dances & concerts


Here are our upcoming dances, but check out the latest news and band adventures at our Contratopia 2.0 blog.


2015/2016 Season: When & Where

August 21, 2015
Concert at the ArtHaus Studio Courtyard in Decorah, IA (7:00-9:00, $10 adult, $8 student)

October 23, 2015
Northfield Harvest Stomp! contra dance at the armory in Northfield, MN (7:00-10:30)(w/Robin Nelson calling)

November 21, 2015
Contra dance at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN (tentative)

February 19, 2016
Northfield Winter Stomp! contra dance in Northfield, MN (7:00-10:30)(w/Robin Nelson calling)(tentative)

April 8-10, 2016
6th Annual Call of the Loon Dance Weekend at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN (w/Wild Asparagus)(tentative)

May 7, 2016
Contra dance at the Elks Lodge in downtown Decorah, Iowa (w/Ted Hodapp calling) (tentative)

To help us remember where we've been we also have a History page that contains a list of what we've been up to for the last few years.


It's probably worth noting that, apart from Contratopia, Pat and Patrice can often be found supplying great dance music with other excellent musicians at Tapestry throughout the year. John and Erik often perform as a duo in concert and at special events in the Decorah area and are regularly heard with the Western Home String Band providing tunes for regular contra dances at either the Winneshiek County fairgrounds, the Elks club in Decorah or the legendary Highlandville Schoolhouse.

Even if you have a hard time getting to hear us play live you can still enjoy our music on compact disc or by legally streaming or downloading our tracks from a number of e-music services (including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc.). Check the CD page to learn more about the availability of Hands Four, Ballroom Echoes, Smitten, Riff City or the Contra Roots and Branches compilation CD from Great Meadow Music.

Erik and John have also released (Jan. 2012) their first duo CD, titled Notes from the Farm. You can find this CD at Contratopia dances and also buy or download it online from CD Baby, iTunes and more.

John released an instrumental CD of home recordings of original tunes in Fall 2011 titled Mandolin Tunes. It's also available at dances and from CD Baby.

Erik and John are still selling the Contratopia Tunebook, a collection of over 50 original reels, jigs, waltzes and airs. Almost all of the Goodin and Sessions tunes from Hands Four, most of the tunes from Smitten and four of the waltzes from Ballroom Echoes are included as well as many other tunes that the group plays at dances and concerts. The tunes are in standard notation with chord symbols included and the book is carefully assembled at home using a nifty hand-powered comb binding gizmo. These are available for $10 each plus $2 shipping for each book in print or a PDF copy can be purchased for $6. Either version of the book can purchased here.

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