Festivals and Such

From The Folknik Jul/Aug 2000

Summer Autoharp Classes

        7/26 Beginning Folk Style Autoharp, CSU Hayward, Loaner Harps Available

        8/21 Intermediate Folk Style Autoharp, CSU Hayward

Evo Bluestein (510) 885-3605 http://evobluestein.com

Berkeley Free Folk Festival

Like the Phoenix, the new incarnation of the Berkeley Free Folk Festival is scheduled to rise on Saturday, November 18 at Ashkenaz! Because of undetermined funding, we do not know yet if the Festival will also be on Sunday, November 19, but we hope so. (Funding suggestions ALWAYS welcome). The new Festival will include folk music concerts from about 11:00 a.m. until 9 p.m. followed by a dance on Ashkenaz' great dance floor. There will also be workshops, jam sessions, a children's program and an Irish session on Saturday night in the back room hosted by Festival favorite Shay Black. We ask everyone in the folk music community to support the Berkeley Free Folk Festival at Ashkenaz. Suggestions and volunteers always welcome!

Suzy Thompson (cleoma@aol.com)

Jessica Bryan (831) 335-7696

July 11 - 11 California Coast Music Camp PMB121, 1346 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126 (650) 306-0399 Web site: http://www.musiccamp.org/

July 14 - 16 Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, B.C. (800) 883-3655 [FOLK] E-mail info@thefestival.bc.ca Web site: http://www.thefestival.bc.ca/index.htm

July 16 Saw Players Picnic & Music Festitval at Roaring Camp in Felton, north of Santa Cruz. Info: Charlie Blacklock (510) 523-4649. Directions to Roaring Camp: (831) 335-4484

July 16- 18 Humboldt Folklife Festival at Bluelake. Food, story telling, lots of workshops, crafts, fiddle contest, dancing, fine concerts. Info: 707-822-8462 or 822 6264. or E-mail humcat@humboltl.com. Web site: http://www.humboldt.edu/~folk/hfs/festival00.htm

July 28 - 30 RockyGrass bluegrass festival. Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Blue Highway, and Ralph Stanley. Lyons, CO. Info: http://www.bluegrass.com/.

July 28-August 5 Lark In The Morning Music Celebration. Music & Dance Workshops, Dances, Parties, Sessions, Camping, Fireplaces, Redwoods, Special Children's Rates. Limited Space! Send for a reservation form now. PO Box 799, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, (707) 964-5569, Fax (707) 964-1979. Web Site: http://www.larkinam.com/.

July 29 - July 30 Sierra Songwriters Festival. Sonora CA. Info Phone: 209-588-1023. Web Site: http://www.sierrasongwriters.com/.

July 29 - July 30 Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Three days of family fun. Camping is available on the festival site. Nevada County Fairgrounds. Grass Valley, CA. Info: (831) 425-2270 PO Box 90, Santa Cruz 95063 or E-mail Dbaker@brigon.com

August 5 - 19 Petaluma Summer Music Festival. Performances of classical, pop and world music.Sat. 8/5 is also the Sonoma County Folk Festival Petaluma CA. Info Phone: 707-763-8920.

August 6-13 The Country Roads Folk Music Camp at Mt. Madonna County Park between Gilroy and Watsonville. Workshops include instruments, lots of types of songs, crafts, and dancing. Call Anna Green at 408-379-4090, or E-mail Judydowell@compuserve.com

August 5-6 Twain Harte Summer Craft & Music Festival. Admission is FREE. Benefits the Twain Harte Volunteer Fire Department and other groups. 11 miles East of Sonora, just off Hwy 108. Lodging & visitor information: 209-586-4482. Questions? Fire on the Mountain Festivals, PO Box 148, Soulsbyville, CA 95372, 209.533.3473, FAX 209.533.1049. http://fireonthemountain.com/.

Aug 12 5th Sonora Blues Festival. At the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, downtown Sonora. Concert, Workshop, and Band Showcases. Fire on the Mountain Festivals, PO Box 148, Soulsbyville, CA 95372, 209.533.3473, FAX 209.533.1049. Web Site: http://fireonthemountain.com/.

