Erik Hoffman     

Old Time Music and Dance



Gigs


I am the programmer and "house caller" for the First, Third, and Fifth Wednesday BACDS Contra Dance. The dance is held at the North Grace Church, 2138 Cedar Street, in Berkeley. The dance goes from 8:00 - 10:30 pm, and costs $9 ($7 for BACDS or other CDS members). We always have live music, and almost always have an open band format, a chance to play with the experts. Usually the Fifth Wednesdays (four a year) are open callers' nights -- come try calling a dance!

Upcoming Gigs

 

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tomales Community Barn Dance
Tomales Town Hall
27150 Maine Street, Tomales, CA 94971
I'll be calling and we'll be joined by a lot of fantastic musical friends including Ingrid Noyes, Paul Shelasky and many more!
And, the Tomales Town Hall has a nice Wood Floor!

Wendesday, March 3, Grace North Church, Berkeley
The First Wednesday Dance at the Grace North Church
2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Music by 3 O'Clock Shadow (Myself, Chris Grampp, Peter Langston, & Adam Cavan)
Calling by Warren Blier
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

Saturday, March 6, St. Paul's Church, SF
The San Francisco Contra
43 Ave. & Judah, San Francisco
Music by 3 O'Clock Shadow (Myself, Chris Grampp, Peter Langston, & Adam Cavan)
Calling by Charlie Fenton
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

Friday, March 19, Monroe Hall, Santa Rosa
Monroe Hall 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA
Ray Bierl & Friends will be providing their wonderful music.
I'll be calling
A North Bay Country Dance Society Dance

Wendesday, March 17, Grace North Church, Berkeley
The Third Wednesday Dance at the Grace North Church
2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Music by Ray Bierl & John Tuttle
I'll be Calling
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

Saturday, March 20, St. Paul's Church, SF
The San Francisco Contra
43rd Ave. & Judah, San Francisco
Music by Harmon's Peak (Cark Franzen, Ernest Kinsolving, Paul Clarke, & Art Friedman)
I'll be Calling
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

The Next OPEN CALLERS' DANCE is Wednesday, March 31
The FifthWednesday Dance at the Grace North Church
2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Come call a dance, play with the band, or just have a great time dancing!
Call or email me if you want to check in, or just come early and let me know you're calling
and we'll work out the schedule
Music will be provided by Chris Knepper and Myself
A Bay Area Country Dance Society Dance

Wendesday, April 7, Grace North Church, Berkeley
The Third Wednesday Dance at the Grace North Church
2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Music by The OppoTunists (Myself, Alan Snyder, & Topher Gayle)
Lynn Ackerson will be calling
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

Saturday, April 10, Coloma Community Center, Sacramento
A Sacramento Contra
4623 T St., Sacramento
Check the SCDS website for band info
I'll be Calling
A Sacremento Country Dance Society dance

Saturday, April 17, Ashland, OR
Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave, Talent, Oregon (Right next to Ashland)
Music by the Curly-Leger Band (Clyde Curly of Portland Collection fame)
I'll be calling
Come up to Ashland, catch a play, drink some Lithium Water, and dance!
An Ashland Folk Music Club Dance

Wendesday, April 21, Grace North Church, Berkeley
The Third Wednesday Dance at the Grace North Church
2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Music by Cathie Wheitesides (from Seattle, WA, The Queen of Contra Fiddling) & Paul Kotapish
I'll be Calling
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

Saturday, May 1, St. Paul's Church, SF
3 O'Clock Shadow's Spring 2010 World Tour!
The San Francisco Contra
43 Ave. & Judah, San Francisco
Music by 3 O'Clock Shadow (Myself, Chris Grampp, Peter Langston, & Adam Cavan)
Calling by Charlie Fenton
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

Sunday, May 2, The Petaluma Women's Club, Petaluma
3 O'Clock Shadow's Spring 2010 World Tour! The Petaluma 1st Sunday Contra
518 B Street, Petaluma, CA
Music by 3 O'Clock Shadow (Myself, Chris Grampp, Peter Langston, & Adam Cavan)
Check www.nbcds.org to find out who's calling.
An Noruth Bay Country Dance Society dance

Wendesday, May 5 Grace North Church, Berkeley
3 O'Clock Shadow's Spring 2010 World Tour! The First Wednesday Dance at the Grace North Church
518 B Street, Petaluma, CA
Music by 3 O'Clock Shadow (Myself, Chris Grampp, Peter Langston, & Adam Cavan)
Calling still to be arranged
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

Saturday, May 8, Coloma Community Center, Sacramento
3 O'Clock Shadow's Spring 2010 World Tour!
The
A Sacramento Contra
4623 T St., Sacramento
Check www.scds.ca to find out who's calling.
A Sacremento Country Dance Society dance

Saturday, June 5, The Point Reyes Barn Dance!
Toby's Feed Barn, Pt. Reyes Station
This Point Reyes Barn Dance is being held durning Point Reyes' annual Western Weekend! So put on your chaps & spurs and come on down for Fresh & New Old-Time Fun! The evening of Dancing Delight will be held in the real Feed Barn found in the middle of the one downtown block of Pt. Reyes, on Highway 1. It features the music of Erik Thor & Hands Four & friends: myself, Ingrid Noyes, along with many friends, often Paul Shelasky, and ... you! As it's an open band format. And, it's a benefit for the West Marin Land Commons, working hard to Keep Marin Green!

Saturday, June 12, Coloma Community Center, Sacramento
The A Sacramento Contra
4623 T St., Sacramento
Music by The OpporTunists (Myself, Alan Snyder, Topher Gayle)
Check www.scds.ca to find out who's calling.
A Sacremento Country Dance Society dance

Wendesday, June 16, Grace North Church, Berkeley
The Third Wednesday Dance at the Grace North Church
2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Music by Notorious (From Boston, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Larry Unger)
I'll be Calling
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance

June 19 - 26, I'll be working at the fabulous Folklore Week,
It's held at the loveley Mendocino Woodlands State Park.
Though every year Folklore Week chooses three Folk Dance Forms to explore in depth, this year it's expanding to include a music track, and a variety of beginning classes. So, it will be much more inclusive for those of us with two left feet! And, the food is Great! Always Gourmet Camp Food by chef extrordinaire Jeff O'Connor! Kids are welcome, Lots of dance parties, game-playing, and joy throughout.

I'll be teaching again at the Wonderful Lark Camp
July 30 - August 7, held at the loveley Mendocino Woodlands State Park.
Lark Camp is an amazing place, a fantasy land of music & dance. There are dance & music classes all day long, on at least five dance floors, and classes on just about any instrument you can imagine. Come see how many kinds of bag-pipes you can find--French, Irish, Bulgarian, Galician, and more (oh, did I say Scottish). Find out what a hurdy-gurdy really sounds like, and so much more!





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