Festivals ’n Such

BACDS Spring Weekend March 13-15
Monte Toyon, CA. Teachers: Jenny Beer, Bob Isaacs, Linda Leslie & Adrienne Simpson. Bands: The Rhythm Rollers, The GUPpies & The Raggedy Annes. Singing with Carlo Calabi. Classes: Contra and Squares, English Country, Swing; dance band jams, tune writing, and more. Dance parties, jams, and singing. INFO: bacds.org/camps/sw, 650-234-1227 or Mary Luckhardt, 510-233-5065

Brookdale Bluegrass Festival March 13-14
Brookdale Inn & Spa, Hwy 9, near Santa Cruz, CA. Chojo Jack with Billy Bright, Faux Renwah, Rose Creek Ramblers, The Tea Sippers Band and more. Concerts, jamming. INFO: www.brookdalebluegrass.com,

23rd Jewish Music Festival March 21-29
Various locations in the East Bay, SF and Marin. Andy Statman Trio, Joshua Nelson with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird, The Sisters of Sheynville and Gaucho, Community Dance Party, and more. INFO: 510-848-0237, www.jewishmusicfestival.org

Women Making Music Camp April 3-4
Healdsburg, CA. Participatory music weekend, with instrumental and vocal workshops, jam sessions, improv and open no-mike performing. Camp director, Judy Fjell; comedy improv teacher, Pamela Stoneham and others TBA. Comfy accommodations and great food at Bishop’s Ranch. INFO: www.womamu.org, Lynne Pethtel 541-245-9540

CBA Annual Spring Camp Out April 16-19
Stanislaus Fairgrounds, Turlock, CA. Jam ’til your fingers turn to mush. Camping. INFO: 916-989-0993, www.cbaontheweb.org

Two Day TownApril 24-26
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 May 17
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA. Singing, playing, dancing, crafts, jamming! INFO: 818-382-4819, www.topangabanjofiddle.org

8th Annual CBA Music Camp June 14-17
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. For all who love to play Old-Timey or Bluegrass, want to improve their instrumental or vocal skills and work on jamming - particularly adv. beg. & intermed. players. Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Bass, Vocals, Jamming 101. Workshops, staff & student concerts. Fills fast. INFO: Ingrid Noyes, 415-663-1342 www.cbamusiccamp.org

CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival June 18-21
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Dailey and Vincent, The Grascals, Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, Claire Lynch Band, The Steeldrivers, Dan Paisley and Southern Grass, The Stairwell Sisters, Kids on Bluegrass & more. INFO: www.cbaontheweb.org

Scandia Camp June 13-20
Dance and music of Finnskogen, Norway & Sweden, and dance and music of Jamtland, Harjedalen & Angermanland, Sweden. INFO: www.scandiacampmendocino.org

Mendocino Folklore Camp June 20-27
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. Workshops in Dance, Singing, and Instrumental Music. Bulgarian/Macedonian/Greek, Hungarian/Romanian/Trans-Carp, Tamburitza/Kolo and West African drumming, special Kids’ Program, & more. INFO: 415-225-9956, www.mendocinofolklorecamp.com

Fiddlekids June 22-26
Tehiya Day School, El Cerrito. Fun-filled fiddle camp, for kids ages 7-13, with min. 1 year of violin/fiddle lessons. A joyful immersion into fiddle music with art and dance as well. Performance on final day. Fills early. INFO: 510-848-2112, www.fiddlekids.com

Balkan Music and Dance Workshop June 27-July 4
Mendocino Woodlands, CA. Folk music & dance of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosova, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia & Turkey. Kids Activities, Evening Ethnic Parties & more. Can fill by mid-April. INFO: 510-547-1118, www.eefc.org

BACDS American Week July 4-11
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. Contras and Squares with Lisa Greenleaf, Linda Leslie & Chris Bischoff; Couple Dancing with Matthew Duveneck; Clogging and Storytelling with Chris Bischoff; Contra Callers Mini-Course with Lisa Greenleaf. Music by Notorious, Tidal Wave, The Avant Gardeners. INFO: 775-240-6117, www.bacds.org/amweek

BACDS Family Week July 5-11
Foothill Horizons Outdoor School, Sonora CA. For families of all sizes, even of just one. Singing, Dancing, Music, Jamming, Crafts, Storytelling. Workshops in Contras, Dance Band, Circus, English Dance, Irish Dance, Rapper Sword, Teen Dance Calling Class and More! INFO: 925-256-8992, familydancecamp.org

BACDS English Week July 11-18
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA. English Country Dance with Philippe Callens and Brad Foster; Display Dance with Julie James and Matthew Duveneck; Couple Dance with Matthew Duveneck. Musicians: Jim Oakden, Anita Anderson, Dave Bartley, Jon Berger, Daron Douglas, Charlie Hancock, Eden Macadam-Somer, Larry Unger. Music and special workshops. INFO: 510-704-9561, www.bacds.org/camps/eweek2009

Willamette Valley Autoharp Gathering Jul 23-26
Mennonite School, Salem, Oregon. Mike Fenton, The Gustafson-Zook Family, JoAnn Smith, Charles Whitmer, and more. Hands-on Workshops, Open Stages, Jamming, Singing, Concerts, Wonderful Food. Some April 1 registration deadlines; check website. INFO: www.wvag.com

Stockton Folk Dance CampJuly 26-Aug 1, Aug 2-8
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Two sessions. Bulgarian, Balkan, Croatian, Scandinavian, Italian, English, French-Canadian, Russian, Squares, Singing. Registration fills up very early. INFO: 530-474-3231, www.folkdancecamp.org