This year's beautiful poster artwork by Angelina Elise!
SAVE THE DATES for this year's BOTMC: Sept. 23-26, 2021.
We are planning for an IN-PERSON festival!! Some things will also be online. Concerts, jamming, string band contest, jamming, workshops, jamming, Cajun dance, more!
BOTH masks and proof of vaccination will be required at all indoor events and at the Thurs. and Fri. afternoon jams. MASKS are strongly suggested for outdoor events. Our first priority is everyone's health and safety!
Slow Jam Fizz -Second Friday of the month 4pm-5pm PT.Recordings of previous sessions available on Youtube.
Berkeley Old Time Music COnvention
As appreciators and torch bearers of early American traditional music, the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention actively questions what it means to share this music in the context of systemic racism. We wish to acknowledge the immense contribution of Black and Indigenous musicians to the music presented by the BOTMC, in the past and in the present. We acknowledge the forces that have historically denied these contributions and that worked to sever their living connections to this music. We also acknowledge our own complicity in this oppression. As we play this music, we are reckoning with our history and present condition. We hope to build a road toward reparation.
Adapted (with permission) from the Plaid Strangers (Thomas Angell, Maxine Gerber, Karen Heil and Allegra Yellin)
What an amazing experience to have the BOTMC online in 2020! Many thanks to all who attended and performed and taught and lectured and especially HUGE THANKS to our volunteers, who made the whole thing possible.
Please consider making a donation to the BOTMC; click on the DONATE button for instructions.
Also tote bags, refrigerator magnets, mask, pin, or sticker!