The Road West 2015
Well, it’s coming on that time again. Time to head west and leave the Ohio homestead and garden for another year. As always, mixed feelings. Got to see the sunflowers and harvest tomatoes and melons but not going to be here to see the leaves change. Had lots of great students, but there are my western ones awaiting my return. Would love to sit on the porch and read into the cool fall days but itchin’ to be traveling! Didn’t sell the Airstream yet, but looks like the old Avion is going to be going to a new home. SO, you get the idea. Well, when?
As it looks now I’ll probably be heading out next Thursday. I have several gigs along the trip back but I think I’ll start by going up to the Hillsdale, Michigan Old Time Fiddlers’ convention. At the Hillsdale fairgrounds, it is a wonderful laid-back weekend and I haven’t been there for quite a few years now. Fest is on Friday and Saturday the 14 and 15th, but I think I’ll go up for early arrival on Thursday. Time to go back and visit old friends, make some new ones and play some tunes.
From there, I head down and over to Kansas City, MO. The Fretshop there has offered to host me on Saturday the 22nd for a fiddle workshop in the am, clawhammer banjo in the afternoon and a concert that evening. Private sessions may be available by appointment as well, but contact me directly to set those up. That Sunday (the 23rd) is the Fiddle fest in Lawrence, Kansas – not too far a drive – so I may go over there just to visit and play some. I hear Howard Rains and Trish Spencer are supposed to be performing there which would be a treat to see as well.
Next I get to go back down to Mountain View, Arkansas and the Ozark Folks Center. I play Friday afternoon August 28, in the village then that night and Saturday the 29th on stage at their theater.
THEN the LONG journey west to help staff the Music Caravan booth at Strawberry Music Festival in Westside, Tuolumne, CA over the Labor Day weekend September 3-7. I’ll have all of my books and cd’s available as well as an instrument or two to sell. I should have some free time to jam a bit or do a lesson if anyone is up for it. Still trying to get in as a performer as well but no luck so far. Let me know if you can help there.
From there the journey back to Tucson. I should be home there by September 11th and ready to start teaching and playing there. I’ll be stopping in Los Banos, CA to drop the Airstream off with Toscono RV where Dave Morse can help you make it your own! He has sold me several Airstreams over the years and sold a couple of mine for me. He is a wonderful fellow so if you are still interested after Labor Day, see Dave.
As I said, I’ll be home to Tucson September 11 so now is the time to set up those lessons for this coming fall. In person or Skype, beginners or advanced techniques, Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Old Time Guitar or Mandolin. Give me a call and lets get ya going.
Finally, the last thing on the books at this time is the “10-10” Dance on, wait for it, October 10! Details on my web schedule but I’ll be playing as Squirrelly Dan and the Cat Mountain Rounders – John Walkenbach on guitar and Jerry Weinert on bass. Me? Fiddle mostly, perhaps some banjo, perhaps even a guest musician or two! Here’s what we look like!
Might look to set up a regular Square Dance if there seems to be interest.
In the works are several other gigs in Tucson and planning for a winter Clawcamp. As we say in the music world, Stay Tuned!
Per usual, there are always a couple of days from place to place that I’d like to fill in. A house concert, workshop, lesson or two, especially on a Monday or Tuesday. If you find you are on route and want to host an impromptu event, please email me or call and I’ll work hard to help you make it happen!
Well, that’s the news for now. I’ll be seeing you! Till next time,
Dan “Clawdan” “Fiddledan” Levenson