Brooklyn Folk Fest Preview And Benefit Concert-March 13th At The Jalopy Theatre

Eli Smith is a banjo player, writer, researcher and promoter of folk music, and the highly regarded host and producer of the Down Home Radio show—which, in its early days, was co-hosted by the late Professor Henrietta Yurchenco; a veteran folk and world music radio personality and pioneering ethnomusicologist, as well as Leadbelly’s producer on WNYC, and the first person to put Pete Seeger on the radio.

On March 13th, the equally pioneering Eli Smith will continue his work in furthering appreciation of and support for folk music in New York City, by hosting the Brooklyn Folk Fest Preview and Benefit Concert at The Jalopy Theater and School of Music. Proceeds from this fabulous show, featuring some of the New York folk scene’s brightest young stars: Mamie Minch, Alex Battles and Banjorama, The Dust Busters, and Blind Boy Paxton, will go towards organizing and producing the 2nd annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, to be held May 21-23rd at the Jalopy Theater.

Lineup for The Brooklyn Folk Fest Preview/Benefit Concert, March 13th:

9pm: Mamie Minch
10pm: Alex Battles and Banjorama
11pm: The Dust Busters
12am: Blind Boy Paxton

$10 Entry /Doors @ 8 /Raffle prizes to include a class at Jalopy, books from Abrams Books and records and goodies from Down Home Radio!

Contact Eli Smith for more information:
Phone: (347) 834 3028 / Email:

For more information about The Jalopy Theater:
Phone: (718) 395-3214 / Email
315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, New York 11231

About The Brooklyn Folk Festival (May 21-23rd):
The Brooklyn Folk Festival, held at the Jalopy Theater, features the best in old-time music, blues, pre-blues, jug band music, New Orleans jazz, folk style songwriting, African folk music and Mexican folk music and dance. The bands at the festival are drawn from the amazing folk music scene found in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. In addition the festival features notable talents from across the country. There will be workshops in the afternoon where community members can learn about the history of the music at the festival as well as how to play it on a number of different instruments!

About The Jalopy Theater and School of Music:
The Jalopy Theatre is a unique, independently owned community arts center located in the Red Hook neighborhood ofBrooklyn, NY. Jalopy hosts live music on its velvet-curtain-lined stage each night, ranging from traditional Americana, to gypsy jazz, to roots rock n’ roll. It is also a music school, teaching adults and children how to play a range of string instruments; offering workshops on playing washboard, slide guitar, or even bones; and hosting a variety of special events and lectures ranging from the history of American Field Recording to the origins of the banjo. The front of the Theatre sells affordable vintage musical instruments, and also functions as a full repair shop. Quite recently, The Jalopy Theater has begun offering live and studio-style recording services to musicians.

About Eli Smith:
Eli Smith is the host/producer of Down Home Radio, which he started in 2006, Guests have included Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, John Cohen, and countless others. Eli is also a banjo player, writer, researcher and promoter of folk music living in New York City. He plays as part of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus music collective and hosts Down Home Live, every second Saturday of the month at Banjo Jim’s. He has appeared as a guest on terrestrial radio stations such as WBAI and WDST in New York and KPFA, KPFK and KUCI in California. Eli has presented panels and discussions on folk music at the Left Forum conference at Cooper Union and at the Podcamp podcasting conference in New York City. In 2004 He traveled to Caracas, Venezuela as an American delegate to the Encuentro Mundial de Intelectuales y Artistas “En Defense de la Humanidad” (World Encounter of Intellectuals and Artists “for the Defense of Humanity). Eli also served as music consultant for the Civil War film “Racing Daylight” (2007). He has performed and recorded with Peter Stampfel, John Cohen and Sam Shepard.

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