Festivals ’n’ Such

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention September 8-12
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Farmers Market, Ashkenaz, Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library & other locations. Jimmy Triplett, Scott Prouty, and Andy FitzGibbon; Kenny Hall & the Sweets Mill String Band; Laurel Bliss & Cliff Perry; the Macrae Sisters; Alice Gerrard & Candy Goldman; Del Rey and Suzy Thompson; The Pork Pies, Striped Peg Stringband & more. Square dances Wed & Sat, concerts, string band contest, cabaret, workshops, jamming and more. info www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org

Wine Country Ukulele FestSeptember 10-12
Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena, CA. James Hill, Ralph Shaw, Queen of the Blues Del Rey, and Victoria Vox, Ho’okipa Centrale and the Hula Honeys & more. info www.winecountryukefest.com

Dana Point Tall Ships FestivalSeptember 10-12
Ocean Instit., Dana Point, CA. Live music with: Bob Zentz, Westlin Weavers, Bill Dempsey, John Kraus & more. Demonstrations, crafts, food, ship tours. info 949-496-2274, www.tallshipsfestival.com/index2.html

Millpond Music FestivalSeptember 17-19
Millpond County Park, Bishop, CA. Traditional and contemporary music in intimate festival surroundings. Lee Rocker, Joe Craven Trio, Jo Henley, Celtic Fiddle Festival, Los Pinguos, The Adam Burns Band, Old Coyote Moon, Old Man Luedecke, the Masanga Marimba Ensemble, Idle Hands, Marc Atkinson Quartet, David Jacobs-Strain, and more. Camping. info 760-873-8014 ext 4, 800-874-0669, www.inyo.org/millpond.asp,

American River Music FestivalSeptember 17-19
Henningsen-Lotus Park, Lotus CA. Workshops, camping, river rafting, hiking, American and Canadian Roots music. Jesse Winchester, Slaid Cleaves, Karla Bonoff, Handful of Luvin, Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints, The California Honeydrops, Anne Weiss with David Jacobs-Strain, Walter Strauss Trio, Leroy Bell and His Only Friends, Berkely Hart, Ma Muse, Dana Hubbard, Forest Sun, Jonny Mojo, Garrin Benfield, and more. info 530-622-6044, , www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php

Julian Bluegrass FestivalSeptember 18-19
Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA. Workshops: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals. Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes, Trails and Rails, Chris Stuart & Backcountry& more. info 760-765-3937, , www.julianbluegrassfestival.com

International Jug Band FestivalSeptember 25
Sutter Creek, CA. Featuring: Aesthetic Cling, Babar Jug Band, Juggernutz, Freebadge Serenaders, Jug Or Nots, Dr. Zarcon’s Amazing Breathing Machine, Chris Bayer and Liquor Cake. Junkyard playspace to learn to make music with junk. info www.jugfest.org

Hardly Strictly BluegrassOctober 1-3
Golden Gate Park, SF, CA. 11:00-7:00. FREE! Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, David Grisman Quintet, Hazel Dickens, Evie Ladin, Doc Watson & David Holt, Gillian Welch, Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Del McCoury Band, & many, many more. info www.strictlybluegrass.com

Santa Cruz Celtic FestivalOctober 2
San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz, CA. 10:00-6:00. Celtic Music, games, clans & societies, reenactment. The Wicked Tinkers, Santa Cruz Pipe and Drum Band, The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers, The Piping Circle, Community Music School, Scottish Bard Shep Sheppard & more. info , www.santacruzscottishgames.com/Home.html

KVMR Celtic FestivalOctober 2-3
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Performances, jams, Scottish Games, living history, kids’ area. Leahy, The Elders, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Vishten, Finnegan and Coulter, John Doyle, Niahm Parsons & Graham Dunne and more. info , www.kvmr.org/celticfestival

El Cerrito Free Folk FestivalOctober 9
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/

Train Song FestivalOctober 9
Old Poway Park, Poway, CA. 10:00-4:00. FREE! Music inspired by railroads. Train-related vendors & displays, train robberies, arts & crafts, and kids’ entertainment. Ride the 1907 Baldwin No. 3 Steam Engine. info 858-668-4576, www.powaymidlandrr.org/songfest.htm

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

BACDS Fall FrolicOctober 15-17
Monte Toyon Camp, Aptos, CA. An almost all-English dance weekend. Classes: Gene Murrow, Randall Cayford, Nikki Herbst, Rosemary Hunt, Sharon Green, Sue Dupré. Music: Noel Cragg, Sue Draheim, Charlie Hancock, Shira Kammen, Rebecca King, Michelle Levy, Jim Oakden, and Chuck Ward. Singing led by Doug Olsen. info 510-654-7974, www.bacds.org/camps/fallwk2009/

West Coast Ragtime FestivalNovember 19-21
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, dancing to ragtime, waltzes, tangos, early foxtrots, and senti- mental ‘parlor rsquo; songs. Romantic atmosphere, Edwardian attire. info 866-724-9273, www.westcoastragtime.com

CBA WintercampFebruary 24-27
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA. For adv-beg. and intermed. players to improve instrumental or vocal skills and work on jamming with other bluegrass and oldtime musicians. Teachers: John Reischman, Trisha Gagnon, Nick Hornbuckle, and Greg Spatz, Roland White, Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley, Heidi Clare, Steve Baughman, Ivan Rosenberg, Bill Evans, Jack Tuttle & more to come. Reg. opens Oct. 20th and may fill fast. info Ingrid Noyes, 415-663-1342, www.cbamusiccamp.org