"This is great entertainment that is in part educational and in its entirety just plain fun."
James H. Nottage
Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Reno Convention presents "The Folk Revolution"
Music has always played a vital role in the expression and movement of our culture. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the Folk Movement came to the forefront under the leadership of such great bands as the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and the New Christie Minstrels. No genre of music was more dynamic than the Folk Revolution as our country moved into the turmoil of the 1960’s. These groups, and many others, not only captured the unrest and revolutionary spirit of the time; they also captured the evolution of this thinking from earlier decades with such foundational artists as: Woodie Guthrie, the Carter Family, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
This vivid and emotional time in our nation’s history continues to resonate in our current experience. Many of the Folk Revolution images and ideas still ring true and are relevant today. Also, the power of Folk Music is derived from great melodies, powerful images, and timeless tales. These are songs that are meant to be sung with energy and surrounded by stories and events.
The Reno Convention has put together a dedicated showcase of Folk Music from the late 1950’s into the 1960’s entitled “The Folk Revolution”. The show tells the backstory of some of our most familiar and iconic folk songs. It also highlights the origins of many of the groups that performed these songs and how they sparked both evolution and revolution in our music and our lives. From Woodie Guthrie’s stirring anthems to the dire warnings of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What it’s Worth”, listeners can expect an engaging entertainment experience.
Foremost in all of this are the songs. The Reno Convention has worked carefully to capture and present some of the most iconic and memorable songs of this period with three-part harmonies, professional musicianship, and stories that weave the threads of history into a fascinating musical journey. Audience participation is also a big part of our event. Most of the selections are Grammy winners and songs that are preserved in the “Best of the Best” lists by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone Magazine, and the Smithsonian Museum.