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Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Saturday, December 16

3 Play Ricochet

3 Play Ricochet3 Play Ricochet plays Americana — traditional and modern acoustic music (bluegrass, ragtime, old-time, blues, country, jazz,...) with humor, taste, and passion! What else are they saying about 3 Play Ricochet? "Able to go from an old-time classic to a bluegrass stomp to a heart-rending country ballad in the blink of time's eye, 3 Play Ricochet tells the musical truth. Accomplished musicianship and the ability to strike to the heart of a song combine to make for delighted audiences and listeners. Highly recommended!" –Joe Newberry, The Jumpsteady Boys

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

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Sunday, December 17

A Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Jam

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

2:00 PM, None

Monday, December 18

UkOlympians

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

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, December 20

Poetry night

Poetry for the Winter Solstice “Seasons Readings,” sponsored by the Olympia Poetry Network, is set for Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave. SW in downtown Olympia. Poets are invited to read seasonal poems about winter, peace, holidays, family, solstice and the like at the Open Mic. Featured readers will be members of the OPN Board. This event is free. For more information, call 360-701-2030. Visit the website.

6:30 PM, Student/low income

Friday, December 22

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, Tickets: $25, Student/low income: $20

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Saturday, December 23

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, Tickets: $25, Student/low income: $20

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Thursday, December 28

Peace Tales

7:00 PM

Saturday, December 30

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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Saturday, January 6

Steve Luceno Quartet

Steve Luceno QuartetThe band will be Steve Luceno Guitar, Lorree Gardener string bass, Steven Bentley drums, Ariel Calabria piano (same band that played Wa Center Balck Box Jazz on Oct 27, 2017). All members of this ensemble are well known as performing musicians in the Salish Sea Region. All of them are also composers, and the music will be original jazz with personalized twists.

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

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Wednesday, January 10

David Rovics

DavidThis show is being organized by "Power to the Public" with a presentation about the new Campaign of Transition for the Port of Olympia. David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies.

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

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Friday, January 12

Heartsparkle Players

Playback TheaterWalking Side-by-Side With Our Immigrant Neighbors In collaboration with CIELO. This month we collaborate with CIELO (Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia). Their mission is to promote community, self-sufficiency and leadership of Latinas/os and the extended community in the South Puget Sound area with educational and mental health services and social and cultural activities. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, January 13

LaVon Hardison

LaVonLaVon gives wonderful renditions of jazz standards and and her own eclectic and compelling arrangements of popular songs. Tonight her ensemble includes some very fine NW musicians...PLU's David Deacon Joyner on piano, Jeff Busch on drums, and Osama Afifi on bass

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

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Thursday, January 18

SVER

SVERSVER play grand Norwegian folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness – you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, January 20

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: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, January 26

David Keenan & Nova Devonie Score a Silent Film

We will show a silent film while David and Nova perfom a score they have composed. Tonight there will be a Fairy Tale Series of films by Lotte Reiniger.

7:30 PM

Saturday, January 27

Bill Evans

BillIn The Banjo in America, Bill takes the listener on a musical adventure, following the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, performing musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on vintage instruments. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, The Banjo in America illuminates as well as entertains, exposing audiences to over 250 years of American music.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, February 3

Mary Flower

Mary Mary Flower from the Portland area returns. Mary Flower is "one of the nation's premier fingerstyle blues guitarists" according to All Music Guide. Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine describes her as "one of those rare guitarists who manage to create a tincture of the aged authentic with the freshly original."

7:30 PM

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Sunday, February 4

Open Door For Three

7:00 PM

Sunday, February 11

Derek Gripper

DerekWe are proud to present South African guitarist Derek Gripper. His ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, was released late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session the album magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora compositions (21 string harp) on solo guitar, a feat which classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” When Kora maestro Toumani Diabate heard these recordings he asked his producer Lucy Duran to confirm that she had actually seen one person play this music on just one guitar. He immediately invited Derek to collaborate with him in Mali, an invitation which saw Derek performing at the Acoustik Festival Bamako in early 2016, the first international festival held in Mali since 2012. Visit the website.

7:00 PM

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Friday, February 16

Jim Malcolm

JimAward-winning Scottish folk performer Jim Malcolm has garnered many fans in Olympia. He returns from across the waters with his infectious humor, his fine songwriting and singing, and his deft guitar playing. He routinely gets reviews such as these, "Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning"- Mojo or "A master of well chosen words and melodic inventiveness." Rock and Reel

7:30 PM

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Saturday, February 17

Jim Malcolm

JimAward-winning Scottish folk performer Jim Malcolm has garnered many fans in Olympia. He returns from across the waters with his infectious humor, his fine songwriting and singing, and his deft guitar playing. He routinely gets reviews such as these, "Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning"- Mojo or "A master of well chosen words and melodic inventiveness." Rock and Reel

7:30 PM

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Friday, February 23

Golden Bough

Golden BoughGolden Bough has come many times over the years. This show is entitled "America Bound" which takes the audience on a musical journey from the Old World to the New. The influence of Celtic music and culture on the American way of life cannot be underestimated. From old folk-songs of the Irish and Scottish countryside to Irish-American music hall numbers, Golden Bough paints a musical picture of the struggles, sufferings, joys and successes of the Irish and Scots in America and shows how these folk songs evolved into American standards.

