Aug
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

John Craigie

John Craigie 2017 Bio “…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” – The Stranger “The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number “Virgin Guitar,” which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.” – The Portland Tribune “Craigie’s latest, “I Am California,” is haunting, poetic, and just how a longing for California should sound. Draped in nostalgia and covered in memories, Craigie paints a beautiful homage to the Golden State, with the assistance of singer Gregory Alan Isakov.” – Impose Magazine If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage. The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm. Although based in Portland, Craigie’s true home is on the road, and just like that he’s on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen. He’ll make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, John Craigie’s true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.    

John Craigie 2017 Bio

“…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” – The Stranger

“The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number “Virgin Guitar,” which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.” – The Portland Tribune

“Craigie’s latest, “I Am California,” is haunting, poetic, and just how a longing for California should sound. Draped in nostalgia and covered in memories, Craigie paints a beautiful homage to the Golden State, with the assistance of singer Gregory Alan Isakov.” – Impose Magazine

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.

The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm. Although based in Portland, Craigie’s true home is on the road, and just like that he’s on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen.

He’ll make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, John Craigie’s true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.

 

 

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Aug
12
10:30am10:30am

Hannah Mayree

Hannah Mayree is a Sacramento born singer, songwriter, and educator whose intrepid journeys crisscrossing the United States have given birth to music which serves as a bridge between the opposing forces in our world. Raised by a violist mother and a journalist father in a mixed race family, Hannah's music connects urban and rural ways of life and invites the listener to reconsider boundaries between the world of matter and spirit.

Hannah Mayree is a Sacramento born singer, songwriter, and educator whose intrepid journeys crisscrossing the United States have given birth to music which serves as a bridge between the opposing forces in our world. Raised by a violist mother and a journalist father in a mixed race family, Hannah's music connects urban and rural ways of life and invites the listener to reconsider boundaries between the world of matter and spirit.

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Aug
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Silver Lake 66

Silver Lake 66 is the soulful, Americana duo of Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo. Their sound combines tight harmonies, strong duets, and sharp guitar work with colorful Americana songwriting. Their duet style is steeped in classic country, folk, and blues; while their songs are personal and genuine.  Originally from the Midwest, the couple began playing and writing music together during their time in Minneapolis. After several years of recording, touring and playing locally, they packed up the van, guitars, and their trusty dog Bernie, and headed to Southern California. While living in LA for nearly a decade, their band The Ruby Trees performed locally in Los Angeles clubs, including appearances at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at The World-Famous Palomino Club. While in LA in the 90’s, they were asked to contribute a song to the Restless Records release “A Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3” along with veteran artists Dale Watson, The Hellecasters, and Harry Dean Stanton.  The next chapter for the duo was a move to Portland, Oregon. As we all know, sometimes life gets in the way of our dreams; and health challenges put a temporary hold on music making. Fortunately, fate intervened and a chance meeting with a tribe of like-minded musicians in Portland sparked the beginnings of Silver Lake 66. Fueled by jam sessions and performances at an under the radar, honky-tonk on the edge of town called “The Barn”, the duo returned to playing music.  In August 2016, Silver Lake 66 released their debut album, “Let go or be dragged” to critical acclaim. Randy Radic of the Huffington Post says, “Simply put, Let go or be dragged is one of the better albums I have had the opportunity to review. . . (their) music is what I call “elegant simplicity,” i.e. the real McCoy. The kind of music that harks back to George Jones, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams”. The release was embraced by Americana radio, receiving airplay on over 50 Americana radio stations throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Let go or be dragged reached #19 on the Roots Music Report (a national Americana radio airplay chart) and the song “San Francisco Angel” climbed to CD #18 on the single version of the same chart.  Let go or be dragged features a collection of songs drawn from personal experiences of travel, love, loss and adversity. A group of local veteran musicians from the Portland Americana community round out the vocally driven, warm tremolo laden sound. Look for Silver Lake 66 performing around Oregon, Washington and California this summer/fall.

