Contra Dance with Susan Petrick and the Contra Bandits

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a fragrance-friendly event?

    May 31, 2013

    • Chris K.

      Hi Wendy, the custom at these dances is fragrance free.

      May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, something has come up. See you next time.

    May 31, 2013

  • Stacy C.

    Hi Linda,

    The parking situation is good, especially if you get there a little early. It's on the street, but usually if you can't find it nearby, you would only have to walk a couple of blocks. The farthest I've ever had to walk (and I was 45 minutes late) was 3 blocks. I hope you can join us - this is going to be fun with a great band and caller.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the parking situation around here? Is there a lot? Does it exist on the street, or do you have to walk 7-18 blocks? Sometimes you try to go to these things, but end up just going home because there is nowhere to park and it's too far to BART. Thanks..

    May 29, 2013

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