Upcoming STEAM! events

Note: we do our best to post accurate information, but we encourage you to double check times and addresses with the hosting organization for last-minute changes.

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3 April 2015 8:00 pm  - 10:00 pmUrbana Country Dancers505 W Stoughton St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA6:45 Waltz workshop
Caller: Neal Schlein
4 April 2015 12:00 pm  - 2:00 pmContra dance band workshopTippecanoe Arts Federation, 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN 47901, United StatesPart of the Allan Lomax 100th birthday celebration (more on this folk historian here:
4 April 2015 6:00 pm  - 10:00 pmIndiana Fiddlers Gathering Contra Dance619 Ferry St, Lafayette, IN 47901, USAConcert 6pm to 7pm.
Dance to follow at 7-10pm.
5 April 2015 7:00 pm  - 10:00 pmChildgrove Country DancersMonday Club, 37 S Maple, Webster Groves, MOSt. Louis, MO Contra dance
17 June 2015 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmBFMS Baltimore, MD Contra DanceLovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD
18 June 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmThursday Night Contra Mt. Airy Philadelphia , PACommodore Club Mt. Airy Philadelphia , PA,

Thursday night contra dance
19 June 2015 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmFriday Night Dance Glen Echo, MD Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD 20812, United States
21 June 2015 7:30 pm  - 11:30 pmContra dance by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington Glen Echo, MDGlen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD 20812, United StatesCaller is Gaye Fifer
3 July 2015 9:00 pm  - 12:00 amBoulder Contra Dance The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80303, United States
4 July 2015 6:30 pm  - 7:30 pmPrivate WeddingSomewhere in Evergreen, CO
9 July 2015 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmConcord, Mass. Contra Dance Concord Scout House Inc, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742, United StatesNEFFA dance
10 July 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmSwinging Star Contra Dance Greenfield, Mass Guiding StarGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, United
11 July 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmTophill Music Contra Dance Greenfield, Mass Guiding StarGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA 01301, United
12 July 2015 7:00 pm  - 10:00 pmBrattleboro Contra Dance Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Center Rd., Guilford,
21 August 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmSanta Rosa, CA Contra DanceMonroe Hall, 1400 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, United StatesWith caller Frannie Marr
22 August 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pm Palo Alto Contra DanceFirst Methodist church, Palo Alto, California
23 August 2015 4:00 pm  - 7:00 pmContra Dance Hayward, CAHill & Valley Club, 1808 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541, United
28 August 2015 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmPhoenix Traditional Music and Dance with caller Judy ZeidelThe Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United StatesContra Dance with caller Judy Zeidel;
29 August 2015 7:00 pm  - 10:00 pmContra Dance Tucson, AZ with caller Judy ZeidelFirst United Methodist Church, 915 East 4th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719, United
10 September 2015 to 20 September 2015Walnut Valley FestivalWinfield, KS, USADave leading the Carp Camp jam is a site to behold. You won't find us on any of the stages- in fact we hardly leave camp.We will all there and you should be there too.
8 October 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmCountry Dancers of RochesterCovenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609, United StatesContra dance;
9 October 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmAlbany contra dance- Caller Peter StixElks Lodge, 25 South Allen Street, Albany, NY 12208, United;id=1
10 October 2015 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmAshokan Music and Dance Contra with caller Donna HuntWoodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498, United
25 February 2016 7:30 pm  - 11:00 pmOld Farmer's Ball Asheville, North Carolina Dance Warren Wilson College, Bryson Gym 701 Warren Wilson Road,Keith Cornett Eustis is calling
26 February 2016 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmCity Dance Greenville, South Carolina Contra DanceLandmark Hall, 156 Landmark Dr, Taylors, SC 29687, United StatesThe caller is Cis Hinkle
27 February 2016 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmRiver Falls Dance South CarolinaRiver Falls Lodge Road, River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661Calling is Keith Cornett Eustis
28 February 2016 2:00 pm  - 5:00 pmContra Dance in AtlantaClarkston Community Center, 951 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA 300212015 Atlanta Dance Weekend Thanks Dance with Robbin Marcus
Free to all ADW 2015 Volunteers
$10 for others

