Updates to Lake City Contra Dance Events

Thursday May 9, 2024- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – Ruthie Carroll, Dave Bartley & Marni Rachmiel cavort with great skill and humor on fiddle, concertina, mandolin, guitar, flute & sax! Caller Abigail Golden brings a delightful selection of dances! Info at https://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Saturday May 11 – The Haller Lake Community Dance has been rescheduled this month for Saturday May 18.

Saturday May 18 – The Haller Lake Community Dance is ON for this evening, featuring LIVE music and family-friendly reels, circles, contra & square dances taught on-the-spot by caller Sherry Nevins. The fun will happen outdoors (weather permitting) at the Haller Lake Community Club from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at 12579 Densmore Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

Events that missed the December 2023 Flyer

Celebrate Winter Solstice in this online event, suitable for ages 12 and up. We’ll reflect on the earth’s position and the science of this occasion, then stretch our bodies, imaginations, & intentions to release into the gifts of this longest night.

Date/Time: Thursday, December 21, 2023 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Online. Zoom link sent upon registration.
Admission: Register through https://wintersolstice.bpt.me/
Sliding Scale Admission $0 – $40, contribute-as-you-can.

Events that missed the September 2023 Flyer

These events from Dusty Strings missed the September Flyer:

Blues Harmonica Master Class with Grant Dermody. Saturday, September 2, 11am-1pm. Cost: $90. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. In this special master class, Grant will share his approach and techniques, share tips from the pros, and answer questions about practicing and musicianship. Every participant will have the opportunity to receive individual attention, and Grant may invite students to play for constructive feedback. Grant will also share his deep knowledge of the blues and stories of his life as a career blues musician. Register at dustystrings.com.

Beginning Ukulele 1 with Birch Pereira. Four Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27. 12pm-1pm. Cost: $120. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Learn the fundamentals of this popular instrument! You’ll start off learning how to hold, tune, strum, and play basic chords and melodies from TAB. You’ll learn basic strumming and rhythmic patterns, develop good practice habits, and even start singing along to familiar songs as you play! This class is perfect for total beginners and those with a little bit of experience. Register at dustystrings.com.

Beginning Guitar 1 with Jonathan Shue. Four Saturdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30. 11am–12pm. Cost: $120. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll learn at least three basic chords and strum patterns used throughout popular music. You’ll develop good practice habits and a strong foundation for playing guitar with ease so you can enjoy your instrument for years to come! We’ll explore popular songs from the 20th century from folk to rock. Register at dustystrings.com.

Swinging the Blues with Eric Madis. Saturday, September 16. 11am–1pm. Cost: $50. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle. This class teaches a jazz approach to the blues, including understanding the song structures and harmo-ny/theory of blues. Learn a blues tune/progression, new chords and techniques for soloing, include scales, arpeggios and classic riffs. For intermediate guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1976. Register at dustystrings.com.

Anything Goes! Broadway Showtunes for Ukulele with Susan Howell. Five Tuesdays, Sept. 19, 26, 3, 10, and 17. 12pm–1pm. Cost: $120. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Learn and explore Broadway showtunes from Cole Porter to Leonard Bernstein to Lin-Manual Miranda. Suggestions welcome!

Songwriting Intensive with Tai Shan. Five Tuesdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17. 7pm–8:30pm PST. Cost: $150. Online via Zoom. Join Nashville songwriter Tai Shan for a four-week online songwriting course designed to get you writing a new song every week! During each session, Tai will provide you with a prompt to use as inspiration to write a song, poem, or chord progression. The following week you will bring your creation to share with the group (either live or with a basic recording from your phone). Scared you will not know what to write? In every class we will explore the tools you need in your songwriter’s tool chest to work as a professional songwriter.

Guitar Master Class with Muriel Anderson. Saturday, September 23. 11am-1pm. Cost: $90. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. In this special master class, Muriel will share her innovative approach to technique, arranging, interpretation, and inspiration. Participants will learn new riffs or tunes, and Muriel will play a few tunes, as well. Every participant will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive individual attention on techniques, playing, and musicianship to help you make the most of your time with your guitar.

Events that missed the June Flyer

(Please send your listings by the 15th of the previous month to include them in our calendar listings. The next issue will be a combination July/August – plan ahead!)

Friday, June 2
Not 2 Much presents “Noite Brasileira: featuring Adriana Giordano
Northwest favorites Marina Albero (Synths/Keys) and D’Vonne Lewis (Drums) create a powerful soundscape of rhythm and textures while opening space for some unique players to join and take us on a musical journey.  10:30pm, The Royal Room Tickets: $20 advance, $25 doors https://theroyalroomseattle.com/

Jim Page and Grant Dermody in Concert 7pm at the Couth Buzzard
Seattle’s Bard, guitarist Jim Page, and harmonica legend Grant Dermody — together in an intimate coffeehouse setting. Masks strongly encouraged.

