Past Projects



Quarantine Happy Hour 2020 – 2021

Bubbaville is a sponsor of the nightly Quarantine Happy Hour concert series on Facebook, providing a $100 tip for every performance.

Quarantine Happy Hour was founded by The Horsenecks (Gabrielle Macrae & Barry Southern) in April 2020 and has provided daily live happy hour music from a different person or musical household every day to keep us connected and supported during the quarantine. The scheduled performer plays an hour of live music for you starting at 5:30PM Pacific Time. 100% of the tips go to the performer of the day.

Covid Relief Stipends 2020

Bubbaville provided 17 stipends of up to $1,000 to support traditional music performers and instructors who were financially impacted by the pandemic. Stipends were provided to help support performers and teachers shift to virtual performing and/or teaching during the pandemic.

The 6th Annual Gospel Event for Sinners and Saints: May 19, 2019


Bubbaville is proud to have sponsored this great event every year, organized by Hanna Traynham.

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons Residency: May 8 – 10, 2019

As part of our visiting artists program, Bubbaville hosted Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons from Seattle, May 8-10, 2019. Ben and Joe performed for several schools, including James John Elementary, Catlin Gabel, Sabin Elementary and Roosevelt High School. They also spent some time with the kiddos in BRAVO Youth Orchestras at Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez, and they offered an evening of all ages workshops to boot!

Willamette Valley Old Time Social: May 2 – 5, 2019

Portland Old Time Music Gathering 2019

Kentucky Showcase Residency: Nov 15 – 18, 2018

Bubbaville is excited to bring three outstanding Kentucky musicians out to visit local schools, lead workshops and engage with Portland’s traditional music community. Our featured visiting musicians will include Carla Gover and Brett Ratliff and Yani Vozos. As part of their residency project, these musicians will perform for and visit with students at Roosevelt High School, James John Elementary School, and the BRAVO Youth Orchestra Program. Public events will include the weekly Thursday jam at NW Hostel, a potluck and picking party on Friday, workshops and concerts on Saturday, more workshops on Sunday and a big finale at the Portland Squares dance. For the schedule and artist bios, click here.

Willamette Valley Old Time Social: May 3 – 6, 2018

Portland Old Time Music Gathering 2018

 Followed by:
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

at Abbie’s on Wednesday, Oct 18th!

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 Olivia Horgan 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.

Check out the workshop schedule.

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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!


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:


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!