October means it’ll soon be time for the Goleta Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention and Festival, always a great time with lots of jamming, great performances and of course the annual instrumental and singing contest. The festival is Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sausage Grinder will be playing from 11 a.m. to noon on the main stage, and Chris and David will be teaching banjo and fiddle workshops (times to be announced).
Sausage Grinder has a new line-up, new material, and new antics!! Come join us for an intimate concert with your favorite sausages on Saturday, September 7th in Santa Monica!!
FolkWorks is presenting us at the Santa Monica History Museum — tickets are $15 ($13 for FolkWorks members) — see ticket ordering information below. Show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 for refreshments and docent-led tours of the museum.
Come one, come all! ♫♫♫ It’s going to be a fabulous time this Saturday night! Bring those dancin’ shoes to another rip-roaring square dance at the American Legion Post in Highland Park! David Bragger, Christopher Berry and Susan Platz will grind your sausages with those raucous old-timey tunes you love!!! Susan Michaels will be doing her usual terrific job calling! We may even wear matching socks.
Still time left to sign up for workshops at the Los Angeles Old-Time Social on May 18. David Bragger will be teaching Pennsylvania and Kentucky fiddle tunes from 3-4 and Chris Berry will teach old-time Kentucky two-finger banjo from 4-5. Lots of other workshops plus jamming and a square dance to follow.
Mark your calendars for Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. for Sausage Grinder’s J.A.M. Session at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. This event is FREE.
Susan Michaels will be calling an evening of square dancing (with plenty of instruction — and Susan specializes in getting non-dancers comfortable and into the action).
And musicians are welcome and encouraged to bring fiddles, banjos, guitars and what-have-you and join the band. If you’ve never played old-time country music before, we’ll have plenty of experts on hand to show you the ropes.
This is a great summertime event — the doors open at 6 and again it’s FREE and open to all ages. We hope to see you there!
Hello everybody! It’s been a while but after a not-so-brief hiatus, Sausage Grinder is back with more of our usual foolishness. We’ve been practicing away in the Old-Time Tiki Lounge and have some new tunes and a new lineup. David Bragger and I (I being Chris Berry) are extremely pleased to have the lovely and talented Susan Platz join us on fiddle, washboard, banjo and vocals. We’ve been playing with Susan for a couple of years now and are thrilled that she is joining us.
We’ve got some new shows lined up, although we can only tell you about two of them right now. First is the 8th Ever Old-Time Social, which runs from May 16-18. David and I will be teaching fiddle and banjo workshops in the afternoon of Saturday the 18th and then Sausage Grinder will be playing a square dance along with the Hollywood Bollweevils, Jessie Milnes, Emily Miller and Friends and callers Susan Michaels and Amy Hofer. It’s a great time and we hope to see you there.
Then on Sunday, May 19, we’ll be playing from 3:30-4:30 at the Dance Barn at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival. This event needs no introduction — come out and jam, compete, what have you. Watch out for rattlesnakes and drink plenty of water.
If you’re wondering what happened to our Grinders Emeritus, Bobby and Margie moved far far away so Bobby can continue his genetic experiments, and Matt and Josh have moved on to play with Nick Bachman and Max Ward in King Baby — they’ll be playing Friday night at the Old-Time Social so be sure to go and check them out!
We’ll have some more gigs to announce very soon; until then here’s a little taste of Sausage Grinder 2.0. Enjoy!
Sausage Grinder will be playing a square dance at this year’s 40th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention in Goleta, CA on Sunday, October 9. The festival starts at 10, the dance is around noon, and David and Chris will once again teach fiddle and banjo workshops later in the afternoon. And we’ll be hanging out and playing all day so come say hello.
This is one of the premier old-time events in Southern California (well, Southern-ish) – don’t miss it. There’s a great line up this year including Laurie Lewis, Eric and Suzy Thompson, Peter Feldmann and more, plus of course the contest. You can read more at the convention website or like their Facebook page.
Here’s some footage of the Grinder from last year jamming with Steve James, plus a bonus track of Chris on the contest stage with our friend Jennifer Fitzpatrick playing a little Memphis Minnie. See you there!
Notes:Sausage Grinder is playing a big square dance at noon, David and Chris are teaching fiddle and banjo workshops and we’ll probably be hanging out and playing near the National booth again. This is one of the best old-time events of the year in Southern California so don’t miss it!
The California Traditional Music Society’s Equinox Festival is September 10-11 at Rancho Cordillera del Norte in Northridge. Sausage Grinder will be there officially on Sunday (although most of us will be there on Saturday hanging out, jamming and going to performances and workshops.
David and Chris will be teaching fiddle and banjo (respectively) workshops from 1-2 p.m. and then at 2:45 we’re playing a square dance called by our own Bobby Reed.
You definitely don’t want to miss this festival — folks like Dan Gellert, Triple Chicken Foot, Old Sledge, Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz and a bunch more will be there. We had a great time last year and this year’s festival is going to be even better. You can check out the schedule here.