Ecology Center Event
Berkeley Farmers’ Market String Band Contest
The Berkeley Farmer’ Market String Band Contest is the centerpiece of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It is an informal and inclusive celebration of American string band music, of many different varieties, where old and new friends gather to make music together. All kinds of musicians come out of the woodwork: plenty of fiddles and banjos playing old time and bluegrass, but also mandolins playing Italian tarantellas, jug bands, Jewish music from the Carpathian mountains, Irish jigs and reels with step dancers, Mexican fiddle tunes with bajo sexto and accordion. Twenty bands compete for bags of wooden nickels, redeemable for fresh produce at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, which sponsors the contest and is located next to the park where the event takes place. Signups to participate in the Contest start on Sept. 1; info at the BOTMC website: http://www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org/
The band Big Hoedown will be featured in an intermission performance.
Accessibility: Convenient public transportation (1 block from downtown Berkeley BART), nearby lot & street parking.
In case of rain, event will move to Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley: http://www.thefreight.org/
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