Previous Shows
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Kory Quinn Band
Wednesday, November 19, 7pm
Drawing inspiration from classic country greats, Kory Quinn breathes new life into a traditional sound, forming his own blend of modern, Americana-style, rootsy country rock. Accompanied by members of local favorites Bitteroot, this will be a night you won't want to miss!

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Big Steve and The Train Wreck
Saturday, November 15, 7pm
The blues band 'Big Steve and the Trainwreck' hails from the small town of Pendleton found in north-eastern Oregon. Their music is a harmonica-driven, pumpin' mixture of the blues and classic rock. 'Big Steve and the Trainwreck' are fun-lovin' guys who love playing their music.

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The Holcum High Flyers
Friday, November 14, 7pm
Weird old-time music.

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Ashley Raines
Wednesday, November 12, 7PM
Ashley Raines is an American songwriter, lyricist, composer & multi-instrumentalist. Raines grew up in the Midwest & by the age of fourteen began to hitchhike away from his home in Kansas. Raines hopped boxcars and taught himself any instrument he could get his hands on, recording his songs on four-track reel-to-reel machines which he sold while performing on the street. Since the late 1990's Raines has toured & performed 150+ concerts annually. Raines performs on his signature Weissenborn, a custom hollow neck lap steel guitar. Raines has released thirteen studio recordings since 2000.

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Blues Jam
Tuesday, November 11, 7pm
Can you feeeeel it! These monthly jams just keep getting better and better. We usually have a rhythm section, bring your instrument and join in the fun, acoustic or electric.

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Open Mic
Thursday, October 30, 7pm
Get down to the GP for the only "all ages" Open Mic in the region! Bring your talent, instrument, family and friends...it's a blast! Support local music.

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OES String Quartet
Friday, September 26, To be determined

Panther Attack
Tuesday, September 16, 7 PM

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Richmond Fontaine
Saturday, September 13, 8 PM
Underpinned by lead singer and songwriter Willy Vlautin's lyrics, Richmond Fontaine songs often evoke imagery of Reno, Nevada, Portland, the Western United States and Mexico while telling stories in a style that critics have compared to Raymond Carver. Musically the group has cited influences such as Gram Parsons, X, Green on Red and Dave Alvin. Like many bands in this genre past and present such as Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Gun Club, and Green on Red, Richmond Fontaine are more popular abroad than in their own country. This is one of only two full band shows for 2014 in the U.S.

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James Dean Kindle and The Eastern Oregon Playboys
Friday, September 12, 8PM
JD and the Boys are celebrating the release of their new cd/album the Friday of Round-Up! Their special guests will include many of the musicians that performed on the recording and other surprises. This will be a BLAST!

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Bitterroot
Thursday, September 11, 7 PM

The Enablers
Wednesday, September 10, 7 PM
Rockin' Country to kick off 4 great nights of music!

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Horde and the Harem
Tuesday, March 26, 7/free/all ages
The Horde and the Harem are a spirited band of troublemakers known to ride bicycles and create danceable folk pop thick with layers of harmony. Formed in Seattle but comprised of members originally scattered all about the West Coast, the group's music certainly has a flavor distinct to the Pacific Northwest. Elegant vocal melodies are tasteful and classic to the point that they sound familiar even on a first listen. Bright bursts of guitars and trumpets soar above like noble birds of prey flying through the trees over a rhythm section reminiscent of men shoveling coal into a steam engine, propelling it down the tracks. The group was founded by Ryan Barber in 2009 but it wasn't til the following year that the band settled into its current lineup and fully developed their style and sound. Since then the band's infectious live energy has helped them amass quite a following in only a couple short years. They have self-released three EPs and earlier this year they put out their debut full-length A Long Midwinter to rave reviews. They tour constantly and have played major venues all along the west coast as well as notable festivals including Bumbershoot, the Capitol Hill Block Party, NW Folklife, and SXSW.

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Saturday, March 16, 7pm
Holiday Friends with Edmund Wayne

Irish Singers
Friday, March 15, 7pm
Irish Singers!

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The Depot Street Syncopators
Saturday, February 09, 7:30/Free/All Ag
Jambalaya and The Depot Street Syncopators, what better way to celebrate Mardis Gras! Bring your beads, costumes and dancing shoes, it'll be a blast!

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Jason Anderson with JD Kindle and The Eastern Oregon Playboys, together
Saturday, October 20, 7/free/all ages
If you missed the last Jason Anderson show in July...do not miss this one! Jason is teaming up with our own JDK and TEOP! That's right, sharing the stage! This will be a great night of music.

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Kelsey Swope
Saturday, September 29, 7/free/all ages
Singer-songwriter Kelsey Swope, performs Folk-inspired songs. Sometimes quiet, sometimes singing with power, but always, introspective.

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Jami Lynn
Monday, September 17, 7/free/all ages
In a few short years, folk, jazz, and blues songstress Jami Lynn has made her mark on the Midwest. Hailing from the Great Plains of eastern South Dakota, the singer/songwriter began performing folk and bluegrass music at the age of thirteen. By the age of sixteen, Jami began accompanying herself on guitar and writing her own music. Others began to notice her music as she took first place at several state-wide talent contests. While studying classical voice and researching folk music at the University of South Dakota, Jami Lynn also found time to fall in love with jazz. While the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhart first tugged the young artist in that direction, the voices of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone taught Jami her favorite standards. Monday after R-Up, come have a relaxing at the GP!

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JD Kindle and The Eastern Oregon Playboys
Saturday, September 15, 7/free/all ages
[MUTANT AMERICANA] Hailing from the land of rodeos, whiskey, high desert and crystal, James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys boast the rare ability to genre hop without losing steam. Both live and on its album, Campfire Pop Abstraction, the Pendleton quartet shifts effortlessly between freak folk, fuzzy guitar rock, psychedelic pop, alt country, eerie waltzes, blaring Mexican-style ballads and everything in between. It’s rare that a band can evoke everything from Tom Waits and Nick Cave to the Pixies and Lou Reed in one set, but Kindle and company never miss a beat in crafting a sound that is at once entrancing, exciting and wholly original. Willamette Week.

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The Wasteland Kings
Friday, September 14, 7/free/all ages
The Wasteland Kings began playing together in 2008 bringing a unique twist to Hillbilly Rock and and Blues to the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Front man Kris Mallory brings sheer grit to each performance that demands concert goers to get up on their feet. Backed by years of critically acclaimed musical experience, guitarists Luke McKern, Mike Mallory and Roger Barnes along with drummer Curt Perry, blast out beats that are second to none. Bringing beauty to this group is the spine tingling and soulful sound that is Holly Sorensen. They will Rock your Round-Up!

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Bill Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins
Thursday, September 13, 7/free/all ages
In two decades, Coffey has become a staple of the Boise music scene. He has collaborated with Curtis Stigers, Dan Costello, a.k.a Belle, Audio Moonshine, Hillfolk Noir and many others. After moving to town in 1992, he quickly made his name as a solo act before connecting with longtime collaborator Ned Evett. "Coffey writes a lot of great songs, so much so that he once performed around town for an entire month, playing only his own material, without repeating a song," said Evett. Lately, the Cash Money Cousins are Coffey's go-to guys. They were the group he worked with to create his newest album, Cemetery Skyline Rose. Chris Galli provided electric acoustic and double bass; "Shaky Dave" Manion played steel and electric guitar; Bernie Reilly chimed in on harmony vocals and banjo, guitar and accordion; Thomas Paul played mandolin, keys and vocals; Casey Miller provided percussion and co-produced the album; Frim Fram Four's Jonah Shue provided fiddle and mandolin; and jazz legend Curtis Stigers dropped smooth tenor sax to mellow out the record.

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Reina del Cid and The Cidizens
Saturday, September 01, 7/free/all ages
The Cidizens are led by 24 year old singer-songwriter Reina del Cid, described by Minneapolis’ Secrets of the City as “the way-more-talented-than-you girl next door.” Channeling storytelling greats like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, del Cid serves up heartache, complex romance, and sharp-eyed social commentary with the effortlessness of an artist many decades her senior. Posting her music online during college in 2007, Reina del Cid’s honest, unfiltered songs touched millions of listeners on social media sites like YouTube and Facbeook, winning her a devoted international following before she teamed up with the Cidizens.

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Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
Monday, August 06, 7pm/free/all age
Rick Estrin, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, "is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter." The award-winning musician, another critic said, "sounds like Little Walter playing and singing Leiber and Stoller." Along with The Nightcats- jaw-dropping guitarist Chris "Kid" Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and piano)-Rick Estrin serves up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock 'n' roll. Since the 2009 release of their celebrated Alligator Records debut, Twisted, the band has toured non-stop, honing their creative synergy to a razor's edge. Night after night, the band blazes their own innovative musical path while still remaining true to the blues.

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New Transit w/Thomas Paul
Saturday, July 28, 7/free/all ages
New Transit is currently in the studio recording their second album, scheduled for release in Fall 2012. ------------------------------------------------------- "Hands down, the Best Local release of 2011"- Michael Deeds on New Transit debut album "One" New Transit have performed in support of notable recording artists' -Leon Russell, Chris Isaak, Roger Clyne and The Peace Makers, and more.

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Ascetic Junkies w/ Audie Darling
Tuesday, July 24, 7/free/all ages
“…The Ascetic Junkies are one of the first bands to reinterpret bluegrass, a genre known for complacency, into something new and totally exciting. On the band’s sophomore album, The Cage Has No Bottom, the Junkies use genres like a game of four square, jumping from more traditional bluegrass to straight pop and more experimental flair, sometimes in the middle of the same song. The effect is initially a bit disorienting—imagine spending an afternoon in a museum after drinking a few too many glasses of red wine—but it creates some arresting pop moments.” -MICHAEL MANNHEIMER, WILLAMETTE WEEK

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Jason Anderson
Monday, July 09, 6/free/all ages
Jason is a prolific New England guitarist, singer, and songwriter, with a strong diy ethic. He is a touring whirlwind, with devoted fan bases in cities and towns across North America and Europe. He has often collaborated with Phil Elverum of The Microphones/Mount Eerie. He was also the drummer for Yume Bitsu.

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Strangled Darlings
Saturday, June 30, 6/free/all ages
Led by multi-instrumentalists George Veech and Jessica Anderly, Strangled Darlings are a quickly becoming one of the brightest lights in the galaxy of musicians that populate their hometown of Portland, Oregon. The group's tunes are a spirituous and devilish attempt to bring the folk/country/jazz world back to its roots as a bawdy, political, and tuneful mix of low and high art.

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Ian McFeron Band with Ashley Brooke Toussant
Saturday, June 16, 6/free/all ages
Ian McFeron broke into the Seattle music scene when discovered by “The Mountain” in Seattle (AAA-formatted KMTT at 103.7 FM) shortly after releasing his debut album, Don’t Look Back (2003). Within months, the first single “Love Me Twice” edged out songs by Modest Mouse, Bob Schneider, The Bo Deans, and Ray LaMontagne in The Mountain’s “New Music Throwdown,” a weekly competition where listeners vote for their favorite of two new songs. Ian has shared the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Brandi Carlile, Amos Lee, Sister Hazel, Mike Doughty, Hayes Carll, Missy Higgins, Julia Fordham, The Hothouse Flowers, and Jars of Clay. Ashley Brooke Toussant’s music puts her beautiful high-register vocals front and center over sweet melodies, with subtle country and Americana-style instrumentation. It’s a sound that is both old and new, and it draws in the listener.

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Brooke Parrott
Friday, May 25, 7:30/free/all ag
Brooke Parrott had to travel far from her native Oregon in order to come back home. After cities in the U.S. failed to hold her, she left for a different life in London, but not without an imparted melancholy from days in Seattle and an enhanced songwriting sensibility from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. In London she lived, at one point, in a disused pub rumored to be an old haunt of Charles Dickens and Karl Marx, and wrote songs on a disintegrating grand piano. Performing incessantly and finding her place in a collective of talented musicians, three musically formative years in London seeped into her music, fueling her songs with poignant storytelling and a disarming sense of loneliness in love. When Portland’s siren call became too loud to ignore, Parrott returned to the Pacific NW and began touring and recording with Portland darlings Loch Lomond, whose trace influence can be found in the ambient guitar and bowed vibraphone layered over the trademark piano of her new material. Parrott’s new EP, ‘Buried’, was written between contrasting worlds - part manic and suffocating winter of London, part hinterland yurt in the Oregon woods. Recorded in Los Angeles, she pulled in the talents of friends old and new to give life to the lush arrangements and compelling songs. ‘Buried’ will be released June 1 on Ten ’til Six Records.

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What Hearts
Wednesday, May 09, 6/free/all ages
CD release party! "On Songs for Marjorie, the new EP from What Hearts, this band is not shy about their appreciation for the olden days of country music. Thankfully they pay their dues without strained twang or lyrical content forced beneath the Mason-Dixon line. Instead, What Hearts which began as a songwriting project for Julie Vitells stacks the harmonies high while keeping the pace at a tempered shuffle throughout this six-song offering. It's not all front-porch folk strumming either; songs like the haunting "Last Year" and "Don't Leave Me Danny" have a slight Chelsea Girl feel to them. Regardless of where their influences take root, What Hearts have just established a mighty foundation to build upon." -Portland Mercury

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Tyler Fortier
Wednesday, May 02, 6/free/all ages
“Tyler Fortier is a hard-working man who has put it all on the line for his passion, packing all of his belongings into a 10 x 10 storage unit and guerrilla-touring to play solo gigs up and down the West Coast. He has taken the plunge into full-time musicianship, and it’s starting to pay off in a big way. For Fortier (pronounced for-teer), it seems no other way will do. Take Brett Dennen, mix it with just a touch of Ryan Adams, and push the whole thing into a jug-band aesthetic, but with more classically trained musicianship — that’s Fortier."

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Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers
Monday, April 30, 6/free/all ages
Radio loves Emma Hill, and so will you— if you appreciate a honeyed voice, lonesome pedal steel and catchy, folksy Americana.The Alaskan artist has been bringing her brand of country-tinged folk to venues throughout North America and Europe since 2007. Hill is currently touring in support of her 2011 release, Meet Me at the Moon, which charted worldwide.

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Peter Bradley Adams
Saturday, April 21, 6/free/all ages
Before embarking on his solo career in 2005, Adams was a founding member of the critically acclaimed folk/pop duo eastmountainsouth. Within a year of forming eastmountainsouth in 2001 (with Kat Maslich Bode), they were signed by Robbie Robertson to DreamWorks Records (founded in 1996 by David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg). Adams co-produced their debut album (Release Date: June 17, 2003) with Mitchell Froom and toured extensively for the next year and a half with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez and Nelly Furtado. James Dean Kindle will be traveling back to Pendleton to play a rare solo set to open the show!

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The James Low Western Front
Saturday, April 14, 6/free/all ages
Some people are simply blessed with names that fit almost too perfectly with their chosen professions. Usually this happens with sports players and newscasters, but every so often you'll come across the name of a musician and instantly know what kind of sound you're likely to hear. Singer/guitarist James Low has such a name. It rolls right off the tongue and evokes the sound of dusty country/folk/pop played with delicious and deliberate ease over a few cold bottles of beer and the occasional hot shot of whiskey. And wouldn't you know it, The James Low Western Front’s new full-length, Whiskey Farmer, expertly and effortlessly delivers just that. The band may come from the lush climes of Portland, Oregon, but theirs is a sound that was born in towns like Nashville, Tennessee and Bakersfield, California. It shuffles, grooves, and sweats with the best of them, begging to be played through the in dash stereo of a pickup truck.

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The Brothers Comatose
Monday, April 09, 6/free/all ages
In less than 3 years this mighty quintet has made their way from the street corners and dive bars of their native San Francisco, to performances at such legendary places as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, toured the U.S to the Eastern banks of the Mississippi, and shared stages with such acts as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Devil Makes Three, Justin Townes Earl, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, John Doe and the Sadies and others. Their shows exude a foot-stomping, shout-along, drink-along ease that was once a staple in every music playing, front-stoop-possessing home in the land. Their shows can’t help but remind folk that music is collective, is for dancing, is for sharing, and for whatever else you might do with friends and family in your own living room.

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And And And with Aan
Thursday, April 05, 6/free/all ages
Born in Portland, OR in the year of our Lord, 2009, And And And is a 6 piece band of thieves and gypsies that play rock music that could possibly be compared to The Kinks and Pavement thrown into a blender and left for several days in the sun.

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The Dead Fiddler's Society
Wednesday, April 04, 6ish/free/all ag
The members of Dead Fiddlers Society were drawn together by an abiding love of the string band music of early America. Their classic combination of guitar and fiddle, make for a driving sound that begs the listener to jump up and dance.

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Sean W. Spellman, of Quiet Life
Tuesday, April 03, 6/free/all ages
Quiet Life singer-guitarist-songwriter Sean Spellman has heard plenty of sermons at the Holy Church of St. Bruce Springsteen, and one message seems to have really sunk in - sometimes pulling out of town to win is your only option. So, two years ago, Quiet Life, already a staple on the Northeast's concert circuit, moved to California's Central Coast for a time, before settling in Portland, Ore., where they grow rock bands like Iowa grows corn.Spellman's weary lyrics, not surprisingly, wrestle with the confusion of moving to a new town and more the poignant decisions that come with getting older. But it's not all so serious.

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Rachael Sage
Thursday, March 29, 6/free/all ages
Singer, songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has penned quirky, melodic pop songs since she was old enough to reach the piano keys. Over the course of her career she has steadily built a loyal grassroots fan base with a rigorous international tour schedule that has seen her sharing stages with such seminal artists as Eric Burdon, John Lee Hooker, Judy Collins and Colin Hay, and prompted Performing Songwriter Magazine to name her “One of the Top 100 Independent Artists Of The Past 15 Years”. Leaving aside set lists in favor of a more spontaneous approach, every show she performs combines top-notch musicianship with hilarious between-song banter, what The New York Times recently dubbed Sage's "inner Fanny Brice".

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Eliza Rickman
Monday, March 12, 6/free/all ages
Eliza Rickman is a singer, songwriter and pianist living and performing in California. Her unique and haunting sound combines the lilting sweetness of popular vocalists like Feist or Annie Clark with the gritty sensibilities of PJ Harvey and the playfulness of Kurt Weill. While she performs with a small chamber of musicians at venues like Hotel Cafe (Hollywood) & Viracocha (San Francisco), the toy piano is the central instrument on her EP, Gild the Lily (2009). Full of lovesick lullabies, Gild the Lily marries pure and sultry melodies with melancholy lyrics. The raven-haired, porcelain-skinned songstress serenades listeners into an unexpected vulnerability while leading them on a quest for love by a little girl lost.

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Curt Krause solo show (guitarist, singer from Buffalo Death Beam)
Friday, March 09, 6/free/all ages
The last time Buffalo Death Beam played the GP, they brought the house down, everyone was on their feet. Expect the same energy, but a slightly more intimate evening with Kurt playing solo.

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Radiation City
Wednesday, February 29, 6/free/all ages
"one of the year's more charming debuts which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop" - Brooklyn Vegan "let’s just say it’s really good." - Nylon "Seriously, no s..t, truly...this is SO good" - My Old Kentucky Blog "Lizzy Ellison's gorgeous vocals are infectiously charming." - Elle "a belly-full of magnificent dynamic tension" - Daytrotter "this is superbly crafted, easily pinpointed yet unmistakably captivating, pop music" - Death + Taxes "one of Portland’s more polished and promising young acts..." - Willamette Week "you’d be forgiven for mistaking them for old pros." - The Finest Kiss "the Velvet Underground playing lounge and bossa nova..." - The Oregonian "a perfect blend of cool mood and dreamy possibilities" - Eugene Weekly "I’d by lying if after their set I didn’t seriously think to myself 'Next PDX Obsession.'" - Sound On The Sound "'The Color of Industry' is the best pop song I’ve heard in years." - Impose "The Hands That Take You is a gem; subtle and beautiful and strange..." -The Deli "impressive chops and genre-blending instrumentals." - Ears of the Beholder "a super dreamy potpourri of some of the most pleasing music of the last few decades..." - My Old Kentucky Blog "One of the most heartfelt and ingeniously devised records you will hear this year," - Gluttony Is The New Black "pure magic..." - Future Sounds "like a sunset, a strong drink and a kiss in the dark got together to sing me a lullaby." - Tough Customer "I am at a loss for words." - Words Cut Open "This hasn’t happened to me, in all honesty since [Of Montreal's] False Priest. It’s incredible. A total gem." - Monstrous Media "easy to place, impossible to ignore." - Refinery 29

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Garrison Starr/POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER
Sunday, February 19,
SUNDRY ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CAREER HIGHLIGHTS * I am very clean * Have lived in Memphis, Nashville and Los Angeles * Have driven 547 cars, owned 2 of them – the first i bought with my own money was a 1990 mitsubishi eclipse * Co-produced music for Margaret Cho’s record with my pal Meghan Toohey * Have loved touring, recording, and playing Scrabble with Mary Chapin Carpenter * Have had music in TV shows like “Life Unexpected” and “The Hills” * Accomplished hypochondriac with road rage * Toured opening for Melissa Etheridge * Steve Earle produced 2 tracks on “Songs from Takeoff to Landing,” toured and sang with Steve on and off for about a year and a half * After I watched “Super Size Me” I went straight to McDonald’s. Twice. * Recorded “Plover” with Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) and Neilson Hubbard. * Formed the band Among The Oak & Ash with Josh Joplin * Definitely hit on Katy Perry before she got famous * Started the North LaBrea All Star Conquistadors with Gabriel Mann, Jay Nash, and Adrianne * Played in the band This Living Hand where I met Neilson Hubbard and Clay Jones * Made records for Geffen, Back Porch (Virgin), and Vanguard * Had a hit song Superhero – kinda fun when it aired in ABCs coverage of the Women’s World Cup Soccer * I own “Remember The Titans,” “A Few Good Men,” Jerry Maguire” and “Lady and the Tramp” on VHS. * Played the first two years of Lilith Fair (when it was cool) * Went to Ole Miss – for a little while anyway, though I’m not sure if that’s really an accomplishment as much as a fact * Worked at Ardent Records and got to hang out with Jody Stephens of Big Star

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Lost Lander
Friday, January 27, 6/free/all ages
Crafting an auditory world of wonder, Lost Lander’s delicately elaborate tunes teeter on organic surrealism like the natural marvels that awe and inspire whether it’s the brilliance of aurora borealis, the intricate beauty of ice crystals, the perfect rings of Saturn, or even the glow of a lightning bug. “It’s that feeling that you get when you discover that there’s a whole other universe that you didn’t even know about and how it makes you feel kinda small,” continues Sheehy. ”Sean Flinn calls it ‘the big small,’ where you realize how big you are and how small you are at the exact same moment. It’s trying to capture that. I try to spend as much time as I can in that headspace.”

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Y La Bamba w/JD Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys
Saturday, December 10, 6/free/all ages
"Doing Portland Proud: Y La Bamba." - Billboard "Y La Bamba makes fractured folk that sounds as if it comes from dog-eared diaries. The author is statuesque Luz Elena, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, whose vintage vocals seem to come from the 78-rpm era." - Buzzbands LA

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Radiation City
Monday, October 10, 6pm/free/all age
Radiation City's unofficial motto seems to come from the Isley Brothers: "A little bit softer now." The year-old Portland trio sounds like the Velvet Underground playing lounge and bossa nova. Guitarist Cameron Spies explains that he and girlfriend Ellison enjoy a record Frank Sinatra made in 1967 with Antonio Carlos Jobim. There's a story in the liner notes about how, as Spies puts it, "They had to keep playing softer and softer to get it right." But the point of playing softer isn't being soft. Ellison says it's about "control, and being able to restrain yourself at the most heartbreaking part, so you can really embellish those things."

