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Sunday, February 28th, 2016
10:14 pm
Consonance 2016 starts in just 5 days!
Consonance 2016 starts in just 5 days!

The SF Bay Area’s only Filk Convention.

Featuring Concerts, Workshops, Drum Circle and all night filking.

Program grid is posted here: http://consonance.org/program.html

This year’s Guests are:

Guests of Honor: Cheshire Moon
Cheshire Moon is the fanciful collaboration of trickster bird Lizzie Crowe and
crazed magician Eric Coleman.

International Interfilk Guest: Jela Schmidt
While she comes across as a quiet and serene person at first,
it does usually not take long until she dishes out her first unexpected
spot-on pun in a fun conversation. I tell you, she can pun in BOTH languages, it is scary

Special Guest: Kathleen Sloan
She tapes concerts and open filks, and craftily uses these tapes to mine
for the very best songs, which she learns and performs, spreading
filk gems throughout the community.

Toastmaster: Tim Griffin
Tim taught grades K-5for eighteen years, while writing and performing
fun educational music on the side. Over the years, the music grew into
a second full-time job.
Friday, February 19th, 2016
10:59 pm
Consonance 2016 and just 2 weeks away!
The hotel has extended the deadline to reserve a room at the convention rates to MARCH 4th. Yes, you can reserve a room at the con rate, the day the convention starts!

Call the Crowne Plaza main reservations at (888) 233-9527
Reserve your room(s) at the Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley
and mention Consonance as the group.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
12:54 am
Consonance starts TOMORROW!!!
Consonance starts TOMORROW!!!

Memberships are available at the door.
We have full weekend, daily and even Sat Evening only memberships.

Our Guests of Honor have already started to arrive!

Remember the hotel has extended our reservation deadline to receive convention rates till Friday.

The program grid has been posted on the website.

AND... Special appearances not listed in the program book or anywhere else:

Sunday, March 9th, 2am* special hosted filk circle.

Julia Ecklar leading "Horse Tamer's Daughter"
Leslie Fish leading "Banned From Argo"
Frank Hayes leading "Matty Groves" the original unabridged version.
All 47 verses!

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


* Subject to space time continuum restraints.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
10:26 pm
Consonance is just 4 days away
Consonance update!

Just 4 more days!

Hotel has extended the Consonance reservations deadline to March 7th.
Yes, that's the first day of the convention!

Program Grid online.

As always, more information at http://consonance.org
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
12:05 am
Consonance is just 10 days away
Consonance is just 10 days away.

Do you have your hotel reservation yet?

If not, the hotel has extended the cut-off date to MON, 03/03.

Registration by mail has closed. At the door rates are:

Full Weekend: $55
Children 6-12 full weekend: $27.50
Children under 6: Free, but must be with parent or guardian.

Daily Rates:
Friday: $20
Saturday all day: $30
Saturday evening concerts: $20
Sunday: $20

Hope to see you there!
Sunday, January 26th, 2014
8:09 pm
Just 6 weeks till Consonance!
Hi everyone

Consonance is only 6 weeks away! While the concom is making things happen behind the scenes, here are some things you might want to do:

1. Pre-register - it saves you money and keeps us from chewing our fingernails wondering if this is the year nobody will come to our party. Our pre-reg rate is $50 until February 14th. Just send a check to:

Fanfare Music
c/o James D. Robinson
1448 Carlson Blvd.
Richmond CA 94804

Please include your badge name and an e-mail and/or phone contact address!

2. Make your hotel reservations. This year we return to the Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, which was renovated just about a year ago (as many of you will remember).

Last year, our room block sold out before the con, so make your reservations now. We've held the rate down to $99/$109 single/double occupancy, with breakfast included. There's an online reservations link on the website at http://www.consonance.org

3. If you'd like to be on the program, doing a theme circle, a concert, or a workshop, there's still time - but don't delay! Contact Lara, our head of programming, at lara.ortiz.de.montellano@comcast.net.

We have an amazing set of guests this year, from Guests of Honor Kristoph Klover and Margaret Davis to our International Guest Rika Koerte, our Toastmaster Mark Osier, and our Interfilk guests Jonathan Turner and Robin Holly. We also have a Special Secret Guest giving a concert on Sunday, workshops galore including Jonathan's Jedi Mind Tricks on the Guitar, and the ever-popular Interfilk Auction.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you March 7-9, 2014.

