2021 “Pocket” Philadelphia Folk Fest

Thrilled to announce that we’re playing the 2021 Philadelphia Folk Festival! Fest went all digital last year, but this year’s event will be live in-person with simultaneous digital streaming.

The 59th (and a half) Folk Fest will take place at Spring Mountain Ski Area in Upper Salford, PA on August 21 & 22.

Headliners include Bettye Lavette and the David Bromberg Quintet.

Day and weekend passes are available at Folkfest.org and more information can be found at the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s website.

Philly Folk Fest Press

WXPN’s The Key – John Vettese

Stella Ruze performing at the 2019 Philadelphia Folk Festival

In a post on The Key blog, WXPN host John Vettese listed his Top Six Music Finds of 2019. Check out what he said about Stella Ruze below and read the full article (entitled The Key’s Year-End Mania: John Vettese’s Top Six Philly Music Finds of 2019) in the link at the bottom.

The roots-rock ensemble Stella Ruze has operated in my orbit for a while now — they’ve been a band for five years, and I’ve recognized their name on show bills for at least three of those years. But a hot August afternoon and a packed tent at the Philadelphia Folk Festival was where I truly clicked with them. Stella Ruze played the last on a lineup of showcasing Folksong Society’s Philly Music Co-Op, and when I saw that the seven musicians filing onstage had not only the standard guitar-bass-drums fare, but also sax, trumpet, keys, and mandolin, my curiosity was piqued and I opted to stick around. Good move: the high-energy John Prine cover that they opened the set with totally drew me in, and the original that came later, “Open,” was a rousing singalong with horn fanfare, a swiftly jogging rhythm, and a sense of ebullient uplift. Stella Ruze draws on traditional sounds and styles, for certain — Celtic, bluegrass, New Orleans brass — but they don’t want to play to a room of people sitting in chairs or holding the wall on the perimeter. They want you on your feet, ready to dance, and they give you the energy to do it, singing about life and friendship and community. Their new album, The Greater Dog, is out in February.

John Vettese

Read the full article here!