American Folk Festival organizers have announced the first four artists signed for this year's event! Nothing says summer like thinking of three days listening to the cultural diversity of Folk Festival artists.  Styles so far range from rockabilly to gospel, blues to zydeco.

The festival this year will be set up as always with one small difference. Because the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion will be set up a little differently than in year's past, the AFF will use a smaller, more portable stage, as in its earliest years.

The American Folk Festival will be held August 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Admission, as always, will be free with a suggested donation of $10 per person. I can't wait for the Festival, especially after hearing the newest artists they've signed up! Click on each artist's name to see a preview of what we can expect! Check the website for the American Folk Festival for more information!

Sista Monica Parker, "the Lioness of the Blues" was a 2012 Blues Music Award nominee for "Best Soul Female Artist." She has performed around the world with many of the blues greats, including BB King.

Zydeco accordian player Rosie Ledet is among the few zydeco artists who still sing and write some of their own material in Creole French. Her music is a mix of French Louisiana traditions with a blues twist.

Rockabilly artist Sonny Burgess began his career in 1954, as part of Sun Records' era-defining lineup. Today he is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and he continues to tour with his band The Legendary Pacers.

Founded over 50 years ago, The Legendary Singing Stars remain one of the gospel circuit's biggest names. Among their performances at the American Folk Festival will be the crowd favorite "Sunday Morning Gospel Show" at the Railroad Stage.