The Living Tradition is a
non-profit organization working to support and preserve
traditional music and dance in Southern California. We host
contra dances, contemporary and traditional
music jams nearly
every month at the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center
250 E. Center St., in Anaheim,
All of our events are
family-friendly and are open to the public. Admission
prices for dances and concerts are modest, and children
under 18 years are free with a paid adult. We ask a $2
per person contribution for our music jams to defray rental
costs. Bring your friends, make new
friends, get some exercise (dancing), or just relax and
enjoy traditional American music.
All Living Tradition events have been cancelled
until further notice.
public health and safety in light of
COVID-19, the City of Anaheim has temporarily closed the
Downtown Anaheim Community Center and other community
We are completely supportive of the City's action, which
we believe will help protect the health of the
community. Therefore, we have cancelled our
concerts, jams, and dances until further notice.
Stay tuned for future announcements.
In the meantime, keep yourself healthy and safe!
Important Announcement from Patty McCollom, President of
The Living Tradition
Regarding our Schedule Changes in Response to the Coronavirus
To: The Living Tradition Community
March 14, 2020
The news about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is developing
so fast that actions, which once seemed reasonable, suddenly
seem inadequate. As event planners, we can tell you that at the
beginning of an emergency, we worry that we are over-reacting
unnecessarily and weigh our actions very carefully. Our
greatest worry, though, is that we will look back after the
emergency is over, and realize that we did not do enough.
Recently the City of Anaheim announced that due to COVID-19
concerns, the Downtown Anaheim Community Center and other
community centers would be temporarily closed starting March 14. We are in total agreement
with this action, which we believe will help protect the health
of the community. Therefore, we are canceling our March 2020
concert, jam, and dance.
We certainly hope that we will be able to resume bringing
dances, concerts, and music jams to the community, sooner,
rather than later.
Please do your best to stay safe and healthy.
All the best,
Concerts, Dances, and Jams
The Living Tradition
concert series presents international and local artisans of
contemporary and traditional folk music for a modest cost in
an intimate setting.
Our contra dances allow
folks of all ages to dance to live music and enjoy
easy-to-learn traditional dance - without a partner.
Our traditional music
jams bring musicians (and singers) together in a relaxed
atmosphere where all levels and talents are welcome,
including those who simply want to hear traditional music or
The Living Tradition also supports a variety of
special events. See
Special Events for more
for The Living Tradition
If you have questions about The
Living Tradition, contact the President, Patty McCollom
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Join The Living Tradition?
Members of The
Living Tradition enjoy and preserve traditional music
and dance in Southern California. Benefits of membership
also include discounts for most of our concerts and dances. To become a
member, simply print and complete the
membership form, then mail the completed form and a
check for membership dues to the address listed on the
form. (Note that this form is a PDF file; viewing
or printing it requires Acrobat Reader to be installed on your computer.)
Thank you for your
More About The Living Tradition
in 1982 by Carolyn Russell, The Living Tradition is a group
of people bound together by the desire to share traditional
music and dance. The Living Tradition brings us a sampling
of today’s brightest traditional music entertainers,
provides family-friendly, community-oriented contra dances,
and hosts popular monthly jams.
Go to Our History page
to read A Brief History of The Living Tradition written by
Patty McCollom, and to view a transcription (PDF file) of
James Hutson's 1995 interview with Carolyn Russell.
provide an evening of fun – without a partner or formal
instruction. These dances are fun, good exercise, and build
a sense of community with other contra dancers. Many fine
bands have graced our dances, and well-known dance “callers”
provide lively prompting. Bring your friends, make new
friends, get some exercise, or just enjoy the lively sounds
of traditional music. Our dances are beginner-friendly
because each evening begins with a group lesson, and the
actual dances are explained and prompted by the “caller”.
series presents international and local artisans of
contemporary and traditional folk music nearly every month
in the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center. These
intimate concerts are reasonably priced and a great way to
get together with friends or meet new friends.
We also sponsor regularly scheduled
music jams to provide a forum for
those who play an acoustical instrument, sing, or simply
enjoy listening to traditional music and song. Our jams are
open to all levels and talents, and offer an opportunity for
anyone who loves traditional music to participate in a
The Living Tradition is all of this and more. We serve as a
catalyst for the preservation and promotion of traditional
music and dance and ensure that traditional music, dance,
and song will thrive for years to come.
To see this article about The Living Tradition, with more details
about our history and concert series, go to the
/ February 2001 issue of the FolkWorks
newspaper and scroll down to page 13.
Special Thanks Go To . .
The Living Tradition extends sincere thanks to John Davidheiser
for designing and implementing the original format of The
Living Tradition Web site.
Thanks also go to Tim Steinmeier, who designed The Living Tradition
More About Us” was written by Ellen Swope (and updated by
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