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September 16-21, 2014 (Weds.-Sun.) 

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The 2014 Spring Situation will be May 10, 2014 Noon-4pm
Free Open House at the Freight

2014 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

Tues. Sept. 16 through Sun. Sept. 21, 2014

New this year!
Tuesday is Movie Night at the Pacific Film Archive

Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz
Joseph Decosimo & the Bucking Mules
Franklin George & Kim Johnson
The Cliffhangers
Earl White Band
The Onlies
More to be added!

String Band Contest, Concerts, Square Dances, Movie Night, Workshops, Kids Activities, Plenty of Jamming and Much More!


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We're planning the 2014 convention.
For an idea of what happened last year, here is the 2013 information:



Download the 2013 Short Schedule (3 pages; PDF)
(this will be revised as needed - refer to this document for the latest information)

Download the 2013 Program (6 pages; PDF)

Map of Venues (Google Maps)

Map of Venues (Printable; 1 page; PDF)

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Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Schedule for 2013 (subject to change)


Wed. Sept. 18 — 8:00 p.m.
Opening Night Square Dance

Right To Parlay
Meghan Merker & Molly Tenenbaum & Karen Leigh
Callers: Jordan Ruyle & Andy Wilson
Jamming Upstairs, hosted by Judy Stavely
NIEBYL-PROCTOR MARXIST LIBRARY
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (near Alcatraz)

Thurs. Sept. 19 — 1-4pm OPEN JAM
send email to afternoon-jam@berkeleyoldtimemusic.org for location

Thurs. Sept. 19 — 3:30pm-5pm WORKSHOPS
Fiddle with Eddie Bond
Banjo with Josh Ellis
FREIGHT & SALVAGE, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

Thurs. Sept. 19 — 8:00 p.m.  CONCERT
Jumpsteady Boys
Alice Gerrard & Beverly Smith
Franklin George & Kim Johnson
Come early for jamming (free admission) hosted by Jim and Amber Mueller
FREIGHT & SALVAGE, 2020 Addison, Berkeley
 
Fri. Sept. 20 —12:10 to 1:00 p.m
PANEL DISCUSSION

Frank George, Kim Johnson, Suzy Thompson and Grace Forrest
moderated by Prof. Ben Brinner
FREE ADMISSION – jamming with the panelists afterwards under the oak tree
U.C. BERKELEY, MORRISON HALL, Room 125 (near Bancroft & College Ave)

Fri. Sept. 20 — 1-4pm OPEN JAM
send email to afternoon-jam@berkeleyoldtimemusic.org for location

Fri. Sept. 20  —6pm-7:30p.m. WORKSHOPS
Fiddle with Bruce Molsky (full)
Banjo with Joe Newberry
FREIGHT & SALVAGE, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

Fri. Sept. 20  —8:00 p.m. CONCERT
Foghorn Stringband with Dirk Powell
Eddie Bond & Josh Ellis
Thompson, Thompson, Ventresco & Axelrod
Come early for jamming (free admission) hosted by Ben Sigelman
FREIGHT & SALVAGE, 2020 Addison, Berkeley


Sat. Sept. 21 (10:15 a.m.)
CONCERT FOR KIDS and PARENTS

Evo Bluestein
Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street  Berkeley

FREE ADMISSION
 
Sat. Sept. 21 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
BERKELEY FARMERS MARKET STRING BAND CONTEST

Civic Center Park (MLK between Allston and Center)
Kickoff performance by Manning Music Fiddlers
Half-time performance by Big Hoedown
Open jamming hosted by TBA

FREE ADMISSION
 
Sat. Sept. 21 8:00pm
SQUARE DANCE

Jumpsteady Boys
Foghorn with Dirk Powell
Eddie Bond & Friends;
Callers Evie Ladin and Beverly Smith
Clogging workshop with Evie from 7:30 to 8:00 included with admission
Open jam in the back studio hosted by Frank George & Kim Johnson
and Mark Olson and Penny Critchlow

ASHKENAZ, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sun. Sept. 22 (11a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

WORKSHOPS

Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, singing! 
Plus, open jam (FREE) hosted by
W.B. Reid & Bonnie Zahnow
FREIGHT & SALVAGE, 2020 Addison, Berkeley
 

Sun. Sept. 22 (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
FAMILY SQUARE DANCE

With caller Evo Bluestein; music by Grace Forrest, Clelia Stefanini and friends
ASHKENAZ, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sun. Sept. 22 (1pm-5pm)
Picnic & potluck

FREE ADMISSION
For location, send an email to picnic AT berkeleyoldtimemusic.org

Tues. Sept. 24 8:30pm
CAJUN DANCE with Gros Brouillard
(Foghorn with Eric & Suzy Thompson)

Dance lesson at 8pm; dance at 8:30pm
ASHKENAZ, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley



We greatly appreciate the generous support of Ed Littlefield, Alliance for California Traditional Arts (in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and the Surdna Foundation),  the Zellerbach Community Arts Program,  Bill Graham Foundation, the Hellman Family Foundation, the Alameda County Arts Commission and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

 Thanks also to our nonprofit sponsors: 
Freight & SalvageKPFA-FM, the California Bluegrass Association, the Ecology Center and the Berkeley Farmers' Market (especially to the awesome Kirk Lumpkin). Extra special thanks to our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator, Cynthia Gair, and of course to all our volunteers – they make the BOTMC possible!