To RSVP for a concert or to ask questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless noted, concerts start at 7:30 w/ potluck at 6:30 PM. Suggested donation is $15.
Jan 9 (Thurs) Epic Straight-Up Trad Bluegrass Night
Tashina Clarridge and Simon Chrisman of The Bee Eaters bring together an all star band for a headlong tour of bluegrass music, playing and singing high energy songs from Washington to California… taking a break from their regular gigs to revel in the sounds and grooves of traditional bluegrass, a music they all have roots in. The players are: Dominick Leslie on mandolin (Deadly Gentleman, Missy Raines & The New Hip), Luke Price on vocals and guitar (Scott Law, Tony Furtado band), Ben Krakauer on banjo (formerly with Old School Freight Train, collaborators with David Grisman; now completing his Phd on Bengali folk music), Tashina Clarridge on fiddle (Bee Eaters, Tony Trischka band) and Simon Chrisman on bass (Bee Eaters, Jeremy Kittel band).
Jan 10 (Fri) Gideon Freudman – CelloBop Cello innovator, composer, songwriter, improviser Gideon Freudman performs a fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical, rock & more.
“Taking a modern artist’s approach to the four-stringed instrument, Gideon Freudmann has brought the cello to a new realm. His latest album is a dreamy, cinematic tour de force!” – Boston Globe – (www.cellobop.com)
Jan 12 (Sun) – Almir Cortes – “Brazilian Instrumental Music – Choro & Beyond” – (+ Tim Connell & Mike Burdette joining on a few) (mandolin, guitar) – A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Côrtes is a master of the mandolin, guitar (electric and classical) and also plays cavaquinho and viola caipira. He is currently visiting artist/scholar at the College of Liberal & Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. He will present traditional or regional such as choro, frevo and baião. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCWeXQugSD8)
Jan 31 (Fri) – The Lowest Pair – Kendl Winter (banjo / vocals) Palmer T. Lee (banjo / vocals) – The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time roots influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original music, often nestling-in somewhere between. With their city folk front and back porch sentiment, this new, sweet, and powerful duo are turning heads across the country.
Feb 3 (Mon) – Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton Acoustic blues, appalachian folk, + music of the 20’s and 30’s (BIO : http://www.thecountryblues.com/artist-reviews/jerron-blind-boy-paxton/ , Oregonian writeup for Bluesfest : http://www.oregonlive.com/bluesfest/index.ssf/2013/06/blind_boy_paxton_carries_the_t.html )
Feb 8 (Sat) – Bill Evans Banjo! (www.billevansbanjo.com) RESCHEDULED to JULY 13 DUE TO ICE STORM – Bill brings 250 years of banjo music and manages to fit about 8 banjos on our stage. From West African ekonting music, through 19th century minstrelsy, early 20th century classic/ragtime and folk and bluegrass styles, all the way to Bill’s original music, there’s nothing quite like The Banjo in America. Not just for banjo players – but all lovers of American music!
Feb 14 (Fri)– Abby Mages (flute), Alan Juza (oboe), Sean Kelleher (clarinet), Chad Alexander (bassoon), Jill Torberson (french horn) – Classical – Classical Program featuring various combinations of the instruments as well as a quintet!
Feb 21 (Fri)– Edna Vasquez (vocals/guitar) Traditional Mexican Mariachi & Boleros – Edna Vazquez sings with a passion to bring a traditional touch and feeling of Mexico’s traditional Folklorico to her audiences. (www.ednavasquez.com)
Feb 22 (Sat)- The Bee Eaters & Jesse Harper (vocals/guitar) Singer, song writer, and guitarist Jesse Harper (a collaborator with the likes of David Grisman, Madeleine Peyroux) joins The Bee Eaters, a union of soulful songs and rich ensemble playing, traditional rhythms and pop energy. These four have woven together the common threads of their different styles – a grounding in Appalachian, Irish, and bluegrass, a love of jazz and chamber music, and a passion for innovation – into a musical vocabulary that feels like walking through a familiar door and finding yourself in a new place. (www.beeeaters.com | http://www.reverbnation.com/jesseharper)
Feb 24 (Mon)– Clarence Bucaro (vocals/guitar) Over six albums the prolific, honey-voiced Brooklyn, NY singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro has crafted an impressive canon of uplifting Americana, garnering comparisons to Jackson Browne and Van Morrison. (www.clarencebucaro.com)
Feb 25 (Tues)– Samson Grisman (upright bass), Luke Price (guitar), Jack Dwyer (mandolin) + Special Guest 4 stellar musicians collaborate for a lively evening of acoustic bliss. Samson Grisman (son of David Grisman) just left the Deadly Gentleman for new musical adventures in Nashvile; Luke Price (2 time national champ, Tony Furtado band); Jack Dwyer (also seen at our place with MandoPlanet), and a special guest, a local favorite who I can only name as guitar wizard.
