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Upcoming in 2018

January 29 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays with Amy Larkin (fiddle) and Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion) for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House.  Dereck Kalish will be calling.  The Scout House is at 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Entry to the dance is $5, $10, or $15 -- you pick.

February 18 (Sunday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric will join Liz and Dan Faiella (fiddle and guitar) in playing for the BIDA (Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates) Dance.  TBA will be calling.  There is a beginner's workshop from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  And feel free to bring something for the dessert potluck at the break.  The dance is held at the Masonic Hall in Porter Square (right on the Red Line!), 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA.  Taking the T is recommended, but there is also free street parking (meters and residential are open to all on Sundays); don't park in the Shaw's parking lot or you may be towed. Admission is $5-15 sliding scale, pay as you're able.

February 23-25 (Friday-Sunday): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for Dancing with the GODS Weekend, a contra dance weekend in Gainesville, FLThe Figments (Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, and Owen Morrison) are the other band, which will be great fun!  Janine Smith and Adina Gordon will be calling.  The weekend is expected to sell out!

March 4 (Sunday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Mostly Waltz Hartford Dance with fiddler Audrey Knuth.  There will be a free beginner's lesson led by Charlie Mandelberg from 2:00-3:00 p.m., followed by dancing from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  The music will be mostly waltzes, as well as swing tunes, tangos, polkas, hambos, and more! American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. Admission is $13, or $6 for students with ID.  For more information, please leave a message at 1-888-423-0423, Ext. 5, or call 203-915-8259, or email < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.

March 10 (Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Jamaica Plain, MA Gender-Free Contra Dance with Jonah Sidman (fiddle) and third musician TBA.  Lucia Watson will be calling.  Admission is $10, or $6 for students -- or pay what you can afford.  A bucket will also be passed for the dance's live music fund.  People of any sexual orientation and gender expression are welcome.  A fun and welcoming dance for all, including new and newer dancers!  The dance is at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain (part of Boston), MA.

March 11 (Sunday, 3:00-5:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Mostly Waltz for Boston series with Dave Langford (fiddle).  The Folk Arts Center of New England's monthly Sunday dances in this series feature a lesson in waltz basics, figures, or styles from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., followed by live music for dancing until 5:30 p.m.  Intermediate-level "cool moves" or other dance variations will be taught during the break, from 4:10 to 4:30 p.m.  A variety of waltz tunes and tempos are played during the session; every third number is a different couple dance, such as a polka, hambo, schottische, swing, tango, blues, or zwiefacher.  To protect the hall's wooden floor and to make turning easier, please change from street shoes to clean shoes, ideally leather-soled, before dancing.  Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $12; $10 for FAC members; and $6 for young adults.  Your second time attending this Mostly Waltz dance is free!

March 17 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Dugan Murphy calling.  There will be a newcomers' workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10-12, or $8 for students.

April 7 (Saturday, all day): The Moving Violations play for the Fiddlehead Frolic in Ithaca, NY.  Details TBA.

April 19 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the Thursday Contras series presented by NEFFA, at the Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  TBA will be calling.  Admission is $10, or $5 for people 22 and under.

April 22 (Sunday, 7:15-8:15 p.m.): The Reiner Family Band performs at a private senior living community in NH.

April 28 (Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Fiddlers Green Contra Dance at the Munson Library with Ron Grosslein (fiddle) and David Kaynor (calling, fiddle).  No partner or experience needed.  If you’re coming for the first time, please arrive by 7:30. Musicians of all levels are welcome to take a seat onstage and join in.  Please see the dance's page for sit-in musicians. During the break, there will be potluck snaks and socializing; feel free to bring something to share if you'd like.  In addition to contras, the series' callers liven up the evening with an occasional square, circle, mixer, or couple dance (waltz, polka, schottische).  Admission is $10 for adults and $5-10 for students and reduced income.  Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA.

May 4 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 1st Friday Challenging Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House.  TBA will be calling.  This dance is for experienced dancers only.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $10, or $8 for under 21.

