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Friday, May 25
 

11:00am PDT

Les Voyagers w/ Dina Blade, Caller
Music From Waaaay Up North

Friday May 25, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Opening Contra
  • Biography Les Voyager plays music from the Metis Native American Tribe in Canada. For more information about the band, you can go to: katzwein@earthlink.net

12:00pm PDT

The Hoots and Hollers w/ Eric Curl, Caller
Vociferous Contras

Friday May 25, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Opening Contra
  • Biography Three Olympia musicians join forces to bring energetic contra dances to Folklife.

12:15pm PDT

Montlake Elementary School
American Folksong Fest!

Friday May 25, 2012 12:15pm - 12:45pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMS -- School Ensembles
  • URL
  • Biography We learn American Folk Songs, and then sing them for you accompanied by instruments we make ourselves.

1:00pm PDT

Sacred Fire w/ Mark Matthews, Caller
Hot contra tunes

Friday May 25, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Opening Contra
  • Biography Sacred Fire is a high energy contra band located in Helena, Montana. Having played dances across the state, they are known for their ability to raise the dance! Sacred Fire has worked with many rural communities in Montana to establish and foster small contra dances.

2:00pm PDT

Riffraff w/ John Gallagher, Caller
Fiery Riffs From Raffish Gents

Friday May 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Opening Contra
  • Biography Riffraff has been playing dances for 12 years. The fiddlers, Linden and Evo are father and son. The three gray haired guys have played in numerous bands, contra and otherwise, for decades. Evo has been surrounded by this music since birth.

3:00pm PDT

Billbillies w/ Tony Mates, Caller
Billicious Contras

Friday May 25, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Opening Contra
  • Biography All of our musicians have been playing music for decades; Several members have appeared on major record labels. As a group, the Billbillies have been together for approx. 5 years.

4:00pm PDT

Garfield Jazz Ensemble
Contemporary Big Band Swing

Friday May 25, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, High School Swing Dance
  • Genre BLS -- Blues
  • URL
  • Biography Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble The Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble this year is a 25-member jazz band that is comprised of students from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. Located in Seattle, Washington, Garfield is a public (tuition-free) high school with such an interest in jazz that it maintains three levels of jazz band in its curriculum. The “Jazz Ensemble” is the top jazz band in this program. The group has won every major competition on the west coast of the United States. In 2006 it was named the “Outstanding Festival Band” at the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for an unprecedented seventh time. In 2011 it was named the ‘Outstanding Instrumental Ensemble’ at the Reno Jazz Festival for a record fourth time. It is also a ‘four time’ winner of the Essentially Ellington National Jazz Band Competition & Festival, held in New York’s Lincoln Center. The music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie is the cornerstone of the Garfield Jazz Ensemble. E.E. music is played at festivals and concerts though out the school year. Garfield made its tenth tour of Europe during the summer of 2011. On that tour it played at Jazz a Vienne, in France in addition to other concerts through out, France and Italy. On its nine previous European tours, the band has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, in the Netherlands, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. It has been selected four times to perform at the conference of the prestigious IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education).

4:00pm PDT

The Rhythm Rollers w/ Charlie Fenton, Caller
New England Contra Dance

Friday May 25, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Opening Contra
  • URL
  • Biography Anchored by the unique Bob McQuillen, the piano playing dean of traditional New England Contra Dance music, the Rhythm Rollers play the old-fashioned, hard driving, improvisational contra dance music.

4:50pm PDT

Left Foot Boogie
Waltz, swing, salsa and more!

Friday May 25, 2012 4:50pm - 5:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, High School Swing Dance

5:00pm PDT

Eckstein Sr. Jazz Band
Jazz and blues

Friday May 25, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, High School Swing Dance

5:50pm PDT

Dance for Joy! Swing Performance Troupe

Swinging Down to Earth


Friday May 25, 2012 5:50pm - 6:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, High School Swing Dance
  • Genre EDQ -- Traditional American Dance
  • URL
  • Biography This is a group of intermediate to advanced dancers that have come together to show you some of the possibilities of social waltz.

6:00pm PDT

King, Rachmiel & Friends w/ Laura Mé Smith, Caller
Lively Elegant English Country

Friday May 25, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, English Country Dance

6:00pm PDT

The Jangles
Western Swing Dance Music

Friday May 25, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Friday Swing Dance
  • Genre JAZZ -- Jazz
  • URL
  • Biography A swinging band in the style of the great Western swing bands such as Bob Willis, Milton Brown and Space Cooley.