Mar 5 (Wed) – Rushad Eggleston – Cello Bandit – Rushad Eggleston (“Rushadicus”) is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Rushad is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through just one person. Using his cello (and occasionally a guitar) as the steering wheel, Rushadicus will take you on a rocket-fueled melodic journey through space and time, and from the ridiculous to the sublime.(http://rushad.bandcamp.com/)
Mar 7 (Fri) – Eric Skye – Acoustic fingerstyle guitar – Eric Skye is known for his eclectic and original style of guitar playing, with influences ranging from bluegrass, to blues, to vintage funk, even a little classical guitar… all threaded together with a healthy respect for the groove.(ericskye.com)
Mar 14 (Fri) – Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) / Wes Corbet (banjo) – Jacob Jolliff & Wes Corbet both of the band Joy Kills Sorrow, will present a duo show ~ taking you on journey of virtuostic mandolin-banjo interplay. Jacob Jolliff, Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student, won first place in the National Mandolin Championship in 2012 at the Walnut Valley Festival. Wes Corbett teaches banjo at Berklee College of Music.
Mar 16 (Sun) – 3 Fiddling Traditions Ruthie Dornfeld (Old-time Celtic and more) / Kristian Bugge (Danish, Scandinavian) / Jamie Fox (Métis, Native American) – Each musician will present music of their fiddling tradition, including old dance tunes, whirling walzes, happy polkas, groovy jigs, fiery reels and breathless hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the Island of Fanø. They will also perform some groovy, warming music as a trio. Visit –> ( www.ruthiedornfeld.com ) | ( www.kristianbugge.com )
April 2 (Wed) – Katie McNally (Scottish fiddle) / Ryan McKasson (viola) / Neil Pearlman (piano) – Join Boston-based fiddler Katie McNally for an evening of bold and exquisite tunes bursting from the Scottish and Cape Breton traditions. Described as “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA”, Katie McNally grew up steeped in the vibrant Scottish and Cape Breton music community in Boston and is the 2009 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion. In her first tour of the Pacific Northwest, Katie will be teaming up with two of the most innovative voices in Scottish music in the US, local legend Ryan McKasson on viola and Boston-based pianist Neil Pearlman. Katie’s evocative and melodic playing combined with Ryan’s powerful harmonies and counterpoint—all anchored by Neil’s rhythmically driving piano accompaniment—creates a uniquely arresting take on traditional music.
More details soon Visit –> ( www.katiemcnally.com ) | ( www.ryanmckasson.com ) | ( www.neilpearlman.com )
April 6 (Sun – 7:00PM)– Mary Flower w/ BBQ Orchestra
A rare performance (and collaboration) by some of Portland’s best kept secrets! Rags, jugband and blues music by members of the BBQ Orchestra made up of: Stu Dodge, fiddle ; Spud Siegel, mando; Doc Stein, Dobro; Mary Flower, guitar . And special guest, Michael Gifford on tuba (www.maryflower.com/)
April 8 (Tues)– Marina Albero presents: “Mediterranean” – (Spain) (piano / hammered dulcimer) (www.marinaalbero.net/) Marina comes from Barcelona with a wide perspective on music.
As a teenager she went to Cuba to finish her piano degree so you can feel the latin groove in her piano playing as well as the flamenco rhythms and classical references in her compositions.
Marina will take us on a journey in which music, history and poetry share the same path to illustrate a landscape of flavors, scents and sounds thanks to her deep knowledge and expressive playing of the piano and hammered dulcimer. (ALBERO&CARMONA – Con Alma Quinteto – K’antiga – (Marina on Hammer Dulcimer – Psalterium) Marina Albero’s “Vals Andalusie”)
April 13 (Sun)– Jacqueline Schwab (piano) RESERVE SEATS
(www.jacquelineschwab.com/) folk and classical improvisational pianist who plays “gorgeously spare piano” (The Boston Globe) yet “sounds as if she has an orchestra at her fingertips” (Sing Out).“Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt … and unusually moving.” Ken Burns
April 21 (Mon)– Leonard Barry (Uilleann pipes) + Johnny Connolly (Irish button accordion) RESERVE SEATS (www.leonardbarry.ie)
Leonard Barry, from North Kerry, one of Ireland’s finest uilleann pipers joins Irish button accordion player, Johnny Connolly, for a duo set steeped in the Irish tradition.