Sound by: Larry English
15 April 2016 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmBoulder Contra DanceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd. Bouler CO 80303
16 April 2016 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmFt. Collins Contra DanceCity Park Center, 1599 City Park Drive
27 May 2016 to 30 May 2016FolkmadnessNew Mexico dance camp Socorro with Frannie Marr and Mary Wesley
21 July 2016 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmAshland, OR Contra DanceThe Grove 1195 E. Main St, Ashland, ORSpecial news: Dave had his gallbladder removed and is recovering nicely. Mike Black is going to take his place on mandolin.
Neophyte callers!
Lesson at 7:00 and dance at 7:30.
22 July 2016 7:00 pm  - 10:00 pmEmerald City Contra DancePhinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, United StatesSpecial news: Dave had his gallbladder removed and is recovering nicely. Mike Black is going to take his place on mandolin.
Caller: Rick Moore
Teach at 7:00. Dancing 7:30-10:00
6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle (98103)
23 July 2016 7:30 pm  - 11:00 pmPortland Contra DanceFulton Park Community Center, 68 SW Miles St, Portland, OR 97219, United StatesSpecial news: Dave had his gallbladder removed and is recovering nicely. Mike Black is going to take his place on mandolin.
Portland, OR Contra Dance
Caller: Ric Goldman
68 SW Miles Street, Portland, OR 97219
Teach 7:30-8:00
Dance 8:00 to 11:00
28 October 2016 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmHalloween Dance San Diego, CA3030 Thorn Street, San Diego 92104 in the hall of Trinity United Methodist Church Calling is JoAnn Koppany
29 October 2016 7:00 pm  - 11:00 pmContra DanceSkandia Hall, 2031 E. Villa, Pasadena, CA Susan Michaels calling
30 October 2016 6:30 pm  - 9:30 pmContra Dance Santa Barbara, CACarillo Ballroom 100 E. Carrillo St. Santa Barbara, CACaller is Susan Michaels. Beginner orientation at 6:00.
18 November 2016 to 20 November 2016Pilgrim's Progression Lawrence KansasLawrence, KS, USAAdina Gordon calling
18 November 2016 7:00 pm  - 11:00 pmPilgrim's Progression Dance Weekend in Lawrence, KSAdina Gordon calling
8 December 2016 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmMt. Airy Philadelphia ContraCommodore Barry Club, 6813 Emlen St, Philadelphia, PA 19119, United StatesPhiladelphia Thursday Night Contra
Instruction at 7:30
9 December 2016 7:00 pm  - 9:45 pmNYC Village ContraThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011, United StatesGender role-free contra
Instruction starts at 6:30
10 December 2016 8:00 pm  - 10:30 pmNYC ContraChurch of the VillageBeginners workshop at 7:30 and dance at 8:00
11 December 2016 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmContra Dance Glen EchoGlen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812, United StatesFSGW Contra Dance
24 February 2017 to 26 February 2017 7:00 pm  - 11:00 pmDancing with the GodsGainesville, FL, USADance all weekend. They sell out so hold your spot early.
9 June 2017 to 11 June 2017Flamingo Fling Dance Weekend in Oklahoma City, OK - Will Mentor callingOklahoma
18 August 2017 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmLexington, KYArtsPlace, 161 N Mill St, Lexington, KY 40507, USAContra dance. Beginner lesson at 7:30. for more information.
19 August 2017 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmLouisville, KYHighlands Community Ministries, 1228 E Breckinridge St, Louisville, KY 40204, USAShelly Zeiser calling. Beginner lesson at 7:30. For more information:
9 September 2017 to 17 September 2017WINFIELDThis is where the band was born. Where tunes are breathed life. Where friends gather. We hope to see you all there at Carp Camp.
27 October 2017 to 29 October 2017SoleFest Dance Weekend- Erik Hoffman callingOzark West Elementary School, 3105 State Hwy CC, Ozark, MO 65721, USAHere are some links:
3 November 2017Tucson- CD Release party
4 November 2017TFTM Dance Tucson, AZ
4 November 2017Tucson Celtic Festival
5 November 2017Tucson Celtic Festival
1 December 2017 6:00 pm  - 10:00 pmFamily dance and Contra Dance in Boulder, COThe Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303, USASam Smith calling
2 December 2017 7:00 pm  - 11:00 pmContra Dance Ft. Collins, CO225 W. Oak St. Fort Collins, CO 80521, USATina Fields calling
17 May 2018 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmMt. Airy Contra DanceDonna Hunt calling
18 May 2018 7:30 pm  - 11:00 pmGlen Echo danceSpanish Ballroom, Bethesda, MD, The amazing Glen Echo dance in the beautiful Spanish Ballroom
Andrea Nettleton calling
19 May 2018 7:00 pm  - 11:00 pmContra dance Anapolis, MDAnnapolis Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
more info to follow or check out
Ann Fallon is calling.
20 May 2018 7:30 pm  - 11:00 pmContra dance Spanish Ballroom, Bethesda, MD 20816, USA
Contra dance from the Folklore Society of Greater Washington
Perry Shafran is calling.
2 June 2018 12:30 pm  - 6:00 pmAlbuquerque Folk Festival concert, workshop, jam- all fun.
25 October 2018 7:30 pm  - 11:00 pmContra Dance Old Farmer's Ball in Asheville, NCWarren Wilson College Bryson Gym 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa, NC 28778
STEAM is psyched to play to the calling of Donna Hunt from Philadelphia. We love her calling style.
Lesson at 7:30 and the dance starts at 8:00
26 October 2018 7:30 pm  - 11:00 pmContra Dance Durham, NCReality Ministries, 916 Lamond Ave, Durham, NC 27701, USA
Donna Hunt calling.
Lesson at 7:30 and the dance starts at 8:00
27 October 2018 7:30 pm  - 11:00 pmContra Dance Greenville, SCRiver Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661, USA
Donna Hunt calling.
Lesson at 7:30 and dance at 8:00
29 October 2018 7:30 pm  - 10:00 pmAsheville, NC Monday Night Dance Center for Art & Spirit at St.George, 1 School Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
Donna Hunt calling.
Lesson at 7:30.
8 February 2019 to 10 February 2019Cabin Fever Dance Weekend Knoxville, TN
29 March 2019 to 31 March 2019 7:00 pm  - 11:00 pmSpring BreakdownCapital Ritz, 2716 Plaza Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109, USAThis is Columbia, Missouri's dance weekend at a new location. There will be more details soon at!
5 April 2019 7:00 pm  - 12:00 amBig Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville,
6 April 2019 10:00 am  - 11:30 pmBig Muddy Folk Festival Boonville, MO
26 April 2019 6:30 pm  - 10:00 pmSanta Cruz, CA Contra DanceSanta Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, USA
With Donna Hunt calling!!
27 April 2019 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmPalo Alto Contra danceFirst United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA

Donna Hunt is calling!
28 April 2019 4:00 pm  - 7:00 pmHayward CA Contra DanceHill & Valley Club, 1808 B St, Hayward, CA 94541, USA

Donna Hunt calling!!
23 August 2019 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmPhoenix Contra DanceIrish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Lesson at 7:00
24 August 2019 7:00 pm  - 10:00 pmContra dance Prescott, AZFirst Congregational Church, 216 E Gurley St, Prescott, AZ 86301, USA
Christine Merryman calling!

Introductory lesson 7:00-7:30 with the dance from 7:30-10:00
31 August 2019 7:30 pm  - 10:00 pmTucson Contra danceOld Pueblo Dance Center, 613 E Delano St, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Introductory lesson at 7:00!
8 November 2019 to 10 November 2019 6:00 pm  - 7:00 pmDance in the DesertYMCA - Triangle Y Ranch Camp, 34434 S Y Camp Rd, Oracle, AZ 85623, USA
16 November 2019 7:00 pm  - 10:00 pmTucson Contra danceOld Pueblo Dance Center, 613 E Delano St, Tucson, AZ 85705,
29 November 2019 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmPhoenix Contra DanceIrish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
6 December 2019 7:00 pm  - 11:00 pmAlbuquerque900 Warm Sands Dr SE Albuquerque, NM 87123 House Concert 7-8:30 followed by a Jam. All at Bill Balassi and Pat Aruffo's
7 December 2019 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmAlbuquerque Contra DanceAlbuquerque Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, USACallers: Merri Rudd and Ben Werner
8 December 2019 7:00 pm  - 9:30 pmElegant English and Contra Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4915 Hawkins St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, USACallers: Noralyn Parsons and Merri Rudd
28 February 2020 7:30 pm  - 10:30 pmPhoenix Contra DanceIrish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
This dance is special because the caller is our friend Louise Siddons from Oklahoma. Louise is coming to the Southwest to thaw, hang out with us, and call a couple of dances.
29 February 2020 8:00 pm  - 11:00 pmTucson Contra danceOld Pueblo Dance Center, 613 E Delano St, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
This dance is special because the caller is our friend Louise Siddons from Oklahoma. Louise is coming to the Southwest to thaw, hang out with us, and call a couple of dances. 

