Festivals ’n’ Such

Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival January 14-16
Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe CA. Featuring: Ralph Stanley II, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Dave Peterson & 1946, IIIrd Generation Bluegrass, Silverado, Copper River and more. Ideal weather, camping, crafts, Bluegrass Quilter's Quilt Show, and more. info: 760-922-8166, www.blythebluegrass.com

Women's Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Jan. 14-17
Enjoy superb guitar instruction, play in song circles, share your favorite songs at the open no-mics, revel in guitar mania, enjoy nature's beauty, eat fine catered food and relax! Folk, Blues, Swing/Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Lead/Improv, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. For Beginners, we offer a full curriculum to help you learn basic chords, strumming and picking patterns, and a repertoire of easy songs. For Intermediate and Advanced players, we teach styles, techniques and theory to help you refine and elaborate your music. info: 707-869-9642, www.womensheartsandhands.com

Listening Room Intl. Songwriters Retreat Jan. 16-23
Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, CA. Intimate, intensive week of co-writing, networking and development of craft. Daily workshop sessions, assigned co-writing partnerships, and evening song sharing circles. Open to writers at all levels of development. Limited to 20 participants. info: www.listeningroomretreats.com.

Anchorage Folk Festival January 20-30
More than 120 acts from Alaska and beyond. Singers, musicians, dancers and storytellers perform traditional and original material from folk and old-time to Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, klezmer, and Cajun. Performances on main stage and at a variety of venues throughout Anchorage and Eagle River. Workshops for musicians and dancers of all ages and abilities. All January concerts and workshops are open to the public and are FREE. More information at www.anchoragefolkfestival.org.

WinterSongs West 2011 January 28-31
Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA. A full weekend of songwriting, singing, performance, guitar and harmony classes with Paul Zollo, Jill Knight, Rebecca Troon, Dale Laduke, Severin Browne, and Penny Nichols. info: 845-247-7049, www.summersongs.com.

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival February 11-20
Artists for the 2011 festival include Dry Branch Fire Squad, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Frank Fairfield, Heidi Clare & AtaGallop, The Bee Eaters, The Henriettas, John Reischman and the JayBirds, Nell Robinson, Foghorn Trio, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Water Tower Bucket Boys, Gayle Schmitt & the Toodala Ramblers, Taco Jam, The Wronglers, The Crooked Jades. Venues all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Info at www.sfbluegrass.org.

MidWinter Bluegrass Festival February 18-20
Held at the Northglenn Ramada Plaza, Denver, CO. Artists include Claire Lynch Band, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Audie Blaylock & Redline, and many more. info: or call 970‑482‑0863. Website: www.seamanevents.com/midwinter/.

California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp February 24-27
For students of Bluegrass and Old-Time Music. At the Walker Creek Ranch, near Petaluma, CA. Registration is open, prices go up in January. Instructors are: Bluegrass Banjo: Bill Evans, Keith Little, Nick Hornbuckle; Oldtime Banjo: Evie Ladin, Steve Baughman; Guitar: Kathy Kallick, Jim Nunally, Eric Thompson; Mandolin: Roland White, John Reischman, Dix Bruce; Fiddle: Greg Spatz, Jack Tuttle, Heidi Clare; Dobro: Ivan Rosenberg, Lisa Berman; Bass: Trisha Gagnon, Lisa Burns; Vocals: Chris Stuart, Janet Beazley; Jamming 101: Sid Lewis. Camp also includes group practice and jams, elective classes, a student and a staff concert, dancing, and a children's program. Onsite camping or lodging available. Costs: $300 tuition, $50 - 400 additional depending on accommodations, etc. Scholarships available. For more details or to register, go to: www.cbamusiccamp.org or contact Ingrid Noyes at 415-663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or

Sonoma County Bluegrass & FestivalMar. 12
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. Jim Hurst, The Stairwell Sisters, Black Crown String Band, Euphonia, Sarah Campbell & Nina Gerber and Suzie Glaze & Hilonesome. www.socofoso.com/, 707-829-8012, or

BACDS Spring Fever Dance Weekend Mar. 18-20
Held at Monte Toyon Retreat Center in Aptos, CA. Top-notch talent confirmed so far includes Contra Sutra from the Pacific Northwest, Latter Day Lizards from New England, and Scott Higgs from Pennsylvania. More info at www.bacds.org/camps/sprwkend2011/

Redwood Coast Jazz Festival March 24-27
Held in Eureka, CA. Four fun-filled days of traditional Dixieland Jazz, swing, calypso, zydeco and more! Happening all over town. Contact www.redwoodjazz.org, or call 707-445-3378.

California Autoharp Gathering May 19-22
At the St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. On tap is a historic reunion of nearly all members of the Autoharp Hall of Fame. HOFers confirmed include Dale Jett, son of Janette Carter and grandson of Sara Carter, George Orthey, expert builder; Meg Peterson; Mary Ann Johnston; Martha Hudak and Ona-Kai Young (family members representing Mike Hudak); and artists Bryan Bowers, Mike Fenton, Ivan Stiles, Drew Smith, Ron Wall, Lindsay Haisley, Karen Mueller, Charles Whitmer, Evo Bluestein, and John Hollandsworth. For registration or other information, contact calautoharp.com, or call Mike Mueller at (559) 497-3830.

Lark Camp July 29-August 6
At Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA. Music and Dance from the World Over! Music, Song & Dance Workshops * Cabins * Camping * Dances * Parties * Sessions * Great Food * Fire Circles Take as many or as few of the workshops offered as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Many workshops for the professional as well as the beginner!

Registration For Lark Camp 2011 Is Open! Check out the website, www.larkcamp.com, for complete information.