San Francisco Free Folk Festival
  Enjoy an evening out with live bands and fun dance styles!
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Saturday Evening Dances

1st floor Gym

6:30pm - Swing and Dixie and Big Band Dance! The Gateswingers Band playing favorite 20th century dance melodies, from Dixieland to the Duke!. Moe Hirsch, piano; Dana Kemp, trumpet; Adam Heilbrun and Bill Slessinger, clarinet; Mike Harryman, saxophone; Ron Klein, trombone; Carol Ginsberg, flute; Sholom Groesberg, bass; Barrie Luttge, banjo.

8:00 - 10:00pm - International Dance! Vecernica International Folk Dance Band - music from Russia, Scandinavia, Germany, the Balkans, Greece, Israel, and the U.S. Meryl Lee Corcoran - clarinet, Gary Breitbard - accordion, violin, Ned Gault - accordion, autoharp, Jena Rauti - vocals, percussion, Pete Showman - violin, mandolin, Sue Ellen Porter - flute, Dave Bogdanoff - guitar, bass.

3rd floor Gym

7:00 - 9:30pm - Cajun Dance! Sauce Piquante plays traditional dance music from the French-speaking communities of Southwest Louisiana. The rocking two-steps, mournful waltzes, and French lyrics will take you back to an earlier time, the days of house dances and fais-do-do's . . . the days when this was all called simply "French music" and the Cajun and Creole musical traditions were closely intertwined. The lineup includes Blair Kilpatrick on button accordion, Steve Tabak on fiddle, Kathy Price on bass, Dwight Shackelford on triangle and rubboard, and Robert Richard on guitar.

In Memorium—In April we lost the person who was most responsible for our thriving Bay Area Louisiana French dance and music community, Louisiana-born accordionist Danny Poullard. Danny was friend and mentor to many of us, an inspiration for most of the local Cajun and Zydeco bands, and Blair's major influence on the accordion. We are playing this dance in his memory.

To learn more about the Bay Area's Louisiana French music and dance community, go to the Cajun Zydeco Web Resources web site.

Sunday Evening Dances

1st floor Gym

7:30 - 10:00pm - Contradance! Charlie Fenton, Mavis McGaugh, Lynn Ackerson, and Tom Van Deusen calling through the evening, with music by the Festival “Folkestra”. Look for the Folkestra dance band workshop at 5:00 and then come be part of the band!

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