Squirrel Butter

Birches Bend

Bruce & Bonnie

2020 kids & families

All BOTMC events are appropriate for all ages, but this year, we have 3 concerts that are especially meant for children and families!  All are on the BOTMC YouTube Channel.

Friday, Sept. 25

(10:00 am)

CONCERT FOR VERY young children
and their families 

featuring Bruce & Bonnie
This online concert is designed especially for pre-schoolers.  Bruce & Bonnie (aka WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow) have been making music with and for children since their own children were babies. Back home in Seattle, they have a regular music gig with preschool kids twice a week (which has continued online during the pandemic) and play regularly for family dances. Bruce is an alumnus of two of the Northwest’s finest dance bands, the Tallboys and the Rhythm Rollers. As a duo, Bruce and Bonnie have played for contra and square dances from coast to coast and border to border.

Saturday, Sept. 26

(10:00 am)

CONCERT FOR children
and their families 

featuring Squirrel Butter
Charmaine Slaven and Charlie Beck are longtime mainstays of Seattle's oldtime music scene. They have been performing together for 15 years and now have a young daughter. Charmaine step-dances and plays guitar at the same time!  She also plays the fiddle. Charlie plays banjo and guitar, and they both sing.

Sunday, September 27

(10:00 am)

CONcert for children and their families
by a prize-winning young band

featuring Birches Bend

Ranging in age from 12 - 14, these young musicians took first place last year at the BOTMC String Band Contest.. The band features Lucy Khadder (fiddle), Jasper Manning (mandolin), Sophia Sparks (mandolin) with Chad Manning (guitar).

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OUR FUNDERS:  We greatly appreciate the generous support of Ed Littlefield, Jr.; Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation; the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission; the Alameda County Art Commission; and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. 

Thanks also to our nonprofit sponsors:  Freight & SalvageKPFA-FMAshkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, and the California Bluegrass Association


Extra-special thanks to our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator, Lael Sigal, and of course to all our volunteers – they make the BOTMC possible!


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