Ian Ferguson

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

Proving it's more than country music's hillbilly brother
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PREVIEW It's strange for a music to be called "old time" if it's played today. Granted, webbed fingers because your parents were cousins might keep you out of Internet distribution, and Deliverance (1972) didn't help any, but old time music really is more than country music's hillbilly brother.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention fiddles away four days of concert performances, square dances, contests, and tailgate string band sessions. Read more »

Zing go the strings

The 20th Annual Fiddle Summit jigs up the Downtown Berkeley Music Festival
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PREVIEW How do you tell a fiddle from a violin? No one cries when they spill beer on a fiddle. From Ireland to Scotland to Appalachia, the hearty fiddle followed the common folk wherever they settled. In pubs and on back porches, fiddle tunes trickled down through generations, learned by ear from fathers or friends. Read more »

Port O'Brien

Wishing their hearts had ears, bouncing on the balls of their feet
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PREVIEW A little more than a year ago, a "too-pretty-to-refuse-you" friend dragged me to a Bright Eyes concert. I remember almost nothing of the group's set, and I wasn't the drunk one. Connor Oberst, so hipster-slim you know he's a lightweight, strutted on stage, Corona in hand, his stage presence as deflated as his sound, unsure of the notes in his repertoire's half-octave range. Read more »

Pride 2008 events

The Queer Issue: A Planet Unicorn full of performances, events, clubs, and parties
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culture@sfbg.com

ONGOING

Frameline Film Festival Various locations; see Web site for dates and times, www.frameline.org. The humongous citywide queer flick fest is still in full eye-popping effect.

Golden Girls Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission, SF; (415) 690-9410, www.voicefactorysf.org. 7 and 9pm, $20. Through Sat/28. Read more »

Live 105's BFD

Despite siring more spawn than Genghis Khan, no one ever said Rock was easy
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PREVIEW Rock may be dead, but before it kicked it shot enough seed into the musical milieu that today its numberless bastard sons and daughters testify that Rock isn't what you are, it's what you do: namely, rock the fuck out. Hosting obvious punk and indie-rock progeny Anti-Flag and Alkaline Trio, as well as hip-hop and electronic-influenced distant relatives Lyrics Born and MSTRKRFT, Live 105's BFD 2008 brings rock's diverse diaspora together for a three-stage, all-day family affair.

Proof that Rock slept around? Read more »