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for historical reference. For a future convention, try ConChord 12.
Filk Music Convention
September 29 to October 1, 1995
What is Con-Chord?
Primarily, a whole lot of fun. Con-Chord 11 is the eleventh Filk
Music Convention to be held in Southern California. And filk, if you
are unfamiliar with this strange word, is a name for the particular,
or peculiar, branch of folk music devoted to science fiction, fantasy,
and and the impact of technology (whether scientific or magical) on
mankind. Con-Chord is a music festival which features "organized"
programming from 7 PM to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday,
and noon to 5 PM Sunday. Any time in between is filled by the
"unorganized" events: our function rooms are open and available 24
hours a day for singing, jamming, or whatever musical whim comes to
mind. And don't miss the Dealer's room!
Who Will Be There?
The Filk Guests of Honor will be the Duras Sisters,
the a capella trio from Phoenix, AZ. Consisting of Chris Dickenson,
Elizabeth Burnham and Debbie Baudoin, they released their first CD,
Masquerading as Human, on the Dandelion Digital label last
Our Special Music Guest is Windbourne, the musical
quartet from San Diego. Rilla Heslin, Harold Groot, Kathy Ring and
Karen Rodgers have long been fixtures on the local filk scene. As a
group, Windbourne has been performing on the San Diego folk circuit
for several years. They have two filk tapes released, Echoes on
the Wind and To Touch a Dream.
The Toastmasters are two very special people, Chris and Karen
Wilson-Weber. Filk veterans and founding fathers of LAFA, Con-Chord and Kushyon's Flyte House, their
Filk talents have been sore missed for several years as they have
devoted themselves to building their screenwriter careers. We welcome
them back to Con-Chord with open arms (and ears).
Register in Advance for These Special Programs
Insta-bands: Preregister your interest in being part
of an instant band formed at the Con. Band assignments will be given
Friday night, with performances Sunday afternoon. Indicate your
specific talents: instrument(s) played, lead or back-up vocals.
Arts & Crafts Workshops (for children of all
ages): Bead Jewelry (Part I, Making Paper Beads, & Part
II Making Jewelry using paper, plastic, wooden and other beads); Funny
Hats; and Decorated Masks. Materials fee: $5.00 per child (young or
old) per workshop. Pre-register for all three for only $10.00! Adult
Bead Workshop: Bead and filk (listen) late night at the back of a filk
room. Materials fee: $5.00 per person.
Where is Con-Chord?
Con-Chord 11 will be held at:
The Van Nuys
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Convention room rates are $75 sgl/dbl/tpl/quad, or $85 for a
mini-suite (sgl/dbl w/refrigerator and wet bar). Be sure to call by
September 10 to make your reservations!
How do I get there?
By car: Take the San Diego Fwy (I-405) to the Sherman Way exit in Van
Nuys. Go West on Sherman Way approximately 3/4 mile to Valjean
Avenue. Turn right on Valjean, and immediately left into the Hotel.
Parking is free.
By air via Burbank-Glendale Airport: Airtel Plaza
has a reduced rate contract with Prime Time shuttle service. Call
800/262-7433 for advance reservations, or contact them at the airport
for pickup bwettween 8 AM and 10 PM. Fare per person is $9.00 one-way.
By air via LAX: Take the Van Nuys Flyaway bus ($6.00
round-trip, $3.50 one-way) from the ground transportation area. At
the Van Nuys terminal, call the Airtel for free shuttle service.
By air via Van Nuys Airport: contact the Van Nuys
tower at 119.3 or 120.2 MHz for landing clearance. After landing,
call Van Nuys Ground Control and request taxi instructions to the
Airtel. Light airplane tie-down spaces are available adjacent to the
Airtel. Special Discount Offer: Bring a copy of your flight plan to
registration, and receive $1 off your membership for each 1,000 meters
of cruise altitude. For a free membership (i.e., over 30,000 meters),
your NORAD radar trace or USAF intercept recording will be accepted in
lieu of an FAA flight plan.
How do I join Con-Chord?
A full 3-day attending membership is $30 to (postmarked by) 5
September, 1995. It will then be $35 pre-registered or at the door.
Daily memberships will be sold at the door: $12 Friday, $20 Saturday,
$8 Saturday Concert (on sale after 7 PM) and $15 Sunday. Pre-register
now for the lowest rates! For more information, or to preregister,
c/o Rick Weiss
13261 Donegal Drive
Garden Grove, CA 92644-2304.
Telephone 714/530-3546 (before 10 PM, please.)
Please make all checks payable to Rick Weiss.
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