Advance ticket sales available for performances.

Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Thursday, September 19

Gangspil

GangspilThese three of leading folk musicians will take us on a tour of Danish folk traditions. Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle) and Norwegian guitarist Vidar Skrede present everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hops as with a good dose of humor and stories from many years out on the road.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Friday, September 20

Heartsparkle Players

Playback TheaterThis is Me! – This month we feature the Thunders and collaborate with People First of Thurston County whose mission is to empower adults with developmental disabilities to become involved in their community and to impact service systems.

7:30 PM, Donation $7 - $12 (no one turned away)

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Friday, September 27

John Stringer

John StringerJohn Stringer is a life teacher, healer, singer-songwriter and author with a passion for music, community and limitless love and light. As the front man of the indie rock band State of Man, John co-wrote and recorded several albums. This will be his first performance at Traditions.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $16,

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Saturday, September 28

Baby Gramps

Baby GrampsThe Van Gogh of Americana Music Baby Gramps mixes the myth-making mystique of a traveling troubadour of the past with an incredible array of musical influences ranging from the blues, folk, country, jazz, ragtime, sea shanties and other sounds from around the world. According to Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is one of the 50 most influential musicians of the last 100 years. Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys a two-CD set produced by Hal Willner and Johnny Depp, brought the name Baby Gramps into the homes of those who bought the collection for its rare and one-off Bono, Sting, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, Martin Carthy, and others. Yet, with all that star power, it was the Gramps track, "Cape Cod Girls" that got top billing (side one, cut one). He's also the artist they sent to The Late Show with David Letterman to plug the CD. This motley crew including Baby Gramps, Tim Robbins (actor), and Shane McGowan took the CD on tour in England, Ireland, and Australia. In recent years Baby Gramps participated in 7 films including a jug band documentary, a "Louie Louie" documentary, and an update of the academy award nominated film "Streetwise".

7:30 PM, Tickets: $16, Student/low income: $12

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Friday, October 4

Arts Walk with Fiddlefest

Fiddle FestWe will have art exhibits and the 16th Annual Fiddle Fest of Eight lively local performing groups featuring traditional fiddling ~ American Old Time, Irish, French Canadian, Contra Dance, Klezmer, Scottish, and Scandinavian from 5 to 9PM...all free. Olympia Fall Arts Walk

5:00 PM, Free

Saturday, October 5

Gypsy Soul

Gypsy Soul"Authentic" and "excellent" are the words most often used to describe The Gypsy Soul Experience. Like its creators, Gypsy Soul's performances are much like fine fusion cuisine... Italian, Irish, South African and Ukrainian to be precise. As with any work of art, their music is born from heartache, struggle, love and determination brewing with many textures, nuance and flavors. Their message is both universal and intimate, familiar yet otherworldly. Their soulful blend of Roots Rock, Blues and Jazz helps inform both their message and sound. Gypsy Soul began 20 years ago in Scotland when Roman Morykit (UK) and Cilette Swann (Canada/USA) made a promise to each other to make both their living and their lives from their art. They call their shows, "Around The World With Gypsy Soul" Over the past two decades, Gypsy Soul has had a Top 40 hit with 'Silent Tears' and has won numerous songwriting and performance awards including the International Acoustic Music Awards, Just Plain Folks and the Independent Music Awards among others. The duo has opened for artists such as The Doobie Brothers and Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, has been featured on compilations with Shawn Colvin, Keb Mo and Aimee Mann, and has had their music placed in hit TV shows and motion picture films such as Providence, Felicity, 90210, Roswell, After Sex and Quick Sand among others.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Sunday, October 6

Jazz Jam

The Jazz Jam is regularly the 1st Sunday of the month. A fine rhythm section of piano, drums, and bass will play throughout the jam with the musicians who sign up to play. Although the jam is free, donations for that rhythm section are gladly accepted.

2:30 PM, Free

Tuesday, October 8

Doula Bi-monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, None

Saturday, October 12

Bill Staines

BillThe legendary songwriter and performer returns to Traditions for another great evening of songs and music. "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew." Nanci Griffith

7:30 PM, Tickets: $16, Student/low income: $12

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Wednesday, October 16

Olympia Poetry Network w/ Open Mic

6:30 PM, None

Sunday, October 20

3rd Sunday Bluegrass Jam

This monthly acoustic jam is geared towards intermediate & advanced musicians, and jammers of all skill levels are welcome to participate as comfortable. We mostly play traditional bluegrass tunes, or songs from other genres (old-time, folk, Irish, country, etc.) played in the bluegrass rhythmic style, and instrumental breaks are passed clockwise from player to player. A list of our frequently performed tunes as well as chord charts & song lyrics are provided at the jam. Instrumentation typically comprises vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, upright bass and the occasional harmonica, autoharp, accordian, or dulcimer. We ensure that our jam is FUN for all by following common jamming etiquette guidelines (www.bluegrassjamming.com) and especially by maintaining respect & love for one another. For more information please email Jordan at BellJa6@hotmail.com The jam runs for 2.5 hours

2:00 PM, Free

Monday, October 21

UkOlympians

This is a song circle for ukelele players and singers. All are welcome but it is not a performance.

7:00 PM, None

Friday, November 1

Deep Energy Orchestra

Deep Energy OrchestraDeep Energy Orchestra is a group of Indian, Prog Rock, and Classical musicians featuring Jason Everett, Trey Gunn (King Crimson), & V.Selvaganesh (Shakti).

