Festivals ’n’ Such

Portland Old-Time Music GatheringJan 11-15
Held at several venues in Portland, OR. This music and dance festival started out as a celebration of Portland’s old-time music community, but now encompasses the entire West Coast. Details available soon at www.bubbaguitar.com/festival/.

Western Workers Labor Heritage FestivalJan 13-15
Once again, this weekend of solidarity in an era of hard times, hope, and change will be held at the IAM Local 1781 Hall, 1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame. The beneficiary of the concluding concert will be Jon Fromer. For further information, see www.docspopuli.org/WesternWorkers.html.

Fretmentor’s Third Annual Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar WorkshopJan 28-29
Held in Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida. Featuring class instruction for beginning through advanced students from Alan Munde, Jim Hurst, and Byron Berline. For registration information, follow links at www.fretmentor.com.

WinterSongs West 2012Feb. 3-6
A 4-day gathering for songwriters that will again take place at our new California home, the spectacular Camp Ocean Pines overlooking the Pacific in Cambria, CA. Instructors Cyd Smith and Dan Navarro, Deborah McColl and Alan Thornhill will be with us at WinterSongs West, also some old favorites: Rebecca Troon, Dale Laduke, Severin Browne, and Penny Nichols, who will be offering an all-levels buffet of classes in songwriting, guitar, singing, harmony, performance, and more. Students and teachers alike will share songs, information, insights, trade stories and perform for the community. Info: www.summersongs.com , 845-247-7049

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time FestivalFeb 10-19
Artists will include: Kleptograss, The Jugtown Pirates, Misisipi Mike, The Midnight Gamblers, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, The Trespassers, Windy Hill, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, The New Five Cents, Misisipi Rider, Henhouse Prowlers, Kathy Kallick, The Brothers Comatose, Evie Ladin, Erik Clampitt, Pine Box Boys, Water Tower Bucket Boys, Mad Cow Stringband, Squirrelly Stringband, Taco Jam, Black Crown Stringband, Stairwell Sisters, The Earl Brothers, and many others. As usual it will take place at venues all over the Bay Area. Info: www.sfbluegrass.org

Traditional Jazz Youth Band FestivalFeb 11
An all-day festival dedicated to the performance and teaching of traditional jazz, with combo bands performing non-competitively. Held at Sacramento State University. Also included are an optional Friday evening jam session, jazz workshops, evening showcase concert. Info available at www.sacjazz.org/youthfestival/about.html.

Olympia Old-Time Music FestivalFeb 16-19
Enjoy a long weekend of jamming, dancing, learning, and breaking Rule #1, 1930s style. There will be two dances, a concert, workshops, and Lots O’Jammin’! Info: www.olyoldtime.org/.

Palatka Bluegrass FestivalFeb 16-18
Held at the Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, Palatka, FL. Featuring, among many others, Jesse McReynolds and the VA Boys and Bobby Osborne & the Rock Top Express. Full information available at www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com/Palatka-Bluegrass-Festival.html.

From Women’s Hearts and Hands Guitar CampMar 2-5
Held in Mendocino, CA. Excellent guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner through advanced intermediate levels. Workshops in Folk, Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance opportunities and song circles. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. Information: 707/869-9642.  www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com.

Singtime FrolicsMar 30-Apr 1
Workshops, group and individual singing, music and jamming at Camp Adams, near Mollola, OR. Sponsored by the Portland Folk Music Society. More information available at 503-626-1537 (Hal Day) or www.portlandfolkmusic.org/singtime.html.

Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps

Old-Time and Traditional WeekJun 10-16
Bluegrass WeekJun 17-23
Old-time and Traditional Week features mountain dulcimer, old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, Celtic harp, songwriting, bass, and fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar. Bluegrass Week features flatpicking, bluegrass banjo, bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, bass, vocals, dobro, and Kid’s Kamp. Held at Maryville College in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains (17 miles south of Knoxville, TN), where you are surrounded by love, joy, excitement, and MUSIC! Full information available by following the KAMP links at www.flatpik.com.

Lark Camp 2012 Music, Song, and Dance CelebrationJul 27-Aug 4
Held at Mendocino Woodlands. Lark Camp provides an open forum for the exchange of creative ideas between musicians, singers, dancers, and composers. Motivational instructors and inspired students ensure that you will be happy! Dance every evening, jam all day long. Workshops for all levels of every conceivable style of music and instrument. A list of confirmed staff and workshops, as well as registration information, can be found at larkcamp.com/information.html.