Festivals 'n Such

21st Jewish Music Festival

March 4-26
Various locations in the East Bay, San Francisco and Marin. 12 events throughout the Bay Area and ten related events celebrating a thrilling variety of Jewish music and culture ranging from New Orleans funky Klezmer to Classical Chazzanut. INFO: 415-276-1511, www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

Augusta Heritage Workshops

Davis and Elkins College, Elkins VA. Wonderful workshops in everything. This year’s offerings begin April 2 with Dulcimer Week. Workshops continue throughout the summer with Creole/Cajun Week, Blues Week, Swing Week, Guitar Week, Cape Breton Fiddle, Fiddle & Bow Repair, Old-Time Banjo and Fiddle, Irish Week, Bluegrass Week, Vocal Week, Old-Time Week, Dance Week. Highly recommended. INFO: 800-624-3157, www.augustaheritage.com

Dance Awakening

April 7-9
Harbin Hot Springs, outside Calistoga, CA. Contra dancing, great music and calling, workshops, hot springs. Caller Nils Fredland, band Lift Ticket. Workshops: Tango with Yael Schy & Balance & Swing with Rich Albanese. INFO: 805-649-5189, www.danceawakening.com

CBA Annual Spring Camp Out

April 21-23
Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth, CA. Jam ‘til your fingers turn to mush. Camping. INFO: www.cbaontheweb.org

Two Day Town

April 28-30
Lake Del Valle, Ohlone Wilderness, Livermore, CA. Camping, live music, kids’ activities, nature walks, yoga, massage, Fretted Friends Camp Music Store, Bobby’s Bike Tour and more. INFO: 510-287-9095, www.twodaytown.com

Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest & Festival

Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest & May 21
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA. Singing, playing, dancing, crafts, jamming! Richard Greene & Brothers Barton, the Mercury Dimes, and the Brombies. INFO: 818-382-4819, www.topangabanjofiddle.org

California Autoharp Gathering

May 19-21
St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap CA. Incredible instructors, Workshops, concerts, dance, open mike, jams, camping, etc. INFO: www.calautoharp.com

Strawberry Music Festival

May 25-28
Camp Mather, near Yosemite, CA. All kinds of acoustic music-jamming, concerts, workshops, kids activities, camping. Register early extremely popular. INFO: 209-984-8630, www.strawberrymusic.com

6th Annual CBA Music Camp

June 15-18
For all who love to play Old-Timey or Bluegrass, want to improve their instrumental or vocal skills and work on jamming. Workshops, staff and student concerts. Fills up fast. INFO: Ingrid Noyes, 707-878-9067 (after 9:00 a.m.) www.cbamusiccamp.org

CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival

CBA Father’June 15-18
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Larry Sparks, James King, Larry Stephenson, King Wilkie, Uncle Earl. INFO: www.cbaontheweb.org

Mendocino Folklore Camp

June 17-24
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. Balkan Dance, Romanian Dance, Country Wester Dance, Latin Social Dance, Bulgarian Singing, Tin Whistle, & more. INFO: 707-795-6926, www.mendocinofolklorecamp.com


June 19-23
Tehiya Day School, El Cerrito. Fun-filled fiddle camp, for children 7-13 years of age, with a minimum of one year of violin/fiddle lessons. Also includes art and dance. Performance on final day. Fills early. Instructors perform June 18 at Freight and Salvage. INFO: 415-665-0370, www.fiddlekids.com

Balkan Music and Dance Workshop June 24

July 1
Mendocino Woodlands, CA. Balkan Dance & Singing, Kids Activities, Evening Ethnic Parties & more in the beautiful redwoods. Camp usually fills up by mid-April. INFO: 510-547-1118 www.eefc.org

BACDS American Week

July 1-8
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. Contras and Squares with Cis Hinkle & George Marshall, Couple Dancing with Richard Powers, Clogging with Kyla Brooke, Music by Footloose, KGB, Mary Lea & Jim Oakden; Singing with Margaret Ann Martin. INFO: 415-456-4602, 408-858-4812, www.bacds.org/amweek

BACDS English Week

July 8-15
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. English Country Dance with Helene Cornelius, Robin Hayden, Robert Moir and Sharon Green. Morris and Rapper with Tom Kruskal. Dance band workshops with Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Mary Lea and Robin Russell. Evening dance music provided by Shira, Jim, Mary, Chuck Ward, Charlie Hancock, Noel Cragg and The Flying Romanos. Workshops for all dance levels. INFO: 510-233-5065 (before 9:00 p.m.), www.bacds.org/camps/eweek2006

Willamette Valley Autoharp Gathering

July 27-30
Thousand Trails South Jetty Preserve, Florence, Oregon. Ray Frank, Mike Herr, Lucille Reilly, Ivan Stiles, Bob Zentz., Hands-on Workshops, Open Stages, Jamming, Singing, Evening Concerts, Wonderful Food, Excellent Camping, Good Fun, Nice Folks. Some Camping, Good Fun, Nice Folks. April 1 registration deadlines; check website. INFO: www.wvag.com

Anything Goes Chorus Concert

The Anything Goes Chorus celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special concert on Saturday, March 25. Director Ellen Robinson has been leading the group through its long run, and many current members have been a part of the action for over 20 years. This special concert combines both the San Francisco and the Oakland choruses and takes place in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in Oakland. The program will include jazz, pop, Broadway, folk, oldies, gospel and world music, in a fun and free-wheeling performance that always has a few surprises.

Tickets are $15 general admission. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street (at 27th), Oakland 94612. More information at www.ellenrobinson.com/calendar.htm.

Joe Hickerson House Concert

At the home of Eleanor Dickinson, 2125 Broderick Street, San Francisco, Sunday April 23, 2006, 3:00 p.m. Suggested donation: $15.00 ($10.00 for students and seniors). For reservations and directions contact 415/922-3733.

Joe Hickerson has been performing for over 50 years. He made his first LP in 1957 (the first published recording of "Kum Ba Yah."). In 1960 he wrote the 4th and 5th verses of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." For 35 years (1963-1998) he was Librarian and Director of the National Folk Archive at the Library of Congress. He is a Folk-Legacy & Folkways recording artist. A "great songleader" to Pete Seeger, a "hero" to Tom Paxton, and "widely and genuinely respected among folksingers" according to Bob Franke.