7:00pm PDT

Aunt Hester's Hot Mustard w/ Suzanne Girardot, Caller
Hot, Peppy Old-Time Square Dance Music

Friday May 25, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tractor Tavern Urban Square Dance
  • Genre ZDB -- Contra-Square Dance Band
  • Biography Long time Northwest Friends who for many years have enjoyed playing for traditional old-time square dances at camp-outs, parties and gatherings of all kinds.

7:00pm PDT

Pacific Pearls w/ Nan Evans, Caller
Zesty English Country Dances

Friday May 25, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, English Country Dance
  • Genre ZDB -- Contra-Square Dance Band
  • Biography Members of the band are all sought-after dance musicians in the Northwest and elsewhere. Besides playing for English, we also play for contras and swing jazz among other genres.

8:00pm PDT

Peckin' Out Dough w/ Lucas Hicks, Caller
We Will Knead Your Bodies!

Friday May 25, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tractor Tavern Urban Square Dance
  • Biography Dave, Tony and Catherine have played together in various forms for many years; we recruited Brigid to play banjo with us, and in her train came Emily on the bass. We've played for a number of dances around Seattle, including the Gypsy Squares and the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society.

8:00pm PDT

The Retrospectacles w/ Mariah Pepper, Caller
The Next Generation of Contra

Friday May 25, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Evening Contra
  • URL
  • Biography We all have grown up playing in this kind of music (Contra) and in December 2007, we formed our band, the Retrospectacles. We now have a CD and several camps under our belts and will continue to play, perform and have fun.

9:00pm PDT

McKasson Ginsburg Bartley w/ Woody Lane, Caller
Rhythm and bows power trio

Friday May 25, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Friday Evening Contra
  • Biography Ryan McKasson and Claude Ginsburg are two of the most powerful and rhythmic contra dance fiddlers in the Pacific Northwest. Teaming up with veteran guitarist Dave Bartley, with whom Ryan plays in Contra Sutra and Claude plays in KGB, this band is fiery, imaginative and propulsive.

9:00pm PDT

The Forks w/ Paul Silveria, Caller
Great for eating AND dancing!

Friday May 25, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tractor Tavern Urban Square Dance
  • Genre OTM -- Old Time Music
  • URL
  • Biography The Forks is an old-time string band in Seattle, Washington. We play traditional American country dance music, mostly from rural Appalachia. We tend to favor the lively and haunting melodies of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Family Dance with the Carroll Family Band
With Amy Carroll, Caller

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Rainier Room 47.62301, -122.35512
  Participatory Dance, Family Dance Workshop
  • Genre ZCH -- Children's Programs
  • URL
  • Biography Amy Carroll is a elementary music teacher and caller of dances for all ages. The hokey pokey really is what it's all about.

11:00am PDT

Triangularity w/ Susie Kendig, Caller
Joyful Contras to Penetrating Rythyms

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Centerhouse Contra Dance
  • URL
  • Biography Starting playing in Northern California until relocation to Seattle in 2010.

11:00am PDT

Shilshole Bay Ceili Band
Old style Irish dance band

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00am - 11:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Ceili Dance
  • Genre ZDB -- Contra-Square Dance Band
  • URL
  • Biography The Shilshole Bay Ceili band follows in the footsteps of the popular Irish dance bands of yore, providing driving and powerful musical accompaniment to the happy feet of the Ceili dancers.

12:00pm PDT

Randal Bays Alehouse Ceili Band
Irish, ceili, cultural, trad

Saturday May 26, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Ceili Dance
  • Genre EMB -- British Isles-Ireland - MUSIC
  • Biography The ALEHOUSE CEILI BAND starring Randal Bays "Bays is the genuine article." - The Rough Guide to Irish Music Randal Bays is an American musician whose mastery of the intricate art of Irish fiddle playing has earned him an international reputation among fans of Irish music. He’s an exciting and dynamic performer whose music grows out of a deep respect for the ancient wellsprings of the Irish tradition, bringing the music alive in the here and now with every performance. Accompanying Randal will be Susan Waters on fiddle, Willie Bays on Flute, Barry Fox on banjo, Brendan Boyle on bodhrán, Tom Lawrence on concertina and Suzanne Taylor on piano. A mighty band for sure!

12:00pm PDT

The Alliterations w/ Erik Weberg, Caller
Cool Catchy Contras

Saturday May 26, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Centerhouse Contra Dance
  • URL
  • Biography Betsy, Clyde, and Sue are long-standing contra dance musicians both in the Northwest and at other venues all across the US. They play together as often as possible. They have recorded a CD, A Portland Play Along Selection, as a companion to the Portland Collection contra dance tune books.

1:00pm PDT

Chassez
Pioneer Dance Music of the NW

Saturday May 26, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Waltz Dance
  • Genre EMH -- Western Europe - MUSIC
  • Biography Chassez has been playing ballroom dances for years. Recently they have been performing and recording tunes from pioneer Pacific Northwest music manuscripts from which dance bands played community dances in the PNW. These manuscripts were discovered and published by Vivian Williams, now acknowledged as the foremost historian of dance music of the pioneer west.

