Albuquerque Folk Festival Returns to the Balloon Museum

The popular Albuquerque Folk Festival returns to the expansive lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Friday, June 3 with a Kick Off Concert fundraiser featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard from 7:30-9:30pm.

On Saturday, June 4 the Folk Festival gates open at 9:30am for a 10am start to a day of music, dance, workshops, storytelling and special activities for the kids.

In his decades-long career, Ray Wylie Hubbard has established himself as the go-to guy for "down 'n dirty roots 'n roll." A major resurgence in his career brought him back into the national spotlight in 2012 with his acclaimed "The Grifter's Hymnal" and his first appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Texas songwriter continues to win audiences with his unique style and commitment to pure honesty in his music.

The outdoor concert will benefit non-profits Albuquerque Folk Festival and AMP Concerts. Seating will be available under the performance tent, and guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the grass.

On Saturday the Folk Festival swings into high gear with three Performance Stages featuring top musical groups from 10am-9:30pm. New this year will be staggering performances on the Sandia and Jemez stages to allow more flexibility for the audience.

In addition to the scheduled performances, the Sign-up Stage is returning this year. There'll be a new act every 45 minutes, starting at 10am, plus a special Kids Showcase starting at noon.

Dance Workshops in two venues plus two evening dances on Saturday night will keep everyone on their feet dancing to the beat.

Several features that bring musicians together are: Jam With The Band where musicians can play or sing along with a few of our great bands; Hosted Jams, where hosts encourage musicians to pick a song or start a song and to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate; and, Band Scramble that offer musicians and dancers of all levels a chance to be a Main Stage Performer.

Music Workshops Participation is the name of the game at our wide variety of music and song workshops. Bring an acoustic musical instrument and/or your singing voice and join the fun. Storytelling brings groups together to hear tales from some of our best local storytellers.

For the young ones, a Children's Tent offers fun sessions designed to get kids and parents involved in making homemade music.

For detailed information on schedules, performers and various ticketing options, please visit abqfolkfest.org.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday range in price and are available online at abqfolkfest.org/tickets.shtml as well as at a number of locations throughout the Albuquerque area, and in Santa Fe and Taos. Tickets can also be purchased as part of an Albuquerque Folk Festival Package (concert and AFF day pass) at a $5 savings: $39 adult, $34 student/senior (including all service charges).