Consonance, The San Francisco Bay Area Filk Convention, March 31 to April 2, 2023 - at Sonesta San Jose, 777 Bellew Dr, San Jose CA

Welcome to Consonance

A Weekend of Friendship and Song

2023 is here and the convention has begun! We're so glad to see you in good health and with good song.

If you haven't got a paper copy of the Program Book or you want to save a few trees, you can download the PDF.

We've got our hours for Reg Desk & Dealers Room on a separate page.

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Champagne II/III Krystall Champagne I
5:00 PM Closed For Setup
Registration is in the Hall on the 2nd Floor
5:30 PM
6:00 PM Drum Circle
6:30 PM
7:00 PM Meet The Guests  
7:30 PM Songs from Britain and other Commonwealth Countries
8:00 PM
8:30 PM Alyssa Yeager: Brave Little Toaster
9:00 PM
9:00 PM Closed Before Open Filking
10:00 PM Closed for the night Theme Circle: Empowered Women with Alyssa Yeager Open Filking with John McDaid
10:30 PM
11:00 PM Open Filking Open Filking Continues
All Night

All Day
Champagne II/III Krystall Champagne I
10:00 AM Closed For Setup Live Meditation for Geeks,
with Alyssa Yeager
Honouring Les Barker
10:30 AM
11:00 AM Closed For Sound Checks Harmony Rehearsal,
with Valerie Housden
Songwriting Workshop,
with Tim Griifin
11:30 AM
12 noon Kindness Panel,
with Kathy, Alyssa, Lem, and Tasia
12:30 PM
1:00 PM Concert: 2 x 10s  
1:30 PM Concert: Blind Lemming Chiffon
2:00 PM 2 x 10s
2:30 PM Concert: Nick Smith
3:00 PM 2 x 10s
3:30 PM Concert: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
4:00 PM Interfilk Guest Concert:
John McDaid
4:30 PM
5:00 PM Interfilk Auction
5:30 PM
6:00 PM Dinner!
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM Concert: Margaret and Kristoph    
8:30 PM Guest of Honor Concert: Valerie Housden
9:00 PM
9:30 PM  
10:00 PM Closed for the night Theme Circle: History, Myth, and Legend
with Valerie Housden
Open Filking:
with John McDaid
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
All Night Open Filking Open Filking Continues

All Day
Champagne II/III Krystall Champagne I
10:00 AM Closed For Setup Workshop: Music as World Building,
with John McDaid
Theme Circle: Oldies,
with Alyssa Yeager
10:30 AM
11:00 AM Harmony Rehearsal,
with Valerie Housden
Songwriting workshop,
with Tim Griffin
11:30 AM
12 noon Concert: Jim Partridge    
12:30 PM Concert: Doug Davidson
1:00 PM Concert: Kathleen Sloan
1:30 PM Request Concert
2:00 PM
2:30 PM Harmony Performance,
and Closing Ceremony
3:00 PM Rock Jam
3:30 PM
4:00 PM Teardown

Dead Dog Filking til 6 AM Monday Dead Dog Filking til 6 AM Monday
Past 2 am we call it Dawn Patrol



Until we come together again, have the best possible time in online music too.

Some of these apply just as well in person, others take a shift in perspective.

However, we have found these points worth attention for many virtualized gatherings,
and we hope you find them useful.

The Mute Button
Because of internet lag, everyone will usually be muted except the active singer or speaker. Sing along when you like.
In person, the chance to choose whether to sing or not is yours.
Try to keep chatter down during a song, or step into the halls to have your conversation, knowing that you can still hear the events.
Chat Box
Use the sidebar to applaud, comment, chat with each other.
Nobody's alone here.
Be kind to yourself and others.
If a singer warns that these may not be the lyrics you expect - that's the folk process, prepare to be delighted.
If someone expresses they do not desire to be recorded - please turn your recording functions OFF to honor this request.
Your Camera Can See You
If you need to rearrange your position, be aware of where we're looking.
Hand Up Indicator
When you put your hand-up indicator on, the moderator will advise when you'll be next. You may need to be unmuted from both your side and the channel's. They'll turn off the hand while you're singing, and you'll need to hand-up again when you have another song ready.
In person, a managed filkroom may have someone making a point of looking for people who want their turn; once you're noticed and acknowledged, you should be able to relax, and be up soon.