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OTPDX: Going Off!

Posted by ScottK on Monday, September 24, 2012


Man, the Portland old time scene seems to be just going off this fall.  Artichoke Music has reorganized into mostly a folk music school and is offering fiddle classes from Lisa Ornstein, clawhammer banjo classes with Barry Crannell and Leela Grace, and an Old Time String Band class led by Jane Keefer (not to mention a ton of other classes).   Lisa and Leela are also leading a pair of fiddle/banjo duet workshops in October.  Lisa is also leading monthly Quebecois and Cajun jam sessions.  My buddy Michael Slocum is hosting a twice-a-month old time jam.  Maggie Lind, Patrick Lind, and Sophie Vitells are kicking off the fall edition of their old time stringband class in October.  And Sophie is also offering a beginning old time fiddle class.  Foghorn is still playing at the Moon & Sixpence every Sunday night (when they're not on the road touring).  Last night was great!  Now Brian Bagdonas, Kevin Sandri, Taylor Grover (original members of Foghorn) and various guests are playing at the Moon & Sixpence every first & third Thursday as Reverend Boom Chuck & Friends.  Meanwhile across the street at Velocult The Gold Diggers are playing every first and third Tuesday.  That would be Travis Cooper, Bill Harlow, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Isaac Enloe, and friends.  And Flat Rock Stringband is still playing The Palace of Industry every first and third Wednesday and recruiting old time friends to fill in the off-Wednesdays.  I helped fill in a couple times and had a lot of fun!  Also, the Every Sunday Square Dance resumed from summer hiatus three weeks ago and has had a great turnout each week.  Lot of young folk with lots of energy!  Throw in all the one-off old time gigs that friends play from time to time at various pubs and the occasional house party or kitchen jam and it starts getting tough to find any time to go out and see some blues or jazz or Irish trad or jug band or...   :-)


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