As many of you know, WFMA Founder and Past-President, Dick Cerri, passed away on October 3, 2013.
On Saturday, September 27,
many of Dick's favorite performers will gather at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, in College Park, MD, to celebrate his life by entertaining us with the music that Dick loved.
And there are sure to be some surprises!
So get your tickets now and plan to join us on September 27.
You can find all the concert details here.
An Evening with the Chad Mitchell Trio and Friends: The Farewell Concert
On Saturday, November 15 we will present the last U.S. performance by
Aside from a cruise scheduled for 2015, this will be the very last opportunity to hear the
music of this trio that has delighted audiences for over 50 years.
This final concert will be held at the beautiful Betheda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in downtown Bethesda, MD.
There will be some special surprises and of course, time to remember and celebrate the life of Father Joe.
While no one could take Joe Frazier's place, Ron Greenstein, who has played bass for the trio since 2009 and has been filling in for Joe
on vocals since 2011, will again be joining Chad and Mike for the concert.
will be our own
Plan to join us on the second Sunday of each month for our "WFMA Showcase at El Golfo."
is a Latin American restaurant, located at 8739 Flower Avenue, in Silver Spring, MD.
Our goal is to bring you performers who have been favorites at our events over the years and introduce new performers to you as well.
So far our showcases have featured some wonderful artists and everyone has enjoyed the fine food, service and music.
It is with a great deal of sadness that we report that our good friend, Joe Frazier, of the Chad Mitchell Trio,
passed away on Friday, March 28.
He had been dealing with health issues for quite some time.
Joe was a member of the trio from 1960 through 1967 and rejoined the trio when they reunited at the first annual WFMA Benefit Concert, in 1986.
His last appearance with the trio was at a WFMA concert in April, 2011.
Since then he has continued to perform occasionally in Big Bear Lake, CA, where he lived.
He will be missed by his many friends and fans.
Our June 1, 2013, Benefit Concert for Madison House Autism Foundation
was an amazing evening of music.
Madison House specializes in support for young adults with Autism.
This concert was different from our past benefit concerts in several ways.
First, the majority of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Madison House.
And second, we presented fewer performers, so that the audience could enjoy more music from each of the artists participating in the show.
Some of the most well known artists in folk music joined us for this benefit concert:
The concert took place at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of MD in College Park.
A group of WFMA fans ventured north to Maine to attend Remembering Tom Rowe: A Celebration in Song on May 11, 2013, in Auburn, ME.
This concert, organized by Tom's son Dave, featured The Dave Rowe Trio, Schooner Fare, The Squid Jiggers, Don Campbell (with his wife Tanya), Danny Quinn and our own Side by Side.
It was a wonderful evening of music.
Photos of the weekend will be posted here soon.
A capacity crowd enjoyed the smooth sounds of The Brothers Four in
this very rare East Coast appearance by one of the premier folk groups of all time.
Their set included such Brothers Four classics as "Greenfields," "The Green Leaves of Summer," "Yellow Bird," and their powerful "Train Song Medley."
Other folk standards included in the set were "This Land is Your Land" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?".
The audience was delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy their music and gave The Brothers Four an enthusiastic
standing ovation at the conclusion of their performance.
Mary Cliff, host of Traditions on WAMU, served as MC for the evening.
Side by Side, Doris Justis and Sean McGhee, provided an entertaining opening set that included
many fan favorites, including "Ready for the Storm" and "Afternoon Delight."
We have added a new feature to the WFMA website.
Visit our Musical Notes page to see current items of interest to the DC area folk music community.
The current notes include:
One of our members is interested in selling his collection of folk LPs.
The long awaited
Tom Paxton Celebration DVD is now available!
This DVD contains highlights of the Tom Paxton Celebration Concert, May 3, 2008 and
includes performances by Tom Paxton, The Chad Mitchell Trio,
Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey,
The Limeliters, Christine Lavin, Ann Hills, Carolyn Hester
and Side by Side.
More details can be found here.