Mar 27 2016

The 11th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social!

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Feb 18 2016

11th Ever L.A. Old Time Social Friday Night Concert!

Fri. 5/13, 8pm, $20:**

The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St., 90007

Sausage Grinder (House band for the night)

Earl White & Adrian Davis

Tom Marion & Frank Fairfield

The Canote Brothers

**Pre-sale tix available HERE!


Earl White & Adriane Davis

Early White & Adriane Davis

Earl White and Adrienne Davis are a dynamic duo who have been icons in the old-time music and dance community for more than a decade. Earl’s energetic fiddle style upholds the Appalachian tradition while adding his trance like sound and distinct bowing. He is well known for his extensive repertoire of traditional american fiddle tunes and songs.  Adrienne’s steadfast hand on the guitar completes their sound as she drives the bass notes and lays down rhythm. As a duet they perform concerts and instruct at many camps throughout the US.

Earl and Adrienne are the foundation of the Earl White String Band, an energetic, driving, old time string band that have pleasured audiences and dancers across the nation.  They have been joined by various great musicians, such as Mark Olitsky (banjo), Joe (bass) Desjarnette, Chris Jong (banjo), to name a few.  Currently they are joining forces with another dynamic duo, Evie Ladin and Keith Terry.


 Frank Fairfield & Tom Marion


The Canote Brothers 


Twins, Greg and Jere Canote, make their first Los Angeles appearance  with their infectious fiddle tunes, nutty novelty numbers, and enthusiastic attitudes. Greg and Jere have been performing together since childhood, from their first-grade role as Christmas elves tap-dancing around the wishing well, to their thirteen-year stint as the affable sidekicks on National Public Radio’s Sandy Bradley’s Potluck. They have played for concerts, dances and musical events in forty-seven states and a few foreign countries. With guitar, fiddle, harmonica, ukulele, banjo, and genetically matched voices, these guys love to share what they do. Fiddle tunes are their first love, but they also sing together in the tradition of the brother duets. With a nod to the Vaudeville days, they are always eager to dip into their bag of tricks. For over thirty years, they have taught a thriving Seattle string band workshop and have been regular teachers at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Portland Uke Fest and many more.

Here the Canotes here!

See the Canotes here!


Sausage Grinder

Sausage Grinder

Feb 17 2016

11th Ever L.A. Old Time Social Kick Off Party!

Thurs. 5/12, 7pm, $5, 21+

El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd, 90029

  • Echo Mountain String Band (Los Angeles)
  • Squirrel Butter (Seattle)
  • The High Life Cajun Band (Los Angeles)

Squirrel Butter

Squirrel Butter

Squirrel Butter, husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven, started performing together after meeting at a music festival in 2005.  Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they explore the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, & cajun while adding their unique perspective to these traditions and threading these influences into their original compositions.  Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing in harmony.  Occasionally, Squirrel Butter appears with guest musicians to form a trio or quartet.  Currently both members of honky tonk project, The Lucky Shots, and were also half of venerable string band, The Tallboys.  They are anchors of the old-time music, honky-tonk, & square dance communities in the Pacific NW and beyond.

Check them out layin’ down – REUBEN’S TRAIN!


The High Life Cajun Band

The High Life Cajun BandThe High Life Cajun Band plays traditional Cajun dance music.  Paul Rathje – accordion/vocals, Ben Guzman – fiddle, Joseph D’amico – guitar, and Dempsey Pappion – rub board/vocals.

Listen to their tunes – Church Point Breakdown  & The KLFY Waltz


Feb 17 2016

10th Ever LAOTS

10th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social!Poster Design by Joe Wack!


This year is the 10th Ever Los Angeles Old-Time Social!

May 14, 15, 16  will see concerts, workshops, parties, jams and a big square dance!  May 17th is the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest to top off the weekend!   Full day by day calendar and details below.  If you need more info, email

Thurs. 5/14, 8pm $7, 21+:  Kick Off Party!

El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd, 90029

  • Sausage Grinder
  • Tom Sauber & Tom Carter (UT)
  • Joe Sands Fontenot Cajun Creole Band

Full Kick Off details and band bios HERE!!


Fri. 5/15, 8pm:  Concert!**

The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St., 90007

**Pre-sale tix available HERE & NOW!!!

  • Beverly Smith and John Grimm (Georgia)
  • The Gallus Brothers (Washington)
  • Riley Baugus, Sabra Guzman & The Stuart Brothers (North Carolina/Virginia)
  • House band for the night – LA’s own The Happy Neighbor Club!!!

Full Concert details and band bios HERE.


Sat. 5/16, 12-11pm, Workshops & Square Dance!

$20 for the day (workshops included) or $10 for the Dance only.
American Legion Post 206, 227 North Avenue 55,  90042

Square Dance  |   Family Dance  |  Cakewalk:
Family Dance & Cake Walk – 6:30,  Square Dance 8pm

Cake Walk Cake Baking Sign Up & Info HERE:
Contact Katy

•  Callers:

  • Charmain Slaven

•  Bands:

  • TBA

For caller and band bios coming soon!

Worskshops 12 – 6pm!

  • Upstairs

    12-1 Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing with Charmaine Slaven

    1-2  Flatfooting 102 with Ruth Alpert and Rebecca Stout

    2-3 Square Dance Calling Workshop with Susan Michaels and Charmaine Slaven

    3-4 Square Dance Calling Workshop continued

    4-5 Harmony Singing- Kelly Martin and Sabra Guzman



    12-1 Early Italian Mandolin & Guitar with Paul Rangell

    1-2 -Fiddle/Banjo Duets with Travis and Trevor Stuart

    2-3 -Old-Time Guitar with Beverly Smith

    3-4 Old-Time Fiddle with David Bragger

    4-5 Beginning Fingerpicking Guitar with Devin Champlin

    5-6 Old-Time Banjo with Riley Baugus

    FULL Description, Times & Sign-up HERE


May 19 2015

Saturday at the Legion Hall & Sunday at Topanga

Click on photo to get to album!


Apr 28 2015

10th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social Cakewalk!

cakewalkphotographs by Georgia Junker

A Message from Katie Lou, our fearless Cakewalk Leader:

Dear Friends,

Enter the Cake Contest !!!
Generous  and wonderful people like you bring a cake to be entered in the  exciting cake contest that happens right before the cakewalk.  Cakes are judged  based on appearance only, so let your imagination  go wild! Fabulous ribbon prizes are awarded for the most beautiful, most outrageous, most original, sexiest, goofiest, strangest, most attractive cake etc.  In fact, this year we will have prizes for First, Second and Third place! The cakes are then played for by people who are participants in the cakewalk.

“What is a cakewalk,” you ask?
The easiest way to describe it is it’s like musical chairs but with old time music and dancing and each round there’s a cake as a prize!  Wow.
Our tradition at the Social is for all cake winners to share all the cakes won at the cake walk at a big yummy cake eating fest as one of the very best parts of the Old Time Social.  It probably is EVERYONE’S favorite part of the Social, in fact.  There is always plenty of cakes for everyone.
The Cakewalk will be on Saturday, May 16th after the family dance at 6:30 and just before the main dance at 8pm-ish!

Get your cakes to the Legion Hall no later than 5:30.  (227 N. Ave. 55) There will be signs letting you know where to bring the cakes when you arrive.

Think outside the cakebox!

For more info email Katie at

Mar 26 2015

The 10th Ever LAOTS Poster!

10th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social!

So excited to be able to share this with the WORLD!  Thank you Joe Wack for this year’s awesome poster!

Click the image to get to 10th Ever LAOTS’ info page!

Mar 7 2015

10th Ever L.A. Old Time Social Friday Night Concert!

Fri. 5/15, 8pm, $20:**

The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th St., 90007

The Happy Neighbor Club (House band for the night)

The Gallus Brothers

Beverly Smith & John Grimm

Riley Baugus, Sabra Guzman, Trevor & Travis Stuart

**Pre-sale tix available HERE & NOW!!!


The Gallus Brothers:


The Gallus Brothers sound like a record collection found in the basement of a retired acrobat with a penchant for good old fashioned blues. Devin Champlin savagely syncopates on a reso-phonic guitar, while Lucas Hicks amps it up by playing percussion on a suitcase full of bones, bells and antique tomfoolery. Both are talented multi-instrumentalists and their sets are a mix of country blues, old tin pan alley songs, mandolin and fiddle tunes, and a dash of danger by way of acrobatic antics. They have played across the US and Canada from festival stage to smoky bar, wooing crowds with their fun music, their good humor, and their willingness to jump on a table, stand on each other, and juggle while playing a good old tune from way back when.


Beverly Smith & John Grimm:


John Grimm and Beverly Smith live in the mountains of North Georgia in the beautiful little town of Dahlonega, in Lumpkin County. For the past 25 years, John has owned and operated the towns music store, Vintage Music, while Beverly toured the world in various band configurations. Since 2010 John and Beverly have been performing together at festivals, concerts, workshops and dances across the country and abroad. Their performances feature traditional country duets, fiddle tunes and originals.   They choose their songs well;  their traditional songs and tunes reveal a deep familiarity with and great love for the genre. From archaic banjo and haunting fiddle tunes to raucous hillbilly singing and aching ballads they display an ease that sounds nothing but genuine.

John Grimm is an award winning fiddler and multi-instrumentalist who has played with many old time bands such as The Georgia Mudcats, The Georgia Potlickers, and Rural Radio Company. He was a recent recipient of the Dr. Gene Wiggins Award in recognition of long and significant contributions to traditional music in N. Georgia. Dr. Wiggins was the author of the book “Fiddling Georgia Crazy” the definitive book on fiddler John Carson. John played the role of John Carson in the PBS film “The People vs. Leo Frank” and has appeared in the Atlanta production of “The Cotton Patch Gospel”. In addition to his old time performances he teaches fiddle with the highly successful “Pick & Bow” after school program, and has played with The Indigo Girls, Jonathan Byrd, Shawn Mullins, Rising Appalachia, The Little Country Giants, Pauline Scanlon and others.

One of the most respected guitar players in old time music today, Beverly Smith is also in demand as a singer, fiddler, and dance caller. Besides her three highly praised recordings of early country duets with mandolinist Carl Jones, her guitar playing has been featured on recordings of fiddlers Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Tara Nevins and Brad Leftwich, and her singing with Mick Moloney, John Doyle, Laurie Lewis and others.  Along with June Drucker, Rose Sinclair and Tara Nevins, she was a founding member of The Heartbeats Rhythm Quartet.   She has taught guitar, fiddle and dance at music camps including Ashokan Southern Week, Augusta Heritage, Swannanoa Gathering, Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Summer Acoustic Music Week as well as Sore Fingers UK; Haapavesi, Finland; and La Fuente del Musica in Spain.  She has been a featured guest on A Prairie Home Companion, ETown, Mountain Stage and Voice of America, has toured extensively in both the US and the UK, and has played concert halls and festivals all over Europe, Canada and the US. Her guitar playing was featured in the October 2000 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Besides her duo with John Grimm, Beverly currently plays and tours with Alice Gerrard, the indisputable Queen of Old Time Music.


Riley Baugus, Sabra Guzman, Trevor & Travis Stuart:



Riley Baugus represents the best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing voice and his expert musicianship place him squarely in the next generation of the quality American roots tradition. Riley first came to music through his family. His father had a love of old time music which touched the young Riley on a molecular level. His family’s attendance at Regular Baptist church gave him early exposure to the unaccompanied singing that is a time-honored tradition for ballad singers throughout the Appalachians. Starting on the fiddle, Riley quickly moved on to the banjo, building his first instrument from scrap wood with his father. With a friend, Riley visited elder traditional musicians throughout North Carolina and Virginia. When not teaching or building banjos, Riley can be found out on the road performing.  He plays with the Dirk Powell Band and with Kirk Sutphin. He is a frequent guest of Polecat Creek and of Tim O’Brien with Dirk Powell. With Ira Bernstein, he presents the show “Appalachian Roots”, a unique showcase of Appalachian music and dance. Riley makes his home near Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Sabra Guzmán has been a part of Virginia since 2007, where she’s become a fully entrenched member of the burgeoning old-time & country music scene of the Appalachians and beyond. A founding member of the award winning old-time bands Old Sledge and Old Buck, Sabra is well known for her solid guitar & bass skills, her unique vocal stylings, and her captivating stage presence. She has been seen at many prestigious venues & festivals – Freight & Salvage, Pickathon, Blackpot, Club Passim, The Los Angeles Old Time Social, The Ark, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots – and received a coveted first place Traditional Old Time band at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival. Sabra brings a musicianship and her unique approach to all projects, regardless of genre or instrumentation.


The Stuart Brothers are world renown for their masterful performances of Appalachian fiddle and banjo duets. Trevor and Travis were born and raised in Bethel , a rural farming community in Haywood County, NC — an area of magical beauty where the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains meet and once the ancient Cherokee settlement of Sonoma. These majestic ranges surrounded the young brothers with the rich musical and cultural environment of Appalachian fiddle tunes, Baptist spirituals, banjo pickers, all night square dance shindigs and poetic tale weavers.

With deep family musical roots, their great grandfather was the legendary fiddler Rev. Henry King, and great uncle the banjoist and singer Austin Stamey. The brothers learned some of the oldest regional fiddle and banjo styles from masters such as the Smathers Family, Byard Ray, Oscar “Red” Wilson, Gordon Freeman, and the Sutton family. They formed their first band in junior high and played for local clogging teams, local functions and fiddlers conventions. Since then they have toured extensively throughout the US and several foreign countries, teaching and performing at major festivals and music camps.


