Festivals 'n Such


Bay Area Storytelling FestivalMay 17-18
Kennedy Grove Regional Rec. Area, El Sobrante, CA. Folk tales, family stories, fables, recollections, ghost stories, tall tales, fairy tales, and classic stories from many cultures. Workshops, Open Story Mic. Info: www.bayareastorytelling.org

Country Roads Folk May WeekendMay 23-26
Mount Madonna Country Park, Watsonville, CA. A family camp for all ages. Children as well as adults join in sing-alongs, playing guitar and other instruments, crafts and recreation. Informal jams, camp-fire sing-along and open-mic. Info: 408-379-4090, www.soundwestmusic.com

Northwest Folklife FestivalMay 23-26
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA. FREE Annual celebration of music, dance, folklore, crafts, food, art and more from around the world. Info: 206-684-7300, www.nwfolklife.org

Vasona Vibrations Concert Series June-July
5-7 p.m. Saturdays, on the Ranger Office Lawn, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA. Free! In beautiful surroundings, local artists perform a wide variety of (mostly) acoustic genres ranging from big band, to jazz, to traditional and contemporary folk. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy concessions at the park. Info: 408-354-2608, www.southbayfolks.org/vasona

Kosmos World Music And Dance Camp June 5-8
Camp Cazadero, Cazadero CA. World music and dance workshops, great staff of musicians and dancers, beautiful setting. Info: www.kosmoscamp.com

8th Annual CBA Music Camp June 8-11
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 advanced beginners and intermediate players. Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Bass, Vocals, Jamming 101. Workshops, staff and student concerts. Fills up fast. INFO: Ingrid Noyes, 415-663-1342 www.cbamusiccamp.org

Live Oak Music Festival June 13-15
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara, CA. Nanci Griffith, Dan Hicks and the Hotlicks, Mike Marshall, Poncho Sanchez, Nappy Brown, The Derailers and more. Camping, dances, kids' activities, jam sessions, crafts and more. Info: 805-781-3030, www.liveoakfest.org

Vancouver Folk Song Society Summer Retreat June 20-22
Camp Alexandra, near White Rock, BC, Canada. For singers, musicians, and people who like to sing with others. Info: 604-251-5341, www.geocities.com/vfss.geo/

32nd Annual SF Free Folk Festival June 21-22
City College, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave. San Francisco, CA. Concerts, dancing, workshops, jamming, open mike and more. Details in folknik, enclosed flyer, and updated often online. Info: 510-287-9095, www.sffolkfest.org

28th Annual Great Labor Arts Exchange June 22-24
National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD Explore how to use music, art, poetry, theater, murals, post- ers, cartoons, puppets, film, websites, and more to strengthen the labor movement. Info: 202-639-6204, www.laborheritage.org

Kate Wolf Memorial Music Fest June 27-29
Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA. Los Lobos, Ani DiFranco Band, Greg Brown, Keb Mo Band, David Lindley, The Waifs, Rosalie Sorrels & many more. Jamming, workshops, storytelling, kids' area. Info: 707-829-7067, http://www.cumuluspresents.com/kate/

Workshop of American Fiddle Tunes June 29 - July 6
Fort Worden State Park Conf. Center, Port Townsend, WA. Regional styles of fiddle & accompaniment; Mexican, Argentinian, Irish, Appalachian, Kentucky, New England, Cajun, Cape Breton, Quebecois & more. Info: 360-385-3102, www.centrum.org

California Coast Music Camp July 6-12, 13-19
Sonoma County, CA. Two sessions. Classes, workshops, dances, jamming, singalongs. Free chartered bus to camp. Fills up fast! Info: 650-306-0399, www.musiccamp.org

Lark in the Morning Camp August 1-9
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA. Music & dance from the world over. Workshops, jamming, camping, singing, hiking. Sells out early. Info: 707-964-4826, www.larkcamp.com

Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 8-10
Bolado Park, Hollister, CA. Camping, concerts, children's activities, open mic, crafts, jamming. Info: 831-479-GOFI (479-4634), www.scbs.org

From Women's Hearts & Hands Guitar CampJune 29 - July 6
Mendocino, CA. Excellent guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner-Advanced Intermediate. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. Info: 415-669-7447, www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com

Seattle Autoharp WeekJuly 6-12, July 13-19
Sambica Camp, Lake Sammamish, near Seattle, WA. A fun-filled week of intensive autoharp instruction for players at all levels. With Bryan Bowers, Cathy Britell, Karen Mueller, and Richard Scholtz. July 1 registration deadline. Info: 206-660-9434, www.seattleautoharpweek.com