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Tyler Fortier
Wednesday, October 05, 6pm/free/all age
Tyler Fortier certainly doesn’t look old enough to have released six albums since 2007. He doesn’t look like a man who once fronted a punk band with pink and purple hair. He certainly doesn’t look like a man who ever was a baseball jock. No, at first glance, Fortier looks more like a man who is a “starving artist” who loves nothing more than drinking whiskey, hanging with his fiancé and writing songs that entertain his ego. But then again, looks can be deceiving. “If there is a purpose of my music, I’m guessing it’s something therapeutic. It’s a channeling of emotions. I don’t choose to write. It’s hardly ever a conscious thing. It just happens”

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Dorian Michael
Monday, August 29, 6pm/free/all age
Pendleton Public Library brings Dorian Michael to the GP! Dorian plays an eclectic mix of acoustic guitar instrumentals and blues vocals. He'll play a wide variety of original and traditional tunes. His solo music could be described as "contemporary traditional"; original music that reflects his interest in a number of styles of music. When he plays someone else's music or a traditional piece he always manages to add a few surprises. Says Dorian, "Some music makes you feel, some makes you think and some music is just for the fun of it. I try to get to all those places in the space of a performance."

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Angry Orts with Pigeon Fist
Friday, August 26, 6pm/free/all age
[SEXY/SASSY POP] The Angry Orts’ Sara Hernandez has one of those voices—sweeping, sharp and dire, like every turn of phrase could mean the end of the world. It’s the kind of voice that makes most female vocalists sound cutesy and inconsequential by comparison. Bold like Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker without the vibrato, plus just a dash of cocksure Danzig. This is the voice that fuels the Angry Orts. On the band’s self-titled sophomore album, Hernandez is on fire right off the bat. The punchy, angular opening track, “We R Electric,” somewhat of a calling card for the young Portland quartet, tests Hernandez’s timing with lightning-quick drum breaks from Sara’s husband, Matt, and math rock-tinged choruses. Guitarist Aaron Ettlin’s stop-start licks sound almost Daft Punk robotic, and Hernandez is the humanizing force amongst the bolts of thunder. It’s hard not to be reminded of Gossip here, but that’s an impression that wears off pretty quickly as the band slips into the sweetly melodic—if equally loud—“Get in Get Out.” While most of the Orts’ album is crunchy and guitar-driven, its softer numbers are some of its best. In addition to her other gifts, Hernandez has a twang to her vocals that lends itself nicely to the strutting bass line and sparse electric picking of “Take Me Down” and the emotive strumming of gorgeous closer “Kiite Kurikaeshite.” The Angry Orts’ forays into bluesy guitar-rock are bound to turn off some of its indie-rock demographic. But the combination of lovely and gritty works incredibly well here, especially when the lyrics—direct but artfully composed—carry a bit of that same sweet-and-sour dynamic. On standout track “Bear Your Cross,” she uses this pairing of sweet and sour to deliver a biting indictment of God. “Well, me and God we parted ways/ Way back when I was just 14,” Hernandez sings. “He said he ain’t got hard feelings/ But you know that ain’t the same for me.” The blasphemy only intensifies from there. “He’ll leave you alone when you’re bleeding and crying,” she warns, her voice breaking slightly. Then she lets her anger show: “So you bear your cross, I’ll bare my teeth.” The Angry Orts do plenty of teeth-baring here—sometimes just to smile, sometimes to bite.

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Run On Sentence
Tuesday, August 23, 6/free/all ages
Run On Sentence is a vehicle for multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dustin Hamman, who performs with a rotating band of talented musicians from his hometown of Portland, Ore. Hamman's visions of folk music are realized with rich imagery and entrancing instrumentation, as he crafts vivid storylines and long strings of compelling narration. He slips and slides from one character to another throughout the record, his versatile voice and musical styles setting the scene.

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Etouffe Acoustic/CANCELLED
Friday, August 19, 6pm/free/all age
Noises from the Swamp... "Like a little rock 'n' roll mixed in with your swamp music? Look no further...roots music in the vein of Little Feat, Doug Kershaw and the Band." CMJ Magazine "Like some Voodoo priest, Thibodeaux's fiddle drives a blend of Bayou Boogie, Rock and Blues, leading the dancers onto the floor and keeping them there until they're panting and sweaty."

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Rock and Roll Camp
Monday, August 15, through19th
Five days of fun and music for teenagers at the Art Center culminating in a street concert Friday night on Main Street! Musician/counselors come from all over the Northwest to teach performance skills, sound reinforcement, writing, as well as giving music and vocal lessons. Peter Walters has assembled a diverse group of talents to work with and inspire these aspiring musicians. Spontaneous music could occur @ the GP any time!

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Uni and her Ukelele POSTPONED
Thursday, August 11, 6pm/free/all age
Uni is Heather Marie Ellison. Uni and her Ukelele began it’s life in 2004 as an outlet for an already accomplished singer to self publish and perform original work independently. Since that time Uni has released three full albums, numerous E.P’s, collaborations and a covers album ranging from lo -fi indie pop to melodic strings to rock. Uni’s sound has been described as eclectic, infectious pop and not your usual Ukulele fare. Recipient of the SF Weekly Music Award, Uni has toured all over the USA and Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and has been the subject of celebrated festival Documentary ”The Mighty Uke” Often described as the love child of Rainbow Brite and Mr. T, Uni is possessed of the uncanny ability to stare wanly out the window and simultaneously kick you in the balls…. Ding!

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Radiation City CD Release Party! Wizard opens!
Monday, August 08, 6pm/free/all age
Radiation City's unofficial motto seems to come from the Isley Brothers: "A little bit softer now." The year-old Portland trio sounds like the Velvet Underground playing lounge and bossa nova. "The Hands That Take You," the moody, full-length debut tape -- that's right, tape -- they're releasing Monday at Mississippi Studios, wraps vocalist Lizzy Ellison's voice in fuzzy guitar, Wurlitzer and sounds difficult to distinguish from weather outside your house. Guitarist Cameron Spies explains that he and girlfriend Ellison enjoy a record Frank Sinatra made in 1967 with Antonio Carlos Jobim. There's a story in the liner notes about how, as Spies puts it, "They had to keep playing softer and softer to get it right." But the point of playing softer isn't being soft. Ellison says it's about "control, and being able to restrain yourself at the most heartbreaking part, so you can really embellish those things." "Hands" has plenty of heartbreak. Just before what was to be the band's first show last February, Ellison's father unexpectedly died. Devastated by grief, she says she "went into hiding" and wrote songs such as "Construction." In it, she sings slowly, "I might never be the same as when you first met me, but I'll always be true," as the partner she's addressing plays muted, '50s-love-song-style guitar that lets the reverb do half the playing. It's extremely emotional in a dignified way.

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Nick Jaina
Saturday, August 06, 6pm/free/all age
“[Jaina's songs] are carved from nostalgia, but with polished, adult themes. His voice is urgent yet ultra-melodic.” – The Oregonian “The blend of clarinets, accordion, violin, keyboards, random percussion, and guitar sounds like the anthems made for the most glorious hobo nation on earth short of Tom Waits playing at a kangaroo carnival, with brief interruptions for the funeral of Paul Simon and Elvis Perkins.” – Seattle Weekly

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Eliza Rickman
Thursday, August 04, 6pm/free/all age
There are hundreds of dark, cozy nightspots in Hollywood, nested in dark alleys the way swimming pools fill the sloping curves of the Hollywood Hills. In any given bar, on any given night, a handful of musicians line up at a small stage in the corner, taking turns in battle: their tunes versus inane hipster smalltalk and the sound of ice clinking in $15 drinks. Most artists slink home, guitars strapped to their backs, defeated. In the past three years, Eliza Rickman has worked her way through the musical ranks, studying piano performance at college (where she also discovered her amazing singing voice), gathering a small army of talented musicians, and jumping into the fray armed with nothing but a toy piano that she purchased out of necessity (It’s hard to lug a regular piano around Hollywood from show to show), but which has become her calling card. Seeing her stand on stage before a show it’s hard to believe the vocal bravado that’s contained within her tiny frame. While the clothing style she chooses for performances (vintage dresses, wild hair, an occasional fake bird nested on her head) may suggest Tim Burtonish angst, the music that emanate from her throat and fingertips sounds more like gothic opera with an occasional dash of vaudeville.

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Loch Lomond
Thursday, July 21, 6pm/free/all age
After a string of head-turning, critically acclaimed releases on Hush Records, Portland's Loch Lomond has brought their unique brand of raw symphonic chamber pop to Tender Loving Empire. Loch Lomond released their much anticipated second full length 'Little Me Will Start A Storm' on Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 on CD, Vinyl and Digital. The album was mixed by Adam Selzer (who has recorded all of M Ward's records), Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, The Decemberists), Kevin Robinson (of Viva Voce), and Jeff Stuart Saltzman. The stunning track "Elephants & Little Girls," the first single, is available to listen to right now! In addition to employing notable visceral and expert melodic acrobatics, the co-ed sextet of Loch Lomond distinctly incorporates the use of vibraphone, piano, guitars, mellotron, clarinet, flute, drums, bass, and other sonic treatments to foil the even more distinct and arresting voice of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young. He's able to switch from high-pitched fragility to alto thunder in the turn of a phrase, yet he knows the power of restraint intuitively, saving vocal tornadoes for emotional apexes buoyed by string swells and moving arrangements.

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Dirty Mittens
Monday, July 18, 6pm/free/all age
"There are plenty of pop bands in Portland, plenty of bands who know a good hook and can turn a good melody - but nobody pushes the boundaries of pop so expertly in this town as Dirty Mittens. They are sweet (yes) and twinkly (sometimes), and singer Chelsea Morrissey's voice will remind you instantly of a holy mishmosh of some of the greats. Expertly 60's girl group synths, campfire anthem shouts, guitar and horn licks that harken as much from the Talking Heads as from the MG's. The result is mystery-magical-oh so wonderful." - Hannah, Spectre Entertainment

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James Orr
Friday, July 08, 6pm/free/all age
James Orr is an indie-rock act. His style ranges from minimalist electro-pop to singer-songwriter. He lists The National and Andrew Bird as influences. When performing live, Orr plays solo, utilizing loops and various electronic effects to create a whole band sound. According to a blurb on Orr's Myspace page, "Layer by layer, I weave together guitars, drums, keys and vocals [...] You will be mesmerized with the seamlessness that my instruments are woven into their lyrical counterparts, resulting in a live show that is stimulating for both the eyes and the ears."

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Johanna Kunin w/Bright Archer
Friday, July 01, 6pm/free/all age
Bright Archer's music is as hypnotic as snow falling on water. Sounding at once vast and muted, the music centers on the voice and ornate piano playing of Johanna Kunin. Growing up in Minneapolis, Kunin grew attached to piano playing at an early age. Childhood afternoons spent poring over field guides and summers whiled away exploring the Boundary Waters also cultivated an early fascination with the natural world and her place in it. But instead of becoming a naturalist, Kunin gravitated toward music, singing with the Minnesota Opera Company as a child and getting a jazz education during her college years in Seattle. She was in her twenties by the time she discovered songwriting, a medium through which she could combine her interest in the natural world with music. After her first couple demos earned her a grant, Kunin met Tucker Martine who went on to produce her first full-length album, Clouds Electric. It was released in 2005. The making of her second album, Hidden Systems, marked a turning point for Kunin. Quickly immersing herself in the rich musical community of Portland, OR - which she would eventually join - and at the production helm for the first time, she chose a new musical moniker, Bright Archer, to better reflect her music's evolving sound. On a series of winter weekends, Kunin co-produced the album with Skyler Norwood at his studio outside Portland and found 70s-rock inspiration on the radio dial while commuting from Seattle. Kunin and Norwood fashioned arrangements in the studio, borrowing a french horn player here and a bass player there from the bevy of bands Kunin plays in (Loch Lomond, AgesandAges, Velella Velella). Though all songs still center on Kunin's lush voice and piano; a chorus of orchestral instruments, vibraphone and playful keyboard sounds allow each of the new songs to take on ornate lives of their own. The resulting music is rife with surreal atmospheres, melodic vocal lines and rhythmic piano backdrops. Lyrically, songs proceed in a wide-eyed, dreamlike fashion with the subject matter drawing portraits of the ephemeral, the ambiguous, and the fragile. Bright Archer will capture your imagination and remind you what it's like to look at the world with eyes anew.

