Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" presented by The Esoterics

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm

BDENIE commemorates the centenary of the premiere of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All-night vigil," which took place in Moscow on March 10th, 1915. Rachmaninoff wrote his 70-minute, 15-movement vigil in January and February of 1915, and it was first performed as a fundraiser for war relief efforts. Rachmaninoff's masterpiece proved to be so popular with both critics and the public that it was performed five more times within the month. Rachmaninoff based 10 of his 15 movements on extant chants from various traditional styles, including Greek, Kievan, and the Russian "Znamenny" style. The remaining five movements were entirely of the composer's own creation, although he admitted their style to be "a conscious counterfeit of the ritual." For this concert series, The Esoterics has expanded to 48 voices, and will intersperse Rachmaninoff's movements with phrases of Slavonic chant. More concert information is available at

WHERE: St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia

WHEN: March 8th, 3:00 pm

Irish Dance with Scoil Rince Slieveloughane

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:30am - 11:15am

Join us at the Tumwater Timberlan Library for a return performance of the Scoil Rince Slieveloughane Irish dancers who will perform a lively mix of traditional and modern Irish dance routines. Slieveloughane is the largest and most renowned Irish dance troupe in the Pacific Northwest.

Lion Dance: Celebrate the Year of the Goat

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Please visit the Tumwater Timberland Library for a special Lion Dance performance by the Olympia Kung-Fu and Tai Chi Club, followed by a participatory demonstration of Kung-Fu and Tai Chi movements. The Lion Dance combines skilled acrobatics with the dramatic musical accompaniment of drum, cymbals and gong. This traditional dance has been performed to celebrate the Chinese New Year for over 2000 years.

7th Annual Olympia Old Time Festival ~ Kickoff Event and More to Follow

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

7th Annual Olympia Old Time Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, February 15, presented by The Arubuts Folk School. Concerts and dances in The Olympia Ballroom (the historic Hotel Olympian), 116 Legion Way S.E., downtown Oly. Most workshops are free and take place at First Christian Church, 7th Ave. at Franklin St. and the Arbutus Folk School, 610 Fourth Ave.

The Olympia Old-Time Music Festival is dedicated to teaching, learning and participating in the sharing of traditional American old-time fiddle music.

Thursday evening it's the all-ages square dance; music by the Grizzle Grazzle Tune Snugglers (Olympia); calling by Evie Ladin (recording artist, Oakland), $5; $30 weekend pass and other pricing for individual events, available at the door or on the web site.

See the event web site and facebook page for tix, dance and concert schedule, headlining artists and workshop schedule.

Festy Web Site     Festy Facebook     Arbutus Folk School

Photo courtesy Raincrow Productions

A quick look at the rest of the Festy

Friday, Feb. 13 The Olympia Ballroom and Urban Onion Lounge
7:00 p.m. The Oly Mountain Boys warm-up show, free, Urban Onion Lounge, downstairs
8:00 p.m. Main concert with The Foghorn Stringband (Portland), Evie Ladin and Keith Terry (Bay Area), Old Time Crankie Show by Sue Truman; $15 or weekend pass
10:00 p.m. Honky Tonk late-night dance with The Tall Boys (Seattle) until ? , $15

David Rovics, Brian McCracken & Meta Pigeon Parade

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TUE- JAN 27- 7PM- 816 Adams St. SE

David Rovics, the world renowned traveling protest radical singer songwriter and former student of Evergreen, is playing at Media Island, 816 Adams St. SE. Opening up for him will be Brian McCracken of Old Growth Poetry Collective and the local folk punk band Meta Pigeon Parade! This is open to all ages. Please donate to help those that create and spread radical music and poetry, pay what you can if you can and give more if able. Buy their music, zines and t-shirts. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Respect each other, the performers and the space.


Sat, 12/06/2014 - 9:00pm - 11:45pm

This is the Shadows ( tape release show for our new album, "New Growth"! We will also have it available in CD and on USB drives at the show!

Holiday Concert with The Tumwater High School Noteables

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Bring your lunch to the Tumwater Timberland Library and enjoy a mini-concert of holiday music with Tumwater High School's premier vocal ensemble, "The Noteables," performing a capella music featuring a variety of traditional and jazz-infused holiday selections. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Dance Oly Dance House Party October 4th Arts Walk - Halloween Theme

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:00pm - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 2:00am

Dance Oly Dance, Olympia’s local dance TV show, invites you to yet another televised dance party on Saturday, October 4th, 10pm to 2am. Dance in front of video cameras at a downtown house party. The one-hour episode will air in January on TCTV.

Get down to an hour-long beatset by DJ PhilosoBoy.
TV recording goes from 11:00pm to midnight.

Party continues with DJ's N SO and Dove Boy

Again, that’s Saturday, October 4th at the Track House, 511 7th Ave SE.

And don’t forget to become a fan of Dance Oly Dance on FaceBook

Here's the FaceBook event invite page for this episode:

Contra Dance to Live Music in Olympia -- 1st, 2nd and 4th Saturdays

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 7:30pm - 11:00pm

 South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd., Olympia

Newcomers’ Orientation at 7:30, dance 8-11. All dances taught.

The Bushwick Book Club Sings: “Closer to the Ground”

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Musical artists of the Bushwick Book Club Seattle will visit the Tumwater Timberland Library and sing original songs inspired by the book, “Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods, and at the Table,” by Dylan Tomine. Bushwick is a group of musicians dedicated to sharing their passion for both music and reading. Before their performance, the author will discuss his book.

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