The best folk festival in the city just got one bold-faced name better.
Danny Kalb, one of the founding members of the Blues Project in the 1960s and a legend on today’s folk and blues circuit, will close the first annual Brooklyn Folk Festival this weekend at Jalopy.
“We moved to add Danny to the Sunday lineup the second we heard that he was available,” said Eli Smith, the musicologist who booked the two-dozen artists who will perform at the music hall/guitar shop starting on Friday night.
“Danny got to play with the old performers whom we still go back to for source recordings today,” he added.
Kalb told The Brooklyn Paper that he loves playing with younger performers.
“I just like to be part of the mix,” said the Park Slope resident. “I don’t believe in the ‘young-old’ thing. The goal is to play nutritiously and share the traditions.”
Kalb promised to play “When Death Comes Creeping into your Room,” though he did not think it was planning on a visit to his Seventh Avenue apartment.
“But who knows? Any one of us can be hit by a bus tomorrow,” he said.
Now that’s a good blues man.
Brooklyn Folk Festival at Jalopy [315 Columbia St., between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, (718) 395-3214], May 15–17. Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for all three days.