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May
4
Fri
Westwind Weekend @ Westwind Stewardship Group’s Camp Westwind
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – May 6 @ 2:00 pm

WestwindWestwind Weekend

of music and dance

A beautiful setting on the Oregon Coast.  A pristine, sheltered beach, tidepools galore, wildlife in the water, woods, and air, hikes that lead to superb vistas up and down the coast.  It’s a weekend at the beach, with music and friends old and new.  It’s always sunny at Westwind, AND it almost always rains.  Which is to say, any weather can happen.

A growing, family friendly community.  More than a fourth of those who attend the Westwind Weekend are young people.  Kids bring their friends.  They dig in the sand, play Frisbee, hike, play cards, dance, play music, drink hot cocoa, help out, hang out, and build lasting memories.

Non-stop music jams.  At any moment you’ll find swing favorites on the front porch, old-time in the shed, and Irish/contra tunes in the kitchen.  Some of the finest musicians in the Willamette Valley come to Westwind and are joined by folks just learning to play and everyone in between.

Contra dancing and more.  Friday and Saturday evenings feature the Westwind All Star Orchestra playing tunes, and dance programming that’s aimed at all ages and abilities. Expect family dances, contras and squares, and a set of Scandinavian favorites. Also find musicians jamming and swing or zydeco dancing underway outside the main hall.

Camper-led workshops.  Gumboot dancing, daisy chain squares, swing chords, beach talk, favorite folk songs: come with your special talent to share or learn something you’ve never heard of before. Sunday morning expect time for singing the gospel of our non-denominational love of community.

A Saturday camper concert. Enjoy listening to the crazy, creative, and sublime as your fellow campers perform, or put together your own high or low art performance and step up onto the whale bone stage.

Happy, hearty vegetarian food.  Beth Littlewolf has been our cook for 25+ years. She makes wonderful fare that brings us all together in the historic Wilson Lodge for family-style meals.  Meals at Westwind include snack Friday evening, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and early-wake up breakfast fare plus brunch on Sunday.

May
5
Sat
Contra: The Bridgetown Boys with Tarka Ayres @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Bridgetown Boys

  • Victor Fiore – fiddle
  • Lanny Martin – piano
  • Jon Neff – guitar

We’re all experienced contra dance musicians. We’re in the Portland Megaband and, following a rehearsal, we jammed together and decided to form a band. We sound sound pretty darn good, if we say so ourselves. (Formerly named “Magpie”, then “Lanjovic”)

Tarka AyresTarka Ayres

Tarka Ayres credits contra dance with helping keep her mental stability through school. She started dancing in 2004 and has called dances in Oregon and Washington since 2012. Dancers appreciate her ability to integrate new dancers into the community, her clear teaching and succinct calling, and her choices of challenging dances.

 

 

Beginners lesson starts at 7:30pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 8:00pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

Potluck at 6:00 p.m with host Relan Colley, 745 NW 16th St; 541-753-2617. (Located near the south side of Corvallis High School and several blocks east of Fred Meyer. The closest intersection is NW Taylor & NW 16th.) Probably in the backyard if the weather is good!

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

May
19
Sat
Contra: The Nettles with Michael Karcher @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

A reprise of a dance cancelled in December 2017 because of icy roads

The NettlesThe Nettles

Laura Brophy – fiddle
Kevin Johnsrude – guitars

Michael Proctor – bass
Brian Bucolo – percussion

The Nettles are well-known on the West Coast for their original approach to contra dance music. Playing traditional music from all over the world, The Nettles create a strong rhythmic groove under soaring improvisations. Rhythmic drive and melodic fluidity allow The Nettles to propel contra dances into the stratosphere. .

Michael KarcherMichael Karcher

From New York via Seattle.

 

 

 

Beginners lesson starts at 7:30pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 8:00pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

CFS Annual Membership Meeting with Potluck at 5:00 pm (all are welcome) at South First Alternative Co-op meeting room, 1007 SE 3rd ST

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Jun
2
Sat
Contra: InTentCity with Jacqui Grennen @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

InTentCityInTentCity

Betsy Richards – fiddle
Graham Richards – guitar, fiddle
Seth Richards – piano, bass
David Richards – percussion

From North Idaho, InTentCity is more than just a contradance band. We bring all the fun family dynamics that come with years together of living, working, playing, dancing, traveling, eating, sleeping, joking, talking, walking, singing – you get the idea. And after all this time we still cannot think of a better way to spend our time together than playing and dancing in the contradance community. During the summer we set up our big canvas wall tents and live outside. Now you know why the name.