--Victor Stevko, Consonance 2014 Chair
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
10:40 pm
Consonance starts tomorrow!
Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

All our Guests have arrived safely and are looking forward to this weekend. We are going to rock the Crowne Plaza.

All the last minute details we learned as we arrived.

Reg hours: Friday opens at 2pm, Saturday and Sunday at 9am
It will remain open until things slow to crawl. At least 8pm on Saturday.

Dealers room: Friday 3pm to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm and after the GOH concert Saturday night, and Sunday 11am to 3pm

Sign-up sheets for 2x10s and other events will be found here.

Sorry no streaming feed, the costs are prohibitive and bandwidth is limited.

Unless you have a voucher, the breakfast buffet costs $16.95 full, $9.95 continental.

Hours for the buffet: Friday 6am - 11am, Saturday & Sunday 7am - Noon, Monday 6am - 11am

Bar service on the 12th floor: 5pm - Midnight

Remember to mention you are a member of Consonance to get 10% discount on food & beverages at the hotel.

I found another set of restaurants a little beyond the Milpitas Square (Ranch 99) shopping center, several with late night hours.

Ding Sheng Restaurant till midnight
Thai Cafe Restaurant till 11pm
China Palace Restaurant till 3am
England Rose Garden Coffee & Tea Restaurant till midnight (maybe)
Trying Thanh till 2am
ABC Seafood Restaurant till 9:30
Top Cafe till 3am
Family Delight Cafe till midnight
FF BBQ till 2am

I stopped by on Monday evening around 10pm and several of the restaurants were full.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
5:49 pm
Just 2 days till Consonance

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Meet Ookla The Mok, Guests of Honor

But first, some announcements.

The complete Program Book has been posted on the website.

The program lists the breakfast buffet as being from 10-Noon on Saturday and Sunday. It will actually be opening at 8am. It will also be operating on Friday and Monday with shorter hours. Hours will be posted at the info desk.

If you are not staying in the hotel, you can also purchase the buffet. Price will be posted at the info desk.

If you don't plan on using your breakfast vouchers, please drop them in the jar in the consuite. They will be given to our GOHs or your fellow fans in need.

Now on to meeting Ookla the Mok

You notice an antique nickelodeon near the door. Having a nickel to spare, you deposit your five cents and turn the crank.

Tick. Tick. Tick tick-tick-tick-tiktiktiktiktiktik...

A flickering image of a strange creature appears. Body of a man, but the furry head is fringed by a striped mane and fangs protrude from the mouth. A raccoon-like mask of dark fur surrounds the eyes. He opens his mouth and tilts his head back, evidently roaring, and a title appears below the picture:


The name seems familiar somehow.

The creature’s image cross-fades to a picture of a three-piece band. Two guitarists with artistically-trimmed beards flank a handsome fellow seated at a drum kit. The sub title remains, however, and adds another exclamation point. Then a second line appears:

Rock Music for Nerds.

The band goes into action, playing furiously while various images flicker in, animate a bit, then fade out, in the background: flying saucer, several super-heroes, a cowboy, the starship Enterprise, an astronaut, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a pirate, mathematical equations, a tandem bicycle, and monkeys, oh my dear Lord, so many monkeys. The only thing out-numbering the monkeys is the parting couples, usually featuring a pratfall during their separation.

Consonance marks the release of the BRAND NEW CD: Vs.Evil!”

Ookla the Mok, has been getting filk audiences on their feet for over 20 years, and shows no reduction in energy yet. Since they’re from Buffalo, the Bay Area is about as far from home as they perform, yet they've played more concerts at Consonance than at any other single con. This is their fourth appearance at Consonance, and -- after an unreasonable amount of time off from the con circuit -- they couldn't be happier to make their return appearance here.

Thanks to Paul Kwinn for Ookla's bio.
Read the full version in the program book.

Sent from my iPhone

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

12:12 am
Consonance 3 days to go!
Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Meet Merav Hoffman, Interfilk Guest of Honor

Merav an excellent and accomplished filk gardener. She will, when
the need arises, moderate a circle without people even realizing she's
doing it, consciously encourage those that need it and redirect those
who need that, all while never losing her sense of manners.

