Advance ticket sales available for performances.

Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Tuesday, October 2

Oly Songwriter Circle

7:00 PM, None

Thursday, October 4

Rachel Corrie Foundation presents Susan Greene

Up Against the Walls–USA to Palestine Susan Greene, Bay Area artist and psychologist, initiated and directs the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project in collaboration with the Rachel Corrie Foundation. Greene founded and directs Art Forces, which works in partnership with grassroots community groups to create interdisciplinary public art which aims to inspire critical thinking and action. Up Against the Walls is a presentation of stories from some of these communities. From the streets of San Francisco Bay Area to Olympia Washington, to refugee camps of Palestine and Lebanon, the projects make visible histories and relationships that have been obliterated and forgotten, making connections to national and global issues of social and environmental justice, borders, precarity, migrations, and decolonization. The presentation will include a 22-minute in-progress video of community murals in Silwan East Jerusalem, called “Our Streets–My Homeland is Not a Suitcase”. The Palestinian village of Silwan, East Jerusalem, daily resists escalating attacks by Israel, the goals of which include the expulsion of the entire Palestinian population. In 2015, as part of its struggle against dispossession, the Silwan community worked with international artists to paint 1500 square feet of public murals embodying their identity, history, culture, and determination to remain on their land.

7:00 PM

Friday, October 5

Arts Walk with Fiddlefest

Fiddle FestWe will have art exhibits and the 15th Annual Fiddle Fest of 6 acts of fiddlers from 6 to 9PM...all free. Olympia Fall Arts Walk 6:00 Josh Gaydos and Pamela Margon Swinging Celtic tunes abound from this bouzouki and fiddle duo. 6:30 Pinniped Rousing Irish and French Canadian tunes ring out from a feisty fiddle, bodhran, and guitar. 7:00 Varda A fiery fiddle and viola make sparks fly on traditional Klezmer and Scandinavian tunes. 7:30 The Sassafras Sisters Exuberant players put a youthful spin on Oldtime American tunes and songs. 8:00 The REDS Band Seasoned young musicians spice up traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, and North America. 8:30 Les Gens des Chutes Tap your feet to joyful French Canadian dance tunes from Québec performed by “People of the Falls."

5:00 PM, Free

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Saturday, October 6

Scott Ainslie

ScottThis is a return visit from New England by this veteran performer. Scott came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power. Armed with a variety of instruments - vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Sunday, October 7

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.

7:00 PM, Student/low income

Tuesday, October 9

NOW Meeting

5:30 PM, None

Tuesday, October 9

Doula Bi-monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, None

Friday, October 12

Heartsparkle Players

Playback TheaterThe Story of Your Name. Everyone has a story about their name. Come and tell us your story. You can also join us on stage. We are inviting audience members to join us in playing back stories. We would love to have you! Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, October 13

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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Monday, October 15


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

7:00 PM, Student/low income

Wednesday, October 17

Poetry night

Visit the website.

6:30 PM, Student/low income

Friday, October 19

The Fretless

The FretlessWe look forward to the return of this quartet which won the 2017 Juno (Canada's Grammy) for Best Instrumental Album. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. In November 2011, Karrnnel Sawitsky (Fiddle), Ivonne Hernandez (Fiddle), Eric Wright (Cello) and Trent Freeman (Fiddle) got together for the first time on Vancouver Island to start rehearsing this project. After 10 days straight of writing, arranging, practicing and an absurd amount of tea, The Fretless emerged as a band. With the release of their debut album Waterbound in early 2012, the quartet grabbed the attention of critics and fans across many genres. After a busy year of touring and getting airplay they won 3 awards, Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Ensemble of the year, and Instrumental Group of the Year. Visit the website.

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

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Sunday, October 21

A Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Jam

This is a 3rd Sunday monthly jam of bluegrass and acoustic musicians

2:00 PM, None

Friday, October 26

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: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, November 16

Cosy Sheridan

CosyCosy Sheridan has been called "one of the era's finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters." She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records. She has released nine CDs, her music is featured in the Robert Fulghum multi-media novel The Third Wish and she tours consistently throughout the US. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women. Throughout this journey, her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive, percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, November 17

The Righteous Mothers

The Righteous MothersA Traditions favorite that we always look forward to presenting. The Righteous Mothers are four funny, philosophical female folk-rock musicians who have been one of the Northwest's foremost musical performing groups for nearly four decades. They whip their audience into a frenzy with zany original music, witty theatrics, and mind-boggling, intricate vocal harmonies. The Righteous Mothers grab hearts and funny bones with songs about ice cream, labor pains, annoying dreams and Supreme Court decisions. They surprise and delight young and old, gay and straight, male and female with their quirky humor and open hearts. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 1

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!

7:00 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, December 15

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: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, December 29

Jim Page & Orville Johnson

Jim & OrvilleJim Page is a long-time Northwest favorite. "Jim's been writing great topical songs for as long as I can remember, bringing his acute wit and wry humor to a host of subjects that can really use both. In the tradition of Woody and Dylan, he cuts right to the heart with music you actually enjoy listening to. I'm a longtime admirer." - Bonnie Raitt

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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