7:30 PM

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Thursday, March 1

John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon Referred to as folk music's renaissance man for his instrumental abilities, his singing and songwriting, storytelling, and as an activist and an author this evening's performance will cover a very wide array of music and styles as John accompanies himself on banjo, guitar, hammer dulcimer, piano, and fiddle. "The most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard."ť Johnny Cash

7:30 PM

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Friday, March 16

Judy Fjell

JudyThis Montana singer-songwriter’s musical gifts are considerable, and are easily matched by her generosity and energy as a performer and social activist. In addition, there’s no shortage of humor in her concerts. This will be a lively evening! Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, March 17

Sierra Hull

SierraWe are doing 2 shows, one at 6PM and the other at 8:30 (ish), with this talented mandolinist and vocalist. Since the age of 11 when she first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage through the next decade plus recording and touring since then, Sierra has drawn rave critical acclaim. "I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round." — Alison Krauss Visit the website.

6:00 PM, Tickets: $25, Student/low income: $20

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Saturday, March 31

PC & J and Friends

Pat and JamieLocal artists, Pat Cole and Jamie Jenson, make up the vocal and acoustic duo PC & J. Their music ranges from Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt covers, to jazz classics by Rogers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Antonio Carlos Jobim Together with friends Bill Duris on bass, Kathleen Scarborough on violin, and Craig Cootsona on drums, they plan an evening of stylistically versatile music that will include something for everyone.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, April 7

The Page Turners

The Page Turners are headed by Carolyn Kendrick (Stockton, CA) and Jake Howard (Akron, OH). Winners of the 2016 Freshgrass "Best Duo" award, they met at the Berklee College of Music and perform mostly original acoustic music. "The Page Turners blend their love of bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, and classic country into one big all-purpose seasoning of delicious Roots Music." Bruce Molsky had this to say about the band: "The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music. I love what Carolyn and Jake are doing and can’t wait to hear more!” "The Page Turners are one of the most exciting young groups to pop up in a long while. Two fantastic players and singers who, together, blow away the typical constraints of a duo and in the variety of their playing, writing and singing create a sound much greater than the sum of the (very talented) parts." --Joe K. Walsh

7:30 PM

Saturday, April 14

Andrew Finn Magill & Brazilian Violin Trio

Andrew Finn MagillAndrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, spending every summer at the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare, and produced a Fulbright-MtvU-funded concept album, Mau a Malawi, with Malawian Afro-vibes artist Peter Mawanga, about those affected by AIDS. He currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, where he is a sought-after violinist in Brazilian styles and leads O Finno, his own quartet of choro musicians. "Andrew Finn Magill is a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians. He plays with incredible versatility and is accomplished in a variety of styles." - Martin Hayes

7:30 PM

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Friday, April 20

David Roth

DavidFormer Seattle resident (now living on Cape Cod) David Roth returns to Traditions, now in his 20th year of full-time music-making. During his time in the Pacific Northwest Roth recorded 4 of his 9 CDs and joining him this evening will be co-producer David Lange on piano and accordion, for a healthy dose of heavy-mental easy-listening protest music. Think James Taylor meets Jerry Seinfeld meets Joe Hill...www.davidrothmusic.com

7:30 PM

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Sunday, April 29

Dylan Foley & Eamon O'Leary

Dylan Foley is, as Brian Conway said, "One the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation.” A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, he has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to the Austin Celtic Festival, and from the mayor’s Gracie Mansion in NYC to Irish Television. You can hear his passion for the music in his lively and fluid playing. “… one of the finest fiddlers in America and certainly the most genial among them…his feel and tone breathtaking… He pulls brilliant music from the fiddle…” Daniel Neely/The Irish Echo Eamon O‘Leary is on guitar, bouzouki, vocals. He moved to New York City in 1991 and has been an instrumental Irish artist here in the U.S. since then. Eamon is a superb accompanist as well as singer-songwriter and respected interpreter of Irish traditional song. “…beautiful, crystalline songs. “ Huffington Post

7:00 PM

Saturday, May 12

Claudia Schmidt

ClaudiaClaudia's coming back to Traditions, and we have learned to expect anything at one of her concerts a hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire, and the gamut of emotions. Her musicality is astonishing, and her joy and love of performing are contagious.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, May 19

April Verch

April VerchWe are glad to be able to bring back this champion Canadian fiddler, champion stepdancer, and outstanding singer. Along with an accompanying and very accomplished band, April puts on a spectacular show. The Toronto Star recently reviewing April says "Playful and flirtatious, whimsical and wry, Verch is in peak form, having reached a transcendent level of musicianship where hard-earned technique can be safely abandoned." Come hear some brand new tunes from their newly released album and some old favorites. Don't miss the show.

7:30 PM

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