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Upcoming SCVFA Jams and Events

Download our General information flyer (PDF), which has information about the monthly jams at Hoover Middle School, and a map. To help pay for school rental costs, admission is $6 for SCVFA members and $8 for non-members. Youths 17 and under are admitted free.

Join Our Mailing List to receive one monthly email reminder a few days before each SCVFA Jam. To join, email send mail to president -at- fiddlers - dot - org with 'join mailing list' in the Subject. You can remove yourself from the list at any time.


Sun. April 2, 2017

Music Jam and Open Mike at Hoover School, plus a KidFiddle workshop

Join us at the April jam at Hoover School for music indoors and out. Our usual format: multiple jam groups from 1-5, open-mike performances on stage in the Hoover multi-purpose room starting around 1:30 and the two learning groups: the Slow Jam group starting at about 1:30, and the Tune Builder group starting at about 2:00, each for an hour or so.

Erik Hoffman Also from 2 to 3 pm we will offer a KidFiddle workshop, led by multi-instrumentalist (and contra-dance caller) Erik Hoffman. Erik teaches fiddle and other instruments, for example in multi-week class series at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, and has worked with the children at Walker Creek Music Camp. Erik led a popular SCVFA KidFiddle workshop in March of 2016.
Here is the event flyer (PDF).

We'll invite the students to play on stage with Erik after the class, after which we've invited him to perform a mini-concert for us (no extra charge with Jam admission).

KidFiddle workshops are intended for advanced-beginner to intermediate fiddlers, 17 and under. Tuition is only $5, and youth admission to the jam is free as always. You can sign up at the event, but we’d appreciate hearing from you in advance (at kidfiddle /at/ fiddlers.org) if you know a young fiddler who would like to participate.

After the KidFiddle workshop we’ll ask the students to perform on stage with Erik, prior to the mini-concert.

Details updated: 03/30/17


Sun. May 7, 2017

Music Jam and Open Mike at Hoover School, plus a KidFiddle workshop

Join us at the May jam at Hoover School for music indoors and out. Our usual format: multiple jam groups from 1-5, open-mike performances on stage in the Hoover multi-purpose room starting around 1:30 and the two learning groups: the Slow Jam group starting at about 1:30, and the Tune Builder group starting at about 2:00, each for an hour or so.

Dinah Stroe Also from 2 to 3 pm we will offer a KidFiddle workshop, led by San Francisco fiddler Dinah Stroe. Dinah started playing violin in fourth grade through a program at her public school. She reads music but always really played by ear, and played in orchestras through college. In her twenties she found OT music and played fervently for about 5 years. After a number of years as an elementary school teacher, wife and mother, Dinah has returned to old time music. Along with her husband Noah, she hosts the biweekly SF Andronico Oldtime Jam. Since 2014 they have raised almost $4000 in donations to the SF Food Bank. They play an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes from near and far! They are also members of the Tomales Bay String Band. We're excited to have Dinah leading our May KidFiddle workshop.

We'll invite the students to play on stage with Dinah after the class, after which Dinah and Noah will perform a mini-concert for us (no extra charge with Jam admission).

KidFiddle workshops are intended for advanced-beginner to intermediate fiddlers, 17 and under. Tuition is only $5, and youth admission to the jam is free as always. You can sign up at the event, but we'd appreciate hearing from you in advance (at kidfiddle /at/ fiddlers.org) if you know a young fiddler who would like to participate.

Details updated: 03/29/17


Sun. June 4, 2017

Music Jam and Open Mike at Hoover School and a Mini-Concert -- and a Special Event

Join us at the June jam at Hoover School for music indoors and out. Our usual format: multiple jam groups from 1-5, open-mike performances on stage in the Hoover multi-purpose room starting around 1:30 and the two learning groups: the Slow Jam group starting at about 1:30, and the Tune Builder group starting at about 2:00, each for an hour or so.

Paul Anastasio photo

Photo: Richard Brooks

We have a special treat in store for the June jam: Jazz and Swing violinist Paul Anastasio will lead an improvisation workshop from 2:00 to 3:00, and then will perform a mini-concert at about 3:30, accompanied in both events by versitile swing guitarist Tony Marcus. Here is the event flyer (PDF).

The workshop is aimed at intermediate to advanced players of all ages. (The focus is on fiddle, but players of other instruments are welcome to participate.) Workshop tuition is only $10 extra with jam admission, and there's no additional charge for the mini-concert. Workshop attendance will be limited to 30 participants. We expect the workshop to be popular, as was the workshop Paul led for us in 2009. You can reserve your place in advance by signing up and paying the $10 tuition starting at the April 2 jam.

Paul, a professional jazz, swing, and western swing violinist, played with music legends Merle Haggard, Larry Gatlin, and Loretta Lynn. He is a respected authority on Joe Venuti, the father of jazz violin, and teaches throughout the U.S. You can see and hear an example of Paul's playing here.

Tony is among the Bay Area’s most versatile and respected multi-instrumentalists. He has recorded with Leftover Dreams, the Cats & Jammers, and many others.

Details updated: 03/29/17


Sun. July 2, 2017

Free Music Jam at the Rose Garden Park

The July jam will be held in the Rose Garden Park on Naglee Ave. at Garden Dr. (adjacent to San José Municipal Rose Garden). The park is just two blocks from our usual Hoover Middle School location. Free admission. (Note: We will not have our usual open-mike performances at this jam.)

If you'd like to participate in a Slow Jam or Tune Builder Circle, please ask. For jams in the park we generally arrange them only on demand.

Bring a picnic if you like (barbeques are available in the park), and come to jam or just to listen. Come early and help us by reserving a table!


Event list updated 03/27/17 21:36 EDT

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