1:00pm PDT

The Grassy Knoll Boys w/ Charmaine Slaven, Caller
Conspiring on Old Time Tunes

Saturday May 26, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Hot Squares
  • Biography This individuals in this here group walked out of the hills of Southern California, hollers of New Jersey and remote areas of Queens NY drawn to the frail of a different banjo. We all groove to the southern old time sound and we ask ourselves "was there a second fiddler?"

2:00pm PDT

The Little Dogs w/ Amy Carroll, Caller
Old time music for dancing

Saturday May 26, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Hot Squares

2:00pm PDT

The SpeakEasy Band
Prohibition Era Music 1919-34

Saturday May 26, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Waltz Dance
  • Genre JAZZ -- Jazz
  • Biography Formed in 2004, SpeakEasy plays from authentic "stock arrangements",mostly from the 1920's and early 30's. These were commercially available orchestrations of popular music of that era. This is a recreation of the sound as it would have been heard from many dance bands around the country at that time.

3:00pm PDT

Ilana Rubin & Friends
Tango Demonstrations

Saturday May 26, 2012 3:00pm - 3:20pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tango Dance: Sponsored by Univision-Seattle

3:00pm PDT

Calico w/ Nan Evans, Caller
Purr-fectly fine contras

Saturday May 26, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Saturday Afternoon Contra
  • URL
  • Biography Calico is a contra dance band of 15+ years duration. It hosts a monthly dance (alternating with another band) on the first Saturdays in Portland.

3:20pm PDT

Bluefish Tango
Classic Tango & Milonga Dances

Saturday May 26, 2012 3:20pm - 4:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tango Dance: Sponsored by Univision-Seattle
  • Genre EMI -- Latin America - MUSIC
  • Biography Together for 7 years, the band specializes in the works of Piazzolla as well as classical Tango Dance tunes.

3:30pm PDT

Puddletown Squares w/ Gary Monday, Caller
Square Dancing. Outside the Box!

Saturday May 26, 2012 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Rainier Room 47.62301, -122.35512
  Participatory Dance, Mod Western Square Dance
  • URL
  • Biography Based in the GLBT community, Puddletown Squares is Seattle's only remaining multi-dance level square dance group. Casual Attire. Contemporary Music Mix. Gender-Neutral Partnering. we are... Square Dancing. Outside the Box!

4:00pm PDT

Ilana Rubin & Friends
Tango Demonstrations

Saturday May 26, 2012 4:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tango Dance: Sponsored by Univision-Seattle

4:00pm PDT

Out of Nowwhere w/ Ray Polhemus, Caller
Presented by Spokane Folklore Society

Saturday May 26, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Saturday Afternoon Contra
  • Biography Out of Nowhere is made up of 6 experienced musicians and long time members fo the Spokane Folklore Society. Individually they have played for over 2000 contra dances.

4:15pm PDT

Ben Thomas and Tangent Tango
Beautiful Tango Dances

Saturday May 26, 2012 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085

4:45pm PDT

Puddletown Squares w/ Gary Monday, Caller
Square Dancing. Outside the Box!

Saturday May 26, 2012 4:45pm - 6:00pm PDT
Rainier Room 47.62301, -122.35512
  Participatory Dance, Mod Western Square Dance
  • URL
  • Biography Based in the GLBT community, Puddletown Squares is Seattle's only remaining multi-dance level square dance group. Casual Attire. Contemporary Music Mix. Gender-Neutral Partnering. we are... Square Dancing. Outside the Box!

5:00pm PDT

Ilana Rubin & Friends
Tango Demonstrations

Saturday May 26, 2012 5:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tango Dance: Sponsored by Univision-Seattle

5:15pm PDT

The Rouge & Noir Tango Orchestra
Argentine Tango 1920-1960's

Saturday May 26, 2012 5:15pm - 6:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Tango Dance: Sponsored by Univision-Seattle

6:00pm PDT

Hettel Street Blues
Jazzy Blues

Saturday May 26, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Blues Dance
  • Genre BLS -- Blues
  • URL
  • Biography Based out of Snohomish County in Washington State, Hettel Street Blues features powerhouse vocalist Kathy Hettel; singing in the tradition of the great women of song such as Etta James, Ruth Brown and Dinah Washington.From cool jazz to rockin' the house blues and R&B, Hettel Street Blues is a favorite for private parties and events. Hettel Street Blues has also performed at regional event such as the Northwest Folklife Festival, Renton River Days, Edmonds Arts Festival, and the Bite of Seattle. Hettel Street Blues is also a regular performer at local venues.

