Reverb is offering three picks for each day of the Folklife Festival, which runs through Monday at the Seattle Center. All shows are free, though there is a $10 suggested donation.
Kore Ionz. Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St., 745-3000. 4:45 p.m.
It's rare to catch much reggae outside the confines of the Nectar Lounge, but fans of the genre will get their chance tonight. Kore Ionz are a nine-piece reggae outfit led by Hawai'i-born singer-songwriter Daniel Pak, and as Erika Hobart pointed out earlier this week, they're one of the best representations of the genre you'll find locally, boasting laid-back grooves and a positive message. Best of all, unlike the Nectar, Folklife is all ages, giving the kids a chance to get in on the action.
Wheedle's Groove. Mural Amphitheatre, 9:10 p.m.
Speaking of under-represented genres, those with a hankering for '70s funk and soul would do well to check out Wheedle's Groove. Comprised of all-stars from Seattle's nearly forgotten '60s and '70s funk scene (recently commemorated in an acclaimed documentary of the same name that was screened at last year's Seattle International Film Festival), Wheedle's Groove is no stranger to the Seattle Center, having played last year's edition of Bumbershoot. The band may be as old as the festival itself (now in its 40th year), but the collective should offer one of the festival's freshest performances.
Ravenna Woods. Center Square, 9:30 p.m.
Ravenna Woods has received some Reverb love in the past, and the trio offers a different take on the ubiquitous Seattle folk sound. All three members--Chris Cunningham, Brantley Duke and Matt Badger--contribute vocals, but it's the group's unique instrumentation that makes things interesting: mandolin, xylophone and almost tribal-sounding percussion all figure into the group's sound. The group's live show is a high-energy affair (as Erin Thompson has documented), and their collective dynamism should be a fitting way to close the first day of Folklife.