The Happy Neighbor Club:


The Happy Neighbor Club loves getting together to explore old-time string band traditions from obscure corners of the globe. The members, all from the greater Los Angeles area, have been playing music since the 1960s in various configurations, but met a dozen years ago upon discovering a shared love of early 20th century dance tunes played on fiddle, mandolin, accordion, guitar, cello, and bass. Expect to hear an exotic mix of Mexican paso dobles, Hawaiian marches, Italian polkas, Texas rags, Puerto Rican mazurkas, and even a Finnish hummpa.

Mar 7 2015

10th Ever L.A. Old Time Social Kick Off Party!

Thurs. 5/14, 7pm, $5, 21+

El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd, 90029

  • Sausage Grinder
  • Tom Sauber & Tom Carter (UT)
  • Joe Sands Fontenot Cajun Creole Band

Sausage Grinder:

Sausage Grinder

Sausage Grinder, Los Angeles’ all-natural hillbilly and country blues band, combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The versatile acoustic ensemble features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, jug, washboard, and a few odds and ends.

Sausage Grinder was formed in 2008 out of a desire to play this classic music “right” without being slavish imitators or academic lecturers. As old-time and blues fiddler Adam Tanner puts it, Sausage Grinder’s “reverence to the old 78s hasn’t restrained them from exploring even grimier nooks and crannies … unrestrained and impolite the Grinder’s performances are visceral and joyous — a blast from the past with a nod to the immediacy of the future!” Or as LA Weekly says succinctly, the band’s performance feels “reminiscent of an old Mickey Mouse cartoon.”


Tom Sauber & Tom Carter:

Tom & Tom

Tom Sauber and Tom Carter have been playing old-time southern fiddle and banjo together since the early 1970s. Both first learned from the New Lost City Ramblers, but each in their own way pushed further into the music. Sauber grew up and lives in Los Angeles. In addition to playing in numerous bluegrass and old-time bands–current bands include Loafer’s Glory with Herb Pedersen and his son, Patrick, and Tom, Brad, and Alice, with Brad Leftwich and Alice Gerrard–he received a MA in folklore from ULCA where he researched and recorded the fiddle and banjo music of southern transplants like Earl Collins and Eddie Lowe. Tom is an excellent fiddler and singer, and teams here with his banjo playing friend, Tom Carter. Carter took more of an academic route through the music. After leaving his native Salt Lake City for college in the East, he ended up studying the traditional string band music of the southern Blue Ridge while a graduate student in folklore, first at the University of North Carolina and then Indiana University. While in North Carolina, he played banjo and recorded with the Fuzzy Mountain String Band, as well as producing a number of LPs that introduced everyone to the music of Emmett Lundy, Luther Davis, and JW Spangler. Carter now lives back in Salt Lake City, but the two Toms get together and make music whenever possible.


Joe Sands Fontenot Cajun Creole Band:

Joe Sands Fontenot Cajun Creole Band

No catchphrases…..just the real deal. The Fontenot Cajun Creole Band plays for the love of traditional styles of the music of our culture. The group has sprung up from get togethers in Mr Joe’s back room over strong coffee, laughs , and pots simmering on the stove. We play because we love the music and our culture.

Many Louisiana creoles came to the west coast for work after the war and formed communities in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Mr Joe “Sands” Fontenot, on accordion, was born outside of Mamou and raised in L’Anse Grise, Louisiana and moved to Los Angeles seeking work. He brought his music with him like many creoles. In the tradition of Danny Poullard in the bay area and Joe Simien in Los Angeles, Mr Joe carries on the tradition of practicing and keeping the culture alive by playing and extending the music to those that come and sit with him in that practice room at the back of the house. Just like those before him it is all about the feel of the music and passing it on by ear. He will be the last to tell you but his relations are strong in the french creole music tradition as his cousins continue to play on stages and festivals back home.

Guy Martin, on fiddle, was born in New Orleans to a creole mother who spoke french first. He spent time in his early years listening to his Avoyelles Parish born creole grandfather play the fiddle as well as learning Louisiana French from his family. In college he was fortunate to have his ears seasoned on the live playing of Dewey Balfa as well as Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys while working at Mulatte’s cajun restaurant. He feels lucky to continue playing tunes under the guidance of Mr. Joe.

Carolyn Russel brings her depth of experience and feel of playing with Wilfred Latour and Joe Simien internationally.  She was instrumental in bringing much of cajun and creole music to Southern California.


Feb 10 2015

Save The Date: 10th Ever Social!


Click on the postcard for link to info

(final details being fleshed out now)