On Wed. Nov. 9, the Freight presents “Happy Trails,” a concert
featuring Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Maria Muldaur, the Bluegrass
Intentions, Kathy Kallick, and Sylvia Herold & Euphonia.
“Happy Trails” is a fundraiser for Halleck Creek Riding Club for the
Disabled. For nearly 20 years, this nonprofit organization has been
providing absolutely free trail rides in beautiful central Marin County
for disabled people of all ages, with all kinds of disabilities.
For this concert, the performers will include in their sets material
that mentions or somehow pertains to horses or horseback riding. This
should result in some unique performances!
Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $18.50 at the door. Advance tickets can
be purchased at the Freight’s box office, or online. For more info,
please visit the Freight’s website: www.freightandsalvage.org, or phone
Christmas Festival Nov 12–13
Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, CA. Fine Craftwork & music,
gourmet delights, delicious meals & munchies & drinks.
Performers include Chris Caswell, Joe Craven & the Do it
Yourselfers Stringband, Sourdough Slim, Christine & Rob Bonner, and
more. Info 209-533-3473, www.fireonthemountain.com.
BACDS Fall Ball Nov 19
Piedmont Veterans Memorial Hall, Piedmont, CA. An evening of elegance
and English Country Dance. Traditional and modern dances. Music: Jon
Berger, Rebecca King, and Shira Kammen. Practice workshop 2:30–5 pm
(with Robin Hayden, Charlie Hancock, and David Strong). Singing at 7:30
pm (rounds, catches, bawdy songs with Cathleen Myers). Dancing 8– 11
pm. Dances will be briefly talked through but usually not prompted.
Bring a contribution for the potluck buffet after the Ball. info
Sonora Christmas Festival Nov 25–27
Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, CA. Craft and Music Festival.
Performers include: Steve Lucky & the Rumba Bums, Joe Craven, Wake
the Dead, Sourdough Slim & Saddle Pals, Homegrown, Grinn &
Barrett, Earth Angels and more. info (209)533-3473,
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Oakland, CA. A great
tradition. Dances are called by Santa Claus and Mavis Clause with music
by Hillbillies from Mars & Cathy Whitesides. Festive dress
encouraged, delicious potluck. info 510-814-6947,
Canto Popular Dec 9–10
Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., San Francisco. Brings the Bay Area many
of the world’s foremost composers and performers of el canto y musica
popular. Performers include Maria Loreto, Silvia Parra, El Son del
Pueblo music from Veracruz, Mexico, Meli, Rennea, Juan Carlos y Jeanna
Ureña from Costa Rica. info 415-648-1045,
For our 20th anniversary we return to the theme of our first show when
we made merry in the style of medieval England The time is 15th &
16th century and the place is Derbyshire’s Haddon Hall
Music is by Ensemble Alcatraz and a chorus of 70 singers. There will be
wassailing, morris dancing, storytelling, and reveling of every sort.
And of course there will be dragons.
Performances take place in Oakland at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1547
Lakeside Drive, a short walk from the Lake Merritt Bart Station.
Perfomances are December 9–18.
For more information and tickets: 510-452-9334,
& Hands Guitar Camp Jan 13–16
Mendocino, CA. Guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive,
beautiful environment. Beginner–Advanced. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle,
Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings. Performance
opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. info 415-669-7447,
2005 Jan 14–16
Los Angeles, CA. A full weekend of songwriting, singing, performance,
guitar and harmony classes with Kenny Edwards, Severin Browne, Penny
Nichols and surprise guest teachers. info 845-246-0223, P.O Box 803
Saugerties, NY 12477,
Bluegrass Music Festival Jan 20–22
Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe CA. Dry Branch Fire Squad, IIIrd
Tyme Out, Bluegrass Patriots, David Parmley & Continental Divide,
Honi Deaton & Dream, Lost Highway, New Found Road, Richard Greene
& the Brothers Barton, Just N Time, and more. Ideal weather,
camping, international food, crafts, Bluegrass Quilter’s Quilt Show,
Husband Calling contest. info 760-922-8166,