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Dance Weekend and Festival Survey

February 18th, 2014
gigstats, contra, music

As the Free Raisins start getting booked for dance weekends and festivals I'm trying to figure out how they work. How many are there? Where are they? What bands play? Starting from a list Alex made, supplementing with ContraDanceLinks, and removing any that didn't look like they hired contra dance bands I made a list of all the weekends, festivals, camps, and long dances I could find: sheet. The bands included are the ones listed on the event's website, which in some cases are for 2013 and in others are for 2014, mostly depending on whether the site has been updated yet.

(If people know of other events I missed; let me know and I'll update the list!)

It looks like there are about 115 [1] of these events a year, averaging two every weekend, though somewhat clumped especially on long weekends. For 2013-2014 there were 226 band slots, averaging two per event but again not evenly distributed:
number of bands bookedevents
134
260
315
44
51
61
Sorting by name and taking all the bands that were listed at least twice I get:
times bookedband
16Great Bear Trio
12Perpetual e-Motion
9The Mean Lids
8Nor'easter
8Elixir
6Latter Day Lizards
5Hotpoint String Band
5Maivish
5The Free Raisins
5Wild Asparagus
4Crowfoot
4Gallimaufry
4Lift Ticket
4Tidal Wave
3Giant Robot Dance
3Notorious
3Sasafrass Stomp
3Syncopaths
3The Moving Violations
3The Stringrays
3Uncle Farmer
2Anadama
2Clayfoot Strutters
2Contraforce
2Euphor
2Ladies at Play
2On the Fly
2Relative Harmony
2Swallowtail
2The Coffee Zombies
2The Contrarians
2The Gaslight Tinkers
2Velocipede
2Wild Hair

Update 2014-08-02: The data above is a mixture of 2013 and 2014, just whatever was on the dance weekend website when I looked at it back in February. I did another pass yesterday when I was making my dance weekend heatmap which means I now have the full set of 2014 bands (I think) and a more self-consistent dataset. Updated table:
13Great Bear Trio
13Perpetual e-Motion
9Elixir
9Nor'easter
8Latter Day Lizards
8The Mean Lids
7The Free Raisins
6Hotpoint Stringband
6Maivish
6Stringrays
4Crowfoot
4Notorious
4Wild Asparagus
3Contraforce
3Gallimaufry
3Groovemongers
3Sasafrass Stomp
3Syncopaths
3The Canote Brothers
3The Moving Violations
3Tidal Wave
3Uncle Farmer
2Contra Sutra
2Contraversial
2Euphor
2Hold the Mustard
2KGB
2Ladies at Play
2Out of the Wood
2Relative Harmony
2Swallowtail
2The Avant Gardeners
2The Clayfoot Strutters
2The Coffee Zombies
2The Contrarians
2The Ripples
2Toppish


[1] This is an undercount: I verified each of these 115 so they all exist, but I probably missed some.

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