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Calendar Updated on 01/29/2023

Our Calendar master, TJ Zeiler, has unfortunately injured his shoulder.  We will try to fill his enormous shoes in his absence.

For a Calendar view, see:



Significant info can now be found on a monitored Ongoing News Page (click to view) or at which provides a place for members to share information, pictures and articles. Do you have an article or picture(s ) from a song circle, hoot or musical event with Songmakers that you would like to share? Do you have a future gig that you can share information about? Submit via Mary Zangerle <>.


Weekly Repeating Event List

Times are Pacific Time Zone except LIVE times are local.


Every Sunday 1-3:30pm: LIVE Pitts Ranch Park Song Circle, SMPOC Steve Linsky invites Songmakers, Old Time Fiddlers & friends to come jam at Pitts Ranch Park, 1400 Flynn Rd., Camarillo, 93012 (Directions Here). Led by Steve Linsky or Jack Zigray. Free admission. Bathrooms, seating, and shade available. Come bring your instruments and your voices and let’s make some music!

Every Sunday 7-10:15pm: Virtual Agoura Hills Song CircleSteven Mark Berman <> is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Song Circle: Join via: Meeting ID: 637 717 652 Password: 008615. 

Every Monday 12-4pm: Mudcat Worldwide Zoom Singaround, Email Joe Offer <> to get the meeting number and password sent to you by email on Sundays (changes weekly). Joe is the Music Editor, The Mudcat Cafe Folk Music Discussion Forum.

Every Wednesday 1-2pm: Bill’s Uke Beginner Ukulele Class via Zoom, Email Bill Dempsey <> to get meeting number and password sent to you by email on Tuesday. For more info: New album, Oft I Sing, currently available only as a download. Here’s a link

Every Wednesday Virtual Open Mic. 6:30 sign-in for 7pm:  Guitar Merchant Open Mic. 2 songs or 8 minutes. If there are problems with Tinyurl so go to Zoom by clicking this link: any time after 6:30 PM to sign up to perform or to watch. If performing, please read “Zoom Setup for Music Performance” below. For more information, email <>.  SMPOC: Joel Amromin.

Every Thursday 7-10pm: Virtual Chuck Behrman’s Thursday Evening Zoom <>. Join Zoom Meeting: – Meeting ID: 835 4939 6377 Password: 262022

Every Friday morning from 9:30-11:30am: David Steinhart’s Virtual Song Circle. Start the Day With A Song! – Join Zoom Meeting: – Meeting ID: 891 6256 9327 – Passcode if needed: 839872

Every Saturday 9:30-10:30am: Bill’s Uke Beginner Ukulele Class via Zoom, Email Bill Dempsey <> to get meeting number and password sent to you by email. For more info: New album, Oft I Sing, currently available only as a download. Here’s a link


Monthly Events Jan 29 – Feb 4

Feb 04 – 1st Saturday 7-9pm Santa Monica Folk Club Zoom musical get together. To be co-hosted by Ellen Silverman and Chuck Behrman <>. The way it works is you need to click on the zoom link below. You will be let into the meeting from the waiting room by the host – Please turn your video ON so that we can identify you as a real person and not a Zoom Bomber. Between songs we can all unmute and chat. We will all have an opportunity to see each other and share our music. Meeting ID: 825 8956 4896 – Passcode: 728632 – One tap mobile – +16699006833,,81687335715# US (San Jose) – +13462487799,,81687335715# US (Houston) Join via:

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Down the Road

Feb 12th – 2nd Sunday 1-5 pm: LIVE Mensa Folksong SIG (special interest group). Host Alan Stillson invites you to attend an IN-PERSON song circle event for up to 15 fully vaccinated participants (couples count as two attendees). Participation requires a reservation – please contact Alan Stillson directly via or 818-884-4284. The Folksong SIG is a long-running event for members of Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa and invited guests. It is not listed on Meetup. The address is 5515 Keokuk Ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91367. It’s close to the Ventura Freeway and Winnetka Ave. All musical instruments are welcome. The gathering is indoors. There is a full-size keyboard in the room. Host will provide light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Feel free to bring a light snack to share.


Feb 13th – 2nd Monday 3:00-5:00pm: Virtual Woodland Hills Zoom Song Circle. Co leaders Alan Stillson <> and Linnea Richards <> are inviting you to attend the Virtual Woodland Hills Zoom Song Circle. All musical instruments are welcome. It will be run with Songmakers protocols for Zoom events. Join Zoom meeting at Meeting ID: 337 059 8819. Find your local number:

Roundup – February 25, 2023

Feb 25 – Cancelled (There is no event at the Stagecoach on February 25 (4th Sat.) to avoid a conflict with our Round Up event on Zoom)  Fourth Saturday of each Month: 1-4pm –  LIVE Stagecoach Inn Museum Song Circle in Newbury Park. David Steinhart hosts. Donations to support the museum music program are welcome. Please do not join the circle unless you are fully Covid vaccinated. RSVP via StagecoachSongCircle@songmakers.orgWaived museum admission fees on the 4th Saturday for Songmakers, however, the day use fee is expected to be paid if you are not a current paid up member of Songmakers or the CVHS. For parking, please use the lot on Susan Drive. Do bring your own chair. While masks are not required, participants will be in close proximity, so masks are strongly recommended. Dressing in a fashion that supports the era is desired. 


Feb 27th – 4th Monday 6-9 pm: LIVE Woodland Hills Song Circle. Alan Stillson <> is inviting you to attend this in-person event. The address is 5515 Keokuk Ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91367. It’s close to the Ventura Freeway and Winnetka Ave. The landline telephone number is 818/884-4284. Co-leaders are Linnea Richards and Alan Stillson. All musical instruments are welcome. It will be held in compliance with state/local safety guidelines and the rules adopted by the Songmakers board of directors for in-person gatherings to protect our members during this period of post-pandemic recovery. Attendance requires the following:

  1. Fully vaccinated plus at least two weeks.
  2. Reservation via Meet-up or direct contact with host.
  3. Rules for this event, as requested by host:
  • Maximum number of attendees is 15 (couples = two attendees).
  • All pre-pandemic Songmakers rules and protocols still apply.
  • The gathering is indoors. There is a full-size keyboard in the room.
  • Bring light snacks to share. Host will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.


At a Songmakers song circle, each participant gets as many turns as time allows. When it’s your turn, you may perform a solo or a sing-along. You may also choose to have your song performed or accompanied by another participant, or simply pass.

The event is subject to cancellation in case of emergency or new safety guidelines by CDC, state, or local government that would prohibit this gathering.

FYI – Too many events to track individually so all should be considered unverified.  Please do not attend any other than Songmakers approved face to face events.

Additional event links are listed by Folknik at

A list of virtual Song Sessions:

Open mics

Ventura Freeway Corridor Acoustic House Concert Locations: http//

Paul Blakelock provides a list of upcoming music events for the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. This one site shows the events ordered by date, with the closest ones at the top. It focuses on free events, and a few of the major paid events and festivals.

Old Time & Celtic Music Calendars. David Brown updated 19 Sep 2022: The latest revisions on the oldtimeSF & celticSF groups. To join these groups go to & Also available via: – select “Monthly Calendar of Old Time Music” under the About menu AND here

In particular – Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is back in full force – 9/21-9/25.
The calendar of Celtic music can be viewed at or you can join the CelticSF group

Camarillo Cafe Concerts DARK until further notice.

Fireside Concerts DARK until further notice.





Keep alert to last minute changes.




(Warning!!! Covid is not gone. See CDC recommendations via





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