River Clearwater, The Mohegan, and the Connecticut College Festivals. She tells stories for schools, colleges, libraries, and museums in the New York City tri-state area, California, and Florida. As an actress and singer, April has appeared in more than thirty productions, including two Broadway national tours, and at the Public Theater, as well as on Law & Order: SVU.
Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend.
1–2 pm: GUIDED EXHIBITION TOUR OF CARLO ZINELLI (1916–1974) AND EUGEN GABRITSCHEVSKY: THEATER OF THE IMPERCEPTIBLE
2–3 pm: ANIELLE AND MATTHEW
Acoustic duo Anielle Reid and Matthew Brookshire perform Americana-Pop. Accompanied on banjo and guitar, these singer-songwriters with Southern roots bring gorgeous harmonies to finely crafted portraits of big city life.
3–4 pm: GUIDED EXHIBITION TOUR OF CARLO ZINELLI (1916–1974) AND EUGEN GABRITSCHEVSKY: THEATER OF THE IMPERCEPTIBLE
4–4:30 pm: ANDY MAC
A self-proclaimed “whiney man child,” Andy Mac is a New York–based singer-songwriter who is constantly confused and sings about it. He owns Brooklyn Bass Drums, a small company that manufactures custom drums out of vintage luggage.
4:30–5 pm: BRYAN DUNN
Bryan Dunn’s gutsy roots rock sound is like your favorite faded denim: intimate, classic, love-worn, and real. Combining the addictive hooks of the British Invasion, the storied swagger of Austin, Texas, and the plaintive soul of his Irish ancestry, Bryan’s songs are instant earworms.