July 12 — Ben Union
With a live show that rivals IMAX and a militant following, this is a group to be reckoned with. JOIN THE UNION. Genre: Party/Pop/Rock - Music you can shake it to.
July 19 — White Rhino Marimba
White Rhino Marimba performs upbeat dance music from Zimbabwe and West Africa. Portland-based, they have been together since 1997 and continue to share their passion for African music at various festivals, parties and farmers markets. "Crash of Rhinos" is their newest CD, featuring thirteen lively and exciting songs. Their ages span six decades but when they play together, they're all of the same ageless spirit.
Book White Rhino Marimba 7/19
July 26 — John Ross
John grew up in Salem, OR and moved to Portland to study Music at Multnomah University. During College, he worked at Evangel Baptist Church and Crossroads Community Church while traveling extensively with his band, Forgivenmuch. John has been performing his own original music in a wide variety of local venues since 2002 and currently keeps a standing gigs performing every 1st Thursdays at Biddy McGraw’s Irish Pub.
Book John Ross 7/26
August 2 — Cody Beebe and The Crooks
Southern rock from the Great Northwest. "Bound by their collective roots in Central Washington and Washington State University, Cody Beebe & The Crooks began performing together in February of 2009 in Seattle, WA. The band calls it Roots Rock; some radio gurus have dubbed it Progressive Americana, and others have said “Steve Earle meets Pink Floyd.” Musically, strong elements of gritty blues, classic rock, country, and funk are obvious. More subtle are the splashes of jazz, R&B, and metal.
Book Cody Beebe and The Crooks 8/2
August 9 — Gretchen Mitchell
Gretchen Mitchell's music is an original sound that has many influences. The band has a smooth blend of Jazz, Soul and R&B. Previously described as good after dinner music, it's soothing and romantic.
Book Gretchen Mitchell 8/9
August 16 — David Brothers
David Brothers, critically acclaimed entertainer and composer, combines urban folk and blues in a sound that is distinctively his own. Playing his original material, David mixes the influences of John Coltrane, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Django Reinhart, and John Fahey in his technique, style and approach.
Book David Brothers 8/16
August 23 —The Noveleists
The Novelists are a nationally touring acoustic group with multiple lead singers. They've built their sound around storytelling and four-part harmonies.
Book The Novelists 8/23
August 30 — Mbrascatu
Mbrascatu. Tricky to spell. Fun to say. Thrilling to hear. It's not hype to say that the band is one of the
freshest sounds to hit Portland in years. An Italian convergence of rhythm, impressive musicianship and wide-ranging vocal mastery. In live performance, the band inspires dancers to swirl relentlessly, to shout and clap and bellow with the joy of life. It's the warm glowing antidote to every stocking-capped moody hipster in town.
Book Mbrascatu 8/30
September 6 — Tyler Stenson
Twice-named Portland's "Songwriter of the Year" by the Portland Songwriters Association and "Best Male Artist" at the Portland Music Awards, Tyler Stenson is a homegrown singer/songwriter from the NW that is receiving national attention for his signature brand of "elegant folk" music. While his soft acoustic sound has been compared to songwriter greats such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Ryan Adams and Josh Ritter, his gripping, poetic lyrics make him a timeless artist all his own.
Book Tyler Stenson 9/6
September 13 — Redwood Son
Redwood Son doesn’t just play roots music, or funk music, or Americana, or some Northwest invention that comes out of adding unnecessary instruments. More than anything else, Redwood Son plays fun music. They have fun playing it. Their fans have fun hearing it. That is the connection.
Book Redwood Son 9/13
September 20 — Jacob Merlin Band
The group's founding member, Jacob Merlin, is a Portland Native who learned to tickle the ivories at the wholesome age of four. Brought up on both classical and jazz standards, Jacob began to develop his music ability in composition, orchestration, and performance throughout his high school and college years. In 2000 Jacob moved to Nashville and immersed himself in the city's music scene. With a newfound confidence and experience, he returned to Portland to start a band of original funk and rock inspired music. He found a city teeming with local talent and ready for something new.
Book Jacob Merlin 9/20
September 27 — Redlight Romeos
Acoustic classics from the last century with 3-part harmonies, a wide variety of songs, and a great deal of musical talent and experience. Hits from bands like the Eagles, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Fleetwood Mac.
Book Redlight Romeos 9/27