Festivals ’n’ Such

Céili at the Roundhouse March 11-12
At Evanston, WY. Featuring Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, De Danann, Väsen, and more! Instrumental workshops, concerts, etc. Details at youngmusicians.net/.

Jewish Music Festival March 18-20
Held at various venues in Berkeley. Featuring Yemen Blues, GerMandolin Ensemble, Veretski Pass, Noah Bendix-Balgley, David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana. Finale Dance Party also! More info available at www.jewishmusicfestival.org/.

BACDS Spring Fever Weekend March 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.

Julian Family Fiddle Camp April 14-17
Camp Cedar Glen, in Julian, CA. Instruction for all ages and levels of mandolin and fiddle, evening concerts, varied accommodations, and family-style meals. See www.familyfiddlecamp.com for details.

Dance Awakening 2011 April 15-17
Camp held at Harbin Hot Springs, CA. Our 17th annual weekend of wild contra dancing, folk music, workshops, hot pools, gourmet meals, and music of Perpetual Motion. Lottery for tickets held in November, but watch for next year! See www.danceawakening.com.

Alaska Folk Festival April 11-17
Held in Juneau, Alaska. Nine 4-hour performances averaging 15 acts each, 14 hours of dances plus dance workshops, a Family Concert and 40+ hours of teaching workshops devoted to every imaginable folk music skill, plus jamming all week. Info available at www.akfolkfest.org.

Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Fest May 15
Held at the Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, CA. Singing, instrument competitions, plenty of dancing, organized and free-style jams, performances, family programs, arts & crafts. Details at www.topangabanjofiddle.org.

West Coast Ukulele Retreat May 18-22
Held at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA (on the Monterey Peninsula). Four and a half days of ukulele mayhem with James Hill, Del Rey, Gerald Ross, Jim D'Ville, Andy Andrews, Dave Egan, Mike DaSilva, and YOU. More info available at winecountryukefest.com/west-coast-ukulele-retreat-2/.

California Autoharp Gathering May 19-22
At the St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. This year, a historic reunion of nearly all members of the Autoharp Hall of Fame, including artists Bryan Bowers, Mike Fenton, Ivan Stiles, Drew Smith, Ron Wall, Lindsay Haisley, Karen Mueller, Charles Whitmer, Evo Bluestein, and John Hollandsworth. Almost full! For registration or other information, contact calautoharp.com, or call Mike Mueller at (559) 497-3830.

ZoukFest June 5-11
Held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Staff includes Randal Bays, Blayne Chastain, Alec Finn, Doug Goodhart, Eliot Grasso, Stanley Greenthal, Roger Landes, Ana League, Paddy League, Luke Plumb, Enda Scahill, Moira Smiley, and Steve Smith. Details available at www.zoukfest.com. Contact Info: ZoukFest, PO Box 2968, Taos, NM 87571.

CBA Summer Music Camp June 12-15
For bluegrass and old time musicians of all ages. Held in Grass Valley, CA. Registration opens March 22, fills fast. Instructors include Alice Gerrard, Wayne Erbsen, Mike Compton, Bob Carlin, the Foghorn Trio, the John Hartford String Band, Chris Stuart, Janet Beazley, Ivan Rosenberg, Chris Jones, Mike Witcher, John Reischman, Jim Nunally, Jack Tuttle. Small classes for instrumental or vocal study. Numerous and varied elective classes. Dances, jamming, concerts, fun! Jamming 101 class and Fungrass for very young campers. For details: www.cbamusiccamp.org or call 415-663-1342 after 9 a.m.

Jazz Camp West June 25-July 2
An 8-day jazz immersion program for instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers held in the beautiful redwoods of La Honda in Northern California. Workshops, personalized instruction, student performances, faculty concerts, late night jams, and beautiful surroundings creates an inspiring and memorable week. All levels welcome. Create your own schedule from over 100 workshops. Enrollment limited to 250. Info available at www.jazzcampwest.com/.

Swannanoa Gatherings July 3-August 6
Week-long gatherings held at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. July 3-9: Traditional Song and Fiddle Weeks; July 10-16: Celtic Week, July 17-23, Old-Time Music and Dance Week, July 24-30, Contemporary Folk and Guitar Weeks, July 31-August 6: Dulcimer Week. More info available at www.swangathering.com; 828-298-3434.

California Coast Music Camp July 10-16 and July 17-23
Held in Placer County, CA. CCMC summer camp offers 1-2 weeks of classes, workshops, jams, concerts, dances, etc. Small-group classes in vocals, guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, songwriting, percussion, and more; styles include folk, blues, swing, jazz, bluegrass, rock, old-time, Brazilian, Celtic, etc. 2011 faculty includes Steve Baughman, Cary Black, Jere Canote, Danny Carnahan, Mike Compton, Rich DelGrosso, Mike Dowling, Marla Fibish, Chris Grampp, Wayne Henderson, Sylvia Herold, Ed Johnson, Kathy Kallick, Steve Kritzer, Tony Marcus, Carol McComb, Kristina Olsen, Cosy Sheridan, and more. For adults, but musically-inclined teenagers are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Info available at www.musiccamp.org, 650-306-0399.

Lark Camp July 29-August 6
At Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA. 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. Workshops for all levels. Check out the website, www.larkcamp.com, for complete information.

Country Roads Music Camp August 3-August 7
At Mount Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA. More details from Anna Green, at 408-379-4090.