Northwest Portland Hostel

Centrally Located – in the Heart of Portland

Music at the Hostel 2017

We are extending our free Summer Music nights all year long. Come every Tuesday to hear talented singer/songwriters from around the West Coast while enjoying locally sourced foods, beverages, and the company of locals and travelers alike! We welcome you to bring your loved ones and friends over for the fun!

2017 Schedule

Every *Tuesday Night from June 13th to September 19, 2017 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
From late September 2017 through December 2017 we will exchange the excitement of our summer season open mic for the cozy intimacy of single performers and duos in our Cafe. Every Tuesday from 7pm – 9pm

*except July 4th
Sign up for open mic spots at the events.

June 2017

 

June 13 ~ Andy Goncalves and Boris Popadiuk with special guests the Avett Others

Andrew Gonçalves is a Portland based singer/songwriter who puts all of himself into the music….every strum, drumbeat, and belted out melody that he sings.  His guitar playing is clean and diverse, varying from fingerstyle to percussive with some flamenco overtones.  His music and lyrics are infused with his time out on the road of life, and the timeless search for home. “His lyrical and generous songs come from some deep experience – maybe joy, maybe pain……One gets the sense that he really means what he’s singing. He’s a performer for sure, but also a herald of life’s exquisite complexity.”  Andrew recorded his first album with the band “Boa Saida” back in 2010 and has recently completed his long awaited first solo album, Fire Inside.
Boris Popadiuk is a native of Portland, Oregon, and has been playing cello for as long as he can remember.  He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, and the university of Miami Frost school of music where he earned a masters in cello performance. Trained as a classical cellist, Boris eagerly explores a wide array of genres. He has performed and recorded with classical, jazz and pop artists, from Jeremy Denk, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, to Gloria Estefan and Barry Manilow.

Special guests the Avett Others.

 

June 20 ~ Richard Columbo and Laurie Linn

After successfully building a thriving creative community, Richard bid farewell to Artichoke Music in 2015, to pursue songwriting, performing, and creating a new space, closer to home, where he could continue to teach, inspire and be inspired by the community he loves. He built Green Gables Song House on his North Portland property, where he currently hosts house concerts, classes, workshops, and is home to the Portland Ukulele Choir.

Portland-based singer, piano and ukulele player, Laurie Linn is a musician, a visual artist, a teacher, a student of life, a friend, a beach walker, a lover of dragonflies, a rock collector… but most of all – a believer in possibility.

Laurie and Richard were brought together by a love of music and have been performing together since 2016. Together they elevate their music to new heights and take their audience along for the journey. Their music spans across varying genres including folk, blues, The Great American Songbook and more. Familiar songs combined with the original compositions of Richard’s take their audience on a personal journey of love and hope through their landscape of songs.

June 27 ~ Lauren Sheehan

Roots Americana musician, Lauren Sheehan, launched her recording and performing career in 2002 and has been sailing on to critical acclaim, national/international radio charts and ‘encores’ at festivals, concerts and venues across the country and in Canada ever since. From fronting a 9-piece band to solo acoustic work, this vivacious ‘songster’ delights audiences with the breadth of her material, evocative artistry and musicianship.

 

July 2017

 

July 11 ~ Ed Haynes

Hello, my name is Ed Haynes. Perhaps you’ve heard of me. Or at least my type. I’m an entertainer. I sing songs, tell stories and play guitar in front of, in the best-case scenario, an audience. I started out in Northern Virginia, in a Washington D.C. suburb in a home where music and comedy were ingrained in me. At age 14, I got my first guitar and began writing songs. I studied theater and long the way I tried my hand at the open-mic nights.

In 1988 I recorded my debut album Ed Haynes sings Ed Haynes at Berkeley Ca’s fabled Fantasy Studios. After two more albums of original songs Poolside Phone and Snacking with a Vengeance. In January of 2015 I began The Ed Haynes Show, which incorporates songs, instrumental pieces, and spoken-word comic monologues based on different themes. In 2016 I expanded the concept into an autobiographical show and debuted it later that year. The piece, entitled A Man Walks into a Bar: A Comedy with Songs is a series of tales – sung, read, spoken, and played, all mostly honest, some even true, about family, growing up, alcohol, and a very tacky joke book. In 2016 I released A Smattering of Applause a career-spanning CD of mostly live and mostly rarely played songs from my back catalog.

