Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Witness a scintillating show with this GrouponLive deal to Woodlands Folk Festival at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook on Saturday, June 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For $15, you get two adult admissions (up to a $30 value). Tickets for seniors and students are normally $10 each.
The third annual Woodlands Folk Festival celebrates the centennial anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth with a daylong lineup of venerable folk artists. Headliner Christine Lavin pulls material from her stack of 20 solo albums and compilations, combining virtuosic guitar plucking with a clarion voice that pivots between soulful, sad songs and witty commentaries, often with a topical edge. Greg Greenway croons out his frustrations during "Sick and Tired" and strums gentle melodies on his acoustic guitar during “Highway 4am,” a song that evokes the calm of early morning after a long night of doing donuts in an ex’s lawn. A separate family stage courts kid-friendly acts such as Robbi Kumalo, who entertains youngsters with energetic jazz, pop, and world music. Activities such as instrument making, face painting, and henna tattoos round out the day's fun, interactive attractions.