7:00pm PDT

Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag
Kids with Nordic Fire

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:00pm - 7:35pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Skandi Dance
  • Genre EMC -- Scandinavia-Baltic - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography The Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag is a group dedicated to performing the music of the Nordic countries. We have been working together for 4 years, and welcome new members in September and January. We perform around the greater Seattle area, and hope to be touring in Sweden in 2013.

7:00pm PDT

Red Hot Blues Sisters
Soul Flavored Burning Blues

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Blues Dance

7:45pm PDT

The Metro Gnomes
Dance music for happy feet

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:45pm - 8:20pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Skandi Dance
  • Genre EMC -- Scandinavia-Baltic - MUSIC
  • Biography We are about 1 1/2 years old now. Our name is a play on the word, metronome, a device used for setting the tempo for a tune. We play for dancing and listening and we all play in other groups as well.

8:00pm PDT

The Euphemists w/ Susan Petrick, Caller
Big Brass from the River City

Saturday May 26, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Saturday Night Contra Dance
  • Biography Over the past few years, various pairings of these Portland musicians have said, "We should form a band!" Finally, inspired by the recent immigration of fiddler Alan Snyder from warmer climes, The Euphemists congealed in 2011. The band features a brass front line of Paula Hamlin, Kaye Blesener, and Jerry Nelson, while Jerry's several guitars share backup rhythmic duties with the keyboard of Dave Goldman. For Folklife, The Euphemists are delighted to share the stage with caller Susan Petrick -- the treasure of Reno, Nevada and the California Bay Area, and no stranger to the Pacific Northwest.

8:35pm PDT

Hale Bill and the Bopps
Of celestial origins

Saturday May 26, 2012 8:35pm - 9:10pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Skandi Dance
  • Genre EMC -- Scandinavia-Baltic - MUSIC
  • Biography Group has performed together over ten years, and each performer has 25 to 40 years experience in Scandinavian traditional music

9:00pm PDT

The Nettles w/ Marlin Powell, Caller
Celtic Jam Dance Fever

Saturday May 26, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Saturday Night Contra Dance
  • URL
  • Biography The Nettles formed in 1996 from a living room jam session. Sincec then they've played for dances, festival, weddings and clubs throughout the Northwest, and toured North, South and East of Northwest.

9:20pm PDT

Mäd Fiddlu
Hand-me-down music from Sweden

Saturday May 26, 2012 9:20pm - 9:55pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Skandi Dance
  • Genre EMC -- Scandinavia-Baltic - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Bart and Anna have both been playing Swedish music on the nyckelharpa since they were kids, both here and in Sweden. John tags along because the music is so much fun to play.
 
Sunday, May 27
 

11:00am PDT

FiddleRama w/ Elinor Preston, Caller
All Fiddles - All the Time

Sunday May 27, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Sunday Morning Contra
  • Biography The big sound of massed fiddles, plus the keyboard mastery of Nat'l Heritage Award winner McQuillen

12:00pm PDT

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Puget Sound Branch

Sunday May 27, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Irish Country Dance

12:00pm PDT

The Usual Suspects w/ Roy Curet, Caller
Montana Contra Dance Band

Sunday May 27, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Sunday Morning Contra
  • Biography We started playing together a few years ago, just as a pick-up band for local dances. Our name was sort of a joke, but people liked how we played so it stuck, and here we are.

1:00pm PDT

Stuart Williams and his Sprouts w/ Sherry Nevins - Caller
Sunday May 27, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Family Dance
  • Genre EDQ -- Traditional American Dance
  • Biography Sherry Nevins is an experienced and enthusiastic family dance caller. Stuart Williams plays traditional Northwest Fiddle styles and has fostered a love for traditional dance music among his fiddle students, both young and old. Stuart's students participate in regular jams, play in family bands, compete at fiddle contests, and enjoy the music community that carries this tradition forward.

1:00pm PDT

Worn Out Shoes w/ Maldon Meehan calling and dancing
Old Time String Band & Clogger

Sunday May 27, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Hot Squares
  • Genre OTM -- Old Time Music
  • URL
  • Biography We are a band that comes from the great traditional roots of Portland Or. We are influenced by Tommy Jarrell and Bill Monroe and American fiddle music. We travel around the NW playing dances and festivals.

