The Contra Bandits are back to raid the dance world after a 10 year hiatus. Populated by some of the best contra dance musicians in the Bay Area, the band enjoyed great popularity in it's first incarnation, playing for local dances for about 10 years, as well as being invited to play for dance weekends from Alaska to Massachusetts. All three members have continued to dazzle the dance scene in the band's absence. Kathrine Gardner continues to seduce folk with her ethereal but driving fiddle style, Chris Knepper plays in several popular bands on fiddle and mandolin, and of course there's Charlie Hancock, the Bay Area's favorite piano player, who, frankly, just makes you want to dance. The three musicians come together with beautiful harmonies, original compositions, great improvisations, swing and groove influence, and sometimes a little humor. It's like they were never gone. But even better.
Calling for us will be the incomparable Susan Petrick. With her interesting dances, charming personality and clear concise teaching style, Susan is in great demand up and down the West Coast, as well as the rest of the country. Guess we're just lucky she's a Bay Area resident.
This should be an excellent night.
WHERE: St. Paul's Presbyterian Church,[masked]rd Ave (corner of 43rd & Judah) in San Francisco.
TIME: 8pm-11pm (FREE beginner/newcomer lesson at 7:30pm)
BAND: The Contra Bandits (Charlie Hancock, Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper)
CALLER: Susan Petrick
PRICES: $8 BACDS members ($10 for non-members), $5 students or low-income or pay what you can
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