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Wine tasting with Zerba Cellars!
Friday, June 24, 4:30-7:00
2011 Wine Press Northwest WINERY OF THE YEAR! Zerba Cellars is a family-owned, estate winery located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley. We own three estate vineyards in three of the appellation’s most exciting viticultural zones. Our estate vineyards are certified sustainable by LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control), and Salmon Safe. We are also members of VINEA - the Walla Walla Winegrowers Sustainable Trust. We are fortunate to work with a wide range of grape varieties and vineyard sources. Each vineyard and grape variety has a unique character that contributes to the quality, complexity and balance of our individual wines. Each vineyard and grape variety is hand-crafted separately. We conduct rigorous blending trials that combine discipline and creativity to produce wines that are greater than the sum of their parts.

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Point Juncture Washington, IOA, Team Evil
Friday, June 10, 6pm/free/all age
The fiercely independent creative culture that thrives in the Pacific Northwest has, of late, been receiving an upsurge of deserved attention, and for good reason. No band in the region embodies independence, practices innovative, artful living and is dedicated to their craft more than Point Juncture, WA., a collaboration between four Portland, OR. songwriters, instrumentalists, recording engineers, and friends: Amanda Spring (vocals, drums) Victor Nash (keyboards, vocals) Skyler Norwood (guitar, vibraphone) and Wilson Vediner (guitar). Point Juncture, WA live together in a house they purchased as a band and jointly own. Point Juncture, WA grows a lot of their own food, and camps on tour, cooking said food over campfires. Point Juncture, WA transformed a dilapidated barn on their property into a state-of-the-art, Dwell Magazine-worthy recording studio with their own hands so that they could have the perfect environment in which to create their newest full-length, Handsome Orders. Point Juncture, WA has always recorded their own albums, and they've printed their own records. Point Juncture, WA is not a band that is messing around, and it's their time to shine.

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Tyler Fortier w/Rian Beach
Thursday, May 26, 6pm/free/all age
Fortier’s multiple releases, constant touring, and steady writing is the product of a singer/songwriter who already has an accomplished recording and touring resume under his belt, even though he’s still only 25 years old. Fortier grew up in Camas, Washington, playing in punk bands, then venturing out as a solo performer, initially under the name 11th Avenue Hopeloss and then The Waverly Plan. While attending the University of Oregon, Fortier spent an increasing amount of hours on his writing, building the artistic and poetic muscle that he’s used to craft the emotive and thoughtful lyrics that are found in his music. Before the release of his 4th album, This Love Is Fleeting, Fortier and his deftly woven songs caught the attention of the folks at Ninkasi Brewing, one of the country’s fastest-growing craft breweries. Ninkasi, makers of the internationally renowned Total Domination IPA, extended a sponsorship to Fortier, assisting in the release of his albums and lending the brewery’s increasingly well-known name to the songwriter’s tours. Cheers!

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Cattle Barons Weekend
Friday, May 20,
Details to come!

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The RAM Project featuring Dave Depper
Friday, May 06, 6pm/free/all age
Dave Depper is in a lot of bands. In fact, if you have a band in Portland, he's probably standing behind you right now holding a bass guitar. Depper has played alongside Loch Lomond, Norfolk & Western, Musee Mecanique, Blue Giant, Jolie Holland, Mirah, and I'm pretty sure he's also the scary clown in Slipknot as well (I need to factcheck this last one). Somehow, despite a full dance card, Depper managed to step away from the stage long enough to take on Paul McCartney's finest solo recording (in my opinion), Ram. He will be coming to the GP the 6th of May for a CD release party and to perform the album live for you. Whether you are a Beatles/Paul McCartney fan or a fan of the many bands that Dave is a part of...this will be a great Friday night! Singalongs are encouraged!

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The Angry Orts w/Jack Ruby Presents
Wednesday, April 13, 6pm/free/all age
I'm not completely sure what an ort is, but The Angry Orts bring to mind anything but anger. Channeling something a little more serious than your average pop band, The Angry Orts are definitely something to keep an eye on, their music swinging from the grungiest you can get behind the precise vocals of Sara Hernandez, down to sentimental moments that speak something in the tune of She & Him.

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Weinland
Friday, April 01, 6pm/free/all age
“Beneath Portland, Ore.’s nationally-recognized layer of musical talent lies a bedrock of more than one thousand working bands throughout the metropolitan area. Among these up-and-coming acts, Weinland stands out as one of the most promising.” — PASTE MAGAZINE “True, gripping melodies—ones that stand up to repeated listening. – Entertainment Weekly “A highly rewarding, skillfully balanced collection of songs.” – iTunes “Puts forth fragile, folky songs that at times evoke elements of Neil Young. (Not all evokers of Neil Young are worth spending time with, but this act is.)” – USA TODAY “Shearer sings in metaphor and poetry.” – Seattle Weekly “My early contender for local album of the year, “La Lamentor’ is a disc to cherish” – The Oregonian “Damn is it beautiful” – Willamette Week

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Strangled Darlings
Thursday, March 24, 6pm/free/all age
CD RELEASE! Born of self imposed lock-down recording sessions in the harsh Vermont winter, the categorically defiant Portland-based acoustic duo Strangled Darlings are releasing their first full-length album The Devil in Outer Space: An Operetta (Mudfarm Records, 3-1-11). If you saw them last time they played GP, you won't miss them this time. Vocalist George Veech’s lyrics plumb the depths of gentle tragedy, abject bleakness, and William Blake-esque apostasy. His mandolin, guitar and tenor banjo create dark and brooding atmospheres that compliment and swell over cellist and general rhythm princess Jessica Anderly’s playing. Her unorthodox style of playing a five string cello as a bass displays an intuitive sense of knowing which beats to drop as much as which ones to add.

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The Irish Singers
Friday, March 18, 6ish
The Doherty Clan are back again this year for a St. Pat's show with great music, jokes and the usual fun. Be here, everyone is Irish that night.

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The Monarques with The Black Whales
Sunday, March 13, 6pm/$5/all age
A rare Sunday show at the GP! "Splendid new seven-piece band Monarques have quickly become one of the most fun shows in town" - NED LANNAMANN - Portland Mercury" Crooning ghostly doo-wop pop, well suited for any cloudy day or beach party. The melodies are well crafted and the echoey vocals are perfectly executed, with some great female back up harmonies. You can’t help but harken back to the days of standing around the jukebox, drinking coca-cola and falling in love." - KURT BAKER of The Leftovers "Portland's Monarques churn out sunny bubblegum pop that would feel equally at home in a '50s sock hop as it would in a cramped basement show in 2010. Seattle, WA's Black Whales will get you good. They will hit all of your sweet spots, they will surprise you with its seemingly effortless, effortlessly seamless songwriting. There's so much darkness in their pop, and there's so much brightness in their shade. Black Whales are far from being one-dimensional; they've done what, if one is honest with oneself, only happens rarely: they've found perfect matches and musical foils with each other. They've found an incredibly textural, experimentally off-center, perfectly heart-hitting way of bringing their amazing songs to fruition.

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Grand Hallway with Jacki Penny
Tuesday, March 08, 6pm/free/all age
Grand Hallway is singer/multi-instrumentalist Tomo Nakayama and a cast of some of Seattle's finest musicians. Their lush, melodic chamber pop songs evoke influences such as Andrew Bird, Sigur Ros, and Nina Simone. Since their inception in 2006, Grand Hallway have self-released two full-lengths (2007's "Yes is the Answer" and 2009's "Promenade"), an EP ("We Flew Ephemera", 2008) and a live album backed by an orchestra and children's choir ("Live at the Triple Door", 2010). "Yes is the Answer" was also released in Japan by Sideout Records (Bright Eyes, Nada Surf, Cursive, The Velvet Teen). Grand Hallway have honed their dynamic live show with multiple tours of the US and Japan (with Arthur and Yu and Shugo Tokumaru), and performances at festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, Sasquatch, Capitol Hill Block Party, and Bumbershoot, building a solid and loyal fanbase along the way.

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Andy Combs and The Moth with Mitch Montchalin
Friday, March 04, 6pm/free/all age
Describing an artist’s songs as “all over the musical landscape” is one of the small clichés of music journalism—but for Andy Combs and the Moth, it’s not just apt, it’s literal. Combs’ songs are a landscape. “It’s like the Enchanted Forest down near Salem,” the curly haired 25-year-old says, referring to the aging roadside theme park. “This is where cowboy stuff happens, and this is where the Olde English towne is, and this is a tunnel that takes you to some freaky lair next to the sea, where there’s a bunch of creatures.” But Combs’ world can be even weirder: Here’s a tower where a mad scientist builds men with tarantula legs (designed for winning footraces); there’s a mountain where the back-country folk hang murderers—and then hang their ghosts. Even in a town with some damn outlandish songwriters, Andy Combs’ music—Ween-esque genre-bending eclectica meets Danny Elfman’s dark whimsy—stands out.

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Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers CD release party!
Thursday, February 17, 6pm/Free/All Age
NPR loves Emma Hill, and so will you— if you appreciate a honeyed voice, lonesome pedal steel and catchy folksy Americana. Last fall, songwriter and folk singer Emma Hill caught national attention in the form of an NPR feature on her unorthodox jet tour of North America. Taking advantage of an “All You Can Jet” pass, Ms. Hill and bandmate Bryan Daste spent a month plane-hopping the continent, bringing her brand of country-tinged folk to venues throughout North America. And now the 23-year old Alaskan native is back with a full band album called Meet Me at the Moon, released under the moniker Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers. Recalling Whiskeytown and the Be Good Tanyas, Meet Me at the Moon offers up a host of indie folk songs and Americana odes.

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Willy Vlautin and Laura Gibson with Rian Beach
Thursday, February 10, 6PM/Free/All Age
Willy Vlautin, frontman for alt country band Richmond Fontaine will be reading from his latest novel, Lean on Pete. Told from the perspective of fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson, Lean on Pete (2010) is the story of a boy left to fend for himself by his wayward single father. Charley wanders to Portland Meadows racetrack one day and finds work with a surly, washed up horse trainer. He befriends an aging quarter horse named Lean on Pete, and before long, Charley and Pete find themselves alone in an unforgiving landscape scattered with a vivid cast of characters, desperate situations, and glimmers of hope. Lean on Pete has been shortlisted for a 2011 PNBA Award, was placed at #3 on The Independent’s “50 Best Winter Reads“, is one of Roddy Doyle’s four favorite books of the year, made Uncut’s Top Ten Books of 2010 and the Oregonian‘s and Chicago Sun Times‘ Best Books of 2010, and was Hot Press #1 Book of the Year. His books will be available for sale and signing this evening. A few comments about Laura's last album...One of the year's most breathtaking albums. Beasts of Seasons is nothing short of a masterpiece, both for its flawless and often haunting execution and for its inspired statements on the human experience. If it's the sonic equivalent of darkness and what may be lurking there, then Gibson's fragile voice and plaintively strummed guitar soon emerge as a flicker of light. It's a mesmerizing contrast, as the curtain rises for Gibson's beautifully gloomy and arresting meditations on life and death.” NPR National Public Radio “A new soundtrack for your next long hike through the enchanted forest." Rolling Stone... This will be an amazing evening!

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Thomas Paul SIX CD release party!
Tuesday, January 11, 6pm/free/all age
Thomas Paul and his BIG band! New music, new CD! Rockin' roots to jazz to gentle ballads, it's all here folks, with plenty of interesting instruments and sounds. Come prepared to groove!

