Berkeley is hosting Old-Time Music Convention through Sunday

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BERKELEY – The Bay Area may be the capital of high-tech and 21st-century social media communications, but its dedication to early music remains intact.

The Corn Potato String Band, performing and giving workshops during the Berkeley Old-Time Music Festival.

Corn Potato String Band


Berkeley, in particular, has long fueled a bustling scene of bluegrass, Americana and like-minded musicians, and is home to the annual Old-Time Music Convention, returning this weekend. With five days full of concerts, competitions, workshops, jams and square dancing.

The convention kicked off Wednesday at 8 p.m. with a party and square dance at Berkeley’s Ashkenaz club. From Thursday through Sunday, there is a steady stream of daily and nightly events at the Freight & Salvage club and a variety of indoor and outdoor venues around Berkeley.

The musicians represent a wide variety of Bay Area and national acts, including the Corn Potato String Band, Piedmont Bluz, New Vintage Revelers, Alice Gerrard, Ann Savoy, Earl White Stringband, Tatiana Hargreaves and many more.

Several events are free, the opening party and square dance cost $18-$20 and the nightly concerts at the Freight cost $28-$32. More information and a full program can be found on the festival website and the Freight & Salvage website.

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