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Lake City Contra/Old Time Country Dance

Every Thursday at
Lake City Community Center

12531 - 28th Ave NE

8:00pm till 11:00pm,
Free introductory "dance skills" workshop every week at 7:30pm
Admission $10 (students & seniors $8, kids & first-time contradancers free).

Please respect the health needs of many dancers and come fragrance-free.
For more information call 206-525-0932.

Schedule of bands and callers:

June 25-Olympia's "RiffRaff" features Lindon Toney, Josie Toney, & Jesse Partridge cavorting merrily on fiddles & guitar. Playful, adept caller Andrea Nettleton (from Atlanta, GA) is an extra treat!

July 2-Master musicians Stuart Williams (fiddle, guitar) & Terry Wergeland (piano) team up with talented teenage fiddler Oliver Abrahamson for an evening of multi-generational bliss. Joe Micheals combines great taste in dances with the best "caller voice" in town!

July 9-Elias Alexander (Boston, MA - border pipes, percussion, whistle), Kevin Carr (Ashland, OR - fiddle), & Daniel Carr (Grants Pass, OR - guitar) are multi-faceted musicians and good time instigators – check 'em out!   Seattle's sweetheart callers Tom & Amy Wimmer keep us smiling.

July 16-"Triple A" (Audrey Knuth, Andrew VanNorstrand, & Amy Englesberg – MA & NY - fiddles, guitar, piano, feet) is a power trio that will knock your socks off with their strong, innovative dance music. (Audrey & Amy of "The Free Raisins" and Andrew of "Great Bear Trio"    Portland caller Noah Grunzweig gets the party vibe on!

July 23-Wowie zowie – it's "The Onlies" (Riley Calcagno, Sami Braman, Leo Shannon, & RuthMabel Boyntz on fiddles, guitar, mandolin, banjo, & bass) - dynamic young talent you will not want to miss!!     Caller Sherry Nevins + guest caller George Gao amplify the fun!

July 30-George Wilson (Wynantskill, NY) & Laurie Andres artfully play the most delicious tunes on fiddle & piano, just right for contras! Ace caller Mary Devlin (Portland) serves up a yummy menu of sweet and savory dances.

Aug 6- NO DANCE tonight - Lake City Salmon Fest weekend

Aug 13-"The Quarks" (Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak, & Terry Wergeland – Portland & Seattle - fiddle, clarinet, sax, & piano), with fav Portland caller Erik Weberg, show us what true contra delight is made of!

Aug 20-These wise guys - "The Wisenheimers" (Portland's Alan Snyder & Dave Goldman on fiddle & keyboard) – play zesty dance tunes with a sly sense of humor.   Caller Laurel Thomas (Portland) keeps 'em in line!

Aug 27-Dave Bartley (guitar, mandolin, cajon, les pieds), Marni Rachmiel (flute, saxophone), Natalie Stephens (trombone), & Terry Wergeland (piano, accordion, trumpet) are super-cool musicians who are hip to the contra jive! Genial caller Michael Karcher calls super-cool dances.

Sept 3-Ruthie Dornfeld (fiddle) & Larry Unger (Boston - guitar); David Millstone (NH) caller

Sept 10-"Countercurrent" (Brian Lindsey & Alex Sturbaum + Brendan Taaffe [Brattleboro VT] – fiddles, accordion, guitar, mbira) ; David Kaynor (Montague, MA) caller

Sept 17-"Uncle Farmer" (Ben Schreiber & Michael Sokolovsky – CA – PLUS Scotty Leach – fiddles, guitar, piano, foot percussion) ; Maggie Jo Saylor (Chicago, IL) caller

Sept 24-"Tapsalteerie" (Jon Singleton, Clare Woolgrove, Jan Martindale, Nick Leininger, Sam Good – fiddles, concertina, guitar, bass)

Oct 1-"Woodchuck's Revenge" (Jerry Berger, Suzanne Girardot, Nancy Katz, Terry Weiner, Harley & Shera Bray - fiddles, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass); LauraMe' Smith caller

Oct 8-Claude Ginsburg, Ryan McCasson, & Dave Bartley (fiddles, mandolin, guitar, cittern, cajon); Woody Lane (Roseburg, OR) caller & foot percussion

Oct 15-"The Contra Quartet" (Jesse Partridge - fiddle, Jay Finkelstein - guitar, Julie Bennett - percussion, & Steve Cifka - cello - Olympia); Lindsey Dono caller

Oct 22-"The Rhythm Raptors" (Rodney Miller – fiddle, TJ Crow – mandolin, Jeff Spero – piano, Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg – percussion, Ralph Gordon – bass) ; Gaye Fifer (Pittsburgh, PA) caller

Oct 29-"The Euphemists" (Alan Snyder, Dave Goldman, Paula Hamlin, Kaye Blesener, Jerry Nelson - Portland, OR – fiddle, keyboard, sax, clarinet, trombone, flute, whistle, guitar, percussion); Susan Petrick (CA) caller

Nov 5-"Heliotrope" (Paul Englesberg - flutes, concertina, Robin Brown - fiddle, Michael Hobart - guitar - Bellingham); Marlin Prowell caller

Nov 12-"Steve & Brad Band Fortified" (Steve Blum-Anderson, Brad Reynolds, Jay Finkelstein – fiddle, accordion, guitar, piano); Valerie Cohen caller

Nov 19-"The Syncopaths" (Ryan McKasson, Jeff Spero, Ashley Broder, Christa Burch – CA & WA - fiddle, mandolin, piano, bodhran) ; & George Marshall (MA) caller

WED Nov 25- SPECIAL Thanksgiving Eve Dance! "Charles Street Messengers" (Brandon Hunter – trombone, Brittain Barber – sax, Tyler Hamilton – electric guitar, Dylan Hughes – electric bass, Kyle Kirkpatrick – drums, Minami Fukuda - keyboard & vocals);   Sherry Nevins caller

Dec 3-"The Frequent Flyers" (Laura Light, Jeff Spero, Dave Bartley – VA, CA, WA – fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, cajon); Eric Black (SF, CA) caller

Dec 10-"Contra Sutra" (Ryan McKasson, Marni Rachmiel, Dave Bartley, & Russell S) fiddle & viola, flute & sax, guitar, mandolin, cittern, percussion

Dec 17-Eileen Nicholson (Syracuse, NY) & Eric Anderson - fiddle & piano; Bob Nicholson caller

Dec 24-TBA

Dec 31- NO DANCE TONIGHT - Have a Happy New Year!

Please read footprints for a brief history of this dance series.

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Last modified 07/19/15.