Coming Soon!

Dan is an old-school appalachian banjo and fiddle player. He is best known for his instructional banjo books, but he is also a great instructor, performer and storyteller. Don’t miss this special chance to see him live.
Access the flyer here.

Zigzag Old Time Campout



The Zigzag Old Time Music Campout is coming up on Labor Day weekend, September 1 – 4, 2017!  Bubbaville is proud to sponsor the visiting featured artists this year: Hen’s Teeth (Jane Rothfield & Nathan Bontrager). We’ll have a local instructors Leela Grace, Steph Noll and Sophie Enloe with us to offer workshops as well, including kid and family activities. These fabulously talented folks will be offering several workshops over the weekend, and they’ll be around to jam and to play in a concert.

Workshop Descriptions are coming soon!

You don’t want to miss it!  GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!



This event is so much fun!  Square dancing, Cajun 2-stepping, great music (old-school country and Cajun), yummy food, friends – what could be better?

Thursday June 23rd.  Velo Cult Bike Shop.  1969 NE 42nd Ave, Portland

  • 7-10pm    All ages   $5.00   tickets at the door
  • Square dance The Horsenecks and caller Caroline Oakley.  This dance will have some alternating cajun music and dancing mixed in with the square dances.
  • bring on the good times.

Friday June 24th.  Spare Room Lounge.   4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland

  • 9pm -late  21+  $15.00   tickets at the door
  • Caleb Klauder Country Band, late set
  • Reeb Willms, Kelli Jones and The Ladies Men will open the show.
  • continued good times
Saturday June 25th.  Spare Room Lounge.  4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland
  • 9pm- late   21+  $15.00   tickets at the door
  • Joel Savoy and Jesse Lége Cajun Band, late set
  • Jeremy Wakefield, Western swing band will open the show.
  • more good times

Sunday June 26th.  The Moon and Sixpence.  2014 NE 42nd Ave Portland

  • 8pm-12pm   Free   all ages until 9pm, 21+ after 9pm
  • Fais Do Do All-Star Jam
  • wrapping up the good times


Bubbaville Presents Anna & Elizabeth

Visiting Artists, February 11-14, 2017

Inspired by the richness and tradition of the music, Anna & Elizabeth gather songs and stories from archives and visits with elders. They bring these songs to life in performance with sparse, atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle, and the uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. They accompany their songs with stories—of the lyrics, of the singer, of the quest to learn the song—and they illustrate them in mesmerizing fashion. The two revive the old scrolling picture show, dubbed “crankies”—intricate picture-scrolls illustrating the old songs they sing, which they create in tandem with papercuts, shadow puppets, prints, and embroidered fabric.

Anna & Elizabeth have a MISSION:

WE HOPE THAT OUR WORK ::: BRINGS LIGHT to old ballads, tunes, hymns, and the stories of everyday people / HONORS the lives & creativity of those who have gone before us– ancestors, pioneers, friends, and dear teachers / PASSES THE TRADITION to a younger generation & encourages friendships across generations / INSPIRES people to make art in their own homes

The Social

The Willamette Valley Old-Time Social (WVOTS) is an annual celebration of old-time music and dance hosted in Eugene, Oregon. The 2017 social will be held May 4th-7th, and will feature a variety of hot bands, presenters and dance callers from across the region and beyond. Join us for jams, performances, dances, and workshops! Note that there will be MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY WITH OTHER MUSICIANS, so bring your instrument and come and jam with us!
  • Thursday 5/4 – Kick-off Party at 1st National Taphouse with local bands 7:00pm!
  • Friday 5/5 – Old-Time BBQ Social & Jam Fest at a private event space (West Eugene) 5:00pm-midnight RSVP here for Friday or Sunday
  • Saturday 5/6 – The Main Event at the Vet’s Club from noon to midnight, including workshops, concerts, socializing, jamming, vendors, and square dancing!
  • Sunday 5/7 – Sunday Farewell Brunch at Fish Hawk farm for one last jam before heading home 12:00pm-3:00pm RSVP here for Friday or Sunday






Supported by the Bill Martin Memorial Bubba Fund, Bubbaville is excited to bring Grammy Award winning musician Dom Flemons to Portland this fall.  Dom will be engaging in a variety of community workshops and performances from October 31 to November 4, 2015.  Check back for updates to the schedule:

Saturday, October 31 – Halloween Hootenanny at Church of the Acoustic Redemption

8325 North Central, Portland (St. John’s)

  • 2pm Bones workshop with Dom Flemons – $15 (includes a pair of wooden bones for you to keep!)
  • 3pm Workshop with Gabrielle Macrae & Barry Southern – details coming soon!
  • 4pm Songster Guitar workshop with Dom Flemons – $15
  • 7pm – Late – Halloween Hootenanny!  Live music by the Waysiders, Pete Kriebs and Dom Flemons followed by jamming.  Costumes encouraged (keep the Hootenanny theme in mind!) There will be gumbo – first come, first served. Bring food and beverages to share.  Suggested donation to go to the bands: $10

Sunday, November 1 – The Winding Stream at the Hollywood Theater

4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland

  • 2pm screening of The Winding Stream, followed by music and discussion with filmmaker Beth Harrington, Dom Flemons, Annalisa Tornfelt and the Coupe Duet (Chris Miller and Joanna Macrae).  Dom will play some Leslie Riddle tunes and discuss his role in the development of American country music.
  • 7pm Potluck, more discussion and jamming with Dom – location to be announced soon!

Monday, November 2 – Sharing Music with Kids!

  • Dom will spend the day visiting classes  and playing music for kids at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt K-8 School 
  • Concert at Ethos Music Center Recital Hall – 6:30pm
  • Guitar workshop with Ethos Students 7:30 – 8:30pm

Tuesday, November 3 – Dom Flemons and Squirrel Butter at The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St., Portland

  • Doors open at 7pm – Dom will be spinning some records for your enjoyment!
  • Squirrel Butter – 8pm
  • Dom Flemons – 9pm

Wednesday, November 4 – House Concert

  • Scott Killops will host a house concert with Squirrel Butter and Dom Flemons
  • Potluck starts at 6:30pm
  • Music starts at 7:30pm
  • Reservations required!  To reserve your spot, email:



In 2012, Bubbaville received a generous matching gift of $10,000 to help launch the Bubba Fund – a memorial fund to honor Bill Martin’s legacy.  The Bubba Fund will provide support for an array of projects that will benefit Portland’s traditional music and dance community.   Many of the projects will be ones that Bill Martin himself dreamed up.

We are excited to report that we’ve gotten started on one of the projects Bill wanted his fund to support – the Annual Bubba Award.

The first annual Bubba Award was bestowed upon Brian Bagdonas at the 2013 POTMG. Thanks Brian for all you’ve done for our community!

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.  The criteria includes – tenure, service, community building, wicked sense of humor and unique sense of style.  We formed a committee, accepted nominations, and at the Friday night concert of the 2013 Portland Old Time Music Gathering, we presented the 1st Annual Bubba Award to Brian Bagdonas.   Missed it?  You can read the award presentation speech here!