May 18 2009

LAOTS @ Farmlab

Day three was a great day of offerings!  Workshops led by Amy Hofer, Dave Bragger, Steve Lewis, Chris Berry, and Susan Michaels.  There were great cakes for the cake walk, there was so much good dancing that no one can wait till the next one!

Amy Hofer leading a fiddle workshop

Amy Hofer leads a fiddle workshop

Chris Berry leads the Old-Time guitar workshop

Chris Berry leads the Old-Time guitar workshop

Steve Lewis a banjo workshop

Steve Lewis leads a banjo workshop

David Bragger leads a fiddle workshop

David Bragger leads a fiddle workshop

Susan Michaels leads Square Dance calling workshop

Susan Michaels leads Square Dance calling workshop

Folks jammin'

Folks jammin'

Cakes for the cake walk

Cakes for the cake walk

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Angel calls "Everbody Swing!"

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The family dance

The great band: Frank Hoppe, Katy Croshier, Joe Wack, Larry Ullman, Steve Lewis

The great band: Frank Hoppe, Katy Croshier, Joe Wack, Larry Ullman

by Nick Stillman

by Nick Stillman


May 18 2009

LAOTS Concert!

Well, day two saw some great music as well.  Shaun Cromwell astounded.  Tom Sauber delivered.  The Black Crown Stringband earned their crown!

Charlie King

Charlie King

Shaun Cromwell

Shaun Cromwell

Shaun Cromwell by Matt Kntoh

Shaun Cromwell by Matt Knoth

Tom Sauber

Tom Sauber

Tom Sauber by Matt Knoth

Tom Sauber by Matt Knoth

Tom Sauber & Ben Guzman by Matt Knoth

Tom Sauber & Ben Guzman by Matt Knoth

Black Crown String Band

Black Crown String Band


May 18 2009

LAOTS Kick Off!

Hey Hey Hey!  What a night that was!  Great music from Sweet Angel and the Surly Saints, Frank Fairfiled, and the amazing Sausage Grinder!  Day one, two more to go!

Los Angeles Old-Time Social Kick Off

Los Angeles Old-Time Social Kick Off

Sweet Angel & the Surly Saints

Sweet Angel & the Surly Saints

Frank Fairfield

Frank Fairfield

Sausage Grinder

Sausage Grinder


May 6 2009

4th Ever LAOTS

This year is the 4th 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 wkend!  All details are here.

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*****************************************************************Thurs. 5/14, 9pm, Free:  Kick Off! 

The Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Ave, 90027

Full Kick Off details here 

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Fri. 5/15, 8pm, $15:  Concert!** 

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

**Pre-sale tix available here

Full Concert details and band bio’s here

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Sat. 5/16, 2-10pm, Free:  Workshops & Square Dance!  

Farmlab.org, 1745 N. Spring St, Unit 4, 90012

Workshops:  details here

  • Old-Time Fiddle with Amy Hofer
  • Black Old-Time Fiddle Tunes with David Bragger
  • Old-Time Back Up Guitar with Chris Berry
  • Beginning Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis
  • Advanced Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis
  • Square Dance Calling with Susan Michaels
  • Click link here for details, times & registration

Square Dance & Kid’s Dance & Cakewalk: kids, 6:30, cake, 7:30, dance 8pm

Callers:  Susan Michaels & Amy Hofer

Cake Walk Cake Baking Sign Up:  Contact Katy kttheflowerlady@sbcglobal.net

Bands:

K. Boogie and the Brownbaggers:  K.Boogie and the Brown Baggers are Ben Guzman, Mike Heinle, Kelly Martin, Joe Wack, and Steve Lewis. They may be the newest old-time band in LA, but they’re hardly lacking in experience. Ben, Mike, and Kelly comprise the always-in-demand Triple Chicken Foot band. Joe and Steve have played together in various bands for over 15 years. The lineup for K.Boogie and the Brown Baggers features  Ben and Joe on fiddles, Kelly on guitar, Mike playing bass, and Steve on fretless banjo. Their dance music draws on the  traditional tunes and styles of the southern Appalachians. It’s lively, energetic, and fun for all.

