Festivals and Camps

From The Folknik Sept/Oct 2000

Berkeley Free Folk Festival Update

The festival will be at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (near Gilman), and will last from 11:00 a.m., with concert sets, workshops and jams, until 9:00 p.m. There will be a kids' program from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. 

At 9:30 p.m., there will be a dance in the front room with three different bands (contra, Western Swing, and Puerto Rican) plus an Irish session hosted by Shay Black in the back studio.

 A tentative concert schedule is:11:00-Barry & Alice Olivier, 11:30-Dick & Carol Holdstock, 12 Noon-La Pena Community Chorus, 12:30-Charlie Blacklock & Art Peterson, 1:00-Hank Cramer, 1:30-Rene Pena Govea & Family, 2:00-Ingrid Noyes, 2:30-Bill Foss & Martha Hawthorne, 3:00-Carol Denney, 3:30-Wake The Dead, 4:00-David Gans, 4:30-Evie Ladin With Keith Terry, 5:30-Marc Silber, 6:00-Caren Armstrong, 6:30-Larry Hanks, 7:00-Jessica Bryan & Tom Clunie, 7:30-Shay & Michael Black, 8:00-Inspector Double Negative & The Equal Positives (featuring members of Nameless & Faceless).

Volunteers are needed before and during the festival. If you would like to help, please phone Jane Barker at (510) 434-0928.

Web site: www.Ashkenaz.com

Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival 2001

The 15th Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival honoring Dr. Martin  Luther King, Jr. will be on January 14, 15 and 16, 2001 at the main campus  of the San Francisco Community College, 50 Phelan Avenue-a new location.

Friday evening features an arts exchange and a social. Registration will be on Friday night and Saturday morning. Events will include workshops and  performances from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and featured performers and an arts exchange at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon there will be workshops and exchanges. At 1:15 p.m. there will be a tribute to Dr. King. At 7:00 p.m. Sunday, there will be a benefit concert, with proceeds going to workers in need. Admission to the concert for non-registrants is $15.00 for working folks, and $10 for seniors, students and unemployed. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Registration for the weekend is $40; for Saturday only, $25.

For further information and registration forms call Tom Edminster (650) 355-6381, Shelly Kessler (650) 572-8848, David Winters (831) 426-4940; or write P.O. Box 7184, Santa Cruz, CA

Sea Music Concerts: Nov.-Dec.

Aboard historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco:

w        Saturday, Nov. 18, The WindLasses, mother-daughters trio (Donna, Daphne and Stephanie Glover) wowed crowds in their Mystic debut last year.

w        Saturday, Dec. 16, Master singer Louis Killen returns to the Park for the last concert of the year.

Both concerts at 8:00 p.m. Admission $12.00.

Phone (415) 561-6662

Web site: www.nps.gov/safr/concert.html

British Columbia Ballad Weekend

This year's Sasamat Weekend (November 24-26, the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend) will be special for folkies with an interest in traditional ballads.

At least eight sessions on various aspects of traditional balladry will be held, in participatory workshops, panels and singarounds-and such questions as "Are all mothers cruel?" will be addressed. There'll be lots of resources on hand, too: the Vancouver Ballad Group, running since January of this year, has made a series of cassettes, with sung examples of over 120 Child ballads, all drawn from discs and tapes in the VFSS archives. Each tape features one ballad, in as many as 20 versions. But the Weekend isn't just ballads: at least a dozen other workshops on a range of other topics will also be held.

All folkies from across North America (and especially Bay area friends) are warmly invited to this special weekend at the remarkable price of $US65, which includes all (gourmet) meals and accommodations, nature walks, singarounds, concerts, hot tubs and good companionship in song. Space is limited to 80, so act quickly. Call Jon Bartlett at (604) 526-2804 or e-mail Rika_Ruebsaat@sfu.ca to book your spot.

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