The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose

The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose

The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose – A Festival of American Primitive Guitar
April 13-15, 2018 • Takoma Park, Maryland

Although festval badges are sold out, there are many events open to the public. See schedule below.

This nonprofit festival is Presented by:

City of Takoma Park, Maryland
City of Takoma Park, Maryland
Rhizome DC logo
Rhizome DC
Main Street Takoma logo
Main Street Takoma


See performers in the schedule below.

Thursday Tompkins Square Showcase at Rhizome:
  • Wall Matthews
  • Gwenifer Raymond
  • Joe Bussard
  • Luke Stewart
  • Susan Alcorn
  • Laura Brown
  • Katherine Fahey
  • Sarah Hughes
  • Shay Turner
  • Uyen Hoang
  • Sandra Roachford
  • Byron Coley
  • Glenn Jones
  • Peter Lang
  • Sarah Louise
  • Steve Lowenthal
  • Claudio Guerrieri
  • Allison Hussey
  • Leah Toth
  • Bill Meyer

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Print-at-home schedule available for download here.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Events Friday are open to the public. Venues have limited capacity. Doors open 45 minutes before the first performer.

6:30 PM Rob Noyes @ Rhizome DC
7:20 PM Matt Sowell @Rhizome DC
7:30 PM Will Csorba @ Takoma Beverage Co.
8:20 PM Max Ochs @ Takoma Beverage Co.
9:30 PM Joseph Allred @ Busboys and Poets
10:20 PM David Shapiro @ Busboys and Poets
10:30 PM Alexander Turnquist @ Republic
11:20 PM Chuck Johnson @ Republic

The following Friday performances require a festival pass:

8:30 PM Lloyd Thayer @ Allyworld at Tonal Park
9:20 PM Charlie Schmidt @ Allyworld at Tonal Park
Allyword at Tonal Park performances will be broadcast on Takoma Park Radio, WOWD-FM 94.3

Saturday, April 14,  2018

The following Saturday performances are public:

1:00 PM Danny Paul Grody @ The Carroll Café
1:50 PM Dylan Golden Aycock @ The Carroll Café
3:40 PM Don Bikoff @ Takoma Park Gazebo*
4:30 PM Mark Fosson @ Takoma Park Gazebo*
*In case of rain this performance will be at the Carroll Café

Events in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium are for pass holders only. The public is welcome in the Azalea Room of the Community Center where artists and other participants will be selling merchandise and there will be a live video feed of the festival performances.

11:30 AM Nick Schillace
12:30 PM Panel Discussion

3:00 PM Rare John Fahey, Jack Rose footage
5:30 PM Sarah Louise
6:20 PM Willie Lane
7:10 PM Peter Walker
7:50 PM Byron Coley reading
8:30 PM Glenn Jones
9:20 PM George Stavis
10:10 PM Marisa Anderson

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The following Sunday performances are public:

Takoma Park Farmers Market on Laurel Avenue
12:00 PM Gwenifer Raymond
1:00 PM Will Csorba

Events in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium are for pass holders only. The public is welcome in the Azalea Room of the Community Center where artists and other participants will be selling merchandise and there will be a live video feed of the festival performances.

10:30 AM Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho
12:00 PM Discussion with the film’s Director, Liam Barker
2:00 PM Itasca (Kayla Cohen)
2:50 PM Daniel Bachman
3:40 PM Nathan Bowles
4:30 PM Isasa
5:10 PM Michelle Dove reading
6:00 PM Rich Osborn
6:50 PM Harry Taussig
7:40 PM Peter Lang

After Party at Rhizome (donation requested)
9:20 PM Rod Smith reading
9:30 PM Nathan Bowles & Luke Stewart
10:05 PM K. Lorraine Graham reading
10:15 PM Chuck Johnson & Sarah Hughes
10:50 PM Buck Downs reading
11:00 PM Max Ochs/Isasa/Matt Sowell & Shay Turner/Uyen Hoang/Sandra Roachford

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Festival Map, click for larger image
Festival Map, click for larger image

Main Performance Space:
The Takoma Park Community Center – 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

RhizomeDC – 6950 Maple St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Busboys and Poets – 235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Allyworld at Tonal Park – 7014-C Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park MD 20913
Takoma Beverage Company – 6917 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Republic – 6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Carroll Café – 272-278 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012
The gazebo in Takoma Urban Park – 7035 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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Pass Holders receive a nice plastic festival pass which gives them access to:

  • Limited Reserved Seating at Public Performances
  • Two Full Days of Exclusive Programming, Including 14 Performances
  • Panel Discussion
  • Robbie Basho Documentary
  • Exclusive Performance footage

Pass Holders also receive:

  • Festival Program
  • Access to Private Festival Content Portal after the event with Music and Video of the Performances

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Supporting Sponsors

The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose would like to thank the following Supporting Sponsors:


Acoustic Music Works logo
Acoustic Music Works
Craft Recordings logo
Craft Recordings
Feeding Tube Records Logo
Feeding Tube Records
Pleinview Guitar Co. logo
Pleinview Guitar Co.
Tompkins Square Label logo

Tompkins Square Label
Vin Du Select Qualitite logo
Vin Du Select Qualitite
Willie's American Guitars Logo
Willie’s American Guitars
Right Proper Brewing logo
Right Proper Brewing
WOWD-LP Takoma Park 94.3FM logo
WOWD-LP Takoma Park 94.3FM
KFJC 89.7 FM Los Altos Hills, California
Fretboard Journal logo
Fretboard Journal
Verses Records logo
Verses Records
L'Oie de Cravan logo
L’Oie de Cravan
Takoma Park Farmers Market logo
Takoma Park Farmers Market

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Nearby Accommodations:

Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs
(301) 565-3444
Special rates $124.95-$129.95 if you ask for Karen and say you are coming to our festival.

Eden Park Guest House
(301) 270-8210
Just steps away from the Friday night venues and 0.4 miles from the Community Center, this traditional bed & breakfast offers rooms with private baths as well as European-style accommodations with shared bath for as little as $90 a night.

Etta Mae Inn
(301) 495-0313
Also less than a mile from the Community Center, this tiny B&B still had rooms left as of February 20th.

Hilltop Hostel
(202) 291-9591
Located in the heart of the action!
Bed for less than $30 a night. Some private rooms for a little more. Discount when you mention the festival.


Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to DC proper, just a 10-minute drive from city lines. The airport is accessible from its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into Takoma park will cost about $25.

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. The airport has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. A taxi or rideshare into Takoma Park will cost about $65.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is accessible via an Amtrak or MARC train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15-$30. A taxi or rideshare will cost about $60. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for all the options.

Use GoogleMaps, AppleMaps, Waze or your favorite driving app to the Takoma Park Community Center 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Driving From Points North: I-95 S to exit 28B MD-650 S/New Hampshire Ave. Continue on New Hampshire Ave. Take Carroll Ave to Maple Ave in Takoma Park

From Points South: Follow I-95 N onto I-395 N where it to New York Ave NW in Washington. Take North Capitol St NE and Blair Rd NE to Maple St NW in Takoma Park

From Points West: From NW, take I-495. Exit 30B to merge onto US-29 S/Colesville Rd toward Silver Spring. Follow Sligo Creek Pkwy and Piney Branch Rd North to Maple Ave in Takoma Park.

From SW, follow I-66 E to Washington. Exit toward Independence Ave. Take Rock Creek Pkwy NW, Beach Dr NW, Piney Branch Pkwy NW, 13th St NW and Piney Branch Rd NW to Maple Ave in Takoma Park.

Here is parking information.

Amtrak has at least 8 train routes that come through Washington D.C.’s Union Station and other stations in the greater metro area. From the train, you can take a variety of public transportation or rideshare options to Takoma Park.

After you get off the train at Union Station in downtown DC get on the local rail (WMATA) and take it north to Takoma Park.  You want the Red Line (Glenmont) and it costs $2.60.

The MARC Train Service is a regional commuter rail system whose service areas includes BWI airport and intersecting Amtrak stations.

Go to Amtrak or Wanderu to search and compare train tickets to the D.C. area.

There’s an array of options to travel by bus to and from the D.C. area including Greyhound, Peter Pan, MegaBus, GoToBus or use to search and compare bus tickets. Where ever you’re dropped off, you can hop on the Metro or grab a taxi or Uber to Takoma Park.

Pubic and Local Transportation
For getting to Takoma Park from airports, trains or bus stations in the metro D.C. area as well as for just getting around in general, you can take the metro rail or bus, taxis, rideshare or bikeshare:

Metro Rail & Bus: Takoma Station is on the Red Line
Taxi: Green Tomato – or (855) 686-6286
Rideshare: Uber Lyft
Bikeshare: Capital Bikeshare

The Takoma Park website has a great page about Getting Around.

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