She pays attention -- and so will often notice and encourage
hidden talent in a circle before anyone else knows it's there.

Merav is an accomplished performer. One can see it in how she
acts, how she dresses (often), and always, always in her performances.
Her songs are always fun to listen to (or harmonize with), her voice
is gorgeous, and when she raises her own voice to harmonize with yours,
the result is always better than the sum of its parts.

Thanks to Joshua Kronengold for Merav's bio.
Read her full bio in the program book.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
6:09 pm
Consonance 4 days to go!
Sorry, this is a day late. The ipad app said it posted and I never had chance to double check.

Consonance 4 days to go!

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Downtown Freddy Brown, International Guest of Honor

Fred’s parents knew from a very early age that he would be involved in music. When he was only 2 years old he crawled up the aisle after a church service to where the musicians were and picked up a violin…and started to blow into it. He was fascinated with all kinds of music and instruments as he got older. He took trumpet lessons when he was 8, guitar when he was 12, french horn in high school & sang in the choir.

So, how did Fred end up with a slightly perverted, twisted sense of humour and a passion for parody? Good question! I think we have to say he was cracked from the get go and fell into filk quite by accident. A friend invited him to Toronto Trek V. "What do you get for $35" he asked? Panels, Dealers room, Movie room, ... the beer was free?

On his way to the dealers room, he heard a guitar being strummed in a room off the corridor. He stuck his head in and found a couple of ladies playing some songs (who? read it in the program book...). He ran and got his guitar and was welcomed into the filk circle and has never looked back since.

Thanks to Downtown Freddy Brown for providing his bio.

Read Freddy's full bio in the program.
Monday, February 25th, 2013
9:17 pm
Roommate still wanted.
I have a room Friday and Saturday night and could use a roommate to help defray costs.

Nonsmoker, and will refrain from talking about Sherlock Holmes upon request.

Contact me at mjanem@att.net if you're interested.
Sunday, February 24th, 2013
10:16 pm
5 more days till Consonance 2013 - Meet Scott Snyder our Toastmaster
5 more days
Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Meet Scott Snyder our Toastmaster

Scott likes RPG games a lot. He also writes music for several video games, performs superbly in a band or two, and works on the albums of other excellent musicians. One of which is Captains of the Chess Team, a band of game industry musicians based in Austin. This group rocks hard, and you can listen to Scott’s “Bit Torrent of Love” at their website and check out several youtube videos.

Scott was a Broadcast Journalist for the US Army and did “everything from Program Management of a radio station in Monterey, to drive time FM Radio on-air personality, to television and radio spot producer, and station graphic artist in charge of station imagery for AFKN (American Forces Korea Network).” .

Those of you lucky enough to have met him know he is a funny, kind, and talented guy.

His song, “Feygrass” was nominated twice for a Pegasus Award in 2005 and 2009. “Secrets” was nominated for a Pegasus in 2012. He has also mastered albums for several filkers and performed in them, Talis Kimberley’s brilliant Queen of Spindles being one of them.

Speaking of albums, His filk music is it is difficult to get ahold of. Bardic Lug was released on tape in 1997. We need more Scott! Luckily, he is currently recording a new album with Jeff Bohnhoff.

Thanks to Dr Mary Crowell for Scott's bio. See the Program book for His full bio.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
7:04 pm
6 more days, Consonance's online presences

Consonance online

Just 6 more days!

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

The web page is the primary and authoritative source of information for Consonance.

I post to multiple social networks various announcements.

Twitter: @Consonance
Hash tags #Consonance2013 #filk

Facebook: Consonance (an open group)

Google Plus: Consonance

LiveJournal: Consonance-Con

I also post to my personal journal and Filk communities on each network.

Last but not least, we still maintain an old school mailing list!

Yahoo Groups Mailing List:
Join at the website or send a blank email to:

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

12:36 am
Consonance 2013 starts in just 7 days!
Our hotel block reservations is now closed, but if you call and ask
nicely they might give you the con rate still. Check their website for
a variety of deals they have available.

The hotel is almost complete in its renovations. All rooms have been
updated, public spaces have been refreshed.

