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New folk festival aims to offer relaxed, 'organic' vibe

Courtesy of Seth Richardson
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On Saturday, May 6, a new one-day music festival makes its debut at the Red Barn in Los Osos, the home of the Red Barn Community Music Series created by Jonas Richardson. The first Central Coast Folk Festival will feature ten bands and seven straight hours of music. 

One of the festival’s organizers, Seth Richardson of the L.A.-based band Moonsville Collective, said he's looking forward to creating an annual event focused on Americana music.

Over ten years ago, Richardson’s “Uncle Joe” started the Red Barn Community Music Series, a monthly potluck and informal concert of acoustic folk and roots music He says the impetus for starting an annual festival came from Jonas Richardson as well.

“Instead of having just one band play at the barn, he wanted to have a couple of bands play, and kinda focus around jug band music,” Seth Richardson said.

Richardson said he thought that was a little too niche-market, and lobbied for more stylistic variety, but still all in the Americana folk genre.

“What my hope is to really connect more young people to the traditional-style music, and old people alike all come together and enjoy this thing. So we would love to do it next year, that is the hope, to keep it growing,” Richardson said.

All festival information can be found on festival’s website. Attendees are welcome to bring their own instruments as pop-up jam sessions are encouraged.

"It’s just going to be a really organic, kick back kind of thing but we did book ten bands from all over the state. We have two stages - an indoor stage and an outdoor stage and from 1:30 to 8 o’clock at night you’re going to hear non-stop music,” Richardson said.

On Friday night in Morro Bay, there will be a free, pre-festival gathering at the Libertine Pub in Morro Bay featuring all the bands set to perform the following day.