Jacqui GrennenJacqui Grennen

Jacqui Grennan is a contra dancer, caller, and choreographer from Los Angeles. She is known for her clarity in teaching and her ability to adjust to the dancers on the floor. She breaks down the dance figures and gets dancers moving so that they can immediately feel the connection with other dancers. As a caller, Jacqui likes to put together a session of dance that is varied and enjoyable for newer dancers as well as for those who have been dancing for years.

Beginners lesson starts at 7:30pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 8:00pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Jun
16
Sat
Contra: Treehouse with Noah Grunzweig @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Treehouse

  • Rachael Young, piano
  • Benjamin Young, whistle and guitar
  • Kevin Craven, fiddle
  • Shari Ame, fiddle
  • Bo Leyden, mandolin, flute

bring a mix of Irish, Quebecois, and New England style, and put it together with Pacific Northwest flair. Becky has played for dances throughout Vermont, New Jersey, Arizona, and California, and previously played with Amazon Creek in Eugene. Ben and Rachael come from the Irish traditional session background, having played with many groups across Canada and throughout Washington, Oregon, and California. Bo and Shari play with several Corvallis area bands.

Noah GrunzweigNoah Grunzweig

Noah Grunzweig is a master of stories and dance!  He called in Corvallis most recently last November. Noah brings enthusiasm and encouragement to new and experienced dancers alike. He promotes safe dancing and a culture of consent that welcomes children and adults to contra dancing. Noah is fluent in traditional and techno contra.

 

 

 

Beginners lesson starts at 7:30pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 8:00pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Jun
17
Sun
Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints @ Cliff & Chere's house
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Birch Pereira and the Gin JointsAn evening house concert with
Birch Pereira
and the Gin Joints
from Seattle

Born out of a love of the early years of swing, americana and rock ‘n ‘roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a band whose sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses. With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of the American song traditions and a desire to offer a fresh angle on them.

Check out all the fun videos at   https://www.theginjointsband.com

If you’ve seen them before, then don’t miss this opportunity to hear the continuing evolution of their repertoire and skills.

The band’s debut album, Dream Man, was released independently and received the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2016. Their second album “Western Soul” was released in March 2018 and features western-tinged jazz and soul originals along with reinterpretations of old blues, swing and early rock’n’roll. Fans, critics and deejays have delighted in Birch Pereira’s “old soul,” tenor voice, the group’s new, stripped-down arrangements of musical gems from the past and Pereira’s ever growing repertoire of original, yet period-evoking material. Frank Gutch Jr, of No Depression described the new album thusly: “I love this album. I love the sound of it. I love the feel of it. I love the idea of it.

One of the fun aspects of the Gin Joints is that, depending on availability, Birch can draw from a large pool of highly talented Seattle musicians, who all love playing this music.   Joining Birch this time are Adrian Van Batenburg on drums/percussion (returning again to Corvallis) and fine Seattle guitarist Colin Higgins (see below).

PERSONNEL
After playing cello in the Corvallis Youth Symphony, Birch Pereira got his BA in Jazz Studies (bass performance) from the University of Washington in 2005.   Since then he has become well-known in Seattle as a highly versatile bass player, band leader, composer, producer/engineer and teacher.  With the formation of the Gin Joints he moved out front as vocalist, arranger, composer and bass player — and hasn’t looked back since.

Adrian Van Batenburg got his BA in Jazz Studies (drumming/percussion) from University of North Texas in 2002.  He has been gigging, recording, touring and teaching since moving to Seattle that year.

Colin Higgins studied jazz guitar performance at North Texas University and University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  Colin moved to Seattle in the fall of 1997. He’s performed in a wide range of musical settings, from jazz to classic rock, with many great Seattle musicians.

A house concert is a great way to hear music in an intimate setting and get to know the performers up close and personal.

To reserve a space and get directions,   email to peartree15@comcast.net
(or, if an email won’t work, call 541-753-9224).

