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The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (9/19/19)
Jerron Paxton, The Crooked Jades, Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell
Thursday, September 19th
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmFreight & Salvage
- THREE DAY PASSES AVAILABLE: One ticket, good for Thursday and Friday night concerts at the Freight, plus the Saturday Night Dance Party at Ashkenaz.
- All tickets are subject to a $4 facility fee.
The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.
Jerron Paxton is a time-traveling songster who plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano and other instruments; West Virginia fiddler Frank George considered him to be a “cohort”, or torchbearer, of old-time music. As a teenager in east East L.A., Jerron learned his first old-time songs from his grandmother (who was raised in Louisiana) and began delving deep into the heart of old -time music, including extensive explorations into the world of cylinder recordings and 78s. He brings music of an earlier era into the here and now, in styles including pre-World War I pop music and minstrelsy, old-time, country blues, and early jazz. In 2017, Jerron was named Artistic Director of Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival and Workshop. He’s performed all over the world at festivals, was selected to channel Lead Belly at the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall, and appears in the music documentary AMERICAN EPIC, produced by Robert Redford, Jack White and T-Bone Burnett.
The Crooked Jades
The Crooked Jades are a Bay Area string band who have created an innovative modern sound drawing from the roots of American traditional music. Founded in 1996 by Jeff Kazor (vocals, guitar and ukulele) and Lisa Berman (vocals/slide guitar/banjo/harmonium), the band also includes Erik Pearson (vocals, banjo, ukulele, harmonium, slide guitar), fiddler Emily Mann, and adjunct Jade Charlie Rose, who plays bowed bass. The Crooked Jades have performed at rock clubs, festivals and concert halls across the US and Europe. and have released 8 critically acclaimed albums, including 2019’s “World’s On Fire”, drawn from their collaboration with modern dance choreographer Kate Weare, presented by ODC at Yerba Buena Center.
Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell
Thomas Maupin, the most renowned Tennessee buck dancer of his generation, grew up on a farm in Eagleville, Tennessee, with nine brothers and sisters. All of them were self-taught buck dancers. His own dancing was most influenced by his older brother, Ollie, and his grandmother. Winner of state championships in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, and Indiana, and six-time winner of the National Old-Time Buck Dancing Championship, in 2017 Thomas Maupin received our nation’s highest honor for traditional music, the National Heritage Fellowship. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Thomas became a mainstay at music gatherings in the South. His precise musical timing and collaborative spirit made him favored among old-time string bands, who worked with him more in a symbiotic relationship than an accompanying one. In the 2000s, Maupin began a musical partnership with his grandson Daniel Rothwell, an award-winning traditional banjo player who specializes in the style and spirit of Uncle Dave Macon. Playing fiddle will be Casy Meikle, who moved to Tennessee from his native California after finishing school and quickly immersed himself in the region’s rich string band tradition. He was a founding member of Hogslop String Band, with whom he performed from 2008-2016. Performances with Thomas and Daniel include Thomas’ 2017 acceptance of the NEA Heritage Fellowship Award at the Library of Congress.With them at the BOTMC will be guitarist Danny Rothwell (Thomas’ son-in-law and Daniel’s father), bassist Sharlene Hazelwood, and Kory Posey, winner of the 2012 National Old-Time Buck Dancing Championship.