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The Long Beach Folk Revival that took place last Saturday Sept. 27 at the Rainbow Lagoon Park was a reminder that great music still lives beyond the mainstream media. The all day event featured bands like Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Ranger, Podunk Poets and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.
Each band with their unique sound serenaded festival goers with music grounded in styles of folk, roots, bluegrass, Americana, and old time. With three different music stages featured at the festival there was something for everyone including children who had their share of enjoyment by the Wee Folk Stage.
The event also offered a great selection of food and vendor shops where hand made jewelry, antique clothing, and artesian products ruled. Within the festival guests were encouraged to participate in events like square dancing with a triple chicken foot, a banjo contest, pie eating contest, and the beard and mustache contest. The beard and mustache contest proved to a huge success that showcased the extreme and creative lengths some went in order to win.
The festival celebrated its second year of the Folk Revival and hopes to grow and attract more attendees throughout the coming years. By sticking to it traditional and folksy roots the festival should have no problem in making this a yearly event for the residents of Long Beach, California.