2:00pm PDT

Northwest Folkdancer- International Dance Workshop
Sunday May 27, 2012 2:00pm - 2:10pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, International Folkdance Party!
  • Genre ERW -- World-Intl Folk - DANCE
  • Biography BA U of Michigan, El. Education, dance instructor Sno-King International dancers, Bd member NFDI, member NFO, Town Gov. Greenwich, CT., Importer and business owner 15 years, Kawayan Imports, Past-Neighborhood Chairman, USA Girl Scouts _ Manila - 4 years

2:00pm PDT

Minnie Pearl Jam w/ Warren Blier, Caller
Hot Tunes for Squares and Contras

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Sunday Afternoon Contra
  • Biography Minnie Pearl Jam has been together for more than 10 years, performing in and around Seattle for Square and Contra dances. We may have a CD available by festival time.

2:10pm PDT

Allspice
Folkdance music from all over

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:10pm - 3:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, International Folkdance Party!
  • Genre FRW -- World-Intl Folk - MUSIC
  • Biography Allspice has been playing for Seattle area folkdancers for 35 years. The band plays folkdance music from many different countries, and has been a regular performer at Northwest Folklife Festival participatory dances for many years, as well as many other venues such as Skandia Midsommarfest and Expo 86 in Vancouver, Canada. The band features "lots of fiddles" with accordion, guitar, and bass, and members also double (or triple) on other instruments as musical styles dictate. Allspice has released a CD of international dance music title "Dance Tonight!", which includes some old favorites as well as some Allspice originals for which the band is well-known.

3:00pm PDT

Northwest Folkdancer- International Dance Workshop
Sunday May 27, 2012 3:00pm - 3:10pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, International Folkdance Party!
  • Genre ERW -- World-Intl Folk - DANCE
  • Biography BA U of Michigan, El. Education, dance instructor Sno-King International dancers, Bd member NFDI, member NFO, Town Gov. Greenwich, CT., Importer and business owner 15 years, Kawayan Imports, Past-Neighborhood Chairman, USA Girl Scouts _ Manila - 4 years

3:00pm PDT

Hands4 w/ Marianne Tatom Letts, Caller
Not Your Usual Contra Tunes

Sunday May 27, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Sunday Afternoon Contra
  • URL
  • Biography Hands4 has helped carry forward the rich tradition of contra dance by introducing their largely original tune repertoire to dance halls throughout the Pacific Northwest since 2004.

3:10pm PDT

Opa Groupa
Wild Party & Dance Muisc

Sunday May 27, 2012 3:10pm - 4:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, International Folkdance Party!
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Most of Rian Holmes life, has been in the pursuit of becoming a musician. He has been playing music for over 16 years and has studied many different styles of music from across the world. Playing percussion, piano, pluck string instruments, and bowed strings through out his studies. In 2011, Rian graduated from Marylhurst University with a BM in Music Composition, with a performance force on guitar, and violin. Kevin Fisher has been intensely studying music for half of his life, or the last 13 years! During that time, He has realized that music is my greatest passion and it makes him who he is today. I have studied with many great teachers and learned the standards of Western music and theory. It is my life's purpose to read write and perform music in as many different styles as my mind can comprehend. I mainly focus on stringed instruments including guitar, bass and mandolin, but I also can play percussion and sing backup vocals. During my recent experience as a classical guitarist at Marylhurst University I learned how to further optimize my skills as a productive and professional musician. From even a wee age, Cameron Edens has been playing music. He started playing the violin in orchestras through primary school, later the guitar, piano, percussion, and then the bass; finding the bass to become to his most played and studied. Currently Cameron is studding Composition and performance at Marylhurst University, where he is playing in the Symphony, and work's with MYS, a local youth orchestra. By the late 90s Charles Neal felt that his personal playing could use some more work. Also, he felt he needed a change in location. In the fall of 1996 Charles applied to the Berklee College of Music. A year later Charles was accepted to Berklee on scholarship and moved to Boston. While at Berklee Charles’ musical sense grew and his musicianship matured. , Charles is one of the top call drummers for the Portland/Vancouver area. Charles is always on the quest to surround music in his life and is in line to live his passion for music. Sara Leah is hitting the acoustic scene of Portland, unleashing reflections of 26 years of life with this Indie-folk blend of soul-honey singing and confessional lyricism. Her influences are; although, not limited to, Ella Fitzgerald, Nick Drake, Ben Harper, Mazzy Star, and glimmers of traditional Balkan. She as of recently is involved in two projects, Opa Groupa, and her own personal project called Sara Leah.

4:00pm PDT

Polka Mania with Pat 'n Marjorie
Sunday May 27, 2012 4:00pm - 4:10pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Polka Party

4:10pm PDT

The Polka Guys
Polka, why dontcha?

Sunday May 27, 2012 4:10pm - 5:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Polka Party

4:50pm PDT

Louisiana Dance Lesson
Sunday May 27, 2012 4:50pm - 5:00pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Roadhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • URL
  • Biography MaryLee Lykes have taught dance classes, workshop & special events for 20 years in Seattle. Cajun & Zydeco are her favorite forms to teach and dance to. Come share the Joy!