Weekends and Festivals



5-6 April 2019: Big Muddy Festival, Boonville, MO.  Cathy Barton and Dave Para always hire a mix of folk musicians who are either quirky, fun, skilled, or all of the above. This 28th annual Big Muddy festival was special because of Cathy Barton. Cathy has been battling cancer. Cathy was a remarkable banjo player and a remarkable person. She and Dave put on a tremendous performance on Friday night and 12 days later, she was gone. If we get tears in our eyes, it’s probably because a tune or a song reminds us of Cathy. The problem is, everything reminds us of Cathy.

29-31 March 2019: Spring Meltdown, Jefferson City, MO featuring lots of great callers. This is the dance that used to be held in Columbia, MO. Jeff City is a great home for it!

8-10 February 2019: Cabin Fever, Knoxville, TN Featuring the calling of Seth Tepfer

27-29 October 2017:  SoleFest 2017 Featured the calling of Erik Hoffman

9-11 June 2017: Flamingo Fling, Oklahoma City, OK

24-26 Feb 2017: Dancing with the Gods, Gainesville, FL

18-20 Nov 2016: Pilgrim’s Progression, Lawrence, KS with caller Adina Gordon

27-30 May 2016: FolkMADness, Socorro, NM with callers Mary Wesley and Frannie Marr

31 October-2 November 2014: Boo Camp Contra, Jemez Springs, NM

17-19 October 2014: Solefest, Springfield, MO

4-5 April 2014: Big Muddy Folk Festival, Booneville, MO

10 November 2013: Dance in the Desert, Oracle, AZ

2-3 November 2013: Celtic Festival, Tucson, AZ

May 2013: Catapult, Atlanta, GA contra dance showcase

Other places we’ve been…

June 2018:

June 8-10 2017. Flamingo Fling in Oklahoma City. These people really know how to party. Lots of music, food, drink and fun.

Feb. 24-26 2017. Dancing with the GODS in Gainesville, FL. We were treated like gods and we got on the lake and saw alligators.

December 2016. We toured with the great caller Kathy Anderson. Kathy had taken some time off from calling and so it was a special series of dances and lots of great callers and dancers came to hear her again. Thursday night was in Philadelphia, Friday and Saturday were in Manhattan (New York; not Kansas where Robert and Alice live) and Sunday at the ballroom in Glen Echo, MD.

Nov. 18-20. Pilgrim’s Progression dance weekend in Lawrence, KS. Adina Gordon called. This is kinda the local dance for Robert and Alice but when the sound was great, they forgot about being nervous.

Oct. 28, 29, 30. San Diego with JoAnn Koppany, Pasadena and Santa Barbara with Susan Michaels.

September. Winfield. It was 10 days of hanging out but you need the rest of the month to prepare and wind down afterwards.

21-23 July 2016. Ashland, OR & Emerald City Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. This was the trip which we call “Livin’ the Dream”. Dave had to miss it because of a faulty gallbladder so Mike Black played mandolin however…remember the day that SouthWest Airlines computers went down? Yeah! Mike spent the night in LAX sleeping on a bench. He waited in line for 3 hours to book his next flight- WHICH WAS ALSO CANCELLED. He ended up going straight to Portland missing the Ashland dance. Our luck changed when Kevin Carr played the dance and hosted us superbly. Also, the Emerald City Dance with Rick Mohr and the Portland dance with Ric Goldman were amazing.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016. Folkmadness with Frannie Marr and Mary Wesley. Lots of jamming, lots of dances, lots of fun.

15-16 April 2016 in Colorado. We played the wonderful Boulder dance with Rick Smith on Friday and Ft. Collins on Saturday evening. It snowed in the mountains…lots. We were scheduled to stay in the mountains above Jamestown but we never would have made it there on Friday night. Rodney Sauer and Nancy came to our rescue. The dance on Saturday was called by Pat Danscen who was the caller to my first dance…ever. Pat waltzed with me once just to make sure I hadn’t gotten any worse.