April 23 (Wed)– Mike & Ruthie – Heartfelt Indie Roots RESERVE SEATS Ruthie Ungar (fiddle, vocals), Mike Merenda (guitar/vocals) After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar & Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets and as parents (they tour with their two small children), Mike + Ruthy are heralds of an American cultural awakening that values honesty and togetherness, prefers grit to glitz, and revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story. Described as “rich, vintage Americana” by Time Out NY, Mike + Ruthy’s 2012 Woody Guthrie collaboration “My New York City” is being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces ever to have come out of the archive.(http://www.mikeandruthy.com)
April 25 (Fri)– Dick Weissman RESERVE SEATS banjo, vocals, stories. Dick is a singer, composer, banjo player, author and teacher. He was a very active participant & observer of the folk revival in NY 50’s & 60’s. Dick co-founded The Journeymen with John Phillips and Scott McKenzie in 1961. The group recorded three albums and seven singles for Columbia Records before breaking up in 1964. A gifted storyteller, he weaves his melodic banjo playing with observations on life and folds in some wonderful gems from his rich and varied experiences in the music world. (www.dickweissman.com)
(#150) ~ April 28 (Mon)– Phoebe Hunt & Connor Forsyth RESERVE SEATS fiddle,vocals, piano. More details coming soon Watch:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl-wfno9XjM (www.phoebehuntmusic.com)
May 6 (Tues) – Trio Brasileiro + Special guest Anat Cohen- Brazilian Choro RESERVE SEATS – Dudu Maia (mandolin), Douglas Lora (guitar), Alexandre Lora (pandeiro) & Anat Cohen (clarinet) (www.triobrasileiro.com | www.anatcohen.com) *SOLD OUT –> Get on the waitlist!*
May 11 (Sun) – Laurie Lewis (Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals) & Tom Rozum (mandolin) RESERVE SEATS
Laurie Lewis, twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the the International Bluegrass Music Association, Grammy winner for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe, has recorded more than 20 albums – with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects – and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business. (www.laurielewis.com)
Tom, a native New Englander, first joined forces with Laurie in 1986 as an original member of Grant Street, and may well be the rightest of all the Right Hands. He and Laurie collaborated on a beautiful, Grammy-nominated album of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, and he also has released a wonderful solo album, Jubilee, recorded with an all-star cast of musicians including Laurie, Mike Marshall, Herb Pederson, and Darol Anger. (www.tomrozum.com)
May 14 (Wed – 7:00PM/6PM Potluck) – Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards w/ Oh Pep! opening RESERVE SEATS
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards – Laura Cortese (fiddle/vocals), Valerie Thompson (cello/vox) and Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle/hardingfele/vox) – Laura Cortese has a vision for her band’s sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. It’s appropriate then that the trio, featuring Cortese, call themselves Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. Since appearing on Cortese’s most recent album, Into the Dark (2013), Valerie Thompson (cello/vox) and Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle/hardingfele/vox) have paired their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to Cortese’s poignant and powerful singing. Seeing the trio on stage, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. The trio is also fresh back from a tour with the US State Department’s American Music Abroad program. “Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an embarrassment of both. Her open-armed approach to her art reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music and dance without watering down their distinctiveness.” – John Wenzel, The Denver Post
Visit :: http://www.thisislauracortese.com (WATCH :: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3My5cmcGr0#t=75)
Oh Pep!: Olivia Hally (guitar, vocals) & Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin) – from Melbourne, Australia – Oh Pep! are musical explorers who travel in the form of a band; a collaboration between songwriters Olivia Hally (guitar, vocals) & Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin). Drawing upon their escapades, they take you on a carefully arranged folk/pop adventure for your ears. ‘Big congratulations to Oh Pep! for last night’s awe-inspiring launch. In my opinion, Melbourne should be holding this band aloft and say “This is how you craft emotionally powerful music.” It’s just sublime.’ – Les Thomas, Unpaved Visit :: http://www.ohpep.com
May 17 (Sat) – Randal Bays (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Suzanne Taylor (piano) – Irish (www.randalbays.com)RESERVE SEATS
