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Valentine’s Weekend Square Dance
“Let Me Fall…In Love!”
Sat. Feb. 11, 2023


Big square dance at Ashkenaz!

Be there AND be square!

Calling by Robin Fischer and Evie Ladin, kickass music by Right To Parlay.
Doors at 7:30pm ~ Show at 8pm

Welcoming the return of social dance, the Bay Area’s finest square dance callers and award winning stringband are thrilled to bring square dance back to Ashkenaz.
Dance Calling from the Bay’s finest Evie Ladin and Robin Fischer.
Live stringband music from Right to Parlay - multiple-time winners of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention String Band Contest!
No experience needed, all dances taught.
Ashkenaz is located at 1317 San Pablo Ave (near Gilman) in Berkeley.  All ages welcome. Parking across the street in the REI lot. 



The BOTMC is delighted to announce the launching of the Black Banjo & Fiddle Fellowship, a project of the Oakland Conservatory of Music in collaboration with the BOTMC.  Click HERE for more info.


Next Slow Jam Fizz Feb 10 5:30pm PST

Dave Mount & Martha Thompson

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring a lovingly curated roster of local and national acts, with concert sets, rollicking square dances, workshops, jams and the illustrious

string band contest in venues throughout Berkeley

Sept. 20-25, 2023
 the 20th anniversary of the BOTMC
2023 lineup - more to be added! 
Slate Valley Ramblers 
(Richard & Barbara Bowman and Ivy & David Sheppard)
Hubby Jenkins & Jackson Lynch
Nokosee Fields Trio
Ed Poullard
Cathy Fink
& Marcy Marxer
Squirrelly Stringband
Karen Heil
2022 ARTISTS (last year)

plus more to be added.....

Howard Rains' beautiful poster 
for last year's 2022 BOTMC

Berkeley Old Time Music COnvention
ANti-Racism Statement


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)

A collector's item!
Also tote bags, refrigerator magnets, mask,

pin, or sticker!

BOTMC 2020 T-Shirts
STILL available
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