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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; Lagunitas Brewing Company; 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!

 

© 2019 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

2019 Schedule

Wednesday, September 18 at 8 p.m.

WELCOME PARTY!
8:00pm-11pm

Bring instruments (no instrument check at this event).  BYOB.  

***FREE ADMISSION***   Donations to BOTMC gratefully accepted.  

Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Thursday, September 19

PANEL DISCUSSIOn 

Panel Discussion:  11:00 am to 12:30 pm 

followed by jamming with the panelists outside under the oak tree 

Earl White
Donna Ray Norton
Modock Rounders
with moderators Maria Sonevytsky and Ben Brinner

LOCATION:  Hertz Hall, U.C. Berkeley Campus (near College and Bancroft)

 

***FREE ADMISSION***

OPEN JAM

1:00 to 4:00 pm

send email to BOTMCAfternoonJam AT gmail.com for location (near Ashby BART)
FREE ADMISSION!

WORKSHOPS

3:30 to 5:00 pm

Guitar - Geoff Muldaur
Old time banjo - Candy Goldman

LOCATION: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

REGISTRATION

Workshop size is limited, so register early to make sure you get a spot! 

Tuition is $25 per workshop.

Register online at https://www.thefreight.org/learn-to-play/workshops or in person at the Freight & Salvage box office.

 

CONCERT

5:00 pm - Jam at the Freight hosted by Jim & Amber Mueller - FREE admission!

8:00 pm:

Jerron Paxton

Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell Band

Crooked Jades

LOCATION: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

TICKETS: $21 in advance, $25 at the door.  Member, Senior, Youth/Student discounts available. THREE-DAY PASS (good for Thurs. & Fri. night Freight shows plus Sat. night dance at Ashkenaz) $56 in advance, $61 at the door.  All tickets subject to fees, including the Freight's $4 Facility Fee.

Friday, September 20

OPEN JAM

1:00 to 4:00 pm

send email to BOTMCAfternoonJam AT gmail.com for location (near Ashby BART)

***FREE ADMISSION***

WORKSHOPS

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

(Fri. workshop participants get preferred seating at concert with concert ticket purchase)

Uncle Dave Macon Banjo - Daniel Rothwell
Old Time Fiddle - Casy Meikle 

LOCATION: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

REGISTRATION

Workshop size is limited, so register early to make sure you get a spot! 

Tuition is $25 per workshop.

Register online at https://www.thefreight.org/learn-to-play/workshops or in person at the Freight & Salvage box office.

 

SQUARE DANCE

5:30 to 7:00 pm

with Echo Mountain, calling by Sue Hulsether
Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
FREE ADMISSION

CONCERT

5:00 pm - Jam at the Freight hosted by Mark Olson & Penny Critchlow - FREE admission!

8:00 pm:

Geoff Muldaur & Jim Kweskin with Suzy Thompson

Modock Rounders

Donna Ray Norton

LOCATION: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

TICKETS: $21 in advance, $25 at the door.  Member, Senior, Youth/Student discounts available. THREE-DAY PASS (good for Thurs. & Fri. night Freight shows plus Sat. night dance at Ashkenaz) $56 in advance, $61 at the door.  All tickets subject to fees, including the Freight's $4 Facility Fee.

Saturday, September 21

 

CONCERT FOR KIDS and PARENTS

10:15 am

Morgan Cochneuer

LOCATION: Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street  Berkeley

***FREE ADMISSION***
 

BERKELEY FARMERS MARKET STRING BAND CONTEST

11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Registration begins Sept. 1

Special guest appearance by the Manning Music Fiddlers at 11:00am
Open jamming led by Karen Celia Heil & Candy Goldman starting at noon
LOCATION: Civic Center Park (Center St near Milvia)

 

***FREE ADMISSION***

CHILDREN'S Fiddle Workshop
Taught by Elise Engleberg

1:00 to 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

REGISTRATION

Open to children aged 8 and up who have played fiddle or violin for at least a year. Workshop size is limited, so register early to make sure you get a spot! 

 $25 tuition includes admission to Sunday's Family Dance for one child and one adult. 

Register online at https://www.thefreight.org/learn-to-play/workshops (registration coming soon) or in person at the Freight & Salvage box office.

WORKSHOPS

3:00 to 4:30 pm

Songs & Sources - Jim Kweskin

LOCATION: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

REGISTRATION

Workshop size is limited, so register early to make sure you get a spot! 

Tuition is $25 per workshop.

Register online at https://www.thefreight.org/learn-to-play/workshops or in person at the Freight & Salvage box office.

CALLERS WORKSHOP

5:00 to 6:30 pm  (time subject to change)

Learn how to call square dances!
Led by Sue Hulsether

LOCATION: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

***FREE ADMISSION***

 

SQUARE DANCE PARTY

7:30 pm

Flatfooting workshop led by

Thomas Maupin, Ruth Alpert & Korey Posey

8:00 pm

SQUARE DANCE!
Earl White Band
Modock Rounders
Squirrelly Stringband
with callers Sue Hulsether and Robin Fischer 
PLUS:  Jamming in the back room starting at 8pm:
Song Circle with Donna Ray Norton
followed by jamming with Echo Mountain.

Instrument check will be available.

LOCATION: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Event Details on Ashkenaz website

TICKETS: $18 in advance, $20 at the door.  $5 for kids aged 5 and up, kids under 5 free.  THREE-DAY PASS (available from Freight's website or at Freight box office) includes this event: $56 in advance, $61 at the door, plus fees.

Sunday, September 22

INSTRUCTIONAL WORKSHOPS 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Old Time Singing - Cody Jordan 
Old Time Fiddle - Earl White
Old Time Banjo - Kim Johnson
Open jam session (free admission) with Michelle Yu

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Southern Appalachian Ballads- Donna Ray Norton
Old Time Fiddle - Jesse Pearson
Old Time Three Finger Banjo picking - Jerron Paxton

LOCATION: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

REGISTRATION

Workshop size is limited, so register early to make sure you get a spot! 

Tuition is $25 per workshop.

Register online at https://www.thefreight.org/learn-to-play/workshops or in person at the Freight & Salvage box office.

 
FAMILY SQUARE DANCE 

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Music by Sydney Roberts and Friends
Calling by Sue Hulsether
Plus a special guest appearance by the BOTMC Kids' Fiddle Band
(participants in Saturday afternoon workshop)

LOCATION: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR - $6 kids, $8 adults
 

Jamming in the Park 

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 

LOCATION: Ohlone Park, across from North Berkeley BART

***FREE ADMISSION***

Bring a chair or two if you can!

 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 17 

Pre-BOTMC Cajun DANCE

Dance Lesson at 7:30, Live music at 8:00

Featuring David Greely, founding fiddler of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (visiting from Louisiana), with Eric & Suzy Thompson

Admission $15 at the door, all ages welcome. Free parking across the street in the REI lot.

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

1317 San Pablo Ave (near Gilman), Berkeley.