Festivals ’n’ Such

Jewish Music FestivalMarch 1-25
Held at various venues in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA. Artists this year include Amir Milstein, Babel/Ashkenaz, Basya Schechter, Ben Goldberg, Bustan Quartet, Carla Kihlstedt, Emmanuel Mann, Frank London, Jeff Parker, Jewlia Eisenberg, Michael Winograd, Myra Melford, Taiseer Elias, Talia Cooper, Yair Dalal, Zohar Fresco, and Judith Berkson. Complete schedule available at www.jewishmusicfestival.org/.

Sonoma Co. Bluegrass &Folk FestivalMarch 10
Held at the Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Artists include Bill Evans, Grandpa Banana's Band, David Thom Band, spark &Whisper, Snap Jackson &the Knock on Wood Players, John Reischman &the Jay Birds, and Houston Jones. Complete info available at www.sonomauncorked.com/wine-country-events/annual-events/sonoma-county-bluegrass-and-folk-festival/.

BACDS Spring Fever Dance Weekend  March 16-18
High-energy weekend of hot contras, exuberant English country dance, and exhilarating music, held At Monte Toyon, Aptos, CA. Callers Erik Weberg and David Newitt, and musicians Dave Langford, Bill Tomczak, Ann Percival, Jim Oakden, Anita Anderson, and Michelle Levy. Registration and other info available at bacds.org/sf.

Redwood Coast Jazz FestivalMarch 22-25
Held in Eureka, CA. Four fun-filled days of traditional Dixieland Jazz, swing, calypso, zydeco and more! Happening all over town. Contact www.redwoodjazz.org/, or call

World Rhythm FestivalApril 27-29
Enjoy a weekend of total immersion in world music, drum, and dance. Includes intensive rhythm workshops for adults, performances, community drum circle, and dance party. Held at the Seattle Center, Seattle WA; free admission. Info at swps.org/swps?dpage=indrhythmfestival.

West Coast Ukulele RetreatMay 16-20
Held at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA (on the Monterey Peninsula). Three solid days of workshops and FUN. More info available at www.ukuleleretreat.com.

California Autoharp GatheringMay 17-20
Held at the St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. This year, the year of musical variety (a multi-genre autoharp extravaganza). For registration or other information, contact calautoharp.com, or call Mike Mueller at

Northwest Folklife FestivalMay 25-28
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA. FREE. Annual celebra-tion of music, dance, folklore, crafts, food, art and more from around the world. Info:

SFFMC Memorial Day CampoutMay 25-28
Rustic setting among the redwoods in Santa Cruz County. Jams, campfires. No advance registration. However, Mark would like to have an idea how many are coming: or Info, including map and directions: Melissa Sarenac, or Ed Hilton,

Country Roads Folk Music CampMay 25-28
Mount Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA. A family camp for all ages. Children as well as adults join in sing-alongs, playing guitar and other instruments, crafts and recreation. Informal jams, campfire sing-along and open-mic. Info: Anna Green,

Cajun &Blues FestivalMay 26-27
Held in Simi Valley, CA, this is a full weekend of non-stop, award-winning, Cajun, Creole, and blues music, great food, and kids' activities. More info at simicajun.org/2011.

ZoukFest Traditional Irish music WeekendJune 7-10
Held at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Albuquerque, NM. Staff includes Mick O'Brien, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Luke Plumb, Moira Smiley, Steve Smity, Stanley Greenthal, Paddy League, Blayne Chastain, Roger Landes, Alec Finn, Randal Bays, Brian McGrath, Eliot Grasso, and Douglas Goodhart. Details at www.zoukfest.com. Contact Info: ZoukFest, P.O. Box 2968, Taos, NM 87571.

CBA Summer Music CampJune 10-13
Father's Day FestivalJune 14-17
For bluegrass and old time musicians of all ages. Held in Grass Valley, CA. Camp includes numerous and varied elective classes. Dances, jamming, concerts, fun! For details: www.cbamusiccamp.org. Father's Day Festival also includes Old-Time Music Gathering, featuring Bigfoot, Foghorn String band, jamming, workshops, and camping under the pines at the Nevada Co. Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Kentucky Music WeekJune 17-22
Held in Bardstown, KY. Fun-filled, affordable week of classes, concerts, open stages, evening activities and jams. Classes in dulcimer, harp, fiddle, banjo, uke, mandolin, steel drum, flutes and whistles, guitar, autoharp, singing and orchestra, plus lots of crafts. More info at www.KentuckyMusicWeek.com.

Jazz Camp WestJune 23-30
An 8-day jazz immersion program for adults and teens 15 and up—held in the beautiful redwoods of La Honda in Northern California. Workshops, personalized instruction, student performances, faculty concerts, late night jams. All levels welcome. Create your own schedule from over 130 workshops. Info available at www.jazzcampwest.com/.

California Coast Music CampJuly 8-14, July 15-21
Held in Placer County, CA. CCMC summer camp offers 1-2 weeks of classes, workshops, jams, concerts, dances, etc. Small-group classes in vocals, guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, songwriting, percussion, and more; styles include folk, blues, swing, jazz, bluegrass, rock, old-time, Brazilian, Celtic, etc. For adults, but musically inclined teenagers are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Info available at www.musiccamp.org,

American Banjo CampSept 6-9
An intense weekend of old-time and bluegrass classes, concerts, and jams in the Pacific Northwest!  ABC features dozens of one-of-a-kind banjo classes as well as full fiddle and guitar tracks.  Instructors include Paul Brown, Greg &Jere Canote, Janet Davis, Bill Evans, Adam Hurt, Bill Keith, Alan Munde, Alan O'Bryant, Cathy Barton Para, Ken Perlman, and Tom Sauber, AmericanBanjoCamp.com, e-mail