Almost is the key word there. Unfortunately the restaurant is still
closed. However, the hotel will be setting up a breakfast buffet in
Champagne 1 Sat & Sun mornings during the Filker friendly hours of
10am-Noon. Hotel guests can order room service for lunch & dinner at
regular restaurant prices + gratuity. No price hike, no service charge.

For those who want or need to go off-site, there will be a restaurant
guide in the program book. I've been posting it in the FB & G+
Consonance & Filk communities as well.

You can also find the Program Guide posted in the FB & G+ groups.

Looking forward to seeing you all in a week.

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
3:00 pm
Looking for Roomie!
You can share mine, or I can share yours. Nonsmoker, frequent bather. Leave a message at my LJ account with contact info and we can set it up.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
1:43 pm
RIde share/pool from /to SFO
So in the spirit of spending less time hanging out in airports and losing our luggage, drcpunk and I will be flying in for Consonance at 9pm on Thurdasay in SFO (and out on Monday evening for a 9pm redeye). Half an hour (at least!) farther from the con, I know -- but with a lot more choice in terms of flights, non-stops (lack of losing luggage = win), and resulting faster/cheaper flights it seemed like the best option.

Is there anyone we can cage a lift from? Or share transport with (in either direction)? (Also, still need to figure out what we're doing on Monday -- we opted for the redeye since it's usually better to kill the night than kill the day, but should take advantage of being in San Jose or SF for an extra day).
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
11:06 pm
Consonance 2013 PR#2 - Message from the Chairman
Consonance 2013 PR#2 - Message from the Chairman

Wow - it's only FIVE weeks until Consonance! While the concom is zipping around making things happen behind the scenes, there are things *you* may want to do:

1. Pre-register - it saves you money and keeps us from lying awake nights wondering if people are coming to the con. We've extended the current pricing through *February* 15th. Just send a check to:

Fanfare Music
c/o James D. Robinson
1448 Carlson Blvd.
Richmond CA 94804

2. Make your hotel reservations. We're at a new/old hotel, the Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, this year - it's not the hotel we've used the past couple years; it's the one before that. They're eager to see us back, and it's a great location. There's an online reservations link on the website at Consonance.org , or you can follow this link: Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley Reservations.

3. If you'd like to do a concert, theme circle, workshop, or other program item, there's still time - but don't delay! Contact our Program Director, Lara, at lara.ortiz.de.montellano@comcast.net.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all the first weekend in March - friends, fun, and fantastic music!

--Victor Stevko, Chairman of Consonance
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
11:00 pm
Consonance 2013 starts in just 6 weeks.
Greetings All!

Consonance 2013 starts in just 6 weeks.
March 1-3, 2013.

Join us and our fabulous guests for a fun filled and entertaining weekend.

Guest of Honor: Ookla the Mok
Interfilk Guest: Merav Hoffman
Toastmaster: Scott Snyder
International Guest: "Downtown" Freddy Brown

To help you past the post holiday slump, we are maintaining our pre-reg rate of $50 for a full 3 day membership until February 15, 2013!

At the Con rates are:

$55 Full 3 Day

$20 Friday All Day
$30 Saturday All Day
$20 Saturday Evening Only
$20 Sunday All Day

If you haven't already done so, book your travel & hotel now!

We have a New/Old hotel! Consonance is returning to the

Crowne Plaza San Jose/Silicon Valley Hotel

Near the shopping center full of great Asian foods and a short hop from the other shopping center with several familiar chain restaurants.

Deadline to get the Consonance hotel rates is February 14, 2013.

Full details, at our website: http://consonance.org
Website will be updated with the Membership extension next week.

Hope to see you all in 6 weeks.

Sunday, December 30th, 2012
4:29 pm
Looking for Roomie!
Never too early to start looking around for a Consonance roommate. I don't smoke, and as long as I don't talk your ear off about Sherlock Holmes (in any incarnation) I should be okay to live with.

Send an email message if you want to share.
Thursday, July 26th, 2012
3:50 pm
We have an International Guest!!!
On behalf of Consonance, I'm delighted to announce that our International Guest for 2013 is "Downtown" Freddy Brown from Canada!

Current Mood: ecstatic
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