Festivals 'n Such

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival September 6-7
Ocean Institute, Dana Point, CA. Live music with: Bill Dempsey, Pint and Dale, Foggy Dew & more. Demonstrations, crafts, food, ship tours. INFO 949-496-2274, tallshipsfestival.com/info.html

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention Sept 11-14
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Farmers Market, Ashkenaz, Jazzschool & other locations. Sheila Kay Adams, Evo Bluestein, Stairwell Sisters, Benton Flippen, Paul Brown & Frank Bode; Caleb Klauder & Sammy Lind; Rayna Gellert, Brandy Snifters & more. Square dances Wed & Sat, concerts, string band contest, cabaret, workshops, jamming and more. INFO www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org

Millpond Music Festival September 12-14
Millpond County Park, Bishop, CA. Traditional and contemporary music in intimate festival surroundings. Camping. Marley's Ghost, Slaid Cleaves, Clair Herrera, Wayne "Chojo" Jacques with Billy Bright, Santa Cruz River Band, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Dan Castillo, Feufollet, Joe Craven Trio, Ray Bonneville, Dan Connor, The Subdudes, and more. INFO 760-873-8014, 800-874-0669, www.inyo.org/millpond

American River Music Festival September 19-21
Henningsen-Lotus Park, Lotus CA. Workshops, camping, river rafting, hiking, American and Canadian Roots music. Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Joe Craven with Sam Bevan, Steppin' In It, Blame Sally, The Refugees, Keith Greeninger with Dayan Kai, David Jacobs-Strain Trio, Ray Bonneville, John Wort Hannam, The Buccaneers, Dulcimer Girls, Jonny Mojo Acoustic Band. INFO 530-622-6044, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php

Julian Bluegrass Festival September 20-21
Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA. Workshops: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals. Trails and Rails, Highheels, Blue Creek Band, Scott Gates & Pacific Ocean Bluegrass, Highland Way, Sara Petite & the Tiger Mountain Boys, Judy Taylor and the Wild Oats Band & more. INFO 760-765-3937, www.julianbluegrassfestival.com

San Francisco Blues Festival September 26-28
Great Meadow, Fort Mason, SF. FREE. Blues documentary films: "Come and See About Me" - about John Lee Hooker, and a rare 1971 interview with Muddy Waters. Music: Delta Wires Big Band Harmonica & Horn Blues, Elmore James Jr. with Cadillac Zack, Barbara Lynn, Gospel Hummingbirds, David Honeyboy Edwards, and many more. INFO 415-979-5588, www.sfblues.com

International Jug Band Festival Sept 27-28
The original California jug band festival is returning to Sutter Creek and expanding to two days. It will be held in conjunction with the Sutter Creek Blues and Brews Festival. Details will be posted as they become available. If you would like additional information about the California Jug Band Association or if you are a jug band that would like to participate or if you would like to volunteer to help with festival organization, please contact www.jugfest.org

KVMR Celtic Festival Sept 27-28
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Performances, jams, Scottish Games, living history, Kids' area. Solas, Cathie Ryan, Enter the Haggis, Vishten, James Keelaghan, Molly's Revenge and more. INFO www.kvmr.org/celticfestival

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass October 3-5
Golden Gate Park, SF, CA. 11:00-7:00. FREE! Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Hazel Dickens, The Waybacks, The Wronglers, The Jerry Douglas Band, Odetta, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss featuring T Bone Burnett, Hot Rize, Iris Dement, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Elvis Costello & many, many more. INFO www.strictlybluegrass.com

Loch Lomond Highland Games October 4
Highlands Park, Ben Lomond, CA. 10:00-6:00. Celtic Music, games, clans & societies, reenactment. Tempest, Banshee in the Kitchen, Debbie Grosjean & Friends & more. INFO 831-457-6716, www.lochlomondceltic.org/games.htm

Annual Train Song Festival October 4
Old Poway Park, Poway, CA. 10:00-4:00. Music inspired by the history and culture surrounding railroads. Train-related vendors & displays, train robberies, arts & crafts, and kids' entertainment. Railroad movie under the stars: 7:00 pm. Ride the 1907 Baldwin No. 3 Steam Engine. INFO 858-668-4576, www.ci.poway.ca.us/index.aspx?recordid=129&page=783

BACDS Fall Weekend October 17-19
Monte Toyon Camp, Aptos, CA. An all-English dance Weekend. English Country Dance: Barbara Finney, Michael Barraclough, Scott Higgs. Papa Stour Longsword with Francis Attanasio. English Clog with Meg Ryan. Music by: Jon Berger, Noel Cragg, Eddy Jay, Shira Kammen, Rebecca King, Judy Linsenberg, Jim Oakden, Erin Vang, Chuck Ward. INFO 510-654-7974, www.bacds.org/camps/fallwk2008/

Country Roads Weekend October 17-19
Mount Madonna County Park, between Gilroy and Watsonville, CA. Camping fee $15 plus program fee $5 (adults), kids free. Features informal music jams, campfire sing-along, gospel sing-along and open mic. INFO Anna Green 408-379-4090, www.soundwestmusic.com/countryroadsfolkmusiccamp.html

California Banjo Gathering October 17-19
Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento, CA. The banjo's progress in all its variety through a rich history. Jamming, workshops, concerts, music vendors, luthiers, collectors. Mike Seeger, Clarke Buehling, Buddy Wachter, Sammy Shelor, Mick Moloney, Peggy Seeger, Bill Keith, Tim Weed, and Gordy Ohliger. INFO 209-352-5190, www.thebanjoman.com

West Coast Ragtime Festival November 21-23
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, dancing to ragtime, waltzes, tangos, early foxtrots, and sentimental 'parlor' songs. Don't miss: the romantic atmosphere; the Edwardian attire - a room full of people so attired is a very impressive sight indeed. INFO 866-724-9273, www.westcoastragtime.com