Los Angeles Folk Festival Produced in Partnership with The Milk Carton Kids and the
Los Angeles Philharmonic Featuring Waxahatchee, Sierra Ferrell and Many More
October 7-8 at The Ford
Tickets On Sale May 9
The Milk Carton Kids’ New Record
I Only See The Moon Due May 19
Via Far Cry Records In Partnership With Thirty Tigers
“The band’s core ingredients—not to mention a gift for warm, intricate songcraft—render The Milk Carton Kids’ records practically irresistible.”
“tastefully arranged, high-spec country-folk introspection”—MOJO
Los Angeles (May 8, 2023) — The Los Angeles Folk Festival—produced in partnership with Grammy-nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil)—will debut at The Ford in Los Angeles October 7-8. The Milk Carton Kids will headline the festival alongside critically acclaimed artists Waxahatchee, Sierra Ferrell, Valerie June, Davíd Garza & Freaklórico, Haley Heynderickx, Tré Burt, Willie Watson and a number of very special guests.
Tickets are available for pre-sale now and are on sale to the general public May 9 HERE.
With the festival, the band aims to bring a proper folk festival to their hometown and draw a line connecting the folk community from the collaborative Laurel Canyon scene of the 1960’s to the community of musicians and comedians working today at venues like L.A.’s Largo.
The Milk Carton Kids band members Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan explain:
For more than a decade, participating in Folk festivals around the world has been far and away the most enriching and meaningful part of our careers. We've come to believe in the modern folk festival as one of the most powerful tools for bringing a community together. So, for many years now we’ve been dreaming of bringing a Folk festival to our hometown of Los Angeles, one of the epicenters of Folk music. The tradition of Folk music in LA — from Woody Guthrie’s radio days in the late 1930s, to the famously collaborative Laurel Canyon of the 1960’s, to the alchemic community of musicians and comedians working here today — far exceeds the capacity of any event to properly capture. This year’s Los Angeles Folk Festival is our attempt to present a vibrant snapshot of a national Folk scene that draws deeply from its LA roots. We hope it can grow into something that represents our rich and evolving community, see you there!
The festival comes on the heels of the band’s forthcoming record I Only See The Moon, due May 19 via Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers. Pre-order/pre-save the album HERE. The group recently debuted the album tracks “All Of The Time In The World To Kill,” “When You’re Gone,” “Running on Sweet Smile,” “Star Shine” and “North Country Ride,” their first new music since their acclaimed 2019 album The Only Ones.
I ONLY SEE THE MOON
About The Milk Carton Kids
Founded in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the American folk tradition, blending ethereal harmonies and intricate musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft. 2013’s ANTI- debut The Ash & Clay proved their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. A second Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance followed in 2015 for the track “The City of Our Lady” from band’s acclaimed third studio album, Monterey, and 2018’s All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
The band’s most recent album, 2019’s The Only Ones (out now via Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers), was the subject of extensive praise, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that “Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan get back to the beautiful basics with The Only Ones,” while NPR’s “World Café” noted that “even though Joey and Kenneth are not related, their voices together create a sibling-like harmony...the duo has a strong sense of respect and reverence for the musical traditions that they've grown from.”
About The Ford
The Ford is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles, with an outdoor 1,200-seat amphitheater and a rich history dating back to 1920. Situated in a 32-acre park and under the stewardship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Ford presents an eclectic summer season of music, dance, film, and family events that are reflective of the communities of Los Angeles.
The LA Phil thanks the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for its support and funding, which brings performing arts to the people of Los Angeles. We value our partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and thank it for its collaboration and funding of programming all summer long. The Ford is a Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation cultural and performing arts park under the stewardship of the LA Phil.