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, : $15

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Sunday, November 3

Jazz Jam

The Jazz Jam is regularly the 1st Sunday of the month. A fine rhythm section of piano, drums, and bass will play throughout the jam with the musicians who sign up to play. Although the jam is free, donations for that rhythm section are gladly accepted.

2:30 PM, Free

Saturday, November 9

The Debutones

The DebutonesThe Debutones play a mix of little-known songs with compelling lyrics and melodies-some country, some folk, and some bluegrass. Debby Nagusky and Don Share had been singing duets for over two decades when three of the Pacific Northwest's finest musicians joined them several years ago, and they became the Debutones. Adding to Debby and Don's vocals and guitar work are Greg Glassman, vocals and bass; Julian Smedley, vocals, violin, and viola; and Bob Knetzger, Dobro and banjo. Jim Nunally, of John Reischman and the Jaybirds and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, has this to say about the Debutones: "The Debutones make music that is thoughtful, beautiful, with a lushness and sincerity in its message. While each musician, on their own, is a great player, together they bring their music expression to another level, and that is where the art and magic happens." Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, November 16

Uncle Bonsai

Uncle Bonsai Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Sunday, November 17

3rd Sunday Bluegrass Jam

This monthly acoustic jam is geared towards intermediate & advanced musicians, and jammers of all skill levels are welcome to participate as comfortable. We mostly play traditional bluegrass tunes, or songs from other genres (old-time, folk, Irish, country, etc.) played in the bluegrass rhythmic style, and instrumental breaks are passed clockwise from player to player. A list of our frequently performed tunes as well as chord charts & song lyrics are provided at the jam. Instrumentation typically comprises vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, upright bass and the occasional harmonica, autoharp, accordian, or dulcimer. We ensure that our jam is FUN for all by following common jamming etiquette guidelines (www.bluegrassjamming.com) and especially by maintaining respect & love for one another. For more information please email Jordan at BellJa6@hotmail.com The jam runs for 2.5 hours

2:00 PM, Free

Wednesday, November 20

Olympia Poetry Network w/ Open Mic

6:30 PM, None

Friday, November 29

Tellabrations

7:00 PM, Tickets: $10, None

Sunday, December 1

Jazz Jam

The Jazz Jam is regularly the 1st Sunday of the month. A fine rhythm section of piano, drums, and bass will play throughout the jam with the musicians who sign up to play. Although the jam is free, donations for that rhythm section are gladly accepted.

2:30 PM, Free

Saturday, December 7

Dana Lyons

Dana and AnneThis is an annual December event with Dana. He is the singer/songwriter best known for his outrageous hit comedy songs Cows With Guns, RV and Ride The Lawn. "Every movement has its minstrel. The unions had Woody Guthrie. The peace movement had Phil Ochs. The environmental movement has Dana Lyons". Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Note that this concert will start at 7PM!

7:30 PM, Tickets: $16, Student/low income: $7

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Tuesday, December 10

Doula Bi-monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, None

Saturday, December 14

Bryan Bowers

BryanBryan visits us each December and provides us the opportunity to listen, to sing, and to laugh as the stories roll out from this long-standing and widely-lauded performer. His virtuosity on autoharp and rousing vocals take him all over the country.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $16, Student/low income: $10

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Sunday, December 15

3rd Sunday Bluegrass Jam

This monthly acoustic jam is geared towards intermediate & advanced musicians, and jammers of all skill levels are welcome to participate as comfortable. We mostly play traditional bluegrass tunes, or songs from other genres (old-time, folk, Irish, country, etc.) played in the bluegrass rhythmic style, and instrumental breaks are passed clockwise from player to player. A list of our frequently performed tunes as well as chord charts & song lyrics are provided at the jam. Instrumentation typically comprises vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, upright bass and the occasional harmonica, autoharp, accordian, or dulcimer. We ensure that our jam is FUN for all by following common jamming etiquette guidelines (www.bluegrassjamming.com) and especially by maintaining respect & love for one another. For more information please email Jordan at BellJa6@hotmail.com The jam runs for 2.5 hours

2:00 PM, Free

Wednesday, December 18

Olympia Poetry Network w/ Open Mic

6:30 PM, None

Friday, December 20

Tingstad & Rumbel

Tingstad & RumbleWe welcome back Grammy-award winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel for two holiday shows. Since 1984 Eric and Nancy have been combining their considerable talents into a musical duo that has produced numerous recordings, legions of fans, and anticipation for each live show. Eric evolved from electric rock guitar to an interest in classical and jazz to solo performing of his original 'impressionistic' compositions. Nancy took her interest in wind instruments, oboe and ocarinas to play with the Paul Winter Consort and then to this duo, which has toured throughout the country. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 21

Tingstad & Rumbel

Tingstad & RumbleWe welcome back Grammy-award winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel for two holiday shows. Since 1984 Eric and Nancy have been combining their considerable talents into a musical duo that has produced numerous recordings, legions of fans, and anticipation for each live show. Eric evolved from electric rock guitar to an interest in classical and jazz to solo performing of his original 'impressionistic' compositions. Nancy took her interest in wind instruments, oboe and ocarinas to play with the Paul Winter Consort and then to this duo, which has toured throughout the country. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
360-705-2819
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