June 16 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Lisa Greenleaf calling.  There will be a newcomers' workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10-12, or $8 for students.

July 21 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Dugan Murphy calling.  There will be a newcomers' workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10-12, or $8 for students.

August 18 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Nils Fredland calling.  There will be a newcomers' workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10-12, or $8 for students.

August 9 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric, Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle), and TBA play for the Thursday Contras series presented by NEFFA, at the Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  TBA will be calling.  Admission is $10, or $5 for people 22 and under.

September 8 (Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the Wethersfield/Hartford, CT Contra Dance with musicians TBA.  TBA will be calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:15 p.m.  American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.  Admission $12, $10 for Hartford Community Dance members, $5 for teens and college students, and free for children 12 and under.

September 15 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Bob Isaacs of New Jersey calling.  There will be a newcomers' workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10-12, or $8 for students.

November 1-4 (Thursday-Sunday): Eric plays for various workshops/sessions at the 14th Annual Fiddle Hell as well as helping with logistics for the event.  Fiddle Hell has expanded to be 4 days this year!  Over the course of the weekend, Eric will accompany several New England and other jams, play for the contra dance, accompany a few folks in the concert, and more.  The weekend features dozens of fiddlers from around the country, teaching and leading jams in many, many styles!  It's a blast for sure!  There are typically 300+ fiddler (as well as viola, mandolin, and cello) participants!!  On Saturday night, there will be a concert (7:00-9:15 p.m.) and contra dance (9:30-11:00 p.m.) open to the public.  This will be our fifth year at The Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, MA.  Sessions, workshops, the concert and dance, late night jams, and (optional) lodging are all be under one roof!  Check out the Reiner Family Band web site for more info, cost for the weekend, and the full schedule for Fiddle Hell.

November 17 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with caller TBA.  There will be a newcomers' workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10-12, or $8 for students.

December 15 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with caller TBA.  There will be a newcomers' workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10-12, or $8 for students.

Upcoming in 2019

January 18-20 (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon): The Moving Violations play for the Orange Blossom Ball Contra Dance Weekend.  The other band will be Giant Robot Dance -- Andrew VanNorstrand on fiddle and guitar, Noah VanNorstrand on drums, Andrew Marcus on accordion, Aaron Marcus on piano/banjo/concertina, and Michael and Alex Ferguson both on trombones.  The callers for the weekend are Lisa Greenleaf, Bob Isaacs, and Andy Shore.  There will also be waltz sessions with Sound Traveler Band.  Dance all weekend to lots of live music on a sprung dance floor!  Gold Star Ballroom, 3100 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach, FL.  The cost for the weekend is $105 in advance ($115 onward if space still available); registration details are available on the web site.

February 1 (Friday, 7:00-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations (Ron Grosselin, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) play for the 1st Friday Mostly Waltz Dance.  There will be a beginners' workshop 7:00-7:30 p.m., an intermediate workshop 7:30-8:00 p.m., and couples dances (mostly waltzes) 8:00-10:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10 for as much of the evening as you wish to enjoy.

November 8-10 (Friday-Sunday): Eric plays for various workshops/sessions at the 15th Annual Fiddle Hell as well as helping with logistics for the event.  Over the course of the weekend, Eric will accompany several New England and other jams, play for the contra dance, accompany a few folks in the concert, and more.  The weekend features dozens of fiddlers from around the country, teaching and leading jams in many, many styles!  It's a blast for sure!  There are typically 300+ fiddler (as well as viola, mandolin, and cello) participants!!  On Saturday night, there will be a concert (7:00-9:15 p.m.) and contra dance (9:30-11:00 p.m.) open to the public.  This will be our fifth year at The Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, MA.  Sessions, workshops, the concert and dance, late night jams, and (optional and separate cost) lodging are all be under one roof!  Check out the Reiner Family Band web site for more info, cost for the weekend, and the full schedule for Fiddle Hell.

 

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