May 18 (Sun) Don Julin (mandolin – “for dummies” author) + Billy Strings RESERVE SEATS (guitar /vocals) (pedal to the metal, spot on bluegrass guitar) – http://donjulin.com/billystrings.html
May 21 (Wed) Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle) & David Goldenberg (mandolin) with special guests Jack Dwyer (mandolin) & more RESERVE SEATS – A formidable combination of passion, ambition, innovation, and talent, Christian Sedelmyer exemplifies a new generation of musicians. A five-string fiddle player and composer who is influenced in equal part by Neil Young and Stuart Duncan, Christian’s unique and progressive improvisational ideas, technical facility, and ardent musicianship have garnered him a strong reputation in Nashville, where he now makes his home. Dave Goldenberg is one of the most open-minded mandolin players living in North America today. As one of the first mandolin graduates of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he has embraced and been exposed to a variety of music. He has spent many years studying bluegrass and old time music, which in many ways, still informs what he does today. He won the Rockygrass Mandolin Contest in 2011 and the Telluride Band contest in 2010.www.christiansedelmyer.com | www.jackdwyer.com
May 23 (Fri) Josh Feinberg (sitar) & Saikiran Madhusudhan (tabla) – RESERVE SEATS www.joshfeinbergmusic.com Josh is an internationally acclaimed sitar player who has performed on 4 continents, and has played and recorded with some of the greatest tabla players (drummers) in the tradition. Josh will present Hindustani classical music, an ancient music stretching back thousands of years. Josh is a student of maestro Ali Akbar Khan. He will be joined on the tabla by Saikiran Madhusudhan, one of the best tabla players in Portland.
May 31 (Sat) – Rio Con Brio Presents: Stumptown Swing (CD Release!) RESERVE SEATS – Tim Connell (mandolin) and Mike Burdette (guitar), Keith Brush (upright bass) [Stolen Sweets, Pete Krebs Trio, Blue Cranes], Ben Blechman (violin).
Stumptown Swing takes audiences back to 1920’s Paris, when gypsies with guitars, violins and upright basses made the leap from French musette to American “hot jazz” and kept Parisians floating on their feet to this evocative new sound.
Tim Connell (mandolin) and Mike Burdette (guitar) of Rio Con Brio formed the group after nearly a decade of playing pick-up swing gigs with Portland’s best acoustic musicians. They snapped up the hottest upright player in town, Keith Brush (Stolen Sweets, Pete Krebs Trio, Blue Cranes) and are proud to feature their long-time friend and collaborator, the absolutely pyrotechnic violinist, Ben Blechman. Stumptown Swing performs a set of hot, cool and sultry classics, all resting on a bed of pure swinging groove, featuring gorgeous acoustic instruments played with intelligence and passion by four masters of the craft.
This show is a CD Release Concert for Stumptown Swing’s eponymous debut album! (www.rioconbrio.net)
June 6 (Fri) Lisa Ornstein (fiddle), Dan Compton (guitar), Johnny B. Connolly (button accordion) RESERVE SEATS – Music of Quebec, Appalachia, and beyond – (www.ornsteincompton.com) (www.myspace.com/thejohnnyconnollyband/)
June 16 (Mon) Tony Furtado (banjo / slide guitar) RESERVE SEATS Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation- hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts. (www.tonyfurtado.com)
June 18 (Wed) – Choro das 3 – Brazilian Instrumental Music – Choro. 3 sisters – Corina (flute), Lia (7 string guitar) and Elisa (mandolin), and their father Eduardo (pandeiro) RESERVE SEATS Choro das 3 plays, “. . . some of the most inspired and inspiring music . . . the highest level of musicianship and presentation . . . the highest quality of Brazilian Choro music that can be heard any place today.” – Mike Marshall
Jazz guitarist and recording engineer George Petit, says, “(…) I was shocked and amazed to hear their expertise; they are far beyond their years . . . they have honed their music and their craft to perfection. Added to this, the musicians in the group are generous, respectful professionals that exemplify what is ‘good’ about art, culture and music (…)” (www.chorodas3.com.br (Watch)
June 21 (Sat) – Tatiana Hargreaves (fiddle) , Ethan Jodziewicz (double bass) – A unique blend of old-time fiddle & bowed bass RESERVE SEATS
Tatiana Hargreaves has steeped herself in the archives of Appalachian music and song playing fiddle, banjo and singing while maintaining her connection to classical, new acoustic and bluegrass music. In 2009, she placed first at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival Fiddle Contest in West Virginia and in both 2012 and 2013, she was selected to participate in the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival to collaborate with other young musicians to explore contemporary composition based on traditional genres.