Saturday, June 3
Celebrating Stew Hendrickson, 2-5pm at the Couth Buzzard
Stewart Hendrickson has long been a valued member of the Seattle folk scene, and a treasured friend to the Couth Buzzard. His work in reviving the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society brought many talented artists to our venue over the years, and his hosting abilities shone during the monthly concerts he organized. Weekend visitors were occasionally lucky enough to catch a solo show, highlighting Stew’s own fiddle and ukulele playing and powerful voice. Come by between 2:00 and 5:00pm on Saturday to wish Stew well and visit with him as he leaves Seattle for his next chapter. We will miss him greatly!

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
Saturday, June 3 | 11:00am – 6:00pm PT
Sunday, June 4 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm PT
Seattle Center Armory & Mural Amphitheatre, FREE | In-Person
Bring the whole family to observe the anniversary of Philippine independence at the largest Filipino art and cultural festival in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Traditional and Contemporary Dance Performances
  • Variety of Classical and New Music
  • Film Festival
  • Tattoo Exhibit and Demonstration
  • Workshop about the Ancient Writings of the Philippines
  • Culinary Arts and Cooking Demos
  • Art, Photography, and Artifacts Exhibits
  • Children’s Activities

Sunday, June 4
New England Jam, 6-8:30pm at the Couth Buzzard
hosted by Laurie Andres & WB Reid

Wednesday, June 7
Alan Hirsh concert at the Greenwood Senior Center,  1-2pm
Join music historian and veteran performer Al Hirsch as he plays and discusses favorite American folk tunes.
Info: 206.297.0875

Saturday, June 10
FORTNIGHT OF DOOM rescheduled to June 24
Due to the scheduling of a memorial for marvelous musician and sweet soul Harper Tasche, Magical Strings and the Whateverly Brothers are rescheduling FORTNIGHT of DOOM 4/V  “Busted All Over?” June 10th to Saturday, June 24th at the usual 5 PM, on our FB and YT page/channel.  Happy Solstice y’all!

Tuesday, June 21
Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walks, 7–9pm
Celebrate the longest day of the year by walking labyrinths together. The labyrinth is an ancient way to reflect and center. This outdoor family-friendly event includes multiple labyrinths, stations for chalk art and crafting, and the evening will conclude with a led circle dance.  Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle, 98105. No charge to attend; contributions welcomed. RSVP at  https://summersolsticelabyrinths2023.bpt.me/ or walk up the day of the event. Produced by Gathering Ground. Info: GatherinGround.Seattle@gmail.com or (206) 880-3641.

Events that missed the November Flyer

These calendar items were submitted too late to make it into the November Flyer, but we don’t want you to forget them!

Nov 3, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “Bandwidth” (Keith Moe, Gordy Euler, Carl Thor); Rich Goss & Elizabeth Bretschneider callers – Portland & Olympia Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Nov 10, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “The Engine Room”: Noah VanNorstrand (of Great Bear & Buddy System – VT), Alex Sturbaum (of Countercurrent, One Dollar Whiskey, Lobsters of Destiny, & Natterjack), & Kelsey Wells (of Turnip the Beet – VT) – fiddles, banjo, guitar); George Marshall caller (W MA) Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Nov 17, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “La Famille Léger” (Devon, Louis, & Dejah Leger – fiddle, accordion, piano); Amy Wimmer caller Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

WEDNESDAY Nov 23, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – Thanksgiving eve – “Chicken Feathers” (WB Reid, Bonnie Zahnow, & Laurie Andres) host an open band night – musicians are welcome to sit in! Lindsey Dono caller PLUS the fabulous ContraCrafters will be showing & selling their creations! Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Nov 24 – No Lake City Contra Dance – Happy Turkey Day!

Dec 1, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “Click Bait” (Ryan McKasson, Dave Bartley, Anita Anderson – fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, piano); caller TBA Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Events that missed the September Flyer

Emerald City Contra Dance

The Emerald City Contra Dance is starting up again September 9, after a long hiatus due to COVID. Information about the bands arrived too late to be included in the September SFS Flyer.
Friday, September 9: Greg Frock (Baltimore) w/ Ryan McKasson and Anita Anderson. Come join the fun when fiddler Ryan McKasson (Syncopaths, Kalos, Contra Sutra) and pianist Anita Anderson (End Effects, Roguery, Spin) welcome caller Greg Frock from Baltimore. Greg actively seeks out new, interesting, and accessible dances from all over the country, and bands (and crowds!) love him and his clear calling style. He hasn’t been in the PNW for a few years, and it’s about time he returned. Ryan’s special feeling for Scottish and Cape Breton tunes gets good support from Anita’s “forthright and driving underpinnings,” as Warren Argo used to say, and together the dance package will keep you all moving.

Friday, September 16: Dale Russ (fiddle) and Mike Saunders (guitar). A master Irish fiddler teams up with a guitar player that has mastered every style.
Friday, September 23: SonoOnos. Sono Hashisaki, Olga Hauptmann & Jay Finkelstein, fiddles & guitar

Friday, September 30: Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth