Advance ticket sales available for performances.

Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Wednesday, April 26

The Fitzgeralds

The FitzgeraldsWe are pleased to present an excellent family ensemble from Canada. They are 3-Time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champions and Multi-Award Winning Step dancers very much in the tradition of another award-winning Canadian artist, April Verch who has always been a big hit at Traditions. Visit the website.

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

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Thursday, April 27

Benefit for Orphanage in Nepal

At-risk Children in Nepal. Students from the Evergreen program Movements and Migrations will offer a report back and slide show of their time in Nepal. They will be talking about their work to help restructure an orphanage for babies, and this will be a fundraiser. Please join us!

7:00 PM

Friday, April 28

Arts Walk

We will have several art exhibits for Artswalk. We have free entertainment. At 6PM Mazigazi African music and dance will perform. After 7PM there will be a session of Celtic and Quebecois performers.

5:00 PM, None

Saturday, April 29

Arts Walk Procession Night

Artswalk continues all day and then the magical Procession of the Species happens in the afternoon. Visit the website.

5:00 PM, None

Sunday, April 30

Brian Conway

BrianBrian Conway is one of the premier Irish fiddle players living in America. Brian performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Brian has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship. New York born, Brian is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann. His talents have also been enthusiastically received all over North America and throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe. Visit the website.

7:00 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Wednesday, May 3

Rhythm Future Quartet

RhythmFutureQuartetThis virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. As the amazing guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has said "These young men are incredible!! Don't miss them..such dedication and love of music to witness." Visit the website.

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

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Thursday, May 4

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

Alan and RobAlan was a founding member (1969) of the famed Scottish band, Battlefield Band, and played keyboards, composed, and sang with them until 2010. He appeared with them several times at Traditions. Now he is doing tours with Rob van Sante, guitarist and collaborator with a number of folk music notables, doing traditional and modern folk music.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, May 6

the Makedonians

The MakedoniansWith sonorous harmonies, rhythms that kick and songs of love, tragedy, loyalty and drink – this wide collection of Northwest musicians has been entertaining audiences with festive village dance music and historic songs of the Mediterranean and the Balkans for almost 30 years. The ensemble resembles a chalgia orchestra, typically comprised of eight or more (sometimes many more) musicians playing a combination of wind, string, and percussive instruments.

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

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Sunday, May 7

Jazz Jam

We are resuming the Jazz Jam for the 1st Sunday of the month. The April jam will start out with a free (donations accepted for the homeless) one hour concert at 2 PM by a horn quartet headed by legendary saxophone performer Chuck Stentz. Then the jam will continue until 5pm. 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, None

Monday, May 8

Call to Action

7:00 PM, None

Tuesday, May 9

Film "Coming War with China" John Pilger

7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10

Fellow of Reconciliation Annual Meeting 2017

7:00 PM

Thursday, May 11

Thurston Climate Action Team

"A Post Election Climate Conversation".

7:00 PM, None

Friday, May 12

The Heartsparkle Players

Heartsparkle PlayersBuilding Resilience: Stories of Kindness, Strength and Hope in collaboration with Window Seat Media, a non-profit that gathers and shares stories to build community resilience, cultural identity and human connection. This performance will be a part of The Resilience Project, a year- long project curated by Window Seat Media. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, May 13

Holly Gwinn Graham

Holly Holly always brings her great wit, her community activism, her fine singing of originals and jazz and folk standards with significant touches of theater including some new songs for a theater production she is creating make for great entertainment. Visit the website.

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

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Sunday, May 14

Jung Society

7:00 PM, None

Sunday, May 14

Open Shape Note singing

Open to all who would like to sing in the shape note traditions

5:00 PM, None

Monday, May 15

Uke and Singalong

Veteran folk musicians and uke enthusiasts and teachers Steve Einhorn and Kate Power bring a community event to Traditions. They bring a large number of ukes so whether you have one or not, you can start to learn to play the uke. $10 is asked but no one with limited funds will be turned away.

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, May 17

Poetry night

The Olympia Poetry Network will present a reading Wednesday, March 15, by poet Peter Ludwin. The event takes place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave. SW in downtown Olympia. Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust and the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry. His newest book is Gone to Gold Mountain from MoonPath Press. He has won several recent awards including First Prize in The Comstock Review’s annual competition. A world traveler, Ludwin also plays acoustic blues guitar and autoharp. An open mic will precede the reading. The event is free. For more information, call 360-701-2030. Visit the website.

6:30 PM, None

Friday, May 19

Peter Mayer

PeterPete has returned from his home in Minnesota each year for the last half dozen. His shows are much awaited by a large following of fans. Typical of responses from listeners and critics is this one. "His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing." --Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston

7:30 PM, Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12

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Saturday, May 20

The Stray Birds

The Stray BirdsWe welcome back the Stray Birds after a fine show at Traditions last year. They are brilliant performers with an easy stage presence and great audience rapport." - Beth Duquette, Ripton Community Coffeehouse, Ripton, VT "The Stray Birds, a folk-grass trio from rural Pennsylvania, are gaining traction for their self-titled debut, a collection that showcases the band members' kindred dedication to traditional American folk music. Pastoral and literate, the Stray Birds sing three-part harmonies over drowsy fiddle and gentle clawhammer banjo with obvious reverence to ancient forms." - Steve Leftridge, PopMatters The Best of Americana of 2012

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

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Sunday, May 21

A Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Jam

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

2:00 PM, Student/low income

Monday, May 22

Pollinator presentation and study group

7:00 PM, None

Friday, May 26

The Rhythm Runners

The Rhythm RunnersWe have had two fabulous concerts with this 5 piece group, formed to bring us Prohibition Era Jazz with musicians from New Orleans and New York and Seattle. Greg Ruby on guitar is well-know in the NW for being part of Pearl Django and Hot Club Sandwich and his own groups, Gordon Au of New Orleans on trumpet has played with 25 Grammy winners, Charlie Halloran also of New Orleans on trombone has likewise played with the greats, Dennis Lichtman of New York on clarinet is part of the epicenter of dynamic young swing and jazz players, and bassist Cassidy Holden from his base in New Orleans tours internationally with his own band. This is a CD release concert!

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

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Sunday, May 28

Hootenany

An open sing-a-long of favorite songs from the 60's on up to the current day. A number of performers present songs and Holly Gwinn Graham hosts the event.

2:00 PM, None

Friday, June 2

Andrew Finn Magill

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.

7:30 PM

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Friday, June 9

Los Flacos

Los FlacosWe always look forward to a spirited concert of traditional Latin American music from Los Flacos With Abel Rocha (of Correo Aereo) on harp, quatro and vocals and Tim Wetmiller (of Hot Club Sandwich) on fiddle, Alfredo Chavez on guitar, and Diego Coy from Colombia on a variety of flutes.

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

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Friday, June 16

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan RamblersThe Slocan Ramblers, Canada’s young bluegrass band, are coming to our stage. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan. Visit the website.

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

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Wednesday, June 21

Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard

Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard belong to Denmark’s best and busiest musicians, since they played more than 500 concerts within the past five years – most of them abroad. Their band consists of violoncellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen, guitar player Mikkel Grue and drummer Sune Rahbek. Together they form all aspects and the dynamic of Blum’s and Haugaard’s repertoire. When they opened the Tönder festival in August 2014 with a great concert, the Danish daily paper Jyske Vestkysten“ called it a "musical firework“.

7:30 PM

Friday, June 30

Roy Book Binder

Roy Book BinderRoy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt ? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, September 9

Uncle Bonsai

Uncle BonsaiSeattle super-harmonizers UNCLE BONSAI are the Tim Burtons of folk music – dark and hilarious, but with moments of great insight and beauty. Singers Patrice O’Neill, Arni Adler and Andrew Ratshin (also the trio’s guitarist) present an often dizzying vocal relay of intricate harmony. The group aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider, in densely-packed lyrics that fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and holidays with family. The group returns to Traditions Fair Trade to perform songs from the upcoming release, "The Family Feast," along with old favorites. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Friday, September 15

Hot Club Sandwich

Hot Club SandwichGreat string swing tonight with the return of Hot Club Sandwich to our stage. Performing from San Francisco to Seattle, New York to Fargo, at clubs, colleges, theaters and ballrooms, festivals and farmers markets, and on subways and street corners, Hot Club Sandwich has established itself as one of the leading Django-inspired bands on the Northwest's Gypsy jazz scene.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, October 14

Gypsy Soul

Gypsy SoulGypsy Soul is singer/lyricist, Cilette Swann, and multi instrumentalist/composer/producer, Roman Morykit. With 12 albums and 1.5 million downloads later, their music has also been featured in television shows such as Providence, Roswell, and Felicity among others. Their 2012 release, entitled, “The World Is My Country" received the Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song for their version of “Angel from Montgomery” as well as winning the runner up position in the International Acoustic Music Awards in the Folk/Americana/Roots category. THE SUNDAY SHOW has been cancelled

7:30 PM

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Friday, October 20

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

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Saturday, October 21

Choro das 3

Choro das 3We are so glad that this Brazilian family can return for a concert. We had an outstanding show with them when they were here. Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father that first started to play as a band in 2002. The music they play is called Choro, a form of urban jazz native to Brazil that shares a similar feel with New Orleans jazz or ragtime or bluegrass. They have performed around the world. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Friday, November 24

Tellabrations

This is an annual storytelling event sponsored by the Olympia Storytelling Guild in conjunction with storytelling events across the country. Storytellers: Margaret Allen Lott, Rebecca Hom, Billie Mazzei, Mitch Nelson, Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan and Randi Moe will be sharing their varied stories. MC will be Bruce “Bear” Whitehouse More information at southsoundstory.org or email info@southsoundstory.org

7:00 PM, None

Saturday, December 2

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

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Saturday, December 9

Bryan Bowers

BryanBryan visits us each December or January 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

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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

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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

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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

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