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Summer Music in the Courtyard 2017

Our free Summer Music nights are a great time 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 August 29th, 2017 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

*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 – Amanda West

Amanda West is an award winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, music teacher, and mother. Not afraid of the big questions, she asks: Who are we? Why are we here? What does it mean to be human, and how can we most deeply live our temporary and precious lives?AWestPSolomonPress2017

A native of California, Amanda grew up singing around campfires and began her career as a performing singer-songwriter when she was a teenager, after a serious car accident awakened her to the preciousness of life. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, she understands music to be a part of our universal human birthright, playing an essential role in our experience of being alive.

Offered in an angelic voice over folk fusion instrumentation, West’s all-original 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.

August 22 – Richey Bellinger, Dale Jones and Ann

Richey 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, DSC_1289Kelly 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. Fast 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.  FromDJ_AtArtichoke 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 AnnGuitarmuch 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…”

A 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

Our 2017 season is fully booked. To apply for a featured artist performance in 2018, please contact our music committee.

Scheduled featured artists from other years

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