About

photo by David Bragger
photo by David Bragger

The Los Angeles Old Time Social is a three day festival in May celebrating American old time fiddle and banjo music in Los Angeles. It starts with a Kickoff show on Thursday, a Concert at the Velaslavasay Panorama Theater on Friday, and on Saturday it’s a full day of workshops, family dance, cakewalk and a big ol’ square dance at the American Legion Hall in Highland Park.

We wrap our three days of fun by heading out to the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest at Paramount Ranch on Sunday. You can find our performers and organizing committee on one of the stages or in the dance barn, teaching a workshop or just jamming under the old oak tree.

This social is all-volunteer run by old time music & dance freaks. Here’s what some from our organizing committee say:

The Los Angeles Old Time Social is a time and a place, once a year, when our community gathers to play, dance, enjoy and share our music and community with old friends and new.
— Ben

The Los Angeles Old Time Social is a three day event of concerts, workshops and dancing celebrating old time fiddle and banjo music and dance traditions for old and new audiences in Los Angeles.
— Kelly

LAOTS is one of the only festivals in Southern California dedicated to old time Appalachian music, maintaining a high level of musicianship and teaching and thus creating community.
—Ruth

LAOTS is a chance to party with my community and expose new people to homemade  handmade old time music and dance.
— Susan Michaels

This year’s festival is our TWELFTH Ever and takes place May 18th – 2oth. Hope to see you there!