Pierson’s Pork Pies:  Pearson’s Pork Pies began as a group of neighbors who played a square dance in 2006 and just kept on getting together.  They have been heaping an evenly spiced filling into a buttery, flaky crust ever since — never a soggy bottom, and that’s a promise.  Band lineup for the 2009 LAOTS is Amy Hofer on fiddle, Dan Kluger on banjo, Matt Knoth on guitar, and Mike Heinle on bass.


May 6 2009

2009 L.A. Old-Time Social Workshops

Sat. 5/16 2-5pm:

Farmlab.org, 1745 N. Spring St, Unit 4, 90012

3pm Old-Time Fiddle with Amy Hofer:  All levels welcome.  Bring a fiddle and a recording device and we’ll break down a tune (or two if there’s time).  We’ll talk about learning by ear and bowing patterns as we go.  Amy Hofer has taught fiddle to individuals and groups for 6 years, including three years of teaching the fiddle section of Oakland’s ever-popular Old-Time Stringband Music Class.  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

3pm Old-Time Back Up Guitar with Chris Berry:  This workshop will show you the ins and outs of backing up fiddle tunes on the guitar. We’ll talk about when to change chords (and when not to), some common chord progressions, and play lots of different types of tunes. We’ll also discuss the styles of some of the greats of old-time guitar: Riley Puckett, Roy Harvey, Asa Martin, Ernest Stoneman. Bring a guitar, a capo, a thumbpick or flatpick, and maybe a notebook and/or something to record with (no tab or chord charts — look andlisten).  Chris Berry plays guitar for the LA-area old-time/ragtime/jazz/blues/jug conglomeration Sausage Grinder.  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

3pm Beginning Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis:  Have a banjo and are wondering what to do with it? Seen Triple Chicken Foot and want to play banjo like Mike Heinle? This is the workshop to get you started. We’ll be working on the essentials to get you up and running on clawhammer banjo starting from square one—tuning the instrument; basic clawhammer technique; keeping your banjo happy and healthy. You’ll leave knowing those things and playing a tune or two as well! If you already play and just want a refresher, you’re welcome to come, but the focus will really be on the foundation elements of clawhammer style. Limit of 12.  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

4-6pm Square Dance Calling with Susan Michaels:  Learn how to call squares for your friends and family.  Beginners welcome.  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.  Or just show up and get your dancing shoes on.

4:30pm Black Old-Time Fiddle Tunes with David Bragger:  This workshop is designed to teach old-time fiddle tunes found in the recordings of Southern Black fiddlers.  David draws from a pool of eccentric OT fiddlers such as Will Adam, Howard Armstrong, Lonnie Chatmon, John Lusk, etc.  The objective:  To leave the workshop with the bowing and notes of some wonderful eccentric fiddle tunes.  Please bring an audio recording device.  David Bragger plays fiddle and mandolin in Sausage Grinder, an old-time/country and blues jugband based in the Los Angeles area. David  teaches old-time fiddle, banjo and mandolin to students of all ages and levels. His students have won awards at festivals from Topanga Fiddle Banjo Festival to Galax, Virginia. Most importantly, he shows you how to have a foot-stomping ruckus of a good time!  Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.

4:30pm Advanced Claw Hammer Banjo with Steve Lewis:  If you already play clawhammer style and are looking for more, this is your workshop. We’ll review the essential elements of clawhammer style and then focus on fluently combining them in different ways to create the many rhythmic and melodic variations you hear in good clawhammer playing. I’ll teach two or three tunes, but emphasis will be on learning how to adapt what you already know to playing with others, especially with fiddlers in jam settings. If you want to review/practice your hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and drop-thumbs, come to the beginning workshop and then stay for the advanced session. I’ll have some tunes written out in tablature, but the goal is to develop your ear and technique to play with others without it. We’ll have a fiddler in attendance to practice with. Limit of 12. Please email mike@triplechickenfoot.com for registration & questions.


