Festivals & Such

Bay Area Storytelling FestivalMay 16-17
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 22-25
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 22-25
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 SeriesJune-July
5-7 pm, 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 CampJune 10-14
Camp Cazadero, Cazadero CA. World music and dance workshops, great music and dance staff, beautiful setting. info: www.kosmoscamp.com

9th Annual CBA Music CampJune 14-17
Instruction, jams, concerts, dancing, fun! For bluegrass and oldtime musicians, all ages. Space still available in bass, dobro, and oldtime banjo classes. info: 415-663-1342 (after 9 am), www.cbamusiccamp.org

Live Oak Music FestivalJune 19-21
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara, CA. Rodney Crowell, Anonymous 4 with Darol Anger and Scott Law, The Subdudes, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, Old Blind Dogs and more. Camping, dances, kids' activities, jam sessions, crafts and more. info: 805-781-3030, www.liveoakfest.org

Vancouver Folk Song Soc. RetreatJune 19-21
Crescent Beach BC, Canada. For singers, musicians, and people who like to sing with others. info: 604-251-5341, www.folksongsociety.org

33rd Annual SF Free Folk Festival June 13-14
Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Avenue at Geary, San Francisco, CA. Concerts, dancing, workshops, jamming, open mike and more. Details in folknik, and updated often online. info: www.sffolkfest.org

Kate Wolf Memorial Music FestJune 26-28
Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA. Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, The Blind Boys of Alabama and more. Jamming, workshops, storytelling, kids' area. info: 707-829-7067, www.cumuluspresents.com/kate/index.html

Workshop of American Fiddle TunesJune 28-July 5
Fort Worden State Park Conf. Center, Port Townsend, WA. Regional styles of fiddle and accompaniment; Mexican, Argentinian, Irish, Appalachian, Kentucky, New England, Cajun, Cape Breton, Quebecois and more. info: 360-385-3102, www.centrum.org

California Coast Music CampJuly 12-18, 19-25
Near Auburn, Placer County, CA. Two sessions. Classes, concerts, workshops, dances, jamming, singalongs. All acoustic instruments, all music styles. Fills up fast! info: 650-306-0399 www.musiccamp.org

Lark In The Morning CampJuly 31-Aug 8
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA. Music and dance from the world over. Workshops, jamming, camping, singing, hiking. Sells out early. info: 707-964-4826, www.larkcamp.com,

Women’s Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Aug 21-24
Mendocino, CA. Guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beg-Adv Intermed. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Delicious meals. info: 415-669-7447 www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com

Seattle Autoharp WeekOct 4-10
Sambica Camp, Lake Sammamish, near Seattle, WA. A fun filled week of intensive autoharp instruction for players at all levels. Bryan Bowers, Cathy Britell, Karen Mueller, and Richard Scholtz. July 1 reg. deadline. info: 206-660-9434, www.seattleautoharpweek.com

Tango No. 9 at Noe Valley Ministry

Tango No. 9, San Francisco’s premier tango nuevo ensemble, gives a seductive evening of musical and terpsichoreal enchantment, May 2, 8:15 pm, 1021 Sanchez Street, SF. Also, Mila Salazar and her tango dancers interpret works by Tango No. 9. and Zoltan Lundy sings tango through the ages—from tango classics of Carlos Gardel to the “new tango” of Piazzolla. Tickets: $16 advance, $18 at door. info: www.tangonumber9.com

Auburn House Concert Series

Reservations recommended. Your $20 contribution goes to the artist. info and reservations: or 530-885-4292, www.AuburnHouseConcerts.org

Bryan Bowers Bay Area Concert

Bryan Bowers, the grandfather of the modern autoharp, gives his only bay area appearance on Friday, May 8th, at 8:00 pm at Subud Hall, Sebastopol (234 Hutchins Ave).

$15 general admission. Bryan is an autoharp master, singer/songwriter and storyteller. For more info: Carey Dubbert, 707-874-3848.