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The Nettles & Noah Contra Dance @ Oregon Country Fair
Jul 7 – Jul 9 all-day

Come support Contra Dance and The Nettles at the 2017 Oregon Country Fair!

The new Xavanadu area and the Dance Pavilion are hosting a plethora of amazing dance performances, interactive and social dance experiences for all ages and dance abilities. Including appearances from West African, Samba, Rollerstar, and Bhangra. Check out the entire lineup!

Contra Dances with the Nettles will be held at the Dance Pavilion:

Friday afternoon, 5:50 – 7:00 pm


Sunday afternoon, 12:20 – 1:45 pm

Calling will be by the illustrious Noah Grunzweig of Portland. Brief introductory sessions will be given before each dance. Tell your friends, bring them along, enjoy the fair!

Day and weekend tickets are available at various locations, check the many outlets available and TicketsWest (and check for coupons in various newspapers and promotions). No tickets are available at the fair site! Carpool or bus to the site if you can (saves money, saves stress).

Judy Fjell and Nancy Schimmel – Music of Malvina Reynolds @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Nancy Schimmel, Judy FjellJudy Fjell grew up in Montana listening to folk-protest music on the radio and was so inspired to sing the repertoire that she bought a garage sale guitar and taught herself to play.

Nancy Schimmel, the daughter of Malvina Reynolds, experienced firsthand her mother’s protest stories and songs in Berkeley, California. Nancy Schimmel truly knows the life of Malvina Reynolds better than anyone else alive today.

Malvina Reynolds

Malvina Reynolds (1964)

When Judy and Nancy met at a Fjell concert in Oakland, California, in the mid-eighties, they began a conversation and collaboration which continues to the present. Each Malvina Reynolds concert is a one-time-only celebration of the life of this American songwriter, who collaborated regularly with Pete Seeger and whose songs are still performed forty years after her death. Malvina’s song “Little Boxes” is currently known from the Weeds television series. It has also been seen on YouTube by 13 million viewers in Walk Off the Earth’s brilliant cardboard box set video. Kodak adapted “Turn Around,” Malvina’s song about her daughter Nancy for its television ads in the sixties. A civil rights sit-in at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel inspired Malvina to write “It Isn’t Nice,” still a favorite at protest gatherings. Other well-known Malvina songs are “What Have They Done to the Rain,” “Magic Penny,” “God Bless the Grass,” and “Morningtown Ride,” which was a top hit in England for several weeks. Judy and Nancy will also perform several of the songs they have co-written in the “spirit of Malvina.”