Festivals ’n’ Such

Portland Old-Time Music GatheringJan 16-20
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/gathering/.

Western Workers Labor Heritage FestivalJan 18-15
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. For further information, see www.docspopuli.org/WesternWorkers.html.

WinterSongs West 2013Jan 24-28
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 Bob Franke and Michael McNevin will be with us; 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,

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 14-17
Enjoy a long weekend of jamming, dancing, learning, and breaking Rule #1, 1930s style. Confirmed performers: Fred Park, The Tallboys, and The Macrae Sisters. There will be two dances, a concert, workshops, and Lots O'Jammin'! info: www.olyoldtime.org.

Chanteys: The African-American and Caribbean ConnectionFeb 23
1:00-1:45 p.m., aboard Balclutha. Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz in an African American History Month program of worksongs of sailors, longshoremen, oarsmen and fishermen. Participants will be invited to sing along on the choruses to these chanteys. Admission; Ships boarding fees apply: $5 adults, ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes. info: www.nps.gov/safr/ or 415-447-5000. No reservations needed.

Third Annual Ukulele Band CampMar 25-29
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Ore., in the Columbia River Gorge. Instructors: Greg and Jere Canote, Paul Hemmings, James Hill and Mandalyn May. info: menucha.org/programs/uke-band-camp or

2013 Reno Ukulele FestivalApril 11-14
Reno Uke Fest V: 24,000 square feet of ukulele bliss, all under one roof!—John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, NV. Friday night: concert with Leo Kottke and Victoria Vox, Saturday night: Li'l Rev Show, Paul Luongo, Cali Rose, Craig Brandau, Dominator, and Char Bryer. Jam sessions and workshops all day Friday and Saturday. info: playuke.net

Annual West Coast ’Ukulele RetreatMay 8-12
At Asilomar, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Featuring Andy Andrews, Sarah Maisel, Joel Eckhaus, Dave Egan, Jason Arimoto, Gerald Ross, Rick Turner, and Kumu Pomaika’i. Eighty-six hours of ’ukulele music, instruction, fun, camaraderie and general ’ukulele mayhem! info: westcoastukuleleretreat.wordpress.com/

Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps: Old-Time and Traditional WeekJun 9-15
Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps: Bluegrass WeekJun 16-22
Old-time and Traditional Week features mountain dulcimer, old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, songwriting, bass, and fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar. Bluegrass Week features flatpicking, bluegrass banjo, bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, bass, vocals, and dobro. 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 26-Aug 3
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.