Florida Folk Festival

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Florida State Parks

America’s longest-running folk music festival takes place this coming weekend, Friday through Sunday May 25-27.

Florida Folk Fest performer
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The more than 34,000 songs in the Florida state archive make up “the sound of Florida.” Now, that music recorded in the Sunshine State throughout history is in permanent rotation on a new online radio station called Florida Memory Radio.

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by The Walden Family is one of roughly 10,000 songs already digitized and playing on the State Department’s radio station.

Florida Memory Program Director Jody Norman says, “Every day we add to the radio station.”

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

The annual Florida Folk Festival kicks off in North Florida at 6 p.m. this Friday. The three-day cultural celebration is bringing together hip-hop and graffiti artists with traditional Chinese musicians and many other performers this year.

The state-sponsored festival is a celebration of the culture and traditions unique to Florida. All weekend, people will be able to take in traditional musical performances at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center in White Springs, near the intersection of I-10 and I-75.