Dom Flemons Oct 31 – Nov 4


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 Workshops with Gabrielle Macrae (fiddle) & Barry Southern (banjo) $15
  • 4pm Songster Guitar workshop with Dom Flemons – $15
  • 7pm – Late – Halloween Hootenanny!  Live music by Pete Krebs,  the Waysiders,  Darka Dusty and the Borscht Beatniks, 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

To sign up for workshops, please email:

Workshop Descriptions:

Bones (2pm – Dom Flemons) $15

I will be teaching a workshop on the Rhythm Bones. The Rhythm Bones are one of the worlds oldest instruments. There also a fantastic percussion instrument. In the workshop I will be showing about six different ways to play the Rhythm Bones that incorporate basic rhythm exercises as well as a few more complex styles including two-handed bones. Please make sure to bring instruments along as I will be able to show A few different ways to accompany the music of the guitar or banjo.

Scruggs Style Banjo for Old Time (3pm – Barry Southern) $15

Barry Southern will lead a workshop on three-finger Scruggs style banjo, with a focus on playing three-finger to old time tunes.

Learn a Fiddle Tune from Gabrielle Macrae (3pm) $15

Gabrielle Macrae will teach a tune from her repertoire with a focus on bowing techniques.

Songster guitar (4pm – Dom Flemons) $15

In the past 10 years, I have developed a style of guitar playing that incorporates a lot of the ideas of the old timey banjo playing. In this workshop I will be teaching the basic notions of frailing the guitar, interesting strums, and also the joys that can be found in using basic open tunings on the guitar as shown in early old time blues and country recordings.  Both banjos and guitars are welcome!


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

4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland – BUY TICKETS

  • 2pm screening of The Winding Stream, followed by music and discussion with filmmaker Beth Harrington and musicians 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.  Get your tickets now!
  • 7pm Potluck, more discussion and jamming with Dom – Scott Killops’ house (439 S.E. 68th Avenue  Portland, OR 97215)

ethos logoMonday, 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 – BUY TICKETS

  • Doors open at 7pm – Dom will be spinning some records for your enjoyment!
  • Squirrel Butter – 8pm
  • Dom Flemons – 9pm
BRAVO’s Rosa Parks Orchestra. Photo by Kimberly Warner.

Wednesday, November 4 – BRAVO Youth Orchestras + House Concert


  • Dom is going to drop in and play some music for the Bravo Youth Orchestras programs at Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez. BRAVO Youth Orchestras is a new non-profit inspired by El Sistema to improve the lives of underserved children through intensive orchestral instruction.
  • 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 and get directions, email:
    • Scott Killops’ house: 439 S.E. 68th Avenue  Portland, OR 97215
    • Please note this is a shoes-off home.  Bring cozy socks or slippers!


DOM FLEMONS is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years.  Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing.  Dom is a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a GRAMMY for its 2011 album Genuine Negro Jig and was nominated for its most recent album, Leaving Eden, in 2012.

SQUIRREL BUTTER, husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven, started performing together in 2005. Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they explore the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, & cajun. They add their unique perspective to these traditions and thread these influences into their original compositions. Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing harmonies. They are also both members of the venerable stringband, The Tallboys, as well as honky tonk project, The Tallboys Country Band. They are anchors of the old-time music & square dance communities in the Pacific NW and beyond.