August 12 - 13 Coastal Protection Music Festival in San Gregorio, (about 35 miles south of San Francisco). 15 bands, an arts & crafts festival, activist speakers, food & drink, petting zoo for kids. Info: http://www.isart.com/chc_concert.htm.

August 17 - 20 Oregon Bluegrass and Cowboy Music Festival. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the OHSU Kidney Transplant Foundation. The Hood River County Fair Grouds, Odell OR. Info Phone: 503-261-9887. http://www.greatmusicfestivals.com/.

August 18 - 20 Northern California Bluegrass Society Spring Campout. Merry Prankster Meadows, La Honda.. Info: campouts@bluegrasssociety.org or http://www.scbs.org/spring.htm.

August 18 - 20 Folks Festival. Some of the finest singer/songwriters on the planet. Lyons, CO. Info: http://www.bluegrass.com/.

August 31 - September 4 Strawberry Fall Music Festival. Camping, music, workshops, dance, activities for teens and kids (of all ages!) make this a magnificent event. The festival takes place at Camp Mather, Yosemite, California and is located on Evergreen Road just seven miles off Highway 120 near the north entrance to Yosemite National Park. Info Strawberry Music, P.O. Box 565,Sonora, CA 95370 209-533-0191. Web Site: http://strawberrymusic.com/.

September 1 - 4 Long Beach Blues Festival. California State University, Long Beach Athletic Field. Info Phone: 562-985-5566. Web Site: http://www.klon.org/events/bluesfestival/blues.html

September 2 - 4 Oakland Blues and Heritage Festival. "The home of the West Coast blues". Oakland CA. Info Phone: 510-836-2227.

September 3 Scottish Festival. Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA. Info at http://www.culburnie.com/ or call (800)830-6296.

September 8 - 9 Sisters Folk Festival. Bluegrass headliners, songwriting contests, and more. Info: 541-549-4979 [voice] or 541-549-0906 [fax] or info@sistersfolkfestival.com. Web Site: http://www.sistersfolkfestival.com/.

September 8 - 10 San Diego Street Scene. Rock, reggae, blues, gospel, swing, jazz, funk, zydeco, Cajun and African music. San Diego CA. Info: Phone: 619-350-3333. Web Site: http://www.street-scene.com/.

September 9 - 10 Vallejo Blues & Heritage Festival, highlighting contributions that Vallejoans have made to keep the blues alive. Vallejo CA. Info Phone: 510-836-2227.

September 9 - 10 The Festival of the Sea. A free weekend featuring international music and food, maritime music, Living History, free boat rides, a boat-building contest, a tugboat rodeo, hands-on crafts demonstrations, kids' activities, and much more. Public transportation to Hyde Street Pier is strongly recommended. Alison Healy or Daniela Rahm, 2905 Hyde Street, San Francisco 94109. (415)447-9822 Fax (415)556-0149 E-mail (Alison) sailingangel@hotmail.com http://www.nps.gov/safr/festival.html

September 14-16 Walnut Valley Festival. Over 150 hours of contests, concerts, workshops, and all-night campground picking. Walnut Valley Association, Inc. P.O.Box 245, 918 Main, Winfield, Kansas 67156 or call 316-221-3250 or e-mail at wvfest@horizon.hit.net. http://wvfest.com/.

September 15-17 Mill Pond Traditional Music Festival. Clear skies, pure air and majestic mountains provide the setting for a weekend of music, storytelling, food and fun here in the pristine Owens Valley. Bishop, CA. Web Site: http://www.inyo.org/millpond.

September 16 Blues By The River. Welcome to the 9th Annual Blues by the River. If you like your blues served up by world class musicians in an intimate setting with plenty of shade, cool breezes from the mighty Sacramento River, great food and drinks, and genuine down home hospitality then this one's for you! Redding CA. Info Phone: 530-225-9926. Web Site: http://www.shasta.com/blues.

September 17 Lupin Lodge Bluegrass Festival. Lupin Lodge, Los Gatos, CA. MacRae Brothers bring their old-time country 'brother duets' to the "clothing optional" Lupin Lodge Bluegrass Festival in Los Gatos. Info: (530)400-3872 or http://www.lupin.com.

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