2020 Online Schedule

(tentative)

Platforms for events will vary; links will be posted. Links for workshops will be sent after payment.  To get notified when workshop registration opens, please sign up for the BOTMC email list (see bottom of this page where it says "Stay Updated"

Concerts on Quarantine Happy Hour will be (we hope) also streamed to Youtube. Anyone can access Quarantine Happy Hour, even if you have not joined Facebook, but you won't be able to post comments without joining Facebook.

There will also be many Zoom jams, hosted by awesome old-time musicians — still working on the scheduling for this.

 

STRING BAND CONTEST -- yes, it's happening!  Still working out exactly how.

All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

 

Thurs. Sept. 24 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am PDT

Panel Discussion - Topic:  Black Banjo

With panelists Jake Blount and Tony Thomas, moderated by Prof. T. Carlis Roberts

FREE

It's unclear whether this will stream live; it may end up on Youtube.

 

Thurs. Sept. 24 — 6:00 PDT

CONCERT

Alice Gerrard

Slate Mountain Ramblers (Richard & Barbara Bowman, Ivy and David Sheppard)

The Horsenecks

Earl White

On Facebook, Quarantine Happy Hour page & probably also Youtube

 

Fri. Sept. 25 - 10:00 am PDT 

CONCERT for VERY YOUNG CHILDREN

WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow

FREE

Youtube

 

Fri. Sept. 25 - 4:00-5:30  PDT (tentative)

HOSTED JAM & SONG SWAP

Zoom

 

Fri. Sept. 25 — 6:00 PDT

CONCERT

Eddie Bond

David Greely

Evie Ladin Band

Tony Thomas

On Facebook, Quarantine Happy Hour page & probably also Youtube

 

Sat. Sept. 26 — 10 am PDT

CONCERT for KIDS

Charmaine Slaven

FREE

Youtube

 

Sat. Sept. 26 

WORKSHOPS - visit Workshop Page for more info.

Fiddle workshops with Alice Gerrard, Eddie Bond and Gabrielle Macrae

Banjo workshops with Joseph Decosimo and Barry Southern

Cajun singing workshop with David Greely

Beginning clogging workshop with Charmaine Slaven

$25 per workshop; All-Workshop Pass is $100 (take as many workshops as you want)

Zoom

 

Sat. Sept. 26 — 6:00 PDT

CONCERT

Jake Blount

Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin

Squirrel Butter

Plaid Strangers (Karen Celia Heil, Maxine Gerber & friends)

On Facebook, Quarantine Happy Hour page & probably also Youtube

 

Sun. Sept. 27 — 10 am PDT

CONCERT for AND by KIDS

Birches Bend

FREE

Youtube

 

Sun. Sept. 27

MORE WORKSHOPS - visit Workshop Page for more info.

Fiddle workshops with Earl White, David Greely and Jake Blount

Banjo workshops with Jake Blount and Ivy Sheppard

Duet singing workshop with Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin

Clogging workshop with Evie Ladin

$25 per workshop; All-Workshop Pass is $100 (take as many workshops as you want)

Zoom

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.  

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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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