5:00pm PDT

Polka Mania with Pat 'n Marjorie
Sunday May 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:10pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Polka Party

5:00pm PDT

Whozyamama Cajun and Zydeco Band
Music of Southwest Louisiana

Sunday May 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Roadhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • URL
  • Biography Tami, Claudette and Claudia of WHOZYAMAMA's twin fiddle and accordion are reminiscent of Les Femmes d'Enfer 1994 to 2006. They have added the backline with electric guitar, bass Todd Fisher of Delta Rays, Doug Warren of Bayou Boogie and the New Riders of the Quimper Grange, and Rick Rice of Cayenne to get the full dance band sound. WHOZYAMAMA has been together 5 years playing in the northwest.

5:10pm PDT

Smilin' Scandinavians
Polkas and so much more!

Sunday May 27, 2012 5:10pm - 6:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Polka Party
  • Genre EMH -- Western Europe - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography We're Western Washington's #1 polka band and have performed around the US and Canada at top venues like Branson, Missouri; the International Polka Fest at Ironworld in Minnesota; and the Kimberley International Old-Time Accordion Championships in British Columbia.

5:50pm PDT

Louisiana Dance Lesson
Sunday May 27, 2012 5:50pm - 6:00pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Roadhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • URL
  • Biography MaryLee Lykes have taught dance classes, workshop & special events for 20 years in Seattle. Cajun & Zydeco are her favorite forms to teach and dance to. Come share the Joy!

6:00pm PDT

Folichon Cajun Band
Folichon means fun!

Sunday May 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Roadhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • URL
  • Biography Long time Cajun jammers, Tim Parker and TEd Granger, honored to be joined by Northwest Cajun music pioneer and fiddler extraordinaire, Karen England, and supported by as-yet unknown rhythm players.

6:50pm PDT

Louisiana Dance Lesson
Sunday May 27, 2012 6:50pm - 7:00pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Roadhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • URL
  • Biography MaryLee Lykes have taught dance classes, workshop & special events for 20 years in Seattle. Cajun & Zydeco are her favorite forms to teach and dance to. Come share the Joy!

7:00pm PDT

Balkanarama
Hot Balkan and Rom dance music

Sunday May 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:40pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Balkanarama has been performing songs and dance music of the Balkans and the Rom people since 1997 and has performed at Folklife every year since 1998. The band has released 3 CDs.

7:00pm PDT

Cayenne Cajun Band
Extra Spicy Cajun Ear Treats

Sunday May 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Roadhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • URL
  • Biography We've been playing dancehall music from French Louisiana for a decade and a half.

7:44pm PDT

Zourna Fasaria
Hardcore Balkan dance music!

Sunday May 27, 2012 7:44pm - 7:55pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • Biography The Govetas family has been performing traditional Greek music together since 2004. Christos Govetas fell in love with zourna music as a small child in Greece, and now his kids are traveling the same road.

7:55pm PDT

Orkestar RTW
Music from the Balkans

Sunday May 27, 2012 7:55pm - 8:35pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Orkestar RTW is a five-piece band based in Seattle, Washington that started in 1987 as the house band for the Radost Folk Ensemble. Named in the tradition of post-World War II Balkan radio and television house bands (such as Orkestar Radio-Televizije Beograd), Orkestar RTW (Radio-Televizije Washington) plays the music of those bands, primarily traditional dance and folk music from the countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia.

8:10pm PDT

Sky Blue
Heavenly Dance Music

Sunday May 27, 2012 8:10pm - 9:00pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Waltz Dance
  • Genre JAZZ -- Jazz
  • URL
  • Biography Nadine and Julian first played together at Fiddle Tunes. The rest is history!

8:35pm PDT

Vardar
Macedonia village music

Sunday May 27, 2012 8:35pm - 8:45pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance

8:45pm PDT

Maria and Vassil Bebelekovi
Rhodope Mountains come to life

Sunday May 27, 2012 8:45pm - 9:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance

9:00pm PDT

Kaba Seattle
Rhodope Bagpipe Band

Sunday May 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:15pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance

9:10pm PDT

Valse Cafe Orchestra
Bliss in three quarter time

Sunday May 27, 2012 9:10pm - 10:00pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Waltz Dance
  • Genre EMH -- Western Europe - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Since 1999, the Valse Cafe Orchestra has been playing together with the sole purpose of playing music for dancers. Since then, their scope has expanded to include musical theatre and performance art. This year they produced their first CD.