4th annual Christmas Variety Show hosted by JD Kindle and the EO Playboys
Sunday, December 19,

James Dean Kindle w/ El Double
Wednesday, December 08, 6pm/free/all age

Wine Tasting with Jonas Wines of Washington
Friday, November 19, 4:30-7:00 PM

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SNDTRKR with Thomas Paul & Kelsey Swope
Thursday, November 18, 6pm/free/all age
SNDTRKR (Soundtracker) is a live performance-based film scoring A/V project comprised of Krist Krueger and Eli Jemison from Southerly. Writing live soundtrack music on stage to select films and self-filmed/edited video as well as at times simply creating soundscapes to compliment the room.

Opening the show is two singer/songwriters on tour performing solo and maybe a time or two together. Both draw from the same raw roots-inspired folk well.

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Dirty Mittens
Friday, November 12, 6pm/free/all age
"There are plenty of pop bands in Portland, plenty of bands who know a good hook and can turn a good melody - but nobody pushes the boundaries of pop so expertly in this town as Dirty Mittens. They are sweet (yes) and twinkly (sometimes), and singer Chelsea Morrissey's voice will remind you instantly of a holy mishmosh of some of the greats. Expertly 60's girl group synths, campfire anthem shouts, guitar and horn licks that harken as much from the Talking Heads as from the MG's. The result is mystery-magical-oh so wonderful." Read more: http://www.myspace.com/dirtymittensband

Beer Tasting with Deschutes Brewing
Thursday, November 11, 4:30-7:00 PM

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Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Wednesday, November 03, 6pm/free/all age
Sallie Ford hails from Asheville, North Carolina, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoying a musical upbringing surrounded by performers, she grew up playing the guitar and the violin in addition to singing. On a whim, Ford pulled up her Carolina roots and moved across the country to Portland, Oregon, where she has been writing songs since 2006. She met drummer Ford Tennis and bassist Tyler Tornfelt in 2008, and then a year later met lead guitarist Jeff Munger while he was performing on the streets. Though inspired by the vocal stylings of old jazz, blues and soul singers like Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Etta James, Sallie and her three-piece band, 'The Sound Outside,' also seek a contemporary sound to throw into the mix. Continuing to enjoy the musical community in Portland, Oregon, Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside self-released their first EP 'Not An Animal' in May 2009. Their debut full-length album is forthcoming, and has a release date planned in Fall 2010. www.myspace.com/sallieford

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Strangled Darlings
Thursday, October 28, 6pm/free/all age
"Imagine Tom Waits and Jack White drinking in a Romani dive bar, then haphazardly mixing DNA. That miracle baby might resemble PDX art-folk group, Strangled Darlings. Using an arsenal of old-time instruments—mandolin, accordion, violin and more—the group wades through a spooky realm of melting-pot Americana that resembles Waits' music, minus the Cookie Monster growl." ~ Willamette Week Read more: http://www.myspace.com/strangleddarlings

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Hillfolk Noir
Wednesday, October 27, 6pm/free/all age
Filtered through a half-century of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll, and fed by family history and an affinity for acoustic mountain music, medicine show culture and Depression-era string-band blues, Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar roots gumbo is, like the carnival midway, at once inviting and foreboding. Hillfolk Noir has performed with James McMurtry, Built to Spill, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Gerald Collier, Heroes and Villains, Train, Jesse Dayton, the Dusty 45s, Neva Dinova, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Gourds, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and tons of other great acts that you may or may not have heard of. Read more: http://www.myspace.com/hillfolknoir

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Michael Miller w/Cydney Robinson
Monday, October 18, 6pm/free/all age
"Glorious post-psychedelia... Michael Miller's lyrical poetic cleverness and indefinable, multi-layered, uncategorisable, psychedelic American indie-pop is a quite splendid concoction and a pop opera extravaganza." A Texas born singer/songwriter with the soul of The Greats! Cydney drove out to California with a Uhaul attached to the back of her Camaro, a handful of cash bound with a rubber band and a six-string guitar in the passenger seat. She now resides in California, and has just completed her first album with the acclaimed producer, ‘Tony Hoffer’ who has worked with other incredible artist such as Beck, Belle and Sebastian, The Thrills, The Kooks, The Fratellis. . . to name a few. www.myspace.com/michaelmillercrusade www.myspace.com/cydneyrobinson

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JD KIndle amd the Eastern Oregon Playboys w/ Henry Duster in the street
Friday, October 08, 6pm/free/all age
James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys have enjoyed tremendous response from audiences of all ages while playing venues from dive-bars, coffee shops and house parties to rodeo arenas, water parks and even medium-security prisons for inmates on good-behavior (No joke!) Two tracks from their new album have already been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting. With all this behind them and a full-length in the bag, the band has begun recording songs for their next installment of their Depravity Hymnal. Also the new band, Henry Duster, from Rian Beach and Jackie Penny, will be showing Pendleton their new material! Read more: http://www.myspace.com/jdkindleeoplayboys#ixzz10t2ykJPE

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J.D. Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys
Saturday, September 18, 7ish
James Dean Kindle has been writing songs since his teenage years and cut his teeth early on in a punk band called The Sick Kids (with childhood friend Paul Collins who now plays in the band Beirut.) He continued his solo career living at times in Portland, Eugene, Or., and Richland, Wa. often playing with a revolving cast of backing bands as well as a stint as a member of alt-country rockers Blue Is Cold. When he returned to Pendleton, his long-time friends Matt, Brian and Peter naturally came together to back him up on a few songs for shows. The chemistry was familiar and soon The Eastern Oregon Playboys were formed. On his own, JD has shared showbills with artists like Pete Krebs, The Helio Sequence, Calvin Johnson, Laura Gibson and Jason Webley and with the band he’s played with Point Juncture, Wa., Blitzen Trapper and in 2008, opened for Beirut at a sold-out show at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys have enjoyed tremendous response from audiences of all ages while playing venues from dive-bars, coffee shops and house parties to rodeo arenas, water parks and even medium-security prisons for inmates on good-behavior (No joke!) Two tracks from their new album have already been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting. With all this behind them and a full-length in the bag, the band has begun recording songs for their next installment of their Depravity Hymnal. Read more: http://www.myspace.com/jdkindleeoplayboys#ixzz0wRStkxCW

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The Thomas Paul Band
Friday, September 17, 7ish

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Round-Up L'Ecole Wine Tasting and Full Sail Beer Tasting
Thursday, September 16, 5-8 PM
Great Walla Walla wine, Awesome Hood River Beer, and the Nick Jaina Band in one place during the Pendleton Round-Up??? You' gotta be kidding me!

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Nick Jaina Band
Thursday, September 16, 7ish
Nick Jaina is an alt-folk bandleader from Portland, OR, and his is the story of one man’s willingness to be obsessed at his own risk. He is a fine writer of prose and if it weren't for his infatuation with music and performing he’d probably be sitting up in his room churning out novels instead of songs. His band, featuring members of Jolie Holland, Loch Lomond, and Laura Gibson, is the result of five albums worth of playing in the streets, touring, sometimes living hungry, and sometimes selling out shows to the ravenous fans who’ve found them. From his high concept records to his busking in front of national monuments and his tours in Finland, Alaska and everywhere in the continental United States, Nick loves to experiment, but he’s suffered for it. He has run out of money, slept in his car, booked tours from the road, and sacrificed relationships at home for the good of his art. The result is an incredible talent, live show, and band unparalleled in Portland. On tour they often play two shows, one in the club they were booked and one in the street to boost attendance and sell a few records. At the end of the day though all of this patience and dedication has made Nick sort of a loner, conflicted and uneasy, like captain Ahab at the end of the bar, the white whale tugging at the back of his mind. But like Hank Chinaski said in barfly: “No writer who wrote worth a damn wrote in peace." Read more: http://www.myspace.com/nickjaina#ixzz0wRP26KuR

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The Starlings
Wednesday, September 08, 6pm
From their website: "Since emerging on the Americana/folk scene in 2005, The Starlings have been releasing records and touring the nation in a short, yellow bus called Saunders. En route to a dusty venue in the southwest, a cozy listening-room in the Midwest, or a well-burnished club in Boston, they are spurred on by the guitar strum, the kick drum, and the music in the spinning wheels all around us."

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Great Pacific 30th Anniversary!
Friday, September 03, 3pm
The Great Pacific first opened its doors for business on September 1, 1980. 30 years later we're still going strong in the very same location! Since then we've added a few more items to the menu and grown a bit but we still love being in Pendleton and have the greatest customers a coffee shop/restaurant/wine bar/pizza joint could ask for! Today only we're serving free cake - baked right here at GP in the pizza ovens! - until it's gone and a sampling of our sparkling wine. Come on down and celebrate with us!

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Thomas Paul with Red Jacket Mine
Thursday, July 29, 6pm/Free/All age
Thomas Paul, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, has performed in Pendleton many times. He has played solo, with power trios, with Country bands, with Rock bands, and also backing-up many fine artists with guitar, mandolin, piano or... This time he brings his band for a "don't miss" show. Joining him is Seattle band Red Jacket Mine -- comprised of singer/songwriter Lincoln Barr, guitar/pedal steel whiz Patrick Porter (who also fronts local rockers Explone, and has played in a host of Seattle bands, including Crystal Radio and the Bourbonites), bassist Ryan Chapman, and drummer Andy Salzman -- they have spent the last four years honing their craft on stages throughout the Northwest, and it shows.

Levi and his new band!
Thursday, July 15, 6pm/free/all age
More info to come.

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Future Historians & JD and the Playboys
Saturday, July 10, 6pm/free/all age
The five-piece band leans toward the rootsier side of the spectrum, offering a hybridization of folk-country and Shur’s unique wordplay, highlighting his strong knack for catchy vocal melodies interspersed with strong indie hooks. The end product is at once jarring and soothing, drifting between the upbeat and the lucid with a fluidity that sucks you right in and keeps you listening.

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Hillstomp
Thursday, June 03, 6pm/Free/All age
Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo HILLSTOMP is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works. Despite their homemade instruments and novel approach, Hillstomp is no novelty act.

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Tyler Fortier
Thursday, May 20, 6pm/Free/All age
Fortier grew up in Camas, Washington, playing in punk bands, then venturing out as a solo performer, initially under the name 11th Avenue Hopeloss and then The Waverly Plan. While attending the University of Oregon, Fortier spent an increasing amount of hours on his writing, building the artistic and poetic muscle that he’s used to craft the emotive and thoughtful lyrics that are found in his music. Before the release of his latest album, Fortier and his deftly woven songs caught the attention of the folks at Ninkasi Brewing, one of the country’s fastest-growing craft breweries. Ninkasi, makers of the internationally renowned Total Domination IPA, extended a sponsorship to Fortier, assisting in the release of the album and lending the brewery’s increasingly well-known name to the songwriter’s tour.

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Nick Jaina
Saturday, April 24, 6pm
Coming April 13th on HUSH Records is a new album from Nick Jaina. Half of it was written on the sunniest hill in California with seven red-tailed hawks circling overhead. The other half was written in the middle of a snowstorm in Portland that shut down the city for a week. The other half was written in a van leaving a Waffle House. Is that three halves? Twelve new songs, featuring Nick's wonderful band. Where the last album was raw and live, this one is polished and purposeful. It is called A Bird in the Opera House. Advance tracks, live sessions, music videos all to come soon. Join us, @ the GP, April 24th to celebrate the new cd and hear new material from Nick and the Band.

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L.A.K.E. w/Calvin Johnson & the Hive Dwellers
Friday, April 16, 6pm/free/all age
Six members, lots of instruments, electronic devices, multiple harmonies, it's like Steely Dan playing forties music! Check them out at myspace.com/lakemusicmusic. Calvin Johnson needs no introduction to this area, but this time he's bringing his most recent band, the Hive Dwellers along. His unique stage presence and deep voice demand attention. Check their youtube videos to get a taste.

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You & Yourn
Thursday, April 08, 6pm/free/all age
Love, then music, then marriage…the story continues. Since 2001, Heather and Nic Dillon have recorded together and toured throughout the United States and Canada, performing with the band Winter In Alaska and under their former name, Casados. Their newest self-engineered/recorded project, It Would Make Things Worse, is a culmination of a sonic evolution that has brought them out of the pedestrian indie-folk-singer-songwriter genre and into their current coat: lyrically-driven, atmospheric chamber-folk. Here you will find a gentler, more deliberate dynamic that alludes not only to the more gleeful aspects of life and love, but also the darker.

