Festivals ’n Such

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention Sept 9-13
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Farmers Market, Ashkenaz, Jazzschool & other locations. Alice Gerrard, The Tall Boys, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Benton Flippen, Paul Brown, Eric and Suzy Thompson; Rodney and Clay Sutton, Mt. Diablo Stringband, Black Crown Stringband, Amy Hofer, The Knuckleknockers, Professor Banjo & more. Square dances Wed & Sat, concerts, string band contest, cabaret, workshops, jamming and more. INFO www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival September 11-13
Ocean Instit., Dana Point, CA. Live music with: Bill Dempsey, Holdstock and MacLeod, Geof Agisim & more. Demonstrations, crafts, food, ship tours. INFO 949-496-2274, www.tallshipsfestival.com/index2.html

Millpond Music Festival September 18-20
Millpond County Park, Bishop, CA. Traditional and contemporary music in intimate festival surroundings. Camping. Incendio, Vishten, Chic Gamine, Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber, Joe Craven, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, Laura Love Band, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Boys, and more. INFO 760-873-801 ext 4, 800-874-0669, www.inyo.org/millpond

American River Music Festival September 18-20
Henningsen-Lotus Park, Lotus CA. Workshops, camping, river rafting, hiking, American and Canadian Roots music. The Skinny Singers featuring Jackie Greene and Tim Bluhm, Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber, City Folk, Handful of Luvin, Blame Sally, Danny Schmidt, Twilight Hotel, Jonny Mojo w/ MindX, Fret Not, The Sherry Austin Band, Michael McNevin, Cindy Kalmenson, Michael Gaither, Loose Acoustic Trio and more. INFO 530-622-6044, www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php

Julian Bluegrass Festival September 19-20
Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA. Workshops: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals. Trails and Rails, Heloise Love, Bayside Dixie Stompers, Sara Petite & the Tiger Mountain Boys, Judy Taylor and the Wild Oats Band, This Just In & more. INFO 760-765-3937, www.julianbluegrassfestival.com

Sutter Creek Jug Band Festival Sept 26-27
Details will be posted as they become available. www.jugfest.org

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass October 2-4
Golden Gate Park, SF, CA. 11:00-7:00. FREE! Earl Scruggs, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Jorma Kaukonen, Hazel Dickens, Doc Watson & David Holt, Gillian Welch, The Waybacks, Marianne Faithful, Richie Havens, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, The Cheiftains, Hot Rize, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, John Prine, Amadou & Mariam, Little Feat, Del McCoury Band, & many, many more. INFO www.strictlybluegrass.com

Santa Cruz Celtic Festival October 3
San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz, CA. 10:00-6:00. Celtic Music, games, clans & societies, reenactment. Tempest, Molly's Revenge, Santa Cruz Pipe and Drum Band, Peter Daldry, Community Music School, Scottish Bard Shep Sheppard & more. INFO www.santacruzscottishgames.com/Home.html

KVMR Celtic Festival Oct 3-4
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Performances, jams, Scottish Games, living history, kids' area. Dougie MacLean, Dervish, Enter the Haggis, The Elders, Lissa Schneckenberger, Finnegan and Coulter, and more. INFO www.kvmr.org/celticfestival

El Cerrito Free Folk Festival October 10
Windrush School, El Cerrito. Noon -10:00 pm. FREE! Performances and workshops by over 50 world renowned and local musicians, with open mics, jam sessions, and much, much more. INFO www.elcerritofolkfest.org/

Annual Train Song Festival October 10
Old Poway Park, Poway, CA. 10:00-4:00. FREE! 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

Country Roads Weekend October 16-18
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

BACDS Fall Frolic October 17-19
Monte Toyon Camp, Aptos, CA. An all-English dance Weekend. English Country Dance: Bruce Hamilton, Gary Roodman, Judy Erickson, Laura Mé Smith, Sharon Green; Longsword Dance with Judy Erickson; Morris Dance with David Roodman, singing with Doug Olsen; music by Jon Berger, Noel Cragg, Charlie Hancock , Wayne Hankin, Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Erin Vang, Chuck Ward; sound by Nick Cuccia. INFO 510-654-7974, www.bacds.org/camps/fallwk2009/

West Coast Ragtime FestivalNovember 20-22
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, dancing to ragtime, waltzes, tangos, early foxtrots, and sentimental ‘parlor' songs. Romantic atmosphere; Edwardian attire. INFO 866-724-9273, www.westcoastragtime.com

CBA WintercampFebruary 15-18
Walker Creek Ranch, west of Petaluma, CA. Since the CBA Summer Camps sells out so fast, we introduce a new winter music camp for bluegrass and oldtime musicians, sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association. Registration opens Sept 18th and may fill fast. INFO Ingrid Noyes, 415-663-1342, www.cbamusiccamp.org.