Ethan Jodziewicz – (pronounced “yo-jeh-vits”) is a double bassist who thrives in performances and collaborations that combine traditional with contemporary, technical virtuosity with simplicity and passion, seeking to inspire audiences with music that is fresh, exciting, and without boundaries. Ethan is currently performing at festivals and concert halls across North America from RockyGrass to Carnegie Hall and can be seen on stage with Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, and others. Originally from Washington State, he is now a student of Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA.
July 2 (Wed) Mary Flower & Yvette Landry RESERVE SEATS – Mary Flower, world-class guitarist and lap slide player who swings the blues — a master of the intricate, harmonically subtle Piedmont style, with its good-timey, ragtime feel joins Yvette Landry, queen of Louisiana old-time honky-tonk, and 2014 Louisiana Cultural Ambassador for an unforgettable evening of songs, stories, and music. (www.maryflower.com) (www.yvettelandry.com)
July 5 (Sat) – Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton RESERVE SEATS Acoustic blues, appalachian folk, + music of the 20’s and 30’s (BIO : http://www.thecountryblues.com/artist-reviews/jerron-blind-boy-paxton/ , Oregonian writeup for Bluesfest : http://www.oregonlive.com/bluesfest/index.ssf/2013/06/blind_boy_paxton_carries_the_t.html )
July 8 (Tues) – Summer Acoustic Adventures w/ – Kristin Andreassen (guitar / vocals), Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie) (fiddle / vocals), Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) (guitar) + more? stay tuned! RESERVE SEATS (www.krisinandreassen.com)
July 13 (Sun) – Bill Evans Banjo! (www.billevansbanjo.com) – RESERVE SEATS – Bill brings 250 years of banjo music and manages to fit about 8 banjos on our stage. From West African ekonting music, through 19th century minstrelsy, early 20th century classic/ragtime and folk and bluegrass styles, all the way to Bill’s original music, there’s nothing quite like The Banjo in America. Not just for banjo players – but all lovers of American music!
August 15 (Fri) Wisewater (Forrest O’Connor & Kate Lee Gurnow) RESERVE SEATS – Nashville-based americana pop duo featuring Kate Lee Gurnow (vocals, fiddle) and Forrest O’Connor (vocals, zouktar, and mandolin). Kate has opened for Don Williams (with Colm Kirwan), Rhonda Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, and The Grascals, and in the last couple years, she has backed up Rod Stewart, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Sugarland. Forrest learned how to play from his father (violinist Mark O’Connor) and Chris Thile and has shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Carl Jackson, Melissa Ferrick, and Carrie Rodriguez, among others. In March 2014, he won the Tennessee State Mandolin Championship in Clarksville, TN. [ Visit – www.wisewatermusic.com , www.facebook.com/wisewatermusic |
Watch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-jOlFqJfYQ ]
Sept 2 (Tues) Paul Brown RESERVE SEATS – NPR journalist and venerable old time fiddler/banjo player Paul Brown. More details coming soon … Visit : ( http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/traditional-artist-directory/paul-brown )
Sept 4 (Thurs) Qristina & Quinn Bachand RESERVE SEATS – With deep Asturian and Breton roots, Canadian born Qristina and Quinn Bachand have quickly emerged at the top of the international Celtic music world, winning 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards. Since 2009 the duo have also received three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, a 2012 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for World Recording of the Year and four 2013 Vancouver Island Music Award nominations, winning the Award for Young Performer of the Year. Visit :: (www.qbachand.com))
