Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2014-2015

The American Folklife Center's Homegrown concert series presents the very best of traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures thriving in the United States. The concerts are free of charge, do not require tickets for admission, and are presented from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Library's historic Coolidge Auditorium or the intimate Whittall Pavilion. One of goals of the series is to bring the multicultural richness of American folk arts from around the country to the Capitol. To make sure that we are getting the very best artists from all regions of the country, we work closely with state folklorists in each state, who advise us on artists and styles of performance that are important in their regions. The Center also works with several other areas of the Library, and several outside partners, including the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, to stage this series of concerts. For more information about Homegrown Concerts and other AFC events, call the Folklife Research Center at (202) 707-5510, or email

Homegrown Concerts 2015

All concerts are free. No tickets required.

Day Date Time Artist/Event/Venue (select the links to learn more about each program)
Thursday February 5 12pm The Western Flyers: Classic Western swing, Hot jazz & Swing standards, toe tapping Cowboy songs and electrifying Old-time fiddle tunes
Wednesday February 18 12pm A Tour of Norwegian and Swedish Fiddle Styles: With Andrea Hoag (Violin) and Loretta Kelley (Violin & Hardingfele/Hardanger Fiddle
Wednesday March 18 12pm The Royal Harmonizers
Wednesday March 25 12pm Lubana Al Quntar & Kenan Adnawi: Traditional Music and Song from Syria
Wednesday April 15 12pm The Holmes Brothers and Brooks Long
Thursday May 28 12pm Ara Dinkjian and Zulal: Traditional Armenian Music and Song

Homegrown Summer Series

This series is held in the Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building. All concerts are free. No tickets required.

Summer Concert Scheldule

Day Date Time Artist/Event (select the links to learn more about each program)
Tuesday July 1 12pm Winyo: Benga and Traditional Music from Kenya
Wednesday July 23 12pm Sounds of Korea: Traditional Music and Dance from New York
Wednesday August 6 12pm Phil Wiggins and Friends: Acoustic Blues and Dance from Maryland
Tuesday August 19 12pm Carlos Núñez: Galician Bagpipes and Flutes
Wednesday August 20 12pm The Quebe Sisters Band: Texas Fiddling and Swing
Thursday September 11 12pm Son Jarocho Master Musicians: César Castro, Artemio Posadas, and Luis Sarimiento
Thursday September 18 12pm Kevin Doyle: Irish Step Dance (2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow)

Homegrown in the Pavilion Spring Series

This series was held in the Whittall Pavilion in the Thomas Jefferson Building. All concerts are free. No tickets required.

Day Date Time Artist/Event (select the links to learn more about each program)
Wednesday March 5 12pm Tzvetelina Dosseva Weiner, Valeri Georgiev, and Varol Saatcioglu: Traditional Turkish and Bulgarian instrumental and vocal music
Wednesday March 26 12pm Amadou Kouyate: Traditional Music of Senegal and Mali
Wednesday April 16 12pm Dr. Nader Majd and Farshid Mahjour: Persian Classical music
Wednesday April 23 12pm Torcuato Zamora, Flamenco guitar with dancers from Furia Flamenco
Wednesday May 7 12pm Spyros Koliavasilis and Karpouzi Trio will perform music from Greece and Asia Minor
Thursday May 22 12pm Gerdan: Kaleidoscope of World Music

For an archive of past Folklife concerts, visit the What's Happening at the American Folklife Center page.

In addition to being a series of concerts for the public to enjoy, the Homegrown series is also an important acquisitions project for the Center. The Library of Congress has been documenting traditional music by staging and recording performances since the 1930s, when Alan Lomax recorded Jelly Roll Morton in the Coolidge Auditorium, and many other musicians in the Library's recording lab.  This has resulted in a great number of high-quality recordings in the American Folklife Center archive.  The Homegrown concerts are also documented and become part of the permanent collections of the Library of Congress for future generations to enjoy and study.