May 6 2009

2009 L.A. Old-Time Social Concert

Fri. 5/15, 8pm, $15:  Concert!**


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

**pre-sale tix available here

Shaun Cromwell:

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A Los Angeles based singer/writer of eclectic roots-inspired songs, Shaun uses his guitar, banjo, and voice to weave tales of intrigue and epics of sorrow. Stories marked by death, revenge, gluttony, and The Hereafter abound with the occasional nod to the softer sex (by way of love song, although… someone usually dies in those too).

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Tom Sauber:

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Tom Sauber is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who is teaching traditional Southern fiddle.  In the 45 years that Tom has devoted to playing traditional music, he has performed with extraordinary musicians in old-time, bluegrass and Cajun music.  He is particularly known for his long-time partnerships with Oklahoma fiddler Earl Collins and North Carolina banjo picker Eddie Lowe.  He holds a masters degree in folklore and is a performer and teacher in demand at major traditional music festivals and workshops across the country and internationally.

*****

The Blackcrown Stringband:

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Although their name may be dark, Black Crown Stringband is a colorful group of musical compatriots coming from both worlds of Bluegrass as well as Old-Time music and meeting somewhere in the middle. The group, originally named The Pilot Lighters, first appeared at the 2008 Berkeley Old-Time Convention String Band Contest, where they won first place. Their musical menu consists of fiddle driven old-time numbers, twisted up bluegrass standards and plain old straight ahead mountain music. Look for them wherever true Americana is allowed.

*****


May 6 2009

2009 L.A. Old-Time Kick Off Party

Thurs. 5/14, 9pm, Free:

The Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Ave, 90027

Sweet Angel and the Surly Saints:

Hark! Sweet Angel and The Surly Saints are sure to make you feel like the last train heaven bound is overflowing with joy and there is no more room on board for you. This collaborative gospel band was put together purely for the Fourth Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social. With a three day festival of drinking, dancing and old time tunes there aught to be someone to put the Jebus back into Old Time. And what luck to have an actual preacher’s son on our side! With voices like those big winged things in the sky and an arrangement of guitars, banjo, percussion and vocals we are here to save your souls. Only after we save our own of course. After all half of us are surly. So come out and listen to songs that your grandmother used to make you sing for Sunday school. It’s sure to be a real treat!

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Frankie Fairfield:

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Frank Fairfield is a young chronicler of American music. Switching from song to song between  banjo, guitar and his grandfather’s fiddle, Frank channels the stories told by figures long since passed. Traveling by bicycle with his instruments tied to his back, he can often be found busking on street corners and farmer’s markets throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and at times even playing his rare 78rpm records on an acoustic gramophone for passers by.  Since the Spring of 2008, Fairfield has been signed to the New York folk label Tompkins Square, released a 7″ and been on a national tour in support of the Fleet Foxes. Frank is currently recording his debut LP for Tompkins Square which will be out in the Fall of 2009.

*****

Sausage Grinder:

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Sausage Grinder is your go-to crew for stomp, strut, rag, breakdown, and fat ass hillbilly jass. Sounds so sweet like candied meat – always in all-natural casings with no electrical instrumentation. Take your pick, jelly roll or fine ground pork filling. This six player string band will sex you up and throw you down, but only after the ribs and fries is gone. See that? That’s a violin, and a mandolin, a banjo, guitar, washboard, and one fat jug blowed on by The Big Boy Baby. The Sausage Grinders pushes out some of the best ol’ stuff from here to there. Where else you see that stuff in Los Angeles? More raw, more flavor. This band so big they must sit down on the chair. They make tears of ground beef come out of your radio and home computer system, just like science fiction. Sausage Grinder is a ton ‘o’ fun. So come to the show!