Sept 6 (Sat) “East meets West: Crossing Borders, Melting into One”
– Courtney Von Drehle – accordion (3 Leg Torso/Klezmocracy), Masumi Timson – koto (Pink Martini), Kazue Suzuki – piano & melodica (Vony & Kazz/Monmouth Taiko) RESERVE SEATS – Masumi Timson, Courtney Von Drehle, and Kazue Suzuki reunite for a reprise of their Tokyo concert earlier this year. With their unique combination of instruments, prepare for a musical journey that embraces traditional and contemporary Japanese music, Tangos, Debussy and Jazz” Visit :: (Visit URLs – http://www.3legtorso.com/courtney.html / http://www.masumi-koto.com / http://folkspress.com/folks/kazue-suzuki.html,
WATCH – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JxpuYXzNvM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQTN8qOK1kI, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57VP1x8gDdI )
Sept 10 (Wed) 10-String Symphony + Tattletale Saints RESERVE SEATS – Fiddle duo from Nashville, 10-String Symphony (Rachel Baiman & Christian Sedelmyer) on 5 string fiddles return to our stage to present a double bill with New Zealand born duo Tattletale Saints (currently based in Nashville) – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter Cy Winstanley and vocalist, double bassist Vanessa McGowan. They are Winners of the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year 2014, the band is currently touring the USA in support of the worldwide release of the album in March 2014. Visit :: (www.10stringsymphony.com) | (http://www.tattletalesaints.com)
Sept 18 (Thurs) Obo Addy Legacy Project RESERVE SEATS – Traditional Ghanaian vocals and music chosen from the various ethnic cultures in Ghana, including Ga, Ewe, Ashanti, Dagomba and Dagarti. Using a variety of hand and stick drums, talking drums, bells and shakers, the musicians build layers of rhythms & vocals (adapted for a house concert format). The music is based around the teachings of the legendary Obo Addy. (more details soon)
Sept 23 (Tues) Pascal Gemme & Josie Mendelsohn RESERVE SEATS – Pascal Gemme – Quebec (fiddle) & Josie Mendelsohn (piano) will be performing pieces from a duo CD that Pascal & Montréal-based pianist Mario Loiselle recorded last spring in France. Be prepared for some other surprises thrown in as well! This project celebrates the music of Québec through rhythmic and harmonic improvisations on the piano and melodic variations on the fiddle, creating a lyrical blend that renews itself at every turn. Filled with spontaneity and joy, you will see why this culture still thrive some 400 years after its arrival on the shores of the New World.
. Visit :: (www.pascalgemme.com)
Sept 27 (Sat) Nic Gareiss & Simon Chrisman RESERVE SEATS – Nic Gareiss (percussive dancer) & Simon Chrisman (hammer dulcimer) present a duo show. Visit :: (www.nicgareiss.com) | (http://www.beeeaters.com)
Oct 2 (Thurs) STUDPUPPY 2014: Now Legal in Washington! DOUBLE BILL featuring WHISKEY PUPPY & THE TENNESSEE STUDS RESERVE SEATS
Join us for the most exciting international bluegrass tour since Bill Monroe went to Antarctica: “STUDPUPPY 2014: Now Legal in Washington!.”
WHISKEY PUPPY is Portland, Oregon’s best and only bluegrass-themed performance art collective, entertaining crowds in bars, pubs, saloons, and drinking holes since 2001. Known for sweet three-part harmonies and their collection of boozy chew toys, Whiskey Puppy features Rachel Gold (The Flat Mountain Girls) on guitar, Justin Auld (Redwood Highway) on banjo and fiddle, and Travis ‘Tater’ Harrison (Jackass Willie) on bass.
