This weekend's Living Traditions Fest features Charlie Musslewhite, Ana Tijoux, soul food
Published: May 17, 2012 04:46PM
Updated: May 17, 2012 04:48PM

Cows have four stomachs. Alas, humans have only one.

So once you get your fill from one of the 21 food booths at the annual Living Traditions Festival on the grounds of the Salt Lake City & County Building this weekend, get more sustenance from the performers.

The festival spotlights music, dance, crafts and foods of the city’s ethnic communities, with featured evening performances by national headliners on the North Stage.

» French and Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux will perform Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

» Punchy genre-bending ensemble Mexican Institute of Sound will perform Friday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m.

» R&B firecracker Bettye LaVette will perform Saturday, May 19, at 8:30 p.m.

» Chicago harmonica master and bandleader Charlie Musslewhite will perform Sunday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m.

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2012 Living Traditions Festival
The 27th annual festival will celebrate Salt Lake City’s folk and ethnic arts, with music and dance performances, as well as food and craft booths.
When » Friday, May 18, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 20, noon to 7 p.m.
Where » Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets » Free admission
Schedule » For the full slate of local performing groups, visit The schedule is listed by day, as well as alphabetically by performer.
Info » For the first time in the festival’s history, craft artists will be able to sell their crafts at their own booths, rather than forcing patrons to go to a separate craft shop. The experiment is aimed at creating a deeper connection between the artists and patrons, according to director Casey Jarman.
New this year » Performances from the Nepalese Association of Utah and Pajaros and Pintados; craft artists East Indian henna, global artisans, Maori-inspired pottery, Mexican Day of the Dead art, American Indian silversmithing, Shoshone beadwork, Somali Bantu baskets; and among the ethnic food booths, Turkish, Nepalese and soul food will be offered for the first time.