Harmonica Workshop With Doug and Dave

Dave Witzany and Doug Schroer

It’s easy to begin to learn to play harmonica! Doug Schroer and Dave Witzany will lead the group using key of C diatonic 10 hole harmonicas to help you learn about the instrument and to begin playing melodies and blues.

If you have a C diatonic, you can bring your own harmonica to the lesson. For those who don’t have one, there will be a limited number of free harmonicas available, as well as additional inexpensive harmonicas for purchase, thanks to assistance from Corson Music.

We encourage you to come out to the class and try out this soulful instrument that you can carry in your pocket!

For ages 10 and over.

Saturday, November 2nd, 1:15pm-2:15pm
Common Ground Food Co-op

Yoga for Musicians

Maggie Taylor

Does your neck or back ache after playing? Are your fingers, wrists and shoulders sore? Do you often lose your breath while you’re singing? Don’t worry! Yoga can help! In this workshop we’ll learn some simple techniques and stretches that will sooth your aches and get you feeling better before, during and after you make music! Yoga mats will be provided. Beginners welcome. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Maggie Taylor loves teaching people how yoga can help bring more joy to living. She has been teaching yoga for eight years.

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00am-10:00am
Independent Media Center

Dance Try-Its

Yes, you CAN have it all! Spend a delightful hour-and-a-half learning three different dance traditions.

Irish dancing


Irish (with Daniel Flora)

English and Scandinavian (with Jon and Sue Hanson)

International Folk Dance (with the Illini Folk Dance Society)




Saturday, November 2nd, 2:15pm-3:45pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom

Day of the Dead Workshop, with Los Condenados Huastecos

Los Condenados HuastecosIn the Mexican Huasteca and Sierra Gorda regions, it is custom for huapango huasteco and huapango arribeño ensembles to perform the vinuete at vigils for patron saints and funeral wakes. In commemoration of el día de los muertos, this performance and brief discussion explore the musicality and spiritual aesthetic of this tradition where religion, death, and a unique syncretism of indigenous and Spanish cultural influences come together.

This event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Friday, November 1st, 3:30-4:30pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium


Banjo Styles Workshop, with Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade2013 Grammy nominee Stephen Wade plays in a variety of banjo styles largely learned from personal contact with older generation Southern musicians. Last fall he released Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition (Smithsonian Folkways), an innovative celebration of those encounters. He is also the creator of the long-running stage show Banjo Dancing, producer and annotator of Hobart Smith, In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes (Smithsonian Folkways), contributor to Wade Mainer, Banjo on the Mountain (University Press of Mississippi), narrator and writer of the pubic television documentary Catching the Music, and author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press). He is currently 2013-2014 resident artist/scholar at George Washington University, Department of Music. In this workshop, Stephen will describe and demonstrate a number of these varied approaches to the banjo, learned over the years.

Stephen Wade’s appearances are co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Press.

Saturday, November 2nd, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Heartland Gallery