 

July 18 ~ Worn Our Shoes String Band

Worn Out Shoes is a four-member, Portland string band with an authentic, “front-

porch” sound and feel. WOS plays traditional instrumental and vocal string band music ranging from driving square dance tunes to waltzes to toe-tapping, we-dare-you-to-clog Americana. You’ll occasionally hear the band performing music written about the Northwest. Band influences include Dirk Powell, Tommy Jarrell, The Carter Family, and Doc Watson. Formed in 2007, WOS features Robert Miller on banjo, bones, mandolin & vocals; Shannon Zilka on fiddle, and Jon Zilka on upright bass, guitar, mandolin, fiddle & vocals. Zach Hudson as caller. WOS plays public houses, square dances, farmer’s markets and private gigs in the greater Portland area.

July 25 ~ The Better Halves

The Better Halves are an Austin, TX-based husband-wife musical duo.  They met when Jimmy Joe was booking music at the local farmers market, and Chrissie was looking for a gig that included fresh veggies.  A decade later, they have just released their third CD, a really fun and creative children’s CD called “Playing in the Dirt” (under their alter ego, Mr. Bus Driver betterhalvesMan Sir and Her).  They are touring the west coast for the fourth year in a row and always entertain audiences with a song that they learned to play with four hands on one guitar!  Their music inspires and amuses, with clever lyrics and outstanding instrumentation (usually on two guitars).  Their onstage banter is reminiscent of Johnny Cash and June Carter.

They each have some fine accomplishments, including Jimmy Joe having one of his songs played on NPR’s “Car Talk”, and Chrissie performing live on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”  Jimmy Joe is also a school bus driver, which is where many of their children’s songs begin their existence.  Chrissie is an acupuncturist who believes in many forms of healing, including the power of music to soothe and bring joy.  Together, they continue writing Texas swing, bluegrass, and Brazilian flavored tunes, sing sweet vocal harmonies, and tour from Alaska to Mexico, with one of their favorite stops along the way being the Secret Garden in Portland!

August 2017

August 1 ~ Matt Meighan with Songwriting Camp Participants

Matt Meighan mixes his originals with songs by fellow songwriters and older songs from the folk

and blues traditions. His commitments to good writing and “truth-telling” are evident in the songs he chooses and the songs he writes. Since 2009 he has taught a weekly Songwriting as Truth-Telling class at Artichoke Music.  Matt co-founded and hosts the annual Hidden River Songwriting Camp each July. This week’s open mic will feature participants from this year’s camps.

 

August 8 ~ Dan Weber

Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation.” A gifted storyteller & engaging performer, in 2015 Weber won the prestigious Winfield, Kansas ‘NewSong’ contest for Oh Woody, his tribute to Woody Guthrie that rose to #2 on the Folk charts and he became a rare 3 time finalist in the legendary Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition. An ex-Park Ranger, his songs have been described as “reminiscent of early John Prine” and legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” The UK’s Maverick Magazine said: “4 Stars: The touch of a true Master Craftsman songwriter.”

 

August 15 ~ Shane Brown20294320_914227335382082_2488152211520032358_n

Acoustic Rock performer Shane Brown has been making noise, learning, loving, and only using his powers for good in and around the Portland music scene while delighting the masses.

Fans say, “This man is awesome. His energy and stage presence are only out-done by his songwriting. Hard to define his style other than “individual.” A great blend of folk, rock, soul, americana, and roots music as deep and majestic as his beard.” Come see for yourself!

 

August 22 ~ Richey Bellinger, Dale Jones and Ann

DSC_1289Richey Bellinger playing with Dale Jones and Ann Heyen, is one fun show to watch.

Richey performs his music around the Portland area solo, and also with fellow songwriters Matt Meighan, Kelly Bosworth, HaleLupe, Dale Jones, and Ann Heyen, to name a few.  His songs are thoughtful, personal stories of love and longing, sung with passion and accompanied by his sweet finger picking guitar style. Richey Bellinger’s introduction to folk music began while listening (with his father) to WFMT Chicago’s renowned Midnight Special radio show in the 1960’s. FastDJ_AtArtichoke forward forty years, and Richey now has three solo albums completed (Letting Go, One Thing Certain, and Tree In The Garden).  Johnsmith says of Tree In The Garden; “Your CD is first class in all ways.  From the gorgeous art work, to your vocals, the songwriting, and the production”.

Dale Jones, “DJ” is a life long song-writer, listener, chord wrangler, class clown and Portland music enthusiast. A chaser of poetry, wonder, spectacle, and witless witness of the absurd. He says, “My musical life

concludes that one plus one adds up to so much more than two. Add a bass and a drummer to that and you’ve got a band. I’m the king of things unwanted, I’m not worth a tinker’s damn. I’ve seen much, but I have nothing; I’ve rich eyes and empty hands. What key is it in? Let’s play…”

AnnGuitarA local music scene favorite, Ann Heyen plays with many of our favorite Portland singer songwriters. Her songs are by turns soothing and dance worthy, but don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 29 ~ Acoustic Remedy

Dockter’s Acoustic Remedy is a concoction of American Roots music styles formulated to stimulate your earlobes and arpeggiate your digits.  For decades, these three practitioners have searched for those elusive lost chords and melodic cures. 

And what they have found are the healthy blends of folk, western swing and bluegrass music. By using voices, fiddle, guitar, dobro, mandolin and banjo, this trio has come up with a pleasing elixir.

Come and check-out this night, and get the curative powers of singing and live music-making!   Bruce Dockter : guitar, mandolin  Jim Renner : fiddle, dobro   Ben Chavez : banjo, guitar

September 2017

 

September 5 ~ Karyn Ann

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With a voice known to “beguile the most inattentive bar-goer,” Karyn Ann has gained notoriety as a skilled singer and songwriter. A New York native, she’s migrated coast to coast performing her brand of indie acoustic soul, reminiscent of ‘70s troubadours like Bonnie Raitt and modern artists like Brandi Carlile.
Her song The Ender has appeared in a feature-length indie film and her song Listen My Dear was recently commissioned for a short film.
She performs all over the Portland area and tours nationally. She’s currently finishing an album set to be released this fall, and will be performing this summer at the Women’s Redrock Music Festival.

September 12 ~ Mountain Honey Duo

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Join us for an evening of duets with Greg Stone and Linda Leavitt, of Mountain Honey.  Enjoy acoustic American music from the heart, with close harmonies inspired by bluegrass and classic country duets.

 

 

 

 

 

September 19 ~ Andy Goncalves and Boris Popadiuk with special guests the Avett Others

Andrew Gonçalves is a Portland based singer/songwriter who puts all of himself into the music….every strum, drumbeat, and belted out melody that he sings.  His guitar playing is clean and diverse, varying from fingerstyle to percussive with some flamenco overtones.  His music and lyrics are infused with his time out on the road of life, and the timeless search for home. “His lyrical and generous songs come from some deep experience – maybe joy, maybe pain……One gets the sense that he really means what he’s singing. He’s a performer for sure, but also a herald of life’s exquisite complexity.”  Andrew recorded his first album with the band “Boa Saida” back in 2010 and has recently completed his long awaited first solo album, Fire Inside.
Boris Popadiuk is a native of Portland, Oregon, and has been playing cello for as long as he can remember.  He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, and the university of Miami Frost school of music where he earned a masters in cello performance. Trained as a classical cellist, Boris eagerly explores a wide array of genres. He has performed and recorded with classical, jazz and pop artists, from Jeremy Denk, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, to Gloria Estefan and Barry Manilow.

September 26 ~ Darka Dusty

Darka Dusty is a life-long musician living in Portland, Oregon. As a singer, Darka is known for her big voice and likes to genre-hop from blues to jazz to country as well as sing in Ukrainian, the language of her ancestors.

Born in Detroit, Darka dedicated the early part of hermusical life to Ukrainian music as part of the NYC-based duo, “Darka & Slavko” who produced five critically-acclaimed records and traveled to Europe several times, winning “Best International Band” at the first non-Soviet Ukrainian Pop Music Festival.
Darka currently sings, teaches, plays piano and accordion as a soloist and with several Portland bands, including her own bands “Darka Dusty and the Borscht Beatniks” and “Mammoth in Space.”
In addition to creating music, Darka is also a published writer and co- owner of Mirifoto.com, a full-service photography studio.

 

October 2017
October 3rd ~ Bruce Dockter
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Dockter’s Acoustic Remedy is a concoction of American Roots music styles formulated to stimulate your earlobes and arpeggiate your digits.  For decades, these three practitioners have searched for those elusive lost chords and melodic cures.
And what they have found are the healthy blends of folk, western swing and bluegrass music. By using voices, fiddle, guitar, dobro, mandolin and banjo, this trio has come up with a pleasing elixir.

 

October 10th ~ Ed Haynes

Hello, my name is Ed Haynes9859942_orig. Perhaps you’ve heard of me. Or at least my type. I’m an entertainer. I sing songs, tell stories and play guitar in front of, in the best-case scenario, an audience. I started out in Northern Virginia, in a Washington D.C. suburb in a home where music and comedy were ingrained in me.
In 1988 I recorded my debut album Ed Haynes sings Ed Haynes at Berkeley Ca’s fabled Fantasy Studios. After two more albums of original songs Poolside Phone and Snacking with a Vengeance. In January of 2015 I began The Ed Haynes Show, which incorporates songs, instrumental pieces, and spoken-word comic monologues based on different themes. In 2016 I released A Smattering of Applause a career-spanning CD of mostly live and mostly rarely played songs from my back catalog.

 

 

October 11th ~ The Better Halvesspecial Wednesday edition

The Better Halves are an Austin, TX husband-wife musical duo specializing inDavid_and_Susan_Downman_Wedding-resized making listeners smile.
With training at Berklee College of Music and GIT in Hollywood, Jimmy Joe is a skilled guitarist. Country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, Latin and classical styles create a widely appealing repertoire. He has a talent for crafting story songs, and one of his car songs was featured on NPR’s “Car Talk” and Kerrville Folk Festival’s Newfolk Contest Regional Performance.
Chrissie joins him with sweet vocal harmonies and rhythm guitar. Her whimsical, melodic songwriting earned her the chance to perform on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”.

 

October 17th ~ Tess Creasy

9161f9_149b91f292af4785bc400157b9f6f638Tess Creasy is many things, a dreamer and a friend, an artist and an extreme life-enthusiast, but above all she is a songwriter, with a creative knack for turning life experiences into song lyrics.  Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Creasy’s love of music began at a young age, when she began listening to artists like Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift.  While her singing voice began to arise as a toddler, she only began to play piano and guitar at the later age of eight years old.  “We never ask her to practice, she’s always playing,” says Janet Creasy, mother of Tess.  She describes her music genre as “indie pop, singer/songwriter-y” like artists Ingrid Michaelson and Ed Sheeran.

 

 

October 24th ~ Cal and Zoe Shipleyfullsizeoutput_2705

Cal and Zoe, a father and daughter duo, first started performing together as open mic-ers at the NW Portland Hostel’s Secret Garden a couple of years ago. Although she grew up playing piano and clarinet, Zoe received her first guitar as a birthday gift 11 years ago and has been hooked ever since! Cal started playing the baritone ukulele and tenor banjo as a kid and has fiddled around with drums and piano over the years, but has primarily concentrated on the guitar for the past 8 years or so. It is one of the joys of his life to be able to make music with Zoe! They are very excited to be playing together in their first gig as a duo at the NW Portland Hostel cafe!

 


October 31st ~ Lauren Sheehan

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Roots Americana musician, Lauren Sheehan, launched her recording and performing career in 2002 and has been sailing on to critical acclaim, national/international radio charts and ‘encores’ at festivals, concerts and venues across the country and in Canada ever since. From fronting a 9-piece band to solo acoustic work, this vivacious ‘songster’ delights audiences with the breadth of her material, evocative artistry and musicianship.

 

 

 

 

 

November 2017
November 7th ~ Leela Grace

Leela Grace is a nationally-known singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, percussive dancer and teache-1r of music and dance originally from Missouri. Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007, she has built a tremendous following, teaching popular banjo, by-ear harmony singing, and Appalachian clogging classes. In 2014, Leela embarked on the new adventure of motherhood when her daughter was born. In late 2015, Leela and her family moved to northern Vermont following a job opportunity. After many “adventures” in the snowy northern lands of the east, she returned to the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2016, inspired and ready to resume her teaching and performing in her home community.

​Leela has performed and taught nationally for over 25 years, first with her family, and now as a solo musician and with her sister Ellie Grace (as Leela and Ellie Grace). She has earned critical and audience praise for the “great depth and insight” of her original songs, which have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and chosen for inclusion on a “Best of Portland Acoustic Music” compilation CD. She picked up the banjo as a young teen and has developed her own exceptional clawhammer banjo style, marked by clear, bright melodies and powerful rhythm.

 

November 14th ~ The Whole Grain Loafers

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The Whole Grain Loafers are a fiddle, guitar, and accordion trio, playing an assortment of folk and jazz from across the globe.  With Karin Guenther on accordion, Albert McDonnell on guitar/vocals, and Olivia Horgan on fiddle

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November 21st ~ Lauren Sheehan

Roots Americana musician, Lauren Sheehan, launched her recording and performing career in 2002 and has been sailing on to critical acclaim, national/international radio charts and ‘encores’ at festivals, concerts and venues across the country and in Canada ever since. From fronting a 9-piece band to solo acoustic work, this vivacious ‘songster’ delights audiences with the breadth of her material, evocative artistry and musicianship.

 

November 28th ~ Linda Leavitt and Greg Stone

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Join us for an evening of duets with Greg Stone and Linda Leavitt, of Mountain Honey.  Enjoy acoustic American music from the heart, with close harmonies inspired by bluegrass and classic country duets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2017


December 5th ~ Chris Harris

A stellar acoustic finger-picker, Chris uses his mastery of mood and tempo to illuminate the songs he sings. Much as a skilled illustrator can transform a good book into a memorable one, Chris “paints” his songs with his guitar. Still, when you ask most fans, “What’s so special about Chris Harris?” they’ll tell you it’s his voice. It’s actually a startling voice, in some ways: haunting and sweet and gruff all at the same time.

December 12th ~ Saira Siddiqui

Saira Siddiqui originally hails from the NE but since moving to Portland has been playing her way around bonfires, open mics, and porches. Making music, making friends and pursuing a love of travel, Saira sings original songs and quirky covers that will win hearts and soothe souls.

December 19th ~ Dave Ricketts

Dave Ricketts, guitarist, singer, cornetist and Gaucho’s bandleader. Aka Rave Dicketts, he has been leading Gaucho since 2002. Dave’s musical path is broad, he grew up playing trumpet in band class and guitar in his own band, his early loves being the Beatles and Louis Armstrong. Drifting to SF on a whim after graduation from classical music school in New Mexico he soon landed a job with the Hot Club of San Francisco.

Dave has performed with many great contemporary musicians including Dan Hicks, David Grisman and Father Guido Sarducci. He has toured places like Iceland, Amsterdam, NYC, Mexico and Samois–sur–Seine (Django Reinhardt’s final home.) These experiences combined with his classical background have enriched Dave’s approach to music.

December 26th ~ Darka Dusty

Darka Dusty is a life-long musician living in Portland, Oregon. As a singer, Darka is known for her big voice and likes to genre-hop from blues to jazz to country as well as sing in Ukrainian, the language of her ancestors.

Born in Detroit, Darka dedicated the early part of hermusical life to Ukrainian music as part of the NYC-based duo, “Darka & Slavko” who produced five critically-acclaimed records and traveled to Europe several times, winning “Best International Band” at the first non-Soviet Ukrainian Pop Music Festival.
Darka currently sings, teaches, plays piano and accordion as a soloist and with several Portland bands, including her own bands “Darka Dusty and the Borscht Beatniks” and “Mammoth in Space.”
In addition to creating music, Darka is also a published writer and co- owner of Mirifoto.com, a full-service photography studio.

 


To apply for a featured artist performance in 2017 /2018, please contact our music committee.

Scheduled featured artists from other years

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