9:15pm PDT

Dromeno
Balkan Gypsy Dance Party

Sunday May 27, 2012 9:15pm - 10:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Dromeno plays Greek-style brass-band music of the type made famous by Kusturica, in the traditional style. Band members include Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter, and their kids Eleni and Bobby, along with Nick Maroussis and Peter Lippman. The Govetas family have played all over the US for seminars and festivals, as well as touring in Greece, to great acclaim. Peter Lippman is the work ingest trumpet player in the area, playing with more Balkan bands than you can shake a stick at!
 
Monday, May 28
 

11:00am PDT

Dina Blade & the Canotes
Fun-filled Family Dances

Monday May 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Vera Project/Gallery 47.62309, -122.35359
  Participatory Dance, Family Dance

11:00am PDT

Troupeau Acadien
Honky Tonkin' Cajun Music

Monday May 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Centerhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • Biography Three of us have diverse musical backgrounds in celtic, old timey and country. We've all come together to focus on a twin fiddlin' honky tonkin' cajun dancehall sound. We aim to have fun and make people smile whiel they dance.

11:00am PDT

Les Fabulous Girls du Ouest Coast w/ David Kaynor, Caller
Double -X Chromosome Contras

Monday May 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Morning Contra
  • Biography We are all contra dancers and musicians from Seattle who enjoy getting together to share our love of this music.

12:00pm PDT

Rabbit Stew String Band w/ Michelle Delco, Caller
Rabbit tunes & square dancing

Monday May 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Vera Project/Gallery 47.62309, -122.35359
  Participatory Dance, Subversive Square Dance
  • Genre OTM -- Old Time Music
  • URL
  • Biography Rabbit Stew String Band is an Old Time trio of fiddle, guitar, and banjo, playing community music that filled grange halls, barns, and front porches at the start of the last century. With tunes that carry names like "Shove That Pigs Foot a Little Further Into the Fire" and "Jaybird Died of a Whooping Cough", your brain might wonder at the origins of this stuff, but your feet will know exactly what to do. Toe tapping guaranteed!

12:00pm PDT

Sassafras
Spicy Cajun twin fiddle music

Monday May 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Centerhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • Biography Sassafras is the second iteration of the band previously known as Capuchon. We went dormant for a while after our guitar player got married and moved to Bellingham, but decided after a couple of years that we'd just had too much fun playing together, so switched some instruments around, grabbed Melanie Shelton (Cayenne, Sacalait) to play 't-fer and started anew. It's a little different and we're still having a lot of fun.

12:00pm PDT

The Lanny Martin Review w/ Rich Goss, Caller
The Coolest Contra Cats

Monday May 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Morning Contra
  • URL
  • Biography All members of The Lanny Martin are key players in several other bands. LMR has played together for three years.

1:00pm PDT

Swamp Soul
Cajun/Zydeco Dance Music

Monday May 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Louisiana Centerhouse
  • Genre CAJ -- Cajun-Zydeco
  • URL
  • Biography Karen and John have traveled extensively in Louisiana for over 20 years to learn the music and meet Louisiana musicians. The band has been playing together for the last 5 years and play Cajun/Zydeco dances regularly.

1:00pm PDT

The Corn Likkers w/ Gabe Strand, Caller
Old time string band

Monday May 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Vera Project/Gallery 47.62309, -122.35359
  Participatory Dance, Subversive Square Dance
  • Genre ZDB -- Contra-Square Dance Band
  • Biography The Corn Likkers have been playing rocking square dances at the Gypsy Cafe and with the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society for the the past year. We play driving old time sting band music that just makes you want to dance.

1:00pm PDT

Tricky Brits w/ Mary Devlin, Caller
English Country dance for all!

Monday May 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, English Country Dance
  • Biography Tricky Brits play english country dance music with expression and wit. Never predictable, they help you find the dance in you...

2:00pm PDT

Savoy Swing Club
Lindy Hop ~ Vintage Jazz Dance

Monday May 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:10pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Swing Dance
  • Genre JAZZD -- Jazz - DANCE
  • URL
  • Biography The Savoy Swing Club was formed in 1993 to preserve and promote authentic vernacular American dances from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. This being their eighteenth season, they are one of the longest running swing dance performance troupes in the world today.

2:00pm PDT

Short Circuit w/ Sherry Nevins, Caller
Young Talent/Fun Sets - ZAP!

Monday May 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Afternoon Contra
  • Biography The band consists of 2 young brothers, a brother & sister & their friend. All have been actively playing for dances & concerts with their family bands for several years, now they're ready to step out on their own!

