How to find out about traditional music festivals around the world?
July 11, 2010 12:39 PM   Subscribe

Rootstock is a festival in Brazil devoted to Forró music that I stumbled upon. I'd love to know about other festivals around the world that celebrate traditional and/or regional music. Is there a guide? Have any recommendations?
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The Barbershop Harmony Society has its yearly convention. I went to it one year and it was wonderful.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 12:47 PM on July 11, 2010

Response by poster: Here's a list of roots music festivals in Europe
posted by subpixel at 12:53 PM on July 11, 2010

The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (a.k.a. Movement or Fuse-in depending on who is running it this year) is supposed to be focused on Detroit artists. These days it's mostly the afterparties featuring local talent, though.
posted by mkb at 1:06 PM on July 11, 2010

It just happened in June, but maybe the Oldtime Fiddlers Contest in Weiser, Idaho, would be of interest.
posted by tamitang at 1:19 PM on July 11, 2010

DelFest in Cumberland, MD is a bluegrass festival every May.
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:44 PM on July 11, 2010

Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Certainly a very liberal interpretation of "traditional": CMA Music Festival

A small one, but close to my heart: FitzGerald's American Music Festival
posted by SuperSquirrel at 3:32 PM on July 11, 2010

grey fox bluegrass!
posted by lakersfan1222 at 3:38 PM on July 11, 2010

hmm, not sure that link worked?

here it is in inconvenient non-clickable form
posted by lakersfan1222 at 3:39 PM on July 11, 2010

it celebrates one artist, but arguably one of the more important singular artists - woodyfest, in okemah, oklahoma.
posted by nadawi at 4:06 PM on July 11, 2010

Guča, in Serbia, has an extremely amazing brass band festival.
posted by jennyjenny at 4:27 PM on July 11, 2010

Oh brass bands! Boston has a festival for those too.
posted by mkb at 7:04 PM on July 11, 2010

Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC
posted by dmo at 7:51 PM on July 11, 2010

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