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Old Time Music Comes Alive in Portland
The 18th Portland Old Time Music Gathering gives all attendees a chance to play, dance and connect over five lively days in January,
With the tap of a button, most of us can now stream virtually any song ever recorded. But participating in the rich history of American folk music through jamming, dancing and learning? Sorry, Spotify — that takes a community.
Fortunately for Portlanders, one of the most vibrant “old time” music scenes in America exists right here in the Rose City. This January these fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, square dance callers, harmony singers and others will once again come together for the Portland Old Time Music Gathering, presented by local nonprofit group Bubbaville.
Old time music is based on fiddle tunes from Appalachia and other regions of the Southern U.S., and it served as the precursor to bluegrass and country. Over the last several decades, Portland has become a hub for this truly American genre of music.
Entering its 18th year, the Gathering is centered around participation. The region’s finest old time bands provide the musical backdrop for giant square dances where everyone is welcome and beginners can find themselves promenading in no time. In addition, centuries-old fiddle tunes are kept alive through informal jam circles. And workshops and concerts help musicians of all ages and abilities delve deeper into the music.
Kids have a place at the Gathering too, with special workshops, jams, square dances and concerts geared toward the next generation of old-time aficionados.
The 18th Portland Old Time Music Gathering is taking place January 11-15, 2017 at several different venues, including the Spare Room, Velo Cult, the Moon & Sixpence and the Tiffany Center. See the schedule below and head to BubbaGuitar.com/Gathering for complete information and to purchase advance tickets.
Start planning now to be at the center of the old time action in January!
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, January 11
Kickoff Party at the Spare Room
Featuring Maris Otter, Gros Brouillard Cajun Band and the Waysiders Country Band
7 pm, free
Thursday, January 12
Square Dance at Veo Cult and Jam Session at the Moon & Sixpence
7 pm, free
Friday, January 13
Concert and Square Dance at the Tiffany Center
Concert features WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow, Tatiana Hargreaves, and Foghorn Stringband
Concert 7 pm, Square Dance 10:30 pm
$20 advance, $23 at the door
Saturday, January 14
Workshops, family events, concerts, square dances and more
Concert features Ron Kane & Meghan Merker, Thompsonia, Canote Brothers, Brittany Newell & Johnny Fitzpatrick
Doors open at noon
Free from noon to 6 pm; $20 advance, $23 at door for events after 6 pm
(Weekend pass for Tiffany Center is $35 advance, $38 at door on Friday)
Sunday, January 15
Cabaret at the Spare Room