Berkeley Old Time Music

Saturday March 6, 2021

10:30am to 6:30pm PST


Schedule subject to change (Revised February 22, 2021)

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention presents the 2021 Spring Sitch featuring a Crankie Cabaret

A participatory event interspersing jam sessions with anti-racism workshops specific to our music community.  

Details posted here:


Zoom Links will be sent twice in the days leading up to the event.
Join our email list (using the form at the bottom of this page) for the link.


Please share this event widely and we look forward to seeing you there!


The schedule has no overlapping events to not detract from attendance at the workshop sessions.  

There will be a SOCIAL room for those that just want to visit across the ether.


SAT MARCH 6 (all times PST)

10:30am  Jam

Song Swap led by Martha Hawthorne & Bill Foss
(Knuckle Knockers, Bernal Hillbillies, & more)

11:30am  Workshop
Calling In: Lazy John to Dixie - Becoming an Anti-Racist Ally in a Jam Session
Leslie Keir, Lael Sigal and Lisa Berman, facilitators

The music we love has a complicated history.  How is that history present in our community today? Join us for an interactive workshop to practice how to respond to racism in jam settings.  

1:00pm  Jam

Fiddle tunes led by Skillet Licorice (Elise Engleberg & Matt Knoth)

2:00pm  Presentation

Carlton Dorsey, Educator (aka Seemore Love)

3:00pm  Jam

Fiddle tunes led by Karen Celia Heil and Eric Thompson


Watch party on Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to watch together.
Submit your Crankie here:

See the Crankie Cabaret page for more details.

5:30pm Quarantine Happy Hour on Facebook featuring 
Skillet Licorice with special guests Thompsonia

Nokosee Fields & Friends

You do not need a Facebook account to watch - simply go to at 5:30pm and look for the live video; you may need to refresh the page.

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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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