Jul
31
Tue
The Real Sarahs House Concert
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Real SarahsThe Real Sarahs

With organic harmonies that enchant and uplift the spirit, The Real Sarahs share their special gift of vocal synergy. This trio of women, who are all named Sarah, create magic with voices in harmony, acoustic instruments and the energetic connection between artists and audience. With a breadth of influences, you are likely to hear threads of folk, jazz, blues, and country music running through their songs. Singing from the stories of their own life journeys and experiences, their original music is honest, evocative and heartfelt.

A house concert is a great way to hear music in an intimate setting and get to know the performers up close and personal.

Aug
31
Fri
Scott Cook House Concert @ Call for Reservations and Location:317-408-5729
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Scott CookScott Cook

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over eleven years touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. In 2015 he put together a seven-piece honky-tonk band for his fifth studio album, Scott Cook and the Long Weekends Go Long, and in 2017 he released his sixth album Further Down the Line, earning his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year. The album is packaged in a 132-page softcover book offering a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of near-incessant rambling. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

“Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on.” -David Francey, 3x Juno-winning songwriter

“As good a modern folkie as we have these days. A voice perfect for the genre. An understanding beyond the norm.” –No Depression

“He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own… A good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice and a bunch of memorable lines… Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.” –RnR Magazine

 

A house concert is an excellent way to enjoy music in an intimate environment and get to know the musician.

Sep
15
Sat
Contra: The Nettles with Michael Karcher @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The NettlesThe Nettles

Laura Brophy – fiddle
Kevin Johnsrude – guitars

Michael Proctor – bass
Brian Bucolo – percussion

The Nettles are well-known on the West Coast for their original approach to contra dance music. Playing traditional music from all over the world, The Nettles create a strong rhythmic groove under soaring improvisations. Rhythmic drive and melodic fluidity allow The Nettles to propel contra dances into the stratosphere. .

Michael KarcherMichael Karcher

Michael has been having the time of his life calling around the U.S. and Canada since 2011.

He has honed a warm and concise style of teaching and calling, to the delight of dancers across North America.

 

NOTE NEW TIMES: Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Sep
20
Thu
Rushad Eggleston @ First Presbyterian Church
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Rushad EgglestonRushad Eggleston

For those not in the know, Rushad is the cellist from another planet. He’s a legend, clown, goblin, cello-shredder, acrobat, wild “jazz” vocalist, bundle of laughs, inventor of bluegrass cello, Grammy Nominee, time traveler, creator of worlds, Pentecostal dancer, proprietor of igwarfnees, president of Norwegian Ostrich Society, winner of some contest in 1725.

Rushad is truly a musical genius and he spends a lot of time exploring boundaries.  While it may seem like he’s from another planet, he comes down to earth and plays at places like Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.  He was the first string player awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee college of music, and while still there he became their first active student ever to be nominated for a Grammy award.  If you have never seen Rushad, now is your chance to witness greatness.

Note: Larger, more comfortable space and room for everyone, come one, come all!  No reservations necessary, bring your friends and family and pay at the door!  Please enter through the glass doors on 8th or from the parking lot on 9th.  We’ll still have a potluck snack break at intermission, but please don’t bring alcohol (church regulation).  This is kid friendly and encouraged, Rushad is inspirational.    Cash preferred  (checks made to Rushad Eggleston if you must)

 

Oct
6
Sat
Contra: The BFD with Gordy Euler @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The BFD

  • Betsey Branch – fiddle
  • Fran Slefer – button accordian
  • Dan Compton – guitar

The BFD plays for a contra dance about every other month at Fulton Community Center in Portland. Betsy is a versatile musician who loves to explore multiple genres of music. She has wandered her musical way through music from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia, Quebec, Sweden, England, Bulgaria and New England, to mention a few. She plays regularly for contra and English Country Dances. Fran plays button accordion and fiddle. She grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and lived in Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, and Dublin before moving to the United States. Fran began playing the fiddle in Dublin, learning from Tralee fiddle player Maire O’Keeffe. Her repertoire delves into the dance music of Ireland, Québec, France and Brittany. Dan Compton is a long-time folkie in the Pacific Northwest music scene, and has performed at numerous concerts, festivals, and music- and dance camps. He’s a captivating fingerstyle player as well as a dynamic flatpicker and accompanist.

Gordy EulerGordy Euler

Gordy has been dancing and calling in this area for over 15 years, and he’s good!