25-29 Feb 2016: Southern Piedmont. Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC and Atlanta, GA. WOW! These vibrant dance communities hosted us for a series of great dances. Keith Cornett Eustis, Cis Hinkle, and Robin Marcus called these great dances. Lots of energy.

8-10 Oct 2015:  Upstate New York: Rochester with Chuck Abell , Albany, with Peter Stix, and Woodstock with Donna Hunt. We all wanted to say we played Woodstock.

September 2015: Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS where great things happen and lots of musicians gather together to have fun.

28-29 Aug 2015:  Phoenix and Tucson, AZ

20-22 Aug 2015:  The Bay area! Hayward, Palo Alto, and Santa Rosa, CA

9-12 Jul 2015: New England… the contra mecca.Concord Scout House, and Greenfield, MA, and Brattleboro, VT contra dance held in Guilford with Mary Wesley calling. We like New England. Especially in the summer. The dancers were amazing and thanks to Cecile for hosting us and cooking such a great quiche

3-4 Jul 2015: Colorado. Private gigs and then Boulder, CO contra with caller Pat Danscen. Pat Japenga and Sam Broyles hosted us in their mountain home above Jamestown.

19 & 21 Jun 2015: Glen Echo, MD in the Spanish Ballroom and the Bumper Car Pavilion. It was hot but fun with Gay Fifer and our friend Jerome Grisanti calling.

18-June 2015 Philadelphia (formerly in Glenside, PA but now held at the Irish club in Mt. Airy). This is the neighborhood where Robert grew up and left 40 years ago! Jim Kitch called.

17-Jun 2015: BFMS Baltimore, MD Contra Dance. Our friend Jerome called.

5-Apr 2015: St. Louis, MO. It was great to be part of the amazing St. Louis dance community. They had a tag team of callers.

4-Apr 2015: Lafayette, IN. We were part of the Purdue University 100 year celebration of Alan Lomax, the musicologist who recorded and collected tunes before they were lost. We gave a dance workshop in the afternoon, a concert in the evening followed by a dance with Tamara Lowenthal calling.

3-April 2015: Champaign/Urbana, IL with Neal Schlein calling

8-20 September 2014: Walnut Valley Festival; Winfield, KS. The mecca where we decided to form a band in 2010.  Winfield is the yardstick by which all other fun is measured.  It is a gathering of 15,000 people who love to play music.  We can be found at Carp Camp playing tunes for hours and hours, every year for most of September.

March 2014: Southern California. Dances in Santa Barbara, Pasadena, and San Diego

24 & 26 January 2014: Glen Echo Friday and Sunday Dances; Washington, DC. We were thrilled to go back to Glen Echo when it wasn’t 105 degrees (as it was in 2011) when the amps overheated. Instead it was 26 degrees and we played in down coats.

25 January 2014: TADAMS Contra Dance, Richmond, VA

July 2013: we spent a week recording in Manhattan, KS, finished off with a bang playing a dance in Kansas City, MO and joined by many of our musical friends.

September 2013; Winfield (of course)

April 2013: Tennessee. Contra dances in Nashville (“as if Nashville needed any more musicians…”  We are honored to play in a town where there are so many great musicians), Jonesborough, and Knoxville, plus a concert in Chattanooga

February 2013: Arizona. Contra dances in Phoenix and Prescott, plus a concert at Harlow Gardens in Tucson.

April 2012: Colorado. Concert at the Black Rose Acoustic Music Society in Colorado Springs, Zesty Dance in Denver and a house concert outside of Boulder.

August 2012: Vancouver, BC. We played some dances, went sailing, and ate Poutine (French fries with gravy and cheese curds).

visit the museum!

visit the museum!

February 2012: San Francisco Bay Area. We played dances in Palo Alto, Hayward, and San Francisco, saw big trees, wild surf, Dave’s boyhood home (now a museum), and met Dave’s brother…he looks so normal.

July 2011: Dances in Washington DC, Baltimore, Richmond, VA

There were other events before this, but really… who would read to the bottom of this page?

STEAM! and the Chattanooga ChooChoo

What a great band! STEAM really knows how to heat up the hall!  They were a treat to work with as a caller, with lots of great tunes and an excellent sense of the feel for the dances.  Don't miss your opportunity to have them at your dance!
Keith Cornett Eustis, Caller, Greenville, SC