Silver Lake 66 is the soulful, Americana duo of Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo. Their sound combines tight harmonies, strong duets, and sharp guitar work with colorful Americana songwriting. Their duet style is steeped in classic country, folk, and blues; while their songs are personal and genuine. 

Originally from the Midwest, the couple began playing and writing music together during their time in Minneapolis. After several years of recording, touring and playing locally, they packed up the van, guitars, and their trusty dog Bernie, and headed to Southern California. While living in LA for nearly a decade, their band The Ruby Trees performed locally in Los Angeles clubs, including appearances at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at The World-Famous Palomino Club. While in LA in the 90’s, they were asked to contribute a song to the Restless Records release “A Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3” along with veteran artists Dale Watson, The Hellecasters, and Harry Dean Stanton. 

The next chapter for the duo was a move to Portland, Oregon. As we all know, sometimes life gets in the way of our dreams; and health challenges put a temporary hold on music making. Fortunately, fate intervened and a chance meeting with a tribe of like-minded musicians in Portland sparked the beginnings of Silver Lake 66. Fueled by jam sessions and performances at an under the radar, honky-tonk on the edge of town called “The Barn”, the duo returned to playing music. 

In August 2016, Silver Lake 66 released their debut album, “Let go or be dragged” to critical acclaim. Randy Radic of the Huffington Post says, “Simply put, Let go or be dragged is one of the better albums I have had the opportunity to review. . . (their) music is what I call “elegant simplicity,” i.e. the real McCoy. The kind of music that harks back to George Jones, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams”. The release was embraced by Americana radio, receiving airplay on over 50 Americana radio stations throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Let go or be dragged reached #19 on the Roots Music Report (a national Americana radio airplay chart) and the song “San Francisco Angel” climbed to CD #18 on the single version of the same chart. 

Let go or be dragged features a collection of songs drawn from personal experiences of travel, love, loss and adversity. A group of local veteran musicians from the Portland Americana community round out the vocally driven, warm tremolo laden sound. Look for Silver Lake 66 performing around Oregon, Washington and California this summer/fall.

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Lake Toba
Jul
29
10:30am10:30am

Lake Toba

Lake Toba - Harmonious Cascadian Folk duo. Lake Toba is an old timey duo with rich harmonies over beautiful instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin (no, not all three at the same time), and haunting original songwriting by Kyle McGonegle and Liat Tova Lis. They unravel a new story in each song with clear and heartfelt singing that exposes the emotion hidden in the verse. Their tight instrumentation brings each song to another level, as the pair breathes together, not just in their harmonies, but also through their instruments. Don't miss a chance to see Lake Toba live; the pair invites listeners into their world with warm conversation like old friends.

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Jul
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Katrina Axtell

The band's namesake, Minnesota-born Katrina Axtell traveled to Buenos Aires in 2015 to finish a bachelor degree in Biology. Although untrained in singing, her voice and stage presence at a local jam caught the attention of young Argentine soloist, Julian Hernandez. Through some twists of fate, a spur-of-the-moment roadtrip to Chile, and first lessons on a plastic ukulele, the duet emerged. After months of performing on the city's subways and trains and writing songs in both Spanish and English, they formed the energetic duet Axtell. Despite being just two onstage, the pair began producing an energetic live show with just acoustic guitar, ukulele and kick drum to back up their captivating harmonies. They recorded their first EP, No More Monkey Business, 2016, in Buenos Aires and organized their first US tour, performing at venues across the state of Minnesota and the Midwest! Amazed at the response of their new audience, the duo quickly announced a second, larger tour to accompany the release of their sophomore EP, Traveler, June 2017.

The band's namesake, Minnesota-born Katrina Axtell traveled to Buenos Aires in 2015 to finish a bachelor degree in Biology. Although untrained in singing, her voice and stage presence at a local jam caught the attention of young Argentine soloist, Julian Hernandez. Through some twists of fate, a spur-of-the-moment roadtrip to Chile, and first lessons on a plastic ukulele, the duet emerged. After months of performing on the city's subways and trains and writing songs in both Spanish and English, they formed the energetic duet Axtell. Despite being just two onstage, the pair began producing an energetic live show with just acoustic guitar, ukulele and kick drum to back up their captivating harmonies. They recorded their first EP, No More Monkey Business, 2016, in Buenos Aires and organized their first US tour, performing at venues across the state of Minnesota and the Midwest! Amazed at the response of their new audience, the duo quickly announced a second, larger tour to accompany the release of their sophomore EP, Traveler, June 2017.

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Jul
15
10:30am10:30am

Valerie Troutt

Valerie Troutt and "The Sound of Peace" Bay-area born and bred, jazz and gospel trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice-driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. The Sound of Peace, her long-awaited, full-length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years culminating in Valerie Troutt’s acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies. The daughter and now aunt of an Oakland-based family of artists, activists, teachers and spiritualists, both by blood and by community, the melding of Troutt’s creative and spiritual life emerged early, at the age of seven with her first church solo. Children’s choirs, holiday solos, and developing skills in piano and guitar as well as voice followed at the famed Walter Hawkin’s Love Center. By adolescence, at Berkeley High, Troutt’s world was being cracked open to the world of jazz at the same high school that produced jazz darlings Joshua Redman and Benny Green. Jazz camps, a Carmen McRae Scholarship, Stanford Jazz, Howard University Jazz program and ultimately the New School Jazz Performance program with contemporaries like Bilal Oliver and Tiombe Lockhart—always surrounded by teachers and learners, both vertically and horizontally, in her musical blossoming. After the requisite hand-to-mouth NYC grinds, lesson-rich production deals with labels like Oblique Sound (e.g., Gretchen Parlato), and a brief experience abroad as an ambassador for the International Association of Jazz Educators, Troutt ended up back in the Bay teaching music at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and performing for two years with the Grammy-nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, most recently as a featured soloist on Still We Rise, Still We Sing.

Valerie Troutt and "The Sound of Peace"

Bay-area born and bred, jazz and gospel trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice-driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. The Sound of Peace, her long-awaited, full-length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years culminating in Valerie Troutt’s acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies.


The daughter and now aunt of an Oakland-based family of artists, activists, teachers and spiritualists, both by blood and by community, the melding of Troutt’s creative and spiritual life emerged early, at the age of seven with her first church solo. Children’s choirs, holiday solos, and developing skills in piano and guitar as well as voice followed at the famed Walter Hawkin’s Love Center. By adolescence, at Berkeley High, Troutt’s world was being cracked open to the world of jazz at the same high school that produced jazz darlings Joshua Redman and Benny Green. Jazz camps, a Carmen McRae Scholarship, Stanford Jazz, Howard University Jazz program and ultimately the New School Jazz Performance program with contemporaries like Bilal Oliver and Tiombe Lockhart—always surrounded by teachers and learners, both vertically and horizontally, in her musical blossoming. After the requisite hand-to-mouth NYC grinds, lesson-rich production deals with labels like Oblique Sound (e.g., Gretchen Parlato), and a brief experience abroad as an ambassador for the International Association of Jazz Educators, Troutt ended up back in the Bay teaching music at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and performing for two years with the Grammy-nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, most recently as a featured soloist on Still We Rise, Still We Sing.

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Jul
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Sarah Wolff

Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both from Montgomery County, MD. Although they originate from different rock bands, fate brought them together at local "open-mic" nights, where it became evident that they shared an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It’s said that she brings the "pretty" while he brings the "gritty," combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics. 

In five years, Pretty Gritty has cultivated a unique sound allowing them to open for such acts as Tim O'Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Lake Street Dive and Joe Newberry at renowned places like Jammin Java, 8x10, Secret Society, Lola's Room, Hawthorne Theater, The Doug Fir, and at festivals such as Music & Spirits @ Bowman Distillery, Florence Winter Folk Festival (voted "fan favorite" 2 years in a row), Frederick Gone Country, Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Country Stock, NW String Summit and SalmonFest. 

Pretty Gritty's debut album, featuring Keller Williams, won three IMC awards in 2012. Their outstanding live performance has earned them a reputation as a must-see musical act. 

In May of 2014 the duo decided to relocate to Portland, OR after completing 2 (completely DIY) National tours. At first they hit the streets, busking downtown at the Saturday Market but it didn't take long for folks to realize what a special act they really are. Pretty Gritty are now playing at venues all over the PNW continuing to turn heads and gain fans wherever they go. They have successfully completed several tours, covering ground all over OR, WA, MT, CO, UT and AK. 

In February 2016, Pretty Gritty released their 4th recording project, Lonely Road, thanks to producers Fred Cannon & Paul Buono at Creative & Dreams Music Network (Nashville, TN). Lonely Road is currently getting radio play all over the nation and in the UK. Blaine and Sarah have just finished recording their second project with Creative & Dreams, and 5th overall, "Seven Year Itch." It is due to release later this year (2017). Stay tuned for updates! 

Do yourself a favor, catch a live show and experience Soulful Americana at its best! 

Share in the excitement! Visit http://prettygrittymusic.com

"Like" us at http://www.facebook.com/prettygritty

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

Misner & Smith

Soaring vocal harmonies and story-filled, poetic songwriting - Misner & Smith's sound harkens back to the bedrock of modern american rock & folk. Paying tribute to strong influences like Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, and Buffalo Springfield, they invent a sound all their own, seducing listeners with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Their partnership in music is a search for meaning. The songs yearn for connection, ache for understanding, relish in mystery, and rejoice in creation. In a world that often feels to be crumbling down around us, they dig deep, and find hope in simple things, in the beauty that surrounds us all.

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Jun
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Lake Toba

Lake Toba - Harmonious Cascadian Folk duo. Lake Toba is an old timey duo with rich harmonies over beautiful instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin (no, not all three at the same time), and haunting original songwriting by Kyle McGonegle and Liat Tova Lis. They unravel a new story in each song with clear and heartfelt singing that exposes the emotion hidden in the verse. Their tight instrumentation brings each song to another level, as the pair breathes together, not just in their harmonies, but also through their instruments. Don't miss a chance to see Lake Toba live; the pair invites listeners into their world with warm conversation like old friends.

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Jun
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Tara Velarde

Raised in the sleepy farmland outside of the nation's self-proclaimed weirdest city, Tara Velarde is a captivating combination of class and sass. There is a timelessness and wisdom to her poetic lyrics, often prompting listeners to observe that she is an "old soul"; a simultaneous wryness and flare for the unique add drama and humor that light up the stage with fantastic energy. 

 

Deena Drewis (Sacramento News and Review) states that the "cherubic vocals of frontwoman Tara Velarde will strike a chord with fans of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson", and Kelsey Anne Rankin (Eugene Weekly) says that Velarde "Fuses a mixture of blunt and angelic vocals to express lyrics that sound like a soul put to melody." All can agree that Tara's strong voice takes her listeners on a memorable journey, whether she is belting to the limits of her power or bearing her heart with soft, crystalline melodies. 

 

Velarde tours with her band extensively throughout the Western US, performing on every stage, radio and TV station, festival and fair, and sidewalk she can get herself onto. She has released 2 albums, which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and her website taravelardemusic.com.

 

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Jun
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

Folias Duo

Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron of the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo have performed at milongas and taught tango workshops throughout the United States since 2002. The nomadic duo has played on stages around the globe including in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Guinee, West Africa. Carmen and Andrew have self-booked and promoted tours extensively throughout North America which have included festivals in Alaska and Canada and milongas in over forty tango communities throughout the United States including their premier at the Burning Tango Festival in 2016. Carmen Maret began dancing tango and performing tango with the Kansas City, MO based group, Tango Lorca in 2001. She also studied tango as an ethnomusicology Master’s student at Michigan State University, and produced a Master’s thesis in 2005 that looked at tango in the Michigan Argentine Tango club based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Andrew and Carmen's original tango compositions and arrangements have been recorded on six albums available through Folias Music. www.foliasmusic.com

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