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Volifonix
Wednesday, March 24, 6PM/Free/All age
Two Brothers, Two Others, and a Samurai. An unexpected Rock/Soul wildfire from the woods of the Pacific NW... Volifonix is a funk-fried rock band that originated in unlikely Oakland, Oregon with brothers guitarist/vocalist Trevor and drummer/vocalist Blake Forbess. Two bros in voice form an alliance with Elijah Medina after hearing him play bass at rural Sutherlin High School... and the band of three promptly moves to free-art epicenter Eugene, Oregon where they meld styles with University of Oregon student and fellow sonic spelunker, lead guitarist Joe McClain. Winter of 2008… VFX motates to Beverly Beach, Oregon and fuses with Tomo Thesamurai and his saxophone tracks, hailing from Tokyo, Japan. Result: artistic freedom with no bounds and pure muso-theoretical kung fu served up with a muscley groove.

Strangled Darlings
Wednesday, March 24, 6pm/free/all age

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The Irish Singers
Friday, March 12, 6pm
A yearly tradition. Join us at GP on Friday night to get a jump St. Patrick's Day this year! Have an ice-cold Guinness and sing along to your favorite Irish tunes.

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Kupenga Marimba
Saturday, March 06, 6pm
"Listening to a marimba band is an experience not soon forgotten," says local music instructor Carla Arnold. "The sound is as much felt as heard, and the lively and complex rhythms will have you wanting to jump up and dance, which the band encourages."

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Y La Bamba
Saturday, February 20, 6pm
"Luz Elena, the lead singer of Y La Bamba, is an illusion in flesh and bone, a mirage that turns out to actually be there. A six-foot tall only daughter of Mexican immigrants to the USA, she looks like she peeled off of a National Geographic cover, spun through a tattoo parlour and hitched a 1000 mile ride on a mule. She seems 'of the earth' but writes songs that leave all our usual perceptions earthbound. Her lyrics, flowing as if from the pages Gabriel Garcia Marquez, are in fact shaped by classic struggles, with family, God and the experience of an extended and debilitating illness." - Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Rauelsson
Friday, February 12, 6pm
Born in Spain, but self-considered an adopted Oregonian, Rauelsson experiences the joys of living in Portland several months a year. He sings songs and attempts to connect the Spanish-east coast Mediterranean light that saw him growing up with the intense green landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. A friend called him: another case of “old world meets new world”. Rauelsson cares about the idea that songs are living creatures that end up having independent lives and lifestyles, and exist beyond the composer; postcards in time constantly sent to the writer and the listener. He likes HUSH records and, in case you haven’t noticed yet, he sings en Español.

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J.D. Kindle alone with instruments
Wednesday, February 10, 6pm
J.D.'s dramatic songs accompanied by J.D. Soulful and melodic, sometimes funny, J.D. pours out emotion and grit through his original compositions.

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Hillfolk Noir
Friday, January 29, 6pm
"Whether its the tolling bells of deathbed fevers, the loping swagger of a stranger in town walking down mainstreet as every gunslinger in town stops and stares, or the wagon trains of woe rolling past desolate, arid, landscapes on a breeze of radiation, Ward and his Hillfolkers flow through the last wisps of a world gone very wrong for the protagonist with crooked, receding grins at reapers grim and eager as they transcend the alt.country hokum with a full-tilt-off-kilter medicine show of captivating enchantment that should diffuse beyond the canyons, badlands and sad-swaying hillsides of Idaho."

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Hillstomp
Thursday, January 14, 6PM/Free/All age
"Hillstomp sounds like the best kinds of music from the hills have come down from said hills, into town, and tried to make nice, but instead decided to stomp you with awesome, crunchy blues licks." ~OregonLive

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Grand Hallway
Tuesday, December 01, 6PM/Free/All age
Grand Hallway is an eight piece orchestral pop band from Seattle, Washington. Featuring singer/songwriter Tomo Nakayama (Asahi, Jen Wood Trio) and various members of local favorites Voyager One, the Maldives, Sleepy Eyes of Death, Widower, and Shenandoah Davis, Grand Hallway's lush, baroque pop songs evoke influences such as The Smiths, Andrew Bird, the Beach Boys, and Nina Simone. Since their inception in 2006, they have self released a full-length "Yes is the Answer" (2007) and an EP "We Flew Ephemera" (2008). "Yes is the Answer" was released in Japan by Sideout Records (Bright Eyes, Nada Surf, Cursive, The Velvet Teen). In the two years following the release of their debut album and the follow up EP, Grand Hallway have honed their live show with tours of the West Coast and Japan (with Arthur and Yu and Shugo Tokumaru), local shows at Neumo's, Tractor Tavern, and the Crocodile, and performances at the 2008 Sasquatch! Festival, building a solid and loyal fanbase along the way.

EOU African Drum Ensemble
Monday, November 23, 6pm

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Vandaveer
Monday, November 16, 6:00 PM
Have you ever waltzed on a frozen lake? Or busked for change with a guitar strung with rusty barbed wire? Perhaps Mark Charles Heidinger hasn't either but if you listen to "Divide & Conquer", the second album by Heidinger's nom de plume Vandaveer, you might just believe whatever he tells you. Like valentines stuffed in dusty shoe boxes, Vandaveer's lush folk music can make you nostalgic for feelings you don't remember ever having. Hitting GP fresh off a European tour, this show maybe the last chance you'll have to catch this guy in such an intimate setting before he becomes a household name.

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Jay Nash, Shane Alexander, and Joey Ryan
Wednesday, November 11, 6pm

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Hillfolk Noir with Thomas Paul
Monday, October 26, 6pm
...country tinged, delta bluesed, psychedelic, swamp shack rags...

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The Ben Macy Trio CD release tour!
Thursday, October 15, 6pm
While performing in a number of bands in high school and college, a friend introduced Ben to a type of music called “jazz” through the simple act of loaning him an Oscar Peterson CD. The amazing musicianship and incredible rhythm of the music instantly hooked the budding pianist. Ben went out and bought a fake book, got a few friends together and started playing jazz. His first trio played together for almost three years, and worked their way up from local coffee houses to play featured shows at Jazz de Opus and the Portland Art Museum. His first album, the self-produced From Scratch, received great reviews from the Willamette Week and other local papers. "Macy's original compositions and taste in covers gives the new group a solid foundation from which to branch out." - The Oregonian "Macy's refreshingly original but still straight-ahead compositions should appeal to a variety of jazz fans." - Eugene Weekly

Colin Lake and Wellbottom Let'er Buck!
Saturday, September 19, 7 PM

Howlin' Houndog
Thursday, August 13, 6pm/All ages

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Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags
Thursday, August 06, 6 pm/All ages
Contrary to contemporary music trends, Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags do not fit neatly into a “scene,” nor do they care to. Instead, they play gritty, melodic songs that float somewhere between an old school 60’s/70’s folk rock aesthetic and a contemporary alt-country, Americana furnace blast. Barr’s disturbing yet comfortable boozy vocal style and emotionally incisive songwriting sit front and center, flanked by a 6 piece outfit that can deliver weepy grooves, jangly tin-pan alley pop, suicidal ballads, garage rock, grinding two-steps and near psychedelic opuses, all while sounding like a true band. Acoustic guitar, pedal steel and keyboards tangle with overdriven guitar; four part harmonies recall the Beach Boys and the Band; full throttle drums irreverently confuse country and rock. Their style can be reminiscent of Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, the Pogues and Pink Floyd, all within a single song. With influences ranging from Merle Haggard to the Flaming Lips, their sound undeniably borrows from the classics, draws from their contemporaries and crosses many borders - yet remains distinctively their own.

JD Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys
Tuesday, July 28, 6pm/All ages

Big Steve and the Trainwreck CD RELEASE PARTY!
Saturday, July 25, 6pm/All ages

Andy Combs and the Moth w/Dayton Dean
Friday, July 24, 6pm/All ages

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Lincoln Crockett and Chris Kokesh
Wednesday, July 01, 6pm
Lincoln is the mandolin player and songwriter for the progressive bluegrass band, Cross-Eyed Rosie. In late 2007 he released a solo album that recieved rave reviews. The Oregonian said, "Crockett has released a new solo project that radiates all that's good about the progressive side of bluegrass. A sterling mandolin picker, guitarist and compelling singer, he has produced a 12-song piece of work that new-grassers will gravitate to like moths to a porch light." Lincoln has played venues accoss the country ranging from Telluride Bluegrass Festival to local bars and houseconcerts. Chris Kokesh is the fiddle player and songwriter for Misty River. Misty River has toured all over the nation and sold over 50,000 copies of their 5 albums. Chris, as a solo artist, has won numerous awards including Best Song from the Portland Songwriters Association. Together these two share tight instrumentals, mesmerizing vocal harmonies and a musical repertoire that includes both Lincoln and Chris’ solo songwriting prowess.

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Andy Combs and the Moth
Thursday, June 25, 6pm/free/all age
Even in a town with some damn outlandish songwriters, Andy Combs’ music—Ween-esque genre-bending eclectica meets Danny Elfman’s dark whimsy—stands out. So does his band. For a long time there was no “Moth,” just Combs trying to play his elaborately orchestrated songs by himself. But this spring the Moth became real—featuring members of Combs’ old group, Point Juncture, WA, ex-Thermals drummer Lorin Coleman and a host of others—complete with accordion, xylophone and, occasionally, bassoon. Not only does it finally do his complex compositions justice, it’s getting a lot more attention from fans and venues alike.

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Hillstomp!! Bucket n Slide Brand Rock n Roll
Thursday, June 11, 6pm/All ages
"The bandmates balance the primitive drone of the Southern hills with a concentrated postpunk attack that keeps the music moving at a fever pitch. Before rock and roll, people danced to the blues, as Hillstomp reminds us with a thunderous groove." according to the Miami New Times.

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Leslie and the Badgers w/Olin and the Moon
Wednesday, June 10, 6 pm all ages
"Los Angeles-based Leslie & the Badgers make the exact style of country music you wish Jenny Lewis had when she dabbled her feet in the country waters. No offense to her Rabbit Fur Coat, which is fine, but damn if Leslie & the Badgers don't put her to shame. The Badgers generously use the weepiest pedal steel, have sweetly mournful tear-in-your-beer lyrics, and singer Leslie Stevens holds it all together with incredible delivery and even more impressive pipes. Unfortunately No Depression just called it quits, because if there ever was a band that magazine was going to break, this is it." ROB SIMONSEN, The Portland Mercury

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Alexa Wiley
Thursday, April 30, 6 pm all ages
“With sirens song and a voice that launched a thousand ships, Alexa Wiley’s singing style is potent, tenacious, and spiritual. Wiley can be found performing…love songs for…humanity.” -Yasa, The Muse Matrix 2005, www.themusematrix.org ‘Alexa Wiley… is proficient at finger picking, rhythm, and slide work.…if you’re looking to get a casual laid back brew and taste of the world folk beat, then check it out…” -Alex Fontana, Positively Entertainment may 2005

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Karli Fairbanks w/Henry Nordstrom and band
Tuesday, April 14, 6 pm all ages
Watching a Karli Fairbank’s set is an oddly consuming experience. Haunting, ethereal and wise beyond her twenty odd years, Karli Fairbank’s voice is captivating. Bringing to mind the whiskey-tongued weariness of Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin, Karli steps almost effortlessly into a long tradition of ladies who know how to take up their guitar and put a broken heart to good use. Not to call Karli anything but original; her songs display a healthy respect for beautiful voices both past and present whilst at the same time retaining a brave edge, unique to her own story.