2:10pm PDT

The Goer Texans
Original Upbeat Western Swing

Monday May 28, 2012 2:10pm - 3:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Swing Dance
  • Genre CW -- Country Western
  • Biography Inspired by Bob Wills, Merle Travis and other great performers of traditional country and western swing music, The Goer Texans keep the tradition alive with a variety of original compositions. Toe tapping, upbeat music, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

3:00pm PDT

Savoy Swing Club
Lindy Hop ~ Vintage Jazz Dance

Monday May 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:10pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Swing Dance
  • Genre JAZZD -- Jazz - DANCE
  • URL
  • Biography The Savoy Swing Club was formed in 1993 to preserve and promote authentic vernacular American dances from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. This being their eighteenth season, they are one of the longest running swing dance performance troupes in the world today.

3:00pm PDT

Little Big Cat w/ Amy Wimmer, Caller
Fiddle, Piano & Banjo Play Contras

Monday May 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Afternoon Contra
  • Biography Miche Baker-Harvey (fiddle), Dale Brubaker (piano) and Hugh Fraser (banjo) can't remember if they first started playing together at Fiddle Tunes, Centralia or Simcoe Mountain, bu they do agree that they mesh well and have extraordinary amounts of fun playing all kinds of contra dance tunes together.

3:10pm PDT

Le Hot Club of Queets
Swing Dance Music

Monday May 28, 2012 3:10pm - 4:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Swing Dance
  • Biography With solo careers encompassing over 50 years of performing and recording, their common goal is to provide accessible dance music that really swings.

4:00pm PDT

KGB w/ Adam Carlson, Caller
Subversive Contras

Monday May 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Afternoon Contra
  • URL
  • Biography This KGB is not a spy organization, but a band from Seattle that plays for New England style contradance, English Country Dance (as MI-5), for concerts, and private functions. We write a lot of our own music, and the rest comes from all over the world: the British Isles, French Canada, the Northeastern USA, Western and Eastern Europe, South America, the rest of the USA, and places we haven't yet identified.

4:10pm PDT

Paul Anastasio & His Swing Cats
Dredged Up Swingstres Play Hot

Monday May 28, 2012 4:10pm - 5:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Swing Dance
  • Genre JAZZ -- Jazz
  • URL
  • Biography Paul has been playing the violin for nearly 50 years. You'd think he'd learn. Surrounded by Whomever he could dredge up, he'll be swinging a bunch of old standard melodies. Website: swingcatecterprises.com

6:00pm PDT

Tapsalteerie w/ Gordy Euler, Caller
Rhythym Driven Dance Bliss

Monday May 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Closing Contra
  • URL
  • Biography This Seattle based band meets weekly for dinner, tunes and idle gossip. They play for Contradances primarily in Western Washington and Oregon where they have been dumbfounding locals for more than a decade.

6:10pm PDT

Alma y Azúcar
Diverse, Exciting Latin Styles

Monday May 28, 2012 6:10pm - 7:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Salsa Dance: Sponsored by Univision-Seattle
  • Genre EMI -- Latin America - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Alma y Azúcar brings you an exquisite and passionate selection of Latin styles and flavors. From the bouncy feel of “Perfidia” and “Quizas” to the passionate tango version of “Besame Mucho”, the sultry bossa nova “Waters of March” and the salsa sound of “Bemba Colorá” or “Oye Como Va”, these tunes have captured hearts and entertained internationally for decades. In addition, Alma y Azúcar pays tribute to many numbers originated and made famous by “La Reina de La Salsa”, the late Celia Cruz. Band leader, Alma Villegas started her professional music career in 2001 when she performed with two of Seattle’s most popular Latin salsa music ensembles. Her experiences in these two ensembles reconnected her to her youth in Mexico and led her to create a band that offered a more diverse selection focusing on the traditional bolero (Latin ballad), cha-chas, mid-tempo Latin jazz standards, a variety of Cuban rhythms, salsa and bossa novas.

7:00pm PDT

Northern Contraband w/ Maureen Collier, Caller
Northern Contras - Old & New

Monday May 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Closing Contra
  • Biography Primarily contra-dance tunes from the "Northern" traditions - New England, French Canadian, Metis, Celtic, and the like. We also play a few old-time square dance tunes and some contemporary compositions. Combined, we have logged over 120 years of playing experience.

7:10pm PDT

Cambalache
Salsa to the Next Level

Monday May 28, 2012 7:10pm - 8:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085

8:00pm PDT

Contretemps w/ Mike Richardson, Caller
A Musical Delight for Dancing

Monday May 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm PDT
Warren's Roadhouse in the Fisher Pavilion 47.62127, -122.35212
  Participatory Dance, Monday Closing Contra
  • Biography The band formed three years ago and has changed since then, but has always had Cathie Whitesides and Frank Blade as members. Cynthia joined a year ago when the original pianist experienced difficulty with her hearing. An alternate meaning of 'Contretemps" is a musical syncopation.