TENNESSEE STUDS – are Amsterdam’s premiere Bluegrass band. How can a trio of professionally trained Dutch guys become a bluegrass band of epic style and skill? The band began in 1999, when Pieter Loman teamed up with his friends Roland van Beveren and Jeroen Schmohl, who had been playing music together since they were 10 years old; they fell in love with bluegrass never looked back. The Tennessee Studs are coming to the US to share their remarkable bluegrass skills and gorgeous Dutchness, and their love of meatballs and Oxycontin! The last time these two bands toured the West Coast, in 2011, was the closest the planet has ever come to world peace. Guaranteed to blow minds, curl toes, and make you laugh til it hurts. Events like this happen only once (or twice) in a lifetime so don’t miss the celebration of American Bluegrass performed through the interpretation of a puppy and the Dutch! (www.whiskeypuppy.com | tennesseestuds.tumblr.com )
Oct 4 (Sat) Steve Baughman – RESERVE SEATS – (celtic fingerstyle, guitar, clawhammer banjo, wild songster) http://www.celticguitar.com/
Oct 12 (Sun) Pete’s Posse – RESERVE SEATS – The well-known multi-instrumentalist and troubadour PETE SUTHERLAND, formerly of Metamora and Rhythm In Shoes, has decades of concert touring, teaching and studio production behind him. His all-Vermont ‘POSSE’ includes his teenage fiddle protégé and fellow Clayfoot Strutter OLIVER SCANLON and the dynamic accompanist TRISTAN HENDERSON. Featuring Pete’s rootsy songs, the band’s original and traditional fiddle music, and a few ‘out-there’ covers, this is a fine opportunity for an intimate listen to an evolving musical friendship that spans the generations. https://www.facebook.com/PetesPosse?ref=br_tf
Oct 14 (Tues) JENSEN & BUGGE – traditional music from Denmark RESERVE SEATS –
Mette Kathrine Jensen & Kristian Bugge play beautiful traditional music from Denmark on fiddle and accordion. They learned their craft from the old masters, and their tightly intertwined and dynamic harmonies energize both dances and concerts. Please visit -> (http://www.jensen-bugge.dk)
Oct 18 (Sat) Brian Oberlin (mandolin) CD RELEASE! RESERVE SEATS (www.mandoberlin.com)
Oct 24 (Fri) Gerry O’Beirne – IRISH – (guitar/vocals) RESERVE SEATS – (www.gerryobeirne.com)
Irish singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist blending the passion of traditional music with his own compositions. “The instrumentals are out of this world. A self taught master of the 6 and 12 string guitar, the playing of O’Beirne is superlative and subtle beyond words.” – The Sunday Times
Oct 26 (Sun) Uncle Bonsai – Arni Adler (vocals), Patrice O’Neill (vocals), and Andrew Ratshin (guitar/vocals) RESERVE SEATS – Original, contemporary folk/pop music – “A folk-pop trio from Seattle, performs funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop” – NY Times. (www.unclebonsai.com)
Nov 1 (Sat) 7:00 PM (Potluck 6PM) RUSHAD EGGLESTON – Cello Bandit RESERVE SEATS
Rushad Eggleston – revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types – is back, so if you missed him on his last bounce through town, here is a chance to visit an entirely alternate planet with the cello as a steering wheel. (www.rushadicus.com | Watch Suite for Solo Cello )
Nov 7 (Fri) Hanz Araki CD Release show for ‘Foreign Shore’ RESERVE SEATS
Join Hanz Araki and special guests Colleen Raney & Joseph Carmichael to celebrate the release of his brand new album, Foreign Shore, at his only Portland cd release appearance. The album, a collection of 11 songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and New Zealand, features the contributions of a number of Internationally recognized, Portland based music luminaries, some of whom will be joining him for the live performances. (www.hanzaraki.com )
Nov 12 Wed Radim Zenkl (solo mandolin, mandola, ukulele, ethnic flutes, didgeridoo & vocal) RESERVE SEATS
Radim Zenkl returns with many new compositions and songs. A US Mandolin champion, Radim Zenkl redefines the mandolin and its role in music. His style features progressive original and eastern European traditional music flavored with string jazz, new age, bluegrass, flamenco, Celtic, classical and other styles. He has developed a technique where one mandolin sounds like two. He also plays a variety of ethnic flutes from different countries around the world and sings traditional European songs.
“Radim Zenkl has reinvented the mandolin in several different ways!”- David Grisman
“Imaginative and great.” – Jerry Garcia (www.zenkl.com )
Nov 19 Wed Ari & Mia – Boston’s Americana Sister Act + Tim Connell (mandolin) Opens! RESERVE SEATS
(Ariel Friedman – cello, vocals | Mia Friedman – fiddle, vocals ) Ari & Mia reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound. Please visit -> (www.ariandmiamusic.com )
Tim Connell brings his solo act to support Ari & Mia. Tim’s playing should be very familiar to past audiences, as he has brought his beautiful mandolin playing to our stage many times over the years with Rio Con Brio, Stumptown Swing, Mando Planet and Alexandra Coutinho. Inspired by friends and colleagues such as Radim Zenkl and Hamilton de Holanda, Tim has spent many years putting together a set of solo arrangements for the mandolin, from Brazilian choros to Irish jigs, from Beatles to Broadway. Tim couples these flights of virtuosic picking with heartfelt American songs, giving audiences an intimate window into his virtuosic yet emotional style and his deep passion for music and life.
