For many months tunes have wafted through the air twice a month in the city. The second Friday of each month offers a concert series called Music at the Plaza. The fourth Friday highlights Jazz at MoCA. Now thanks to North Miami city manager Lee R. Feldman, the third Friday will be devoted to folk. While driving along in his car one Saturday afternoon, Feldman, who claims he's “not particularly” a fan of folk, tuned into the WLRN (91.3-FM) show hosted by long-time folk-head Michael Stock and realized “there just isn't a venue for folk music.” The city's sometimes lonely civic plaza quickly came to mind. Hence Folk Friday, debuting this week with vocalist Grant Livingston and Homestead-based duo Rivergrass, featuring Scottish guitarist/singer Murray MacLeod and fiddler Elizabeth Crisfield.
Feldman plainly admits the concert series is a deliberate way to introduce people to the delights of North Miami. But it's also a great way to spend some time outdoors. One person who'll be glad to get outside is Livingston. Often referred to as Florida's historian-in- song for his repertoire of tunes that includes references to mangoes, melaleucas, and manatees, he'll perform his classics as well as songs from his upcoming album. Titled Let Me Off the Leash, the CD is currently being recording in a Nashville apartment. Don't ask.