Festivals ’n’ Such

Jewish Music FestivalMarch 2-13
Held at various venues in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA. Complete schedule available at www.jewishmusicfestival.org/.

Sonoma Co. Bluegrass & Folk FestivalMarch 10
Held at the Sebastopol Communty Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Artists include Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Chris Webster and Nina Gerber and so much more. Complete info available at www.sonomauncorked.com/wine-country-events/annual-events/sonoma-county-bluegrass-and-folk-festival/.

BACDS Spring Fever Dance WeekendMar 15-17
High-energy weekend of hot contras, exuberant English country dance, and exhilarating music, held At Monte Toyon, Aptos, CA. Callers Erik Weberg and David Newitt, and musicians The Syncopaths and much more. Registration and other info available at bacds.org/sf.

Walker Creek Music CampApr 5-8
Held at the beautiful Walker Creek Ranch (walkercreekranch.org)west of Petaluma, an hour from the metropolitan Bay Area. Instruction on all major bluegrass and old-time instruments, elective classes, dancing, concerts, Music & More program for young kids. Musicians of all ages welcome— $350-$750 depending on food and lodging choices. Kids camp: $75 and up. www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org Ingrid Noyes at

Reno Ukulele FestivalApril 11-14
At Johnny Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks! Includes workshops, jams, fabulous entertainment, vendors and loads of fun. More info at: playuke.net

World Rhythm FestivalApril 12-14
Enjoy a weekend of total immersion in world music, drum, and dance. Includes intensive rhythm workshops for adults, performances, community drum circle, and dance party. Held at the Seattle Center, Seattle WA; free admission. Info at swps.org/swps?dpage=indrhythmfestival.

West Coast Ukulele RetreatMay 8-12
Held at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA (on the Monterey Peninsula). Three solid days of workshops and FUN. More info available at www.ukuleleretreat.com.

California Autoharp GatheringMay 16-19
Held at the St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. This year, the year of musical variety (a multi-genre autoharp extravaganza). For registration or other information, contact calautoharp.com, or call Mike Mueller at

Northwest Folklife FestivalMay 24-27
The 42nd Festival features a special focus on stories and personal histories. Come hear the folklore of the labor movement, and stories of how jobs have changed over the years, through movies, storytelling, and historical presentations. Dance Party with live dance bands and so much more! Check back at: www.nwfolklife.org/festival/the-2013-festival-site-is-coming-soon in May for complete info!

CBA Summer Music CampJune 9-12
For bluegrass and old time musicians of all ages. Held in Grass Valley, CA. Camp includes numerous and varied elective classes. Dances, jamming, concerts, fun! For details: www.cbamusiccamp.org. Also includes Old-Time Music Gathering, featuring Bigfoot, Foghorn String band, jamming, workshops, and camping under the pines at the Nevada Co. Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps:
Old Time and Traditional WeekJune 9-15
Bluegrass WeekJune 16-22
Old Time and traditional week includes mt. dulcimer, old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, Celtic harp, songwriting, bass, fingerstyle guitar, and flatpicking guitar. Bluegrass week includes flatpicking, bluegrass banjo, bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, bass, vocal, dobro, and Kid’s Kamp. Held in the Great Smokies, near Knoxville Tennessee. Complete information available at www.flatpik.com/Steve-Kaufman-Acoustic-Kamp.

Kentucky Music WeekJune 9-14
Held in Bardstown, KY. Fun-filled, affordable week of classes, concerts, open stages, evening activities and jams. Classes in dulcimer, harp, fiddle, banjo, uke, mandolin, steel drum, flutes and whistles, guitar, autoharp, singing and orchestra, plus lots of crafts. More info at www.KentuckyMusicWeek.com.

Jazz Camp WestJune 22-29
An 8-day jazz immersion program for adults and teens 15 and up--held in the beautiful redwoods of La Honda in Northern California. Workshops, personalized instruction, student performances, faculty concerts, late night jams. All levels welcome. Create your own schedule from over 130 workshops. Info available at www.jazzcampwest.com.

BACDS Family WeekJune 30-July 6
Dancing (kid-friendly, contra, Irish, and English) music, song, art, crafts, storytelling, and surprises in Sonora, CA.

California Coast Music CampJuly 7-13 and July 14-20
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. For adults, but musically inclined teenagers are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Info available at

Willamette Valley Autoharp GatheringJuly 26-28
Western Mennonite School, Salem, Oregon; Twentieth and final WVAG! Workshops, jamming, open stages, singing, concerts. Carey Dubbert, Ray Frank, Les and Gwen Gustafson-Zook, Karen Mueller, Charles Whitmer. Registration: Early Bird, postmark April 1; deadline, July 15. Info: www.wvag.com

Lark CampJuly 26-August 3
At Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA. Music, Song and 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.

Princeton Traditional Music FestAugust 16-18
Dancing, live music—Celtic bands, sea shanties, gypsy brass bands. FREE! For more info: www.princetontraditional.org

American Banjo CampSept 5-8
An intense weekend of old-time and bluegrass classes, concerts, and jams in the Pacific Northwest! American Banjo Camp features dozens of one-of-a-kind banjo classes as well as full fiddle and guitar tracks.  AmericanBanjoCamp.com, e-mail