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!