 

 

NOTE NEW TIMES: Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Oct
20
Sat
Contra: Treehouse with Laurel Thomas @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

TreehouseTreehouse

  • Rachael Young, piano
  • Benjamin Young, whistle and guitar
  • Kevin Craven, fiddle
  • Shari Ame, fiddle
  • Bo Leyden, mandolin, flute

*Treehouse* brings a mix of Irish, Quebecois, and New England style, and
put it together with Pacific Northwest flair. Ben and Rachael come from the
Irish traditional session background, having played with many groups across
Canada and throughout Washington, Oregon, and California. Kevin Craven is
recently arrived from Hawaii. He is a Corvallis violin teacher and also
plays with the OSU Symphony. Shari teaches fiddle and has played with
several Corvallis area bands including Three Finger Jack.

Laurel ThomasLaurel Thomas

Laurel Thomas has called contra dances all over Oregon and Washington since 2008. Dancers appreciate her clear teaching, her articulate calling and her carefully crafted programs designed to build skill for beginning dancers while keeping experienced dancers happy with an appropriate level of challenge.

NOTE NEW TIMES: Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Nov
3
Sat
Contra: The Weisenheimers with Woody Lane @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Weisenheimers

  • Alan Snyder – fiddle,
  • Dave Goldman – keyboard

from Portland play zesty dance tunes with a sly sense of humor.

Woody LaneWoody Lane

Woody Lane has been calling contra dances throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years, and when he’s not calling you can find him dancing.

 

 

NOTE NEW TIMES: Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

Nov
17
Sat
Contra: Joyride with William Watson @ OSU Women's Building
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Note special location: 

OSU Women’s Building

Special Student rate! $5

A beginner’s lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome and encouraged); dance starts at 7:30pm.

Special Location:

This dance is hosted by the new Contra Dance Club at Oregon State University and in partnership with CFS. The location is at the OSU Women’s Building, located on the West side of the Memorial Union Quad in central OSU campus. Many parking areas are available around campus and ideal spots are highlighted below.

map to Women's Building with parking areas highlighted, walking paths are arrows

Map to Women’s Building: Green areas are suggested parking, arrows suggest walking paths to WB (click for link to full document and printable map)

An additional map for OSU parking zones details other lots near WB on campus. All parking on the weekend should be free (and we haven’t seen any info about prohibitive sports events).

JoyrideThe Band: Joyride

Joyride is a Portland Oregon contra dance band known for fun, skilled play, tune sets carefully tailored to dances, and well-phrased melodies and harmonies set in a danceable groove. George Penk’s rich, compelling fiddle, Erik Weberg’s deft flute, harmonica and bombarde, Sue Songer’s heartbeat piano and Jeff Kerssen-Griep’s vital guitar and percussion provide modern and traditional tunes for dances, weekends and festivals throughout the year. This band loves creating a great experience for everyone, every time.  Come catch a lift with Joyride at home or on the road!

William WatsonThe Caller: William Watson

William Watson, a resident of Eugene, OR, danced his first contra in 1989 and began calling in Texas in 1992. Having called numerous contra events in cities coast-to-coast, William’s extensive experience and soothing voice project a calm confidence. His vigilant and thoughtful dance programming ensures a variety of figures, transitions, and sequences to entertain and support new dancers while offering the occasional challenge for the more advanced. His calling proficiency and sensitivities ensure everyone has a good time.

Other Info:

A beginner’s lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome and encouraged); dance starts at 7:30pm.

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

We dance First and Third Saturdays of the month except for July & August. Occasional special dances. See the rest of the calendar for more info.

Dec
1
Sat
Contra: Countercurrent with Lindsey Dono @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

CountercurrentCountercurrent

From Seattle:

  • Brian Lindsay – fiddle
  • Alex Sturbaum – guitar

Countercurrent is a contra dance and folk music band in western Washington, featuring driving guitar, foot percussion, lyrical fiddle, and harmony vocals.

 Lindsey DonoLindsey Dono

Massachusetts transplant Lindsey Dono is rapidly establishing herself as a Northwest mainstay. With her serene teaching, meticulous programming, and sunny demeanor, Lindsey transforms absolute beginners into confident regulars. Known for her creativity on the dance floor, Lindsey incorporates knowledge of waltz, swing, and blues to lead a variety of workshops, including the ever-requested “advanced contra flourishes.” By day, Lindsey is a devoted research scientist.

Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.