Friday, October 10, 2008

Weekend Events: Oct 10-12, 2008

NOTE: We now have the new calendar online, you can check out the calendar here: Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!
Native American Flute related events and other World music events happening in Northern California are posted on the Naflute calendar.

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that others can know!

Friday, Oct 10, 2008

Saturday, Oct 11, 2008

Saturday, Oct 12, 2008

Monday, Oct 13, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Mary Youngblood Workshop Oct 18, 2008

LOPING WOLF Presents the Musical Retreat for 2008 with Two-time Grammy Winner Mary Youngblood - First Lady of the Flute

WHEN: October 18, 2008
COST: Each workshop is $45.  $5 donation from attendees not taking a workshop to help defray expenses.

Please come and share NAF techniques, attend Mary’s workshops, jam with Mary and attend the closing open mic session to practice what you've learned with the "First Lady of the Flute". Non-workshop attendees will be able to cavort, try out other flutes ‘n’ drums and practice jamming.

There are some who were not able to make the previous five retreats held this past summer (“Tempest Fugit!”), so we hope this will give you a chance to attend. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up now!

Call to reserve a spot and obtain directions.

Bring ALL your flutes (“A” minor for the workshop), drums and percussion instruments.
Mary Youngblood books, CDs and other merchandise will be available for purchase.
Check out Mike Ely’s video of the first retreat at 

11:00am to 1:00pm Arrival and Lunch (Bring your favorite potluck item)
12:00pm [ ] LOPING WOLF ~Welcome and Introduction
[ ] Theme Song ~ “The LOPING WOLF Lope”
[ ] Mary Youngblood ~ Welcome Performance

1:00pm to 2:00pm Beginning Workshop ~ Work on beginning skills: breath control, embellishments and techniques. (Mary will collect any written questions before the workshop.)
2:30pm to 4:00pm Intermediate / Advanced Workshop ~ vibrato, improvisation, embellishment details, how to duet with another player, composition, phrasing, timing, plus performance and recording readiness will be shared
4:30pm to 5:30pm OPEN MIC hour will be your opportunity to duet with Mary and learn how Mary takes a player to the “next level”. Sign up to have your duet with Mary recorded on DVD with you for an additional fee as a keepsake of this unforgettable day! Autographed pictures of you playing with Mary at this special NAF musical retreat will be available for purchase before you leave!

HOSTS - LOPING WOLF - Lake of the Pines Wood Flute 'n' Drum Circle -
Sheree 'n' Dan DiCicco / 10492 Gautier Drive / Auburn CA 95602 / (530) 613-4197 Dan's cell /

Monday, October 06, 2008

Indigenous Peoples Days are coming!

If you are in the Grass Valley / Nevada City area, you don't want to miss the Indigenous Peoples Days event happening this weekend! This event runs all weekend with special events happening each day. Note that members from LOPINGWOLF will be playing on stage on Sunday, so please come and join the fun and support this wonderful event!

Here's a rundown of the events:

6 PM, Union and Broad Sts, Nevada City, CA. Downtown Nevada City.

at the South Yuba River below Parks Bar at Route 20, outside Nevada City, CA

mid-day at the South Yuba River at Bridgeport, outside Nevada City
(see map) click here

All day at MACC, the Maidu Active Cultural Center
Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City
(see map)

From Grass Valley:
Take Hwy 49 North
Turn left at CA-49 0.3 mi
Turn right at N Bloomfield Rd 0.2 mi
Turn left to stay on N Bloomfield Rd 0.3 mi
Turn left at Lake Vera Purdon Rd 0.9 mi

16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd
Nevada City, CA 95959

9:30 AM-5 PM, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

My Apologies

I promised to 'live blog' from the Yosemite Flute Festival, and although I was able to post a couple entries, I just was too busy running around to take pictures and submit posts. I regret that I didn't capture more of the experience for those who couldn't attend.

HOWEVER - if you attended, and have pictures, I'd be happy to post the best of them as memories from the event. You know how to get a hold of me...

Can you say "Flutie Hangover"?

Wow, it's been three days now, since I returned from the Yosemite Flute Festival, and I am still suffering from a "flutie hangover".

First of all, huge kudo's and thanks go to Rick and Linda Dunlop & Steven DeRuby, for all of their hard work to make this event a reality.

Second, thanks to all of the flute makers who attended (many who traveled a long way), and showed off their individual crafts. It was so fun to see all of the different style flutes.

Third, thanks to all of the performers who entertained us with their talents: Mary Youngblood, Vince Chafin (and friends), Scott August, Mark Holland and Jeff Ball (and his band). The concerts were (in my opinion) the highlight of the weekend. Having all of these talented folks showcasing their music side by side was an inspiration. We had the chance to hear five different styles of music, all featuring the Native American Flute. The NAF was definitely the star.

Finally, thanks to everyone who attended the festival and spent their precious dollars (in this economy) on flutes, art, food and fun.

The best news is that the Yosemite Flute Festival will happen again next year. I don't have the exact dates handy, but it'll be the same weekend in the fall in 2009.

If you attended, I appreciate your comments to this post, about those things that are most memorable to you.