Visit : www.timconnellmusic.com Watch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx8jjaPe3YM | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up51cXJYEvw
Nov 20 Thurs John Reischman & the Pine Siskins – (John Reischman – Mandolin, Eli West – guitar, Trent Freeman – fiddle, Patrick Metzher – bass (Suggested donation $20) RESERVE SEATS
The Pine Siskins is a new group John Reischman assembled to perform the music from his recent solo CD, “Walk Along John”. The all-instrumental recording includes nine new John Reischman originals, a few hand-picked traditional tunes, and a remake of the very first tune John wrote. “Expect to find Walk Along John on a whack of 2013 top 10 lists, including mine.” — Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight
Dec 4 Thurs Cara Luft & Scott Nygaard Duo Show! (Suggested donation $20) RESERVE SEATS
Canadian folk dynamo Cara Luft and American bluegrass/jazz guitar star Scott Nygaard have joined forces for a series of collaborative performances and workshops, blending Cara’s original songs and trad folk interpretations with Scott’s instrumental virtuosity. Expect to hear Scott’s lead guitar on Luft’s original folk-rock songs, Cara vocalizing and banjo-izing on Scott’s bluegrass and old-time toe-tappers, lush guitar instrumentals, trad folk duets from throughout the English-speaking world, and much more. Don’t miss this cross-border meeting of the folk minds.
Cara Luft – guitar/vocals – (co-founder of the Wailin’ Jenny’s) is a Canadian Juno award winning singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire who is known for her superb musicianship, humourous anecdotes, ability to switch between styles, accomplished songwriting, and the charm of her stage presence (www.caraluft.com)
Scott Nygaard – guitar – Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. Scott was the guitarist with Tim O’Brien’s band, the O’Boys, from 1992 to 1997, and has performed and/or recorded with such acoustic music stars as Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, Laurie Lewis, Anonymous 4, Matt Flinner, Bill Evans, Sharon Gilchrist, and many others, receiving numerous Grammy nominations for his stellar sidemanship.(www.scottnygaard.com)
Dec 7 Sunday Crow & the Canyon RESERVE SEATS
Crow and the Canyon – (Ben Larsen – Mandolin, Guitar and Fiddle, vocals, Austin Quattlebaum – Banjo and Guitar, Miles Berry – Upright Bass, Leigh Jones – Ukulele, vocals) Based out of Portland, OR, Crow and the Canyon brings a breath of fresh air to the acoustic folk and bluegrass scene of the North West. Blending elements of traditional folk, country, bluegrass and rowdy string band music, they have been turning heads ever since their debut show at the Mississippi Studios. In their short but storied history, they have had the opportunity to play some of the best venues on the west coast. The diversity of the groups backgrounds adds character to the unique sound. With the vocal qualities of Larsen’s high and lonesome voice, and the gritty tones of Quattlebaums they could only be topped with the soaring harmonies of Jones that creates a mix that’ll make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Visit (http://www.crowandthecanyon.com/) Watch She thinks I still care | These Golden Chains
Dec 11 (Thurs) Arto & Antti Järvelä (Finland) RESERVE SEATS
Arto & Antti Järvelä – fiddle, vocals & Antti Järvelä – guitar, fiddle, vocals
Cousins Arto and Antti Järvelä are members of the famous Järvelä music family of Kaustinen, Finland. With centuries of family tradition behind them , they are touring the US in Fall 2014 playing music from their first album together, Os fera liluli. Together they balance the authentic down-home Kaustinen style with contemporary flavors, character, charm and flair. Arto and Antti bring a spirit-stirring, heady breath of crisp Finnish air!
(http://facebook.com/artoandantti | http://myspace.com/artoandantti | Os Fera Liluli” – In the Sauna )
Dec 19 (Fri) Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones RESERVE SEATS
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Virginia. They are married – in life and music. When they play, their instruments and voices blend like two forks of the same river. Southern song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets. They play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse. Best of all, they bring the listener along with them on their musical journey.
Visit : www.hickoryjack.com | www.dittyville.com
Watch : — Moneymusk in the Galax Fiddlers Convention Lineup | Clifftop Band Finals | Interview w/ Erynn at the Virginia Voices at the Galax Fiddlers Convention
Dec 20 (Sat) Tony Furtado Kickstarter Reward Concert (banjo / slide guitar) This show is a reward item for Tony’s Kickstarter Campaign. You can also watch the show on Concert Window — Pay what you want and watch the show HERE on CONCERTWINDOW! —- Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation- hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts. (www.tonyfurtado.com)