Live Music @ The GP
Besides these events, The GP also hosts a weekly bluegrass jam every Saturday at 4pm
Besides these events, The GP also hosts a weekly bluegrass jam every Saturday at 4pm
Tuesday, September 01 2015, 7pm/Free/All AgeVeteran songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Coykendall (pronounced "Kirk-in-doll) has been amazingly prolific over the last three decades or so. Currently most well known for his duties as a sideman, producer, and recordist via his work with M Ward, Blitzen Trapper, She & Him, Annalisa Tornfelt, & Tin Hat Trio, to name a few, Coykendall has been making his own unique outsider records since the mid '80s. In late 2015 Coykendall will be releasing a new record called Half Past, Present Pending, partnering again with Fluff & Gravy Records. On this record, Coykendall takes the listener closer to the live "rig" performances by mixing excellent new compositions (check out "Hard Landing") with compositions from his back catalogue (check out "East of Cheney" or "Spacebaker Blues") in with fresh interpretations of other writers songs (he covers Roger Miller, Syd Barrett, etc) to great effect. What goes around comes around. He plans to be touring the states solo with the "rig" in late 2015 and on into 2016.
Will West and the Friendly Strangers
Wednesday, September 02 2015, 7/free/all agesYThe son of a fiddle player, Will West grew up in eastern North Carolina. Inspired by his parent's vast record collection, he began playing guitar when he was 11 years old. First finding a love for Old-Time Blues and Heavy Metal music. Will began to sing and write his own music during his college years at UNC Chapel Hill. After earning a degree in Chemistry at UNC, Will loaded up his dog, his guitar and handful of original songs and moved to Portland, Oregon in the Summer of 2002. From his humble beginnings busking on downtown sidewalks and exploring open-mics, Will West has been on a steady climb in this rich Northwest music scene The Friendly Strangers came together as a band in 2010. They've averaged 100+ shows per year since 2011. In 2014 they performed for 1000's at outdoor Summer Concerts & NW Music Festivals. The band is known for their friendly, easy-going vibes, they find true joy in performance.Whether it's a large outdoor event or an intimate house concert, the band loves to connect with the audience and have fun with everyone. Each show is a unique experience, with special guests and interesting instrumental combinations....
Jimmy Smith(Gourds) and Ryan Farley(Secret Powers)
Tuesday, September 08 2015, 7/free/all agesJimmy Smith (The Gourds, Austin Music Hall-of-Famers)teams up with Ryan Farley(former Pendletonian, founding member of Secret Powers) for a show of literate red-neck party music...? Who knows what could happen.
Wednesday, September 09 2015, 7/free/all agesSince being named “Best New Artist” at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, Redwood Son has done a great deal of growing up. The road will do that to a person, and with 60k miles under his belt over the past 3 years, you can see why there is a new found focus for 2015. Heading into completion of a new record, which is being produced by Steve Berlin of the iconic band, Los Lobos, we are all wondering what this sound and vibe will be like, regarding an artist that is no longer “New”.
Jaime Wyatt and The Bang Bangs
Thursday, September 10 2015, 7/free/all agesJAIME WYATT IS A STRIKING FIGURE THAT WALKS THE EARTH WITH AN OLD SOUL. HER VOICE IS A FORCE, BOTH RICH AND CLEAR, WHICH DRAWS PEOPLE IN. COMPARISONS ARE FREQUENTLY DRAWN TO NEKO CASE, STEVIE NICKS AND AT TIMES SHE HAS BEEN ANOINTED A FEMALE TOM PETTY. HOWEVER, NANCY WILSON OF HEART PROFESSED LOVING WYATT’S “PUNK ROCK ATTITUDE.” WYATT IS A DYNAMIC PERFORMER, DUALLY NOTED AS A POWERHOUSE SINGER AND STELLAR GUITAR PLAYER, SAILING BETWEEN VINTAGE 60’S AND 70’S COUNTRY/ ROCK/SOUL ANTHEMS AND HEARTFELT BALLADS OF LOVE AND CONFUSION.
Friday, September 11 2015, 7/free/all agesZACHARY LUCKY TRULY IS THE BREAD AND BUTTER OF THE MASSIVE CANADIAN FOLK SCENE. WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SONGWRITING AND AN EAR FOR DELICATE ARRANGEMENTS - LUCKY'S SONGS WILL HAUNT YOU AND REMIND YOU OF WHAT COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC WAS ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED AS. ITS SAFE TO SAY THAT LUCKY IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE OUTLAW COUNTRY - SINGER SONGWRITER MOVEMENT.
Round-Up! Miss Lonely Hearts
Wednesday, September 16 2015, 7/free/all ages“Seeing Miss Lonely Hearts live is like witnessing an impromptu hoedown in the most carcinogenic of coal mines. Or being an unsuspecting tourist who stumbled upon a whiskey-soaked shotgun wedding. Either way, Wyatt Hesemeyer uses tongue-in-cheek, Johnny Cash-like vocals to tell tales of women and disasters which, at times, are one in the same: My baby aint a ball and chain, shes a wreckin ball. Combined with the old-timey beat of Mischa Gaschs upright bass, its tough to decide between headbangin or kickin up your cowboy bootseither way, youll have a stupid grin on your face.” -newsreview.com
Round-Up! Miss Lonely Hearts
Thursday, September 17 2015, 7/free/all ages“Seeing Miss Lonely Hearts live is like witnessing an impromptu hoedown in the most carcinogenic of coal mines. Or being an unsuspecting tourist who stumbled upon a whiskey-soaked shotgun wedding. Either way, Wyatt Hesemeyer uses tongue-in-cheek, Johnny Cash-like vocals to tell tales of women and disasters which, at times, are one in the same: My baby aint a ball and chain, shes a wreckin ball. Combined with the old-timey beat of Mischa Gaschs upright bass, its tough to decide between headbangin or kickin up your cowboy bootseither way, youll have a stupid grin on your face.” -newsreview.com
James Dean Kindle and The Eastern Oregon Playboys w/very special guests TBA
Friday, September 18 2015, 7/free/all agesEastern Oregon provided the breeding ground for JDK&theEOP, we should probably take some of the blame. Our own New-Wave Country band will be rocking the GP with the help of some great friends,TBA.
James Dean Kindle and The Eastern Oregon Playboys w/very special guests TBA
Saturday, September 19 2015, 7/free/all agesEastern Oregon provided the breeding ground for JDK&theEOP, we should probably take some of the blame. Our own New-Wave Country band will be rocking the GP with the help of some great friends,TBA.
Israel Nash w/Anthony D'Amato
Monday, December 14 2015, 7PMComing back this December with a new album! Israel Nash and his band return from the Texas Hill Country with the new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season to be released October 9th, 2015 via Loose/Thirty Tigers. Following his critically acclaimed 2013 album Rain Plans, Israel Nash’s Silver Season was written and recorded on Nash’s 15-acre ranch in Dripping Springs, TX where he and his band built Plum Creek Sound, a 1,400 square-foot Quenset studio. Recorded to tape with Grammy-award winning engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, The Rolling Stones) back behind the boards, Israel Nash makes a bold return with Israel Nash’s Silver Season. Influenced by the peaceful Texas hillside, the 9-song album ventures farther down the acid-soaked trail blazed by Rain Plans, arriving in lush and expansive territory. Here, Nash sounds more assured than ever, supported by his highly capable band and production inspired by psychedelic greats. Israel Nash’s Silver Season is best played loudly, and sounds wonderful in headphones. In support of the new record, Nash and his band will be heading out on the road to play multiple festivals this summer and fall, including stops at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX on August 26th for ALL ATX and Bumbershoot in Seattle on September 6th, 2015, and, of course, The Great Pacific in Pendleton Oregon December 14th!
Carson McHone Band
Monday, August 31 2015, 7/free/all agesCarson McHone is an alt-country/americana songwriter from Austin, Texas. She released her debut self titled EP in 2013 and toured nationally and internationally in its support. Her vocals are featured on Shinyribs‘ newest album (Okra Candy, 2015), as well as on Ray Wylie Hubberd’s newest song “Chick Singer Badass Rockin”. In 2014 McHone was selected as one of six songwriters to represent the city of Austin in “Project #ATX6”. The group played showcases in Toronto, Canada at NXNE (North By Northeast Festival) and toured Northern Germany, culminating in a sold out out showcase at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. She has shared the stage with Ryan Bingham, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Mars, and in May appeared with Shakey Graves during his ACL television taping, following up as direct support for his June tour. Carson will be touring for the rest of 2015, promoting her upcoming full length album “Goodluck Man”.
There Is No Mountain (PDX) plus local favorites, Misty Mouth
Friday, August 28 2015, 8pm/Free/All AgeThere Is No Mountain is a Portland, OR-based husband-and-wife duo that combines percussion, guitar, and an affinity for vocal harmony to create a unique brand of pop with intricate, world-music-influenced arrangements. The band's subtly virtuosic style has been compared in print to current acts like The Dirty Projectors and classics like Paul Simon's Graceland, but it is perhaps more telling that reviewers have tried to peg the duo's musical influences in genres ranging from jazz to folk, classical to psychedelic rock, and world music to doom metal (all are correct!). Kali and Matt usually just call it “pop with a short attention span”.
Bruce Thomas Smith
Friday, August 21 2015, Beer garden 5"Among the best in original roots rock-n-roll, the "Guitar Slinger" label fits him well!" Positively Entertainment Magazine, Portland, Or. "Smith's music is an acoustic marvel that lures audiences, and keeps them hooked." Hitt Music - Los Angeles, Ca. "It's Rock-N-Roll. It's Folk. It's Texas blues. it's EVERYTHING it needs to be to reach out and grab you by the soul!" Donna Johnson - BAZZIRK, Austin, Tx. "A Roots-Rocker of some considerable talent, good straight-ahead Rock-N-Roll" Crow & Wolf Music, Woodstock, NY.
Briana Renea (Canby, OR)
Friday, August 07 2015, Early show - 7:3Born and raised in Oregon in the small town of Canby, where Briana Renea grew up on a farm. Briana grew up raising and showing cattle and horses. Growing up on a farm only strengthened her love of Country Music.
Foxtails Brigade (San Francisco)
Tuesday, August 04 2015, 7pm/Free/All AgeFoxtails Brigade is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics and dreamy vocals from front-girl Laura Weinbach. The band features a handful of San Francisco’s finest indie musicians including former touring members of Bright Eyes, The Faint and Judgement Day.
Monday, August 03 2015, 7pm/Free/All AgeCurrently promoting his new self-titled album, TONEY ROCKS dives into the belly of soul roots rock music. His conscious penmanship reveals a poet that identifies with today's struggles and triumphs such as homelessness, love, human struggle, and self-liberation. He writes for the people, as a voice of the people.
Ezza Rose Band
Friday, July 24 2015, 8/free/all ages“The progression from folk to something more closely resembling rock has been organic and fluid like the rest of her history, but she is not without a significant amount of stubborn drive. This latest change is just another indicator that Rose is, above all, a consummate musician.” - Anchorage Press
Melissa Ruth and The Likely Stories
Tuesday, July 14 2015, 7/free/all ages
Saturday, June 27 2015, 8pmPortland-based songwriter Malachi Graham writes lush, intimate Americana inspired by complicated women. It’s no wonder— as the descendant of five generations of formidable, tale-telling Portland women stretching back to the Oregon Trail, Malachi learned early that great stories come from unreliable narrators and that the strongest characters are often the most flawed. Since she started writing songs five years ago, Malachi has drawn on history, poetry, and cinema in character-rich narratives. Her sound has coalesced into something richer than the sum of its parts, her forceful and nuanced electric guitar and vocals working tightly together to tell strikingly sincere stories.
Opera Elect Opera Party
Friday, June 26 2015, 7 pmCollege of Idaho senior Zachary Buker and recent graduate Jordan Bowman ’14 share a common dream: to become opera singers and share their passion for music with the world. Together, the duo has formed Opera Elect, a new stage production company based in the Treasure Valley designed to fulfill not only their own dreams, but the dreams of other local artists. “To be successful in life, you have to make your own success,” Bowman said. “If my end goal is eventually to have an opera company, why not start now?” “When I think about Opera Elect, I think of it as opera by the people, for the people,” Bowman said. “The point is to take opera—such an old, old art—and make it into something fun and accessible, more exciting and relatable to the younger generation.”
Wednesday, June 17 2015, 7pm/Free/All AgeJaime Wyatt is a striking figure who walks the Earth with an old soul. Her repertoire tells stories of heartbreak and redemption, delivered by a voice that is both rich and magnetic. Comparisons are frequently drawn to Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks and at times she has been anointed a female Tom Petty. Wyatt is a dynamic performer, dually noted as a powerhouse singer and stellar guitar player, sailing between vintage 60’s and 70’s rock n roll anthems and heartfelt ballads of love and confusion.
Monday, June 08 2015, 7/free/all agesThe Appalachian Mountains are the meeting place of the fiddle and the banjo, and musical culture permeates the entire length of the Mississippi River. Jes Raymond and Jakob Breitbach may have started their musical journey in the rainy bottom of the Puget Sound, but their work is infused with the essence of the homes they wandered West from. Joined by Daniel Ullom on the mandolin and Forrest Marowitz on the upright bass, The Blackberry Bushes draw from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a playful and resonant sound with both twang and sophistication. They are emerging as a band of artists whose Americana is honest and generous with an obvious love of performing, spot on chemistry, and a live show that truly aims to stir the spirit.
Saturday, May 30 2015, 8 pmSeahorse is Rich Swanger, an Oregon transplant by way of State College, PA. Rich learned harmony and twang via the church pew and his father’s country cover band. George Straight and Hank Jr. gave way to grunge and rock and roll on the way back to an Americana sound drawing from all of the above and then some. Rich adopted the Seahorse moniker in 2004 as a nod to a distinctive, patient and persistent seafarer – a symbol of safe passage and tranquility amongst the unpredictable waters.
Be Calm Honcho
Tuesday, May 26 2015, 7pmSan Francisco quartet Be Calm Honcho is on some kind of genre defying musical mission. “Falling somewhere between dive-bar-stomp and showtune surf” (CMJ) “Be Calm Honcho mixes the warmth of West Coast pop with a heavy dose of jangly indie rock and a pinch of bluesy soul for a sound that’s nothing short of magical.” (indie-music.com) With their debut album released July 2014 on Crossbill Records, Jacob, Mikey, Alex and Shannon have crafted a record that “ranges from aggressive to docile and these kids are just as ready to strike as they are to recoil.”(In Your Speakers)
Colt Haney and Kory Quinn
Friday, May 22 2015, 8pmMainstays of the Oregon music scene, Colt Haney (Bitterroot), and Kory Quinn (Kory Quinn and the Comrades) play intense roots music that will keep you involved. Both are used to fronting a band but are equally as comfortable playing acoustic and solo...but expect friends to show up.
Will West and Groovy Wallpaper
Tuesday, May 12 2015, 7/free/all agesThe son of a fiddle player, Will West grew up in eastern North Carolina. Inspired by his parent's vast record collection, he began playing guitar when he was 11 years old. First finding a love for Old-Time Blues and Heavy Metal music. Will began to sing and write his own music during his college years at UNC Chapel Hill. After earning a degree in Chemistry at UNC, Will loaded up his dog, his guitar and handful of original songs and moved to Portland, Oregon in the Summer of 2002. From his humble beginnings busking on downtown sidewalks and exploring open-mics, Will West has been on a steady climb in this rich Northwest music scene
Red Jacket Mine w/Misty Mouth
Friday, May 08 2015, 8pmNeed your 70?s vintage rock fix? Look no further than Seattle’s own Red Jacket Mine. Their pop-rock-blues-soul fusion hearkens back to the days when Elvis Costello and Squeeze ruled the charts. In an age where it seems like every musician is angry about something, Red Jacket Mine’s knack for writing a catchy, upbeat pop song is quite the welcome change of pace.
John Moreland w/Misty Mouth
Saturday, May 02 2015, 8 pm/freeSome days, being John Moreland has to hurt. As others bury experiences and stifle regrets, Moreland pokes old wounds until you’re sure they’ve got to be bleeding again. It’s painful. But in Moreland’s care, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful. With the release of his highly anticipated third solo album High on Tulsa Heat (out April 21st via Thirty Tigers), he offers another round of the lyrics-first, gorgeously plaintive songs that have earned him devoted listeners across the country. Moreland started writing when he was 10 years old, the same year his family moved from Kentucky, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he still lives today. He turns 30 this year, but he’s been slinging songs for more than half his life. He started fronting local punk and hardcore bands in high school. After graduation, he had an epiphany. “I’d just overexposed myself to punk and hardcore to the point that it just didn’t do anything for me anymore,” he says. The remedy? He ditched his music for his dad’s: CCR, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Steve Earle.
Tuesday, April 28 2015, 7/free/all agesBart Budwig grew up on the Idaho Palouse, with a pawn shop trumpet and a heart as big as a skyscraper - if skyscrapers knew how to be humble. Bart learned melody from classic jazz charts, and learned that fault-lines in big hearts create drifting continents, cut new oceans and forge new mountains. Everyone close to him disappeared, whether to death or Texas, and from Texas he got a letter from Waylon Jennings entreating him to pick up a guitar and a pen.
Pete Krebs and The Earnest Lovers
Friday, April 17 2015, 8 pmBrought to you by the Pendleton Real West Film Festival. It is really no surprise that this sextet has been able to accomplish so much in such a short span of time - their first gig was at the 2014 Pickathon and their concert calendar is absolutely packed with dates - considering the pedigrees of its membership. Krebs is of course best known for his days in the pioneering indie rock bands Hazel and the Gossamer Wings, but is also a well-respected jazz guitarist with a love for the gypsy stylings of Django Reinhardt. Miller is a veritable institution having gotten his start playing with punk legends Poison Idea and now showcasing his guitar mastery in groups like Lisa and her Kin and his Twin Tele Duo. As well, Beia has been a fixture in honky tonks and county fairs around the State with her country duo Copper & Coal. These kids have the chops to play most anything but they’ve chosen to devote their considerable skills to the sounds of vintage country fare. And let me tell you, friends, they’ve chosen well.