Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 12:24:23 EDT
Subject: Sat.9/27 String Band Convention in Berkeley
From: Suzy Thompson
Come check out this new event -- the Berkeley Farmer's Market String Band Convention this coming Saturday from 11 to 3!
Location: Saturday Berkeley Farmers Market, Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley.
Admission is FREE.
String Band Contest starts at 11:00 AM
Community dance starts when the contest is done, hopefully around 2:30.
Co-sponsored by the Ecology Center (which sponsors the Berkeley
Farmer's Markets) and KPFA radio whose Mary Tilson (America's Back
Forty Show-"the hicks from coast to coast") will be the MC. All contest
openings for bands have been filled, but if bands don't show for final
registration (at 10:30 AM) their slots will be open to any other bands
that have a representative there. The contest will start at 11:00
PM. All musicians and string bands, registered or not, are
invited to the Convention to play tunes in the park, meet other
musicians, and take part in the community dance.
At least 15 bands, with musicians coming from Los Angeles, Mendocino,
Santa Cruz, Fresno, as well as all around the Bay Area, will be on hand
to play in the contest and jam in the park. The prizes are gift
certificates for the Berkeley Farmer's Market, and we'll also give a
certificate of participation to each of the young (under 16)
participants -- it looks like there will be at least 10 or 15 of
these! Anyone who likes oldtime and bluegrass music is invited to
bring instruments and join in the fun. A community dance will end
the day; Evie Ladin will be calling with an open band which anyone can
be a part of. It should be a great party for all!
P.S. If anyone wants to bring a camera and takes some photos,
that would be greatly appreciated. We don't have a budget for
film, so digital is probably best. I'd especially love to have
some photos of the kids who will be participating.
Supported by the City of Berkeley
Civic Arts Program. For more info, call the Berkeley Farmers' Markets
(510) 548-3333 or visit