Festivals, Concerts and Such

From The Folknik Nov/Dec 1998

Berkeley Free Folk Festival 1999

The 4th Annual Berkeley Free Folk Festival is scheduled for Mothers' Day Weekend 1999, and we are accepting tape/CD submissions from prospective performers. As most folknik readers already know, this is a community event offering two full days of concerts, workshops and a children's program.

The 1999 Festival hopes to focus on traditional forms of music from diverse cultures, and anyone with programming ideas is encouraged to call. Mothers' Day activities will include performances by children and young adults on the main stage, and we encourage interested young musicians to apply (demo tapes not necessary for this if not available).

The Festival is free to the public and pays a small stipend to performers, who are also encouraged to bring tapes/CDs to sell. Booking is done in January. The Festival is also looking for someone to provide food for sale (barbecue with veggie dishes like last year would be great). As always, volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. For information contact: Jessica Bryan, 1627 Grant St., Apt. G., Berkeley, CA 94703; e-mail: folkfest@sirius.com; web page at: sirius.com/~folkfest; (510) 843-3810.

Tom Lewis on the Balclutha

The last in the fall Sea Music Concert series is Tom Lewis on Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. aboard the Balclutha at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Born in Belfast, Lewis knows the sea from the bottom up, having spent 24 years in the Royal Navy before settling in British Columbia.

Lewis now travels around the world performing traditional chanteys as well as songs from his own seafaring experience, and carries audiences on an enthralling, often hilarious voyage...liberally sprinkled with salty stories. Seating is limited, so reserve your space soon. Admission $10. Tickets (415) 561-6662. The Concert Series web site is at http://www.maritime.org/cal-seatop.htm.

Patrick Ball plays harp and tells stories at the Showcase Theatre in the Marin Center on Friday, Nov.13, 8 PM, $12 adv. $14 at door.

Nov. 14-15 Auburn Christmas Festival, Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, includes Christmas crafts, music -Golden Bough, others. Info: P.O. Box 148, Soulsbyville, CA 95372; phone (209) 533-3473; E-mail firemtn@sonnet.com. Fax (209) 533 1049.

November 26-27-28 Kolo Festival, 47th Annual, San Francisco Russian Center, 2450 Sutter. 510-652-7859 or
P.O. Box 20181 Piedmont, CA 94620. Classes, parties, dances, concert, crafts.

"Downtown Folk" is the name of a series of five concerts to be given at the Unitarian Universalist Church in San Jose during 1999. Each concert will feature two performers. The church seats 350. Great acoustics, but a professional sound system will be provided. Fees to be negotiated. Promotional packages should be sent to Downtown Folk c/o Sara Hensley, P.O. Box 977, Cupertino, CA 95015.

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