Public Hours: SAT & SUN Noon-6pm
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224
FRIDAY CONCERT SOLD OUT! We will start an in-person waitlist one hour before the performance begins. Tickets will be offered to patrons on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot guarantee that any tickets will become available. We recommend purchasing a virtual streaming ticket so that you can enjoy the performances from home!
SATURDAY - DAY PASSES are available and can be purchased here*
*This day pass is intended for the Old Time Music Festival Saturday workshops, daytime concerts, and jams and it may be used for the Saturday night dance pending available space.
Friday Kickoff Concerts | 8PM
Saturday workshops and performances | 11AM - 11PM
Saturday Night Dance & Evening Concerts | 7 - 11:30PM
Tickets On Sale Now:
WEEKEND PASS SOLD OUT
(includes Friday night concert, Saturday concerts, workshops, & Saturday Evening Dance)
$80, $75 MEMBERS (+$6 at the door)
FESTIVAL SUPPORTER SOLD OUT
(includes one full weekend pass, reserved seating in the theater on Friday, and a heartfelt thank you!)
FRIDAY NIGHT KICKOFF CONCERTS SOLD OUT
$30, $25 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)
FRIDAY THEATER STREAMING TICKET | Virtual Tickets
(only performances in the theater will be included in this stream)
SATURDAY DAY PASS
(This day pass is intended for the Old Time Music Festival Saturday workshops, daytime concerts and jams and it may be used for the Saturday night dance pending available space.)
$60, $55 MEMBERS (+$6 at the door) | Ages 12-16r $29, $24 MEMBERS (+$4 at the door)
Audiences 12 and under- FREE (must register)
SATURDAY FULL-DAY THEATER STREAM | Virtual Tickets
(only events in the theater will be streamed)
SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE AND EVENING CONCERTS (7-11:30PM)
$20, $17 mbrs (+$3 at the door)
Creative Alliance convenes some of the brightest old-time musicians, singers, and dancers in the country to celebrate where this music exists today. Join host artists Ken & Brad Kolodner for the 3rd Annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival!
Our Friday night kicks off with Will Carlisle and Golden Shoals at 7pm on the Marquee Lounge Stage followed by Ken and Brad Kolodner, Foghorn Stringband, The Earl White Stringband, The Onlies, and Laurel Premo in the theater
Saturday is packed with hands-on workshops from many of our headline performers, intimate performances in the Marquee Lounge, afternoon concerts in the theater, educational conversations, and wild square dance to close out the festival on Saturday night. See you there?
FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE TO BE RELEASED SHORTLY!
Workshops (advanced registration required. Workshop access is available to full weekend and Saturday pass holders. Weekend or Saturday Pass ticket purchasers will receive an email from email@example.com with a ticket confirmation and instructions for workshop registration.
Plus more to be announced!
Ken & Brad Kolodner (Festival Hosts)
Your festival co-founders and hosts, the dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner joined forces in 2009 with his son Brad Kolodner. Regarded for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions, Brad has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo. They'll be joined by Rachel Eddy on guitar/fiddle and Alex Lacquement on upright bass. The quartet won 1st place in the Neo-Traditional Band Contest at the Appalachian Stringband Festival in the summer of 2019. They released their fourth studio album Stony Run in March 2020.
Earl White Stringband
Known as “Fiddlin’ Earl White,” the musician is the leader of the Earl White Stringband and co-founder of Big Indian Farm Artisan Bakery in Floyd, and is often seen at the Blacksburg Farmers Market. A prominent figure in the Old Time music and dance community for more than 40 years, White is one of the few African Americans playing and perpetuating the music that was once an essential part of Black culture and Black communities across the U.S. An original and founding member of the famed Greengrass Cloggers, White’s energetic, rhythmic, driving playing style is attributed to many years of dancing with the group. He'll be joined by Victor Furtado (banjo), Mark Schatz (bass) and Danny Knicely (guitar).
The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity.
Initially brought together by a mutual love of American folk music, their sound has expanded to include country, Americana, Indie and Experimental influences, allowing them to move more freely beyond genre boundaries with their songwriting while still emanating a deep understanding of Old-Time and Bluegrass music. Ever inspired by the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music, their songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. The listener can expect the polished technique of conservatory training, in tandem with the grit, drive, and soul of musicians like Roscoe Holcomb or Ola Belle Reed.
Laurel Premo is known for her rhythmically deep and rapt delivery of roots music on fiddle, guitar, and vocals. Her solo performances dive deep into traditional and new fiddle music, musically revealing a bloom of underlying harmonic drones, minimalist repetition, and rich polyrhythms. Presenting these sounds on finger style electric guitar and fiddle, Premo fully leans in to the archaic melodies and in-between intonations that connect folk sounds to the mystic and unknown.
One of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” Nic Gareiss (he/they) is swiftly becoming recognized as a singular voice in traditional dance. Informed by 25 years of ethnographic study and performance of many world dance practices, Gareiss’ work draws from percussive dance traditions to weave together a technique facilitating his love of improvisation; clog, flatfoot, and step dance footwork vocabulary; and musical collaboration. He has concertized in sixteen countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance including Alasdair Fraser, Bruce Molsky, The Chieftains, Colin Dunne, Darol Anger, The Gloaming, Ira Bernstein, Liz Carroll, Phil Wiggins, and Sandy Silva.
The Onlies are a young group of old friends who perform together in a stringband. They grew up playing fiddles, guitars, and banjos in their hometowns of Seattle, WA and Lexington, VA. With their latest self-titled recording, the band digs deep into performances of traditional american popular (old time) music. The music moves with a pulsating drive, sharp arrangements, and rich vibration -- it resounds with the present. The Onlies is Sami Braman, Riley Calcagno, Vivian Leva, and Leo Shannon. Their new release (THE ONLIES) is their fourth full-length record, though it will be their first one as a quartet since joining with Leva in 2017. The band, all still in their early twenties, won first place at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival in 2017
Willi Carlisle is, according to The Washington Post, "powerful...both down-home and brainy." With years of collecting folklore, playing or calling square dances, and working in the avant-garde, Willi Carlisle is a multi-faceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist. With a style forged in the fire of Ozark oldtime music and his ever-growing collection of antique music, Carlisle’s musical stories hoot, stomp, and saunter through joys and troubles uniquely southern and timelessly true. Equally comfortable on banjo, accordion, fiddle, and guitar, Carlisle has earned accolades for his versatility with performances in the UK, Canada, and across the USA.
With a style forged in the fire of Ozark old-time music and his ever-growing collection of antique music, Carlisle’s musical stories hoot, stomp, and saunter through joys and troubles uniquely southern and timelessly true. Equally comfortable on banjo, accordion, fiddle, and guitar, Carlisle has earned accolades for his versatility with performances in the UK, Canada, and across the USA, appearing with acts like Dom Flemons, Los Texmaniacs, Cory Branan, and more.
While his big frame and expressive voice draw a comparison to old balladeers and bluesmen, Willi sings new songs for the oldest reasons: love, heartache, and joy. People who watch and listen will find that he laughs and sheds a tear onstage almost as often as his audiences do, fire-and-brimstone proof of larger-than-life songs and stories.
Note About Workshops: Weekend or Saturday Pass ticket purchasers will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a ticket confirmation and instructions for workshop registration. This email will arrive from the address email@example.com shortly after completing your purchase. Each attendee is eligible to sign up for two workshops. For questions about this process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amidst the ongoing effects of COVID-19, we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of staff, artists, youth, audiences, and our community. We are committed to following Baltimore City public health guidelines as we rehire, train, and work towards a full reopening in the fall. Thank you for bearing with us!