Make Your Nomination for the Bubba Award!

Caroline Bubba Award

2015 Bubba Award winner Caroline Oakley

Supported by the Bill Martin Memorial Bubba Fund, The Bubba Award strives to honor a special person in the Northwest old-time community who has committed a good portion of his/her life to making it a fun, inspiring group to be a part of. The ideal person is someone who may often not be noticed or rewarded – perhaps because he/she serves behind the scenes and does not tend to gravitate towards the spotlight – but who has contributed something unique to the community over the years.

Please use the this online form to nominate the person who you think deserves this great honor!

Please use the following criteria to assess the “Bubba-ness” of your nominee: Tenure, Service, Community Building, Wicked Sense of Humor and Unique Sense of Style. The more information you provide, the better the selection committee will be able to determine your nominee’s qualifications.

Please complete your nomination(s) by December 31st, 2015.


The calendar

The calendar is the feature that is used most often. It is not a general music or entertainment calendar. Our goal has been to cover narrowly, and most assuredly arbitrarily, the more traditional aspect of the music and dance in Portland.Old-time Southern style stringband music, fiddles & banjos, get top priority, as well as traditional style square dancing. We support the old-fashioned so-called “traditional” style of bluegrass. For a more general list of the variety of bluegrass in Oregon, check the Oregon Bluegrass Association website. Here we stick with the old stuff.You will also find listings for acoustic blues, rags, and jugband music, Sacred Harp singing gigs, French-Canadian, even a few old school country-western bands and jazz bands. The music is usually not slick but closer to home-grown entertainment. Old-time is D.I.Y. The calendar editor reserves the right to include quirky listings that can’t be justified but by his whim.

To submit your event to the calendar send an email to:

The bands page

The band list starts with the ensembles and individuals that represent the most traditional sound, especially in the old-time stringband style. As you work down the list the definition broadens to include quite a variety of traditional music. Again, the editor has arrogantly exercised his right to select bands arbitrarily. This whole site reflects his taste. Good grief!

The dancing page

The dancing section lists all of the regularly scheduled old-time square dances in Portland, as well as a list of the local dance callers. Included are several videos and links to other sites that cover traditional style square dancing. An amazingly comprehensive list of all variety of Portland dancing is available at, of course, Portland Dancing.

The type of dancing we promote in this section is the old-fashioned way of square dancing, very different from the modern western square dance club movement. The clubs use recordings, we always use live stringbands. The clubs require years of lessons to qualify for the dance floor, but our dances are open to the public and newcomers are welcomed with open arms. Portland style traditional square dance is true folk dancing. Its community, neighborhood, family entertainment, often done in livingrooms and backyards.