Tuesday, July 29, 2014
  What: Chattaboogie-500
  Chattaboogie 2014


David Kaynor
Susan Kevra
January 3, 4, 5, 2014




$80 for adults (price increases to $85 after 11/01/13).


$60 for students over 18 (price increases to $65 after 11/01/13). 

Children (under 18) are free with paying adult but must register. 


At the door prices:

$85 entire weekend.

$25 all day Friday.

$40 all day Saturday.

$25 Saturday night dance only.

$25 all day Sunday.




Bessie Smith Cultural Center \ Performance Hall

200 East MLK Blvd.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Presented by the Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society


 Over the past decade the traditional Quebec group Genticorum (Pascal Gemme, Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand and Yann Falquet) has become a fixture on the international world, traditional, folk and Celtic music circuit. The trio’s four albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence (and often mistaken for a larger ensemble), Genticorum has given more than 800 concerts in no fewer than 15 countries – and is showing no sign of slowing down: this is a band in high demand.  And if all of that is not enough they have recently joined the lineup for Perpetual e-Motions Contra Colours Dance Weekend October 4 - 6 2013!

 David Kaynor


I began calling contra dances in 1980, taking over a little dance at the Guiding Star Grange Hall in Greenfield, Massachusetts which then struggled along for three years before becoming the first really established public dance there in decades. I also called and/or played at numerous small, out-of-the-way dances and other events around New England.Seeking both a place in the older local communities and increased input into decisions regarding our dance halls, I joined the Montague Center and Guiding Star Granges. I became involved in a gradual increase in the organizations' memberships and a clarifying of their intention to improve the halls' availability and accessibility for more participatory arts (of which contra dancing is only one!), concerts, theater, classes, and more.

Gradually, I became involved in the larger regional and, eventually, national contra dance scenes. I've been on staff at Northern Week at Ashokan every summer since 1983 and at Contra Dance Musicians' Week at the John C. Campbell Folk School every summer since 1996.

I've worked at New Year's events at these locations and elsewhere and I've taught, played, and called at Pinewoods in southeastern Massachusetts; Buffalo Gap in West Virginia; Mendocino in California; the Lady of the Lake in Idaho; Ogontz and Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire; Suttle Lake in Oregon; Wannadance Uptown in Seattle and Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington; and at many other camps and weekends, workshops, and other events around the country.

Susan Kevra


Susan burst onto the contra dance scene in the early 1990s in New England and honed her craft at her monthly dance series in Greenfield, MA for ten years. She now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee, where she calls and organizes English, contra and square dances. She also travels to call at dance camps across the country and occasionally, around the globe. She spent 2000 - 2001 in France and traveling throughout Western Europe teaching Anglo and American dancing – and learning French dances. She is also a professor of French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches a class, "American Social History through Dance."

Susan is noted for her warmth, clear teaching and lovely voice. Dancers on both sides of the Atlantic appreciate her diverse repertoire of singing squares, Western patter calls, contras and English Country dances. She has choreographed a number of well loved contra and square dances, including "Trip to Phan Reel" and "The Hume Fogg Reel."

Her calling and singing can be heard on the critically acclaimed CD, "Full Swing" featuring some of New England's finest contra dance musicians. The CD contains a lengthy and entertaining booklet she wrote tracing the roots of New England contra dancing and a guide for new callers.




Cailen Campbell and David Brown have a reputation for sparking the contra dances
whenever they play. The temperature on the dance floor rises, the dancers'
energy intensifies, and the listeners are swept away by their music craft,
which infuses traditional Appalachian, Celtic and Roma melodies with exciting
and original interpretation.

Cailen Campbell has been described as one of the most virtuosic and high-energy
fiddlers in the Southeast. As both a dancer and musician he is known for his
stunning ability to improvise, cross time signatures and musical genres with
ease, and for his brilliant self-expression.

David Brown provides the pulse to the music. He is renowned and accoladed as a
5-string banjo player, and plays professionally on a half dozen other
instruments, including the baritone guitar. This unusual instrument is a hybrid
between a regular guitar and a bass guitar, and in David's hands, it provides
hypnotic rhythm and harmonic texture to the music...

These encantados met in 2005 while touring nationally with the Greasy Beans and NC
Dance Theater. A rich musical relationship ensued as they explored their shared
love of traditional acoustic music, as well as new grass and jazz. Their vast repertoire,
as well as their tight 'mind meld,' creates a rich and expansive sound that
captivates dancers and listeners. They defy expectations of how much sound, and
how exciting of a sound, a dance duo can make. They're CONTRAVERSIAL!