The sun banished the clouds Saturday afternoon at Folklife 2013 as the quintet Song Sparrow Research spread its slow, mellow vocals — cello, bass, guitar, tinker bell keyboards and drums — over the comfy crowd on the Fountain Lawn.
Walking across the grounds was like spinning the radio dial, as a marimba duo plinked and plonked out Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” jazz saxophones sliced through air, drum circles percolated from under the trees and children screamed as they ran in and out of the Seattle Center fountain spray.
Inside Sky Church, at EMP, a mischievous Baby Gramps declaimed Bob Dylan’s “Hey, Crawl Out Your Window” with his signature vaudeville shake, then launched into a scary version of “House of the Rising Sun.”
On Fisher Green, Juan Barco (guitar) and Paul Anastasio (violin) took the crowd south of the border with the classic lover’s refrain of “Volver, volver, volver (come back, come back, come back!).”
And so it went. Another Northwest Folklife Festival has gotten into full swing.