The City of Angeles does not instantly come to mind when thinking of Bluegrass, Americana, Folkloric and Old Time music. Yet, on May 17th, the L.A. based Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival will be celebrating it’s 60th Festival, and enjoys the distinction as one of the oldest music festivals in the USA. Headlining this years’ TBFCF will be a rare west coast performance of the Way Down Wanderers. The Wanderers have an extremely devout fan base and we are anticipating our share of midwestern attendees at this years’ festival. Other notable performers, from California, include Bay Area’s AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Venice’s own Sunny War, and from SLO, The SLO County Stumblers. For the complete lineup on all 5 stages, including new Tiny Porch and Wildwood Flower Stages, visit our website @topangabanjofiddle.org. Bring your instruments! Jam with new and old friends! Enjoy our workshops! Enter the competitions, with new Songwriter and Ukulele categories. Watch the instrumentalists, singers and red-hot Acoustic Bands compete. Join our Dance Workshops and Contests in a cornucopia of styles including Flatfoot and Clog dancing, Cajun, and Contra. Join our good ol’ Family Square Dance. Cowboy Poets, Old Time Singers and Storytellers, Music and Dance Workshops, Historic Exhibits, Artisan Wars, Kid’s Crafts, and an Instrument Petting Zoo are thrown in the mix to make sure nobody gets left out. Bring a picnic or purchase some of the great food available on site. This is all set at the historic Paramount Ranch, in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains. The environs promise a beautiful day in the countryside. Just a short drive from the urban sprawl. Launched in 1961, The Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival the forerunner of countless folk art festivals across the country. Famous former Topanga contestants include: Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Taj Mahal, John Hartford, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Frank Hamilton, The Show Ponies, Erik Darling, John Hickman, Stuart Duncan, Steve Martin and The Dustbowl Revival.