Weekend: Hometown heroes Nitty Gritty Dirt Band top folk festival

Obviously, there’s nothing more entertaining within 1,000 miles of Long Beach this weekend than Saturday’s fourth annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Village.

Festival boss Shea Newkirk has built the fest into a musical juggernaut with a ton of bands playing bluegrass, folk, roots and other Americana genres.

This year’s fest is capped by one of the mightiest bands of all under the vast folk revival umbrella: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performing in its 50th year after being born in the backroom of the old and sadly now-gone McCabe’s Guitar Shop on Anaheim Street in 1966 by a core pan-Moore League slate of musicians from Millikan, Wilson and Jordan high schools.



Despite its Long Beach genesis, the band hasn’t performed here since anyone’s heard of them.

The undercard is strong, too, with such acts as the White Buffalo, Chuck Ragan, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Moonsville Collective, Honey Whiskey Trio and many more.

Besides music on multiple stages, there’ll be folksy contests like pie-eating, best beard and best mustache, plus some cool shopping, gourmet food trucks, craft beer, and a kids’ area.


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