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The Sunspot Dance Tent!

Late night Dances and Workshops in the Sunspot Dance tent for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night! Brought to you by Sunspot Concerts.
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Thursday 9:30 The Bumper Jacksons Come shake it up with the Bumper Jacksons."The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their trad jazz and pre-war country repertoire paints America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers".

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Friday 12:00 Slow Jam with Mike Ward A beginners jam at a moderate pace.

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Friday 1:00 Dirk Powell and Cedric WatsonAt the Old-Time Creole-Cajun Crossroad Two great Louisiana talents

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Friday 2:00 Clawhammer Banjo with Adam Hurt. 45 min of music and discussion, 15 min. Q&A and demonstration of techniques of clawhammer banjo.

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3:00 Partner Dance Workshop (Sunspot Dance Tent)Dancing Spider will help you learn the basics.
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Friday 3:30 Contra Dance with Locust Honey Locust Honey and guest players provide the music, Kim Forry provides the calling, you provide the dancin' feet. Let's kick up some dust!
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Friday 10:00 The Woodshedders The Woodshedders explore diverse samplings of American Country, Rhythm & Blues, Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Jazz. The result is an original and dynamic new sound they call Indie Roots Americana. Lead singer and guitarist, Dwayne Brooke is joined by upright bassist Ryan Mayo, Fiddlin' David Van Deventer, mandolinist Jared Pool, and drummer Jesse Shultzaberger.


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Saturday 10:30 A.M. Slow Jam with Mike Ward A second beginners jam at a moderate pace. Warm up your skills then join the Pickin' Contests.
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Saturday 11:30 A.M. Hooping Workshop Boomtown Hoops shows you all the tricks.
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Saturday 12:30 Flatfooting and Clogging Workshop Jan Scopel gets your feet moving.
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Saturday 1:00 Songwriters workshopAward winning songwriters, David Via, Chris Leudecke, and Maya de Vitry share their songs, and talk about songwriting.
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Saturday 3:00 The Green Boys Winners of last years band contest. Don't miss these guys!
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Saturday 4:00 Taarka Described by SF Weekly as a "collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman," Taarka is the new acoustic "supergroup" (Flagstaff Live) "presenting masterfully deep americana and gypsyjazz string band music!". Enion Pelta-Tiller has taught at the Mark O'Conner fiddle camp and will lead a 15 min. discussion on composing and improvising.
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4:00 Conversation with the Masters of Bluegrass (Sunspot Dance Tent)Join Del McCoury and the band along with Park Owner John Miller as they recall the History of Bluegrass and Watermelon Park. The moderator will be Jon Lohman from the Virginia Folklife Program. This Workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Clarke County Historical Association.
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Saturday 10:00 Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential. Originally from San Felipe, TX (population 868), Cedric made his first appearance at the age of 19 at the Zydeco Jam at The Big Easy in Houston, TX. Just two years later, he moved to south Louisiana, quickly immersing himself in French music and language.
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