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50 years ago, emcee Studs Terkel introduced the original lineup of the New Lost City Ramblers to a packed auditorium during a January snowstorm.  The student-run festival will celebrate its 50th Festival 12-14 February 2010 in Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus.  The program will consist of three evening concerts, featuring the James King bluegrass band and the New Mules old time string band, with other artists to be named soon.  Daytime activities are free and include dances, mini-concerts, in-depth instrumental and vocal sessions with the artists and ubiquitous jam sessions of many descriptions.  There is also a dedicated track for children.

The Folklore Society is a registered student organization, which produces the folk festival and several other events throughout the year on campus.  The Society has been in existence since the early 1950s, although the first festival did not take place until the height of the folk revival in 1960. (more…)

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