Thomas Paul w/ JD Kindle @ the Eastern Oregon Playboys
Thursday, March 26, 6pm
"House On Fire" is a 10-song, 42 minute tour-de-force that combines elements of swing, funk, country, indie-rock, bluegrass, lounge jazz, blues, psychedelia, bedroom folk and Latin music. The album will be released on March 27, 2009 and features the considerable talents of some of Boise's finest musicians. Dave Manion (pedal and lap steel, baritone, and tres guitars), Bob Nagel (upright bass), Blake Durst (drums, percussion), Jonah Shue (violin, fiddle), Max Shue (trumpet), Melissa Wilson (cello) and Sean Aucutt (pandera tambourine) all lent their efforts to the sessions.

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The Irish Singers
Friday, March 13, 6pm
Come on down to the GP Friday night for a St. Patrick's Day tradition! Ok, so it's not *on* St. Patrick's Day but you can start celebrating a bit early. Grab a pint of Guinness and sing along with Irish tunes!

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Kupenga Marimba
Saturday, March 07, 6 pm
African marimba music with 7!! hand-made marimbas, drums and vocals. More to come.

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Colin Lake and Wellbottom
Monday, February 16, 6pm
In early 2007 Colin released his debut album "Wax Wane", a blues-infused romp through love, death, and politico that included a slough of well-crafted original tunes alongside covers of Bukka White and Chris Whitley, one of Colin's strongest modern influences. Later that year, Lake won the 2007 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition and would prove himself as a stellar solo blues performer to his largest audience yet. Meanwhile, back in Portland, the sound that Lake had been dreaming of years earlier had taken shape and was now hitting it's stride in the form of "Welbottom", the band that Colin formed in 2006. Steeped in jazz, funk, and blues, CL&W features a monster rhythm section and inovative instumentation. In October of 2007, CL&W retreated to the Cascade Mountains of Washington to record their new album "Bullet". Tracked over two days and recorded live in one room, the album features over an hour of epic tunes and uncanny interplay, along with Lake's best songwriting and vocal performances to date. Now a touring act, the band has played venues thoughout the western U.S. as well as the Waterfront Blues Festival and the Crystal Ballroom here in Portland. Bullet's very warm reception and the band's growing reputation for high-energy live performances have landed CL&W on stages that Lake could only dream of as he rode north seven years ago.

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Musee' Mecanique
Friday, February 13, 6 PM
Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie, the core members of Musee Mecanique, recently acquired a hefty stack of National Geographics dating all the way back to 1934. Inside the weathered pages laden with tales of ambition, science and discovery, these twentysomethings found the story of Lt. Thomas Selfridge, the first person to die in an airplane. And so was born The Propellors, a melancholic synth- and glockenspiel-driven elegy, an ode to the romance of 20th century invention. Using such disjointed narratives and fragmentary time pieces, these peddlers of the past dust off our collective history and give it a loving new sheen. In a crowded corner of the Red & Black Cafe, Ogilvie’s face lights up when he describes the hand-cranked music boxes and animations that inhabit the San Francisco museum from which the band takes its name. Much like the museum’s glassed-in mechanical pieces, each of the band’s songs embodies its own process and exists in its own world. Ogilvie and Rabwin sing like heartfelt collectors, gracefully constructing heritages around found subjects. But Ogilvie pensively notes that the band encompasses a vintage sound “while still looking to the future.” Mirroring his words, Musee Mecanique’s songs build on artifact-centric ideas using layers of new and old sounds—Old World instruments such as saw, pedal steel, cello and oboe, for instance, mingle with space-y synth. The band is constantly stumbling upon new sonic gadgetry as part of its perpetual rummaging; not surprisingly, the guys live in close proximity to Goodwill’s “bins.” With its eclectically full sound, the ensemble band is now working to translate such measured delicacies onto the stage. Live shows are “liberating in a way,” says Rabwin, and “frustrating” in another, adds Ogilvie, who confronts eight keyboards during a performance. Still deep in the studio, mixing with Tucker Maritine (most notable for work with The Decemberists), the band won’t release its debut full-length album ’til next fall. Yet the gears are in motion, with a slew of April shows planned and talk of an appetite-whetting EP in the works. “Often people tell us the music leaves them feeling unsettled…and it is! It is unsettling!” Ogilvie proudly exclaims. Indeed, Musee Mecanique’s songs revel in the mysterious, never fully articulating the memories or myths on which they are based. The end result is a collection of beautiful anachronisms, grounded in no particular time. It’s atmospheric, music-box folk that unearths only a pinhole view into other worlds—worlds that glow restlessly with an irreconcilable modernity that’s, well, perfectly unsettling.

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Colin Lake
Saturday, January 03, 6 PM
Lake's soulful vocal style, dripping slide-guitar tone, and gripping, introspective lyrics could easily have you confusing this 27 year old for a road-weary gunslinger twice his age. But as Lake clearly draws from a musical well that is older than us all, his style and approach to the music are decidedly modern.

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Rockin' Christmas Concert w/all your favorite musicians
Sunday, December 21, Sunday before Ch
JD Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys, King Kong and the Rumbleriffs, Paul Collins, Day Moanstar, Tanya Wildbill, and more will be playing all your favorite Holiday songs you've never heard. Have yourself an alternative little Christmas!

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Andy Combs and the Moth w/King Kong and the Rumble Riffs
Wednesday, December 17, 6 PM
From the misty mountains of Orgomus in the tiny village of Ashloppolinopoliston there echoed one day long ago the great beast of Gantramicus whose terrifying voice shook the emerald hills with a ancient chant of a hundred thousand demons and their broom filled clutches. The thunderous clammering was so great that it spun the green planet off of its axis and forced every dweller upon it into a deep confusing sleep that trapped them all inside a lute that had been clammered upon for ten years straight. The lutesman was a kind fellow but one that was strucken under an enchanting spell which was cast upon him by a strange and powerful wizard of the hills. So ten years before the howl of Gantramicus he began strumming thusly upon the dragon stringed six-lute and piping upon the french laden harp-o-blosticus singing songs of spiders and pielights, cereals and desert lands, long winters and midnight suns. After years of carting about the western land with many other minstrels and pipers of the sort the lad found himself in the far and distant lands of Colorogisbury, the very place he was born, where he had no chariot of woodsmen but only his lute and harp to sing to the kind folk of the land with. Soon he began to strum and clammer upon other instumapods as well such as the banjomaphone and the accordio-oggatron, plus many others*. Two and one half yeermanons have past forth and the lad still plays from town to village and from village to town and back. Moving about in his octopus-car and secretly being followed everywhere by the mysterious moth! Now he resides in the emerald hills of Portapomagrofoliston where he met the amazing Sir Dustonatron of the 5th league and many others beginning the mighty quest into the firey planet sun.

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Leigh Marble
Thursday, December 04, 6 PM
A cross between Tom Waits and Fugazi: rooted in folk forms, yet idiosyncratically smart and sharp. Junkyard Americana, some might call it, with a scrappy sound descended from punk rock minimalism. Leigh's live show features propulsive drumming from Jason Russell, supple organ and accordion work from Ben Macy, and Marble's tight rhythms pumped out on an amped-up acoustic guitar.

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Weinland
Friday, November 21, 6 PM
"My early contender for local album of the year, "La Lamentor' is a disc to cherish" - The Oregonian "Damn is it beautiful" - Willamette Week "Weinland, La Lamentor: Portland, Ore., band led by Adam Shearer puts forth fragile, folky songs that at times evoke elements of Neil Young. (Not all evokers of Neil Young are worth spending time with, but this act is.)" - USA TODAY "If you've heard any of Weinland's other music, though, Shearer's songwriting voice is unmistakable. It's got one foot in the self-affirming whisper of Elliott Smith, and the other in the mud puddle of Gold Rush-era Neil Young. Meanwhile, the other members of Weinland frame the tunes in American Gothic architecture." - The Portland Mercury

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Kaylee Cole w/JD Kindle and Late Harvest
Thursday, November 13, 6pm
With the release of her first full-length album this month, We’re Still Here Missing You, Cole goes to show how art that emerges quickly and effortlessly is often the stuff that penetrates the deepest into the core of its audience. It’s the blackberry bush that pops up out of nowhere—ripe, healthy, and confident—then quickly becomes the fruit, the comfort, the decadence that you rely on most. You didn’t even know how much you craved/adored/needed blackberries, but when they thrust themselves into your universe, they are simultaneously exotic and familiar. A welcome change from your supermarket apples and bananas; they are repeatedly refreshing.

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DJ PETER WALTERS ELECTION NIGHT DANCE PARTY
Tuesday, November 04, 6:00 PM
Here in Oregon, we vote by mail. Its great! You get a couple of weeks to fill out your ballot, You don't have to take time away from work and you can literally vote naked if you'd like (in the privacy of your own home of course). So just as you have no excuse NOT to vote, all that time you save not having to stand around in line on November 4th means you have no excuse NOT to be at DJ PETER WALTERS' Grand Ol' Dance Party! Come celebrate democracy by shaking what Lady Liberty gave you...

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These United States
Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 PM
These United States might just be the most relevant band ever these days, with their album about crime, sin, indecency and overindulgence (during this hot political season), with their Dylanesque, Wilco-meets-Kerouac vibe, or with their video for “Get Yourself Home” - built from Depression-era film archives, and about money, greed and sin - released right before the economic crisis. "Crimes" has been featured on Wired, Pitchfork, Paste, RCRDLBL, Brooklyn Vegan, JamBase, Daytrotter, MOKB, and more.

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Karli Fairbanks
Monday, October 13, 6 PM
With ethereal vocals of flawless perfection and control, Karli proves she has the discipline of a masterful songstress. The imagery and metaphor of her lyrics causes one to be still, ponder and discover personal associations in every song.

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Hillstomp
Thursday, September 18, 6 PM
"The bandmates balance the primitive drone of the Southern hills with a concentrated postpunk attack that keeps the music moving at a fever pitch. Before rock and roll, people danced to the blues, as Hillstomp reminds us with a thunderous groove."

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The Wasteland Kings
Saturday, September 13, 6:30
A little bit outlaw, a little bit rock. Vocals as smooth as honey on burnt toast and blistering guitar leads, this band digs deep into "Alt Country" and "Roots" music.

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JD Kindle and The Eastern Oregon Playboys w/Blue is Cold
Friday, September 12, 6:30
JD Kindle needs no introduction at the GP. If we had a "house band" these guys would be it! Eclectic, irreverent and irrepressible, a bunch of talented musicians who can fire up an audience! Blue Is Cold will get things started with their brand of rockin' Hayseed Music.

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Imperial Twang
Thursday, September 11, 6:30
Round-Up!!!!!! Their Myspace influences say it all..."Foot-long pepperoni sticks, busch beer, non-fiction, & an uncorked bottle of Pendleton Whiskey. Also, Willie Nelson." If you can keep yourself from dancing, you'd better check your pulse!

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Point Juncture Washington
Wednesday, September 10, 6:30
Round-Up!!! You know those classic bands that really matter, not just because they write great music, but because they love each other and it shows in their playing? Those bands who have not a shred of smarmy pretentiousness and love to play music more than anything? Those bands who are dorky and unfashionable and couldn't care less? Point Juncture, WA is one of those bands.

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Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags
Thursday, August 21, 6 PM
Contrary to contemporary music trends, Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags do not fit neatly into a scene, nor do they care to. Instead, they play gritty, melodic songs that float somewhere between an old school 60s/70s songwriter aesthetic and a contemporary alt-country Americana furnace blast. Barr's disturbing yet comfortable boozy vocal style and emotionally incisive songwriting sit front and center, flanked by a 6-piece outfit that can deliver weepy grooves, jangly tin-pan alley pop, suicidal ballads, garage rock, grinding two-steps and near psychedelic opuses, all while sounding like a true band.

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Johanna Kunin w/ Small Sur
Tuesday, August 12, 6 PM
Words do little justice to capture the sounds of sheer beauty and serenity emitted from Seattle’s Johanna Kunin. The singer-songwriter lays down a sprinkling of piano while her ethereal (“sadly angelic,” according to her website) vocals sway and swoon and soar across wide plains of emotional conviction. Tour-mate (and fellow musician in the close-knit Northwestern scene) Jeremy Hadley adds appropriate accents of bass, guitar, and mixing effects, careful not to overpower Kunin’s voice as it moves from cathedral-inspired harmony to Tori Amos-inspired pop-poetry.

