Summer Music in the Secret Garden 2013
June 18 – September 10, 2013
June 18 – Boa Saida, Portland, OR
Boa Saida came together in the summer of 2010. On cello, guitar,and keyboard, the three young musicians of Boa Saida artfully blend Progressive folk and classical. The project began when singer/songwriter Andy Goncalves approached cellist, Boris Popadiuk about jamming, and after practicing around Boris’ younger sister, Oksana, they soon found her keyboard and sung harmonies indispensable. By the end of the summer the trio had become Boa Saida, which is Portuguese for “good exit”, or “good point of departure.” BOA is also the first initials of the group members, Boris, Oksana, and Andy, so thus, it means, their point of departure. Listen here.
June 25 – Amanda West, Santa Cruz, CA
Opening for Amanda: Robin Greene, Portland, OR
Amanda West lives in the magical woods of the Santa Cruz, CA mountains. A performing songwriter for half her lifetime, she regularly tours the U.S. West Coast and has participated in a range of festivals including California World Fest, The Kate Wolf Festival, Fairieworlds and the San Francisco Free Folk Festival.
Her songs explore topics from humanity’s impact on the planet, to musings on women’s role in society, intimate stories of love, and recipes for self empowerment and cultural evolution. With an inquisitive mind, open heart, and old soul, this engaging songstress sings to heal the world and remind us all of our beautiful interconnectedness.
Recording artist, engineer & producer Pete Solomon accompanies on world percussion, keyboards, classically influenced jazz saxophone and the occasional electronic loop, expanding West’s music into a world folk fusion accessible to people of all ages. Catch the duo this summer on their “Onesie Tour”, celebrating the release of their new EP, “Life Happens”, and their first inter-state tour with their baby, who will turn one while on the road. Listen here.
Robin Greene has played guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and ukulele all over the world opening for people like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, John Prine, Nancy Griffith, EmmyLou Harris and others. She plays a mix of acoustic folk blues originals and a well chosen cover here and there. Robin has been a teacher for all levels of experience in music, voice, song writing and performance.
July 2 – Ali Marcus, Seattle, WA
Opening for Ali: Sue Zalobar, Portland, OR
Ali Marcus is a Seattle-based songwriter who tours the country singing songs for people. She has had the great pleasure of sharing bills with internationally renowned artists, such as Tom Paxton, Dar Williams, Jolie Holland, Catie Curtis, Danny Barnes, Ruthie Foster, Chatham County Line, and many other wonderful acts. Her music spans a variety of audiences, from straight-up 60′s folk, to contemporary singer-songwriter, and the burgeoning Americana movement that radiates out from the Pacific Northwest like moonlight on a foggy night. Her smart, melodic songs have been featured on NPR, XM, in the New York Times and venues all around America, with a box full of harmonicas that bring a dose of bluesy country to the act. Listen Here.
Sue Zalokar is a writer and musician living in Portland, Oregon. An Ohio native, Sue followed a passionate wanderlust and landed in the Pacific Northwest. She lived for many years in the Hoh River Valley, working a small family market garden and responsibly managing twelve acres of alder and evergreen forest. Sue also spent ten years working with the Quileute and Hoh River Nations. Today, she works and volunteers for Street Books and Street Roots. The former, a mobile, pedal-powered library for people living outdoors, the later, Portland’s grass root, nonprofit newspaper, provides income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. The matter which holds her together is music. With a love of writing and lust for music she has immersed herself in the vibrant Pacific Northwest art and music scene. Listen here.
July 9 – Chris Harris
Opening for Chris: Dany Oakes, Tanasbourne, OR
Chris Harris uses his mastery of mood and tempo to illuminate the songs he sings, and much as a skilled illustrator can transform a good book into a memorable one, Chris “paints” his songs with his guitar. Plying his trademark molasses-over-sandpaper voice to poignant effect, Chris pieces his songs together into a patchwork quilt of longing, sorrow, redemption, and hope. His songs have themes that listeners can relate and connect to personally. And his performance is honest and real – with a few laughs and a lot of heart. The emotional effect is devastating. Listen here.
Dany Oakes is no stranger to the music scene in the Pacific Northwest. Since May of this year he has ventured abroad touring : Hungary, Romania, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. “I played thirty shows between May 1st and June 2nd across five countries, and it’s good to be home!” said Oakes, who is working very hard to promote his debut solo album “Time to Rise”, which has a Five Star review on iTunes. Oakes has performed and recorded tirelessly over the last fifteen years in original and cover bands including: Coolbeans, Bev and the Boys, 23 Window, Chris Harris, Adam Sweeney, Carl Solomon, The Noble Gasses, Two Spirit Jazz, as a solo artist and more. He teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin and songwriting at Five Star Guitars in Tanasbourne, a position which he has held for over fifteen years. Oakes also teaches at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, Oregon, and Camp Amp, formerly School of Rock, held at Century High School. His musicianship is diverse, and eclectic. “I studied classical guitar for seven years, and dabbled with just about every other style of music, I feel like the song is what rules, not the style. Music is best when the musicians involved each serve the song with the tools that they posess.”
July 16 – Dan Weber
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber is a gifted storyteller in the long tradition of great singer-songwriters, entertaining audiences with heartbreaking and funny songs, inspired and energetic performances, and hilarious, true stories from the road’s he’s travelled. Since the release of his new CD ‘Ash and Bone’, Weber was named a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious ‘New Folk’ competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and has received accolades from American Songwriter Magazine, The Great American Songwriting Contest and West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest. He’s also been given praise from legends like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, recognition from DJ’s “‘Hank and Jesus’ is easily the best folk song I heard in 2011. It has a timeless and authentic ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ feel to it” and press such as “Weber is one performer that’s living proof that you never know when a music career will bloom.” With ‘Ash and Bone’, Dan Weber brings a new voice to Authentic American Stories…
July 23 – Matt Meighan & Chris Kokesh
Matt Meighan mixes his originals with songs by fellow songwriters as well as older songs from the folk and blues traditions. Drawing on his years as an activist, journalist, parent and poet, Matt writes tradition-steeped, thought-provoking songs that are at turns personal, political, poignant and funny, infused with a philosophical bent and an audible love of language. Listen here.
Chris Kokesh became a distinctive voice on the Northwest music scene with the inception of the band Misty River in 1997. With the release in 2010 of her solo debut, “October Valentine,” Chris’s stunning songwriting, crystalline vocals, and tasty fiddle distinguish her as a stand-alone talent. Onstage Kokesh brings songs to life with a transparency that draws audiences in, revealing the inner workings of her heart with grace and an unexpectedly wry sense of humor. Listen here.
July 30 – Brian Cutean
Brian Cutean/QTN, Oregon’s troubadour song poet and wordsmith musician, tours the country with offbeat, and touching observations on the socialography of the human condition. He has performed his songs of spirit, and whimsy all over these United States for many tens of years, and celebrated his 25th consecutive year of stage performance at the Oregon Country Fair this year. Listen here.
August 6 – Beth Wood
Beth Wood is modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Beth grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and she now lives in beautiful Eugene, Oregon with her husband Marty and their sweet dog Marble. Beth fell in love with music at an early age and envisioned becoming a classical pianist. Her twelve-year-old, over-achieving self never could have imagined that she would evolve into a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and professional traveling songbird. With a stunningly expressive voice, poetic lyrics, and a unique, strong guitar style, Beth has been winning over audiences from coast to coast for sixteen years. Known for her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and warm stage presence, Beth describes her music as soulful, organic, free-range, barefoot music delivered through a high-energy communicator of joy. Beth has won many awards, including the Kerrville New Folk award, and has released 8 CDs, her latest of which is called “The Weather Inside”. Listen Here.
August 13 – Jacob Westfall
August 20 – Dan Dover
Dan Dover has been writing songs for over 35 years and just recently started playing out. His act is a solo acoustic guitar based show. Dan plays mostly original contemporary folk music and some covers. Listen Here.
August 27 – Avery Hill
Avery Hill sang with her mom before she talked, and learned what harmony was listening to the Beach Boys on summer car trips with her dad. It comes as no surprise, then, that these kind of fundamental relationships of our lives lie at the core of Avery’s songwriting. Her songs explore the intricacies of relationships formed, challenged, and redeemed. Learn and hear more at www.averyhilltunes.com and averyhill.bandcamp.com
September 3 – Ezza Rose
Ezza Rose is a Portland-based group that had the same country leanings as Lissie, but took them in a folkier direction. What was played was stripped down and guided by the soft, yet effortlessly full voice of frontwoman Ezza Rose. It was pretty and gave one the feeling that they were near a music box, watching as the dancer slowly turned in circles. Sometimes folk, sometimes bluegrass, but frequently roots-based, the music was augmented by tight harmonies and strings instruments (violin, ukulele, and a scratched up guitar) in a way that showed this group to be one to watch.
September 10 – Suzanne Lapidus & Betsy Langston
Suzanne has been singing and making up songs every since she was a young girl. Her songs reflect her personal experiences as well as her love and appreciation of the ordinary, everyday wonders of life. She is studying to be a master of social work at Portland State University and hopes to incorporate the transformational power of music into her work with people.
Betsy Langston has been playing folk music since the late 60’s, accompanying herself on guitar. She was born and raised in southern CA, but recently relocated to Portland where she works as a Marriage Family Therapist. Betsy discovered Artichoke Community Music when she arrived in Portland in August of 2011 and has revived her songwriting and playing in public. Her songs reflect her sense of humor and views on life.
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