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Rock and Roll Camp
Monday, July 28,
Rock and Roll 2008! Open to all. Northwest bands converge on Pendleton to help teach, train and jam with you. Don't miss it. The last week in July culminating in a great concert featuring the campers and band members! Peter Walters is assembling an awesome bunch of musicians and tech. people to inspire everyone. For more info. call the Pendleton Art Center at 541-278-9201.

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Maldives
Thursday, July 24, 6 PM
The day had left me tired in a strange way, and I was about in the mood to skip supper and lay down in the short grass and rest, lay there and watch the white moon move across the sky. I flipped a stick into the tank and watched it bob on the rising water. It made me think of an old hillbilly song by Moon Mulligan, called "I'll Sail My Ship Alone." With all the dreams I own. Sail it out across the ocean blue, ride me down easy.

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Nick Jaina
Monday, July 21, 6 PM
Nick plays most often with his seven-piece band, which is comprised of wonderfully talented musicians. Every show is a uniquely thrilling experience, with new arrangements and surprises every time. The band includes clarinets, vibraphone, violin, drums, upright bass, electric guitar and other new innovations every time. The lyrics and the depth of the songs themselves are what hold everything together tightly. He has dragged his band around the country, playing wild carousing shows in every town, often two times a night. The band also plays on the street, gathering attention with their improbable set of instruments, and then getting people to dance and clap and sign along, while photographers take pictures and trolley drivers ring their bells.

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Matt Sheehy w/ Brittain Ashford
Thursday, June 26, 6PM
"Intelligent, impassioned and energetic.... Sheehy’s voice mournfully resonates upon a sad song- like a modern update of the Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin.”... he delivers his vocals with passion and conviction.... the music is always thought provoking and jaw-droppingly well executed." SP Clarke, Two Louies Magazine "Through melodies and a voice that seem to travel through the ages, Brittain Ashford weaves encounters, dreams of leaving and nostalgia for a happiness gone, into songs of moving sincerity." - muzzart.fr

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Hillstomp
Thursday, June 19, 6PM
Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo HILLSTOMP is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works.

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Interstate Music Network
Monday, June 16, 6pm
A collaboration of two musicians with Jazz and Classical backgrounds, to create RockFolkJazzy Stuff. Piano, Guitar, Sax and other instruments contribute to a sound that changes from smooth to coarse and back again.

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Trudie Falls and Friends
Thursday, May 29, 6PM
Honky Tonk, the Real Deal. Guitar, bass, drums, pedal steel, and a classic voice...what more can you ask for?

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Andy Combs and the Moth w/special guest
Wednesday, May 21, 6 PM
"When he moved to Portland eight months ago in order to concentrate on the Moth, he enlisted the help of some other So-O transplants to fill out the sound, but still often plays live on his own, saying that it's easier to set up and schedule with only one person to worry about. Combs' albums are self-produced and feature hand drawn covers and liner notes, as well as badass chops. They aren't available in stores and you aren't likely to find him playing at a venue you've heard of before. But he's worth searching out. Combs embodies the ideals that the Portland music scene is supposed to be about: musicianship, self-reliance, pop sensibilities tempered with a general weirdness to profile the squares, but he does it with more tact than other practitioners. He's like our own Daniel Johnston. Except, you know, not mentally ill and obsessed with the devil. Judging from his album covers, Combs seems more partial to robots." (The Rear Guard)

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The Dimes
Friday, May 16, 6PM
At first taste, The Dimes may remind you of a piece of peppermint candy peppermint candy you found in the pocket of an old sweater that’s been hiding in the back of your closet for sometime. Initially you hesitate, but then you take a bite and suddenly your mouth is exploding with a cool, fresh, minty flavor that makes you feel like you just brushed your teeth.

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Finn Riggins
Wednesday, May 07, 6PM
"Idaho's Finn Riggins has a whole lotta tricks up its sleeve—so many, in fact, that it's awfully hard to pin ’em down. One minute, the trio's blasting distortion-loaded, surf-tinged noise à la the Pixies; the next, it's engaging in funk or even ska-based jams that—despite hints of said genres—smack mostly of jangly, joyous rock." -- Amy McCullough / Willamette Week / Portland, OR

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Weinland
Tuesday, April 29, 6PM
"Portland, Ore., band led by Adam Shearer puts forth fragile, folky songs that at times evoke elements of Neil Young. (Not all evokers of Neil Young are worth spending time with, but this act is.) - USA TODAY

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Colin Lake and Wellbottom
Monday, March 31, 6PM
In early 2007, Colin released his debut album, Wax Wane, a blues-infused romp through love, death, and politico that included a slew of well-crafted original tunes. Later that year, Lake won the 2007 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition and would prove himself as a stellar solo blues performer to his largest audience yet. Meanwhile, back in Portland, the sound that Lake had been dreaming of years earlier had taken shape and was now hitting its stride in the form of "Wellbottom", the band that Colin formed in 2006 when he enlisted bass player Kevin Marcotte and drummer Jason Stewart – a monster rhythm section steeped in blues, funk, and jazz.

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El Olio Wolof
Monday, March 24, 6PM
From the Central Californian town of Merced comes El Olio Wolof, invoking majestic kingdoms where Shel Silverstein's brand of playful poetics meets the ebb and flow of dusky indie rock. Their acoustic-based arrangements are spare: acoustic guitar, electric bass, accordion, jazz-influenced drums, keyboards and bells, but the compositions created with these basic elements seem to breathe and take flight. The soothing voices of the band are our bewitching tour guides, escorting and illuminating us through sweeping tales of terror and wonder.

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Laura Gibson
Wednesday, March 19, 6PM
With themes related to the pacific northwest, Laura Gibson writes songs on a nylon-stringed guitar. In November 2004, she self-released an EP, "Amends", produced and engineered by Drew Grow, on a laptop, in a house in Newberg, Oregon. Following this initial release, Laura released her debut full-length in November, 2006 titled "If You Come to Greet Me" on Hush Records. Engineered by Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M Ward, Decemberists) and recorded completely on analog tape, songs on "If You Come to Greet Me" vary from pieces composed with bare-bones guitar and voice, to an orchestra of trumpets, piano, vibraphone, saw, violin, cello, banjo and found sounds. Songs have described as, "haunting portraits of nostalgia and intimacy, of loneliness and wide-eyed hope".

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Early St. Patrick's Day Bash w/The Irish Singers
Friday, March 14, 6PM
Put on your Irish and join us for our annual St. Paddie's affair. Plenty of music and story tellin' from The Irish Singers! Sing the songs you know and learn the ones you don't. A great time guaranteed.

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The Wasteland Kings
Thursday, March 13, 6PM
From Motown to Nashville, Austin to SoCal, you will hear it all with The Wasteland Kings. Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, and Hank Williams can all be heard when you listen between the lines--even in what could be a west coast punk tune. But what you will never hear is this band trying to sound like anyone else. Their straightforward, no gimmicks, rock-solid approach is showcased with the kind of strong lyrics, hard-sell vocals, and deft guitar featuring that not only makes you listen, it makes you believe!

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Musee Mecanique
Wednesday, March 05, 6PM
From New York, these musicians blend many different and unusual instruments to create a rich lush sound that is, at once, pop-rock and also like listening to the soundtrack of a foreign film! If we're lucky they'll be bringing their saw.

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Hillstomp
Thursday, February 14, 6PM
" Hillstomp, a down-home duo whose minimalist blues tunes make 12-bar shuffles seem like epics. Using a slide guitar, a drum set made out of buckets and grill lids, and two high, lonesome voices, Hillstomp can make any club show feel like a front-porch hootenanny. It pays homage to the pre-amplification era without cowboy-costume gimmickry or stiff, stifling reverence, playing its primitive melodies with punk energy. "

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Uni & Her Ukelele
Sunday, February 10, 6 PM
Uni, the neo-vintage pop chanteuse/raconteur gathered up kickpants, a rockhawk and magical ruby slippers for the first time in 2004 and her 20’s punk movement has been gathering strength ever since. On the world tour beat and in the recording studio she competes for the limelight with her prima Donna ukelele ‘Sally Luka’. Originally a singer/songwriter for over a decade, when she met the bawdy Uke she swallowed her pride and joined up for the raucous phenom that became known as Uni & her Ukelele, and having second billing has only made Sally more indignant. Having opened for the likes of James Brown, Huey Lewis, Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Tower of Power, Coco Taylor, Sean Hayes and Jollie Holland to name a few, Sally has had a taste of fame and Uni is now forced to take her to the top. Uni’s lo-fi folk-pop, first album “My Favorite Letter is U” dropped in 2006 and the response was overwhelming. Her original and sincere take on the Ukelele coupled with her sweetly stirring and sometimes-haunting refrains unite to conjure the spectrum of catharsis. Her recent EP “I’m On My Way” introduced her rock-ability with hits like the title track and “Twinkle Twinkle”. This new sound gathered more love from the fans and now the word is spreading magical wildfire.

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Uni & Her Ukelele
Sunday, February 10, 6 PM
Uni, the neo-vintage pop chanteuse/raconteur gathered up kickpants, a rockhawk and magical ruby slippers for the first time in 2004 and her 20’s punk movement has been gathering strength ever since. On the world tour beat and in the recording studio she competes for the limelight with her prima Donna ukelele ‘Sally Luka’. Originally a singer/songwriter for over a decade, when she met the bawdy Uke she swallowed her pride and joined up for the raucous phenom that became known as Uni & her Ukelele, and having second billing has only made Sally more indignant. Having opened for the likes of James Brown, Huey Lewis, Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Tower of Power, Coco Taylor, Sean Hayes and Jollie Holland to name a few, Sally has had a taste of fame and Uni is now forced to take her to the top. Uni’s lo-fi folk-pop, first album “My Favorite Letter is U” dropped in 2006 and the response was overwhelming. Her original and sincere take on the Ukelele coupled with her sweetly stirring and sometimes-haunting refrains unite to conjure the spectrum of catharsis. Her recent EP “I’m On My Way” introduced her rock-ability with hits like the title track and “Twinkle Twinkle”. This new sound gathered more love from the fans and now the word is spreading magical wildfire.

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Uni & Her Ukelele
Sunday, February 10, 6 PM
Uni, the neo-vintage pop chanteuse/raconteur gathered up kickpants, a rockhawk and magical ruby slippers for the first time in 2004 and her 20’s punk movement has been gathering strength ever since. On the world tour beat and in the recording studio she competes for the limelight with her prima Donna ukelele ‘Sally Luka’. Originally a singer/songwriter for over a decade, when she met the bawdy Uke she swallowed her pride and joined up for the raucous phenom that became known as Uni & her Ukelele, and having second billing has only made Sally more indignant. Having opened for the likes of James Brown, Huey Lewis, Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Tower of Power, Coco Taylor, Sean Hayes and Jollie Holland to name a few, Sally has had a taste of fame and Uni is now forced to take her to the top. Uni’s lo-fi folk-pop, first album “My Favorite Letter is U” dropped in 2006 and the response was overwhelming. Her original and sincere take on the Ukelele coupled with her sweetly stirring and sometimes-haunting refrains unite to conjure the spectrum of catharsis. Her recent EP “I’m On My Way” introduced her rock-ability with hits like the title track and “Twinkle Twinkle”. This new sound gathered more love from the fans and now the word is spreading magical wildfire.

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JD Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys
Thursday, January 31, 6 pm
Maybe the last concert with Eastern Oregon Playboy, Cody Nash. Cody has joined the United States Air Force, and will be leaving the band. This concert will be carefully recorded for posterity and there are sure to be a few surprises. Come and enjoy our area's premier singer/songwriter and his great band and......give Cody a big send-off!

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Uni & Her Ukelele, plus Jank
Thursday, January 17, 6 PM
The return of Uni!

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Gina and Her Soul Review
Monday, December 31, 6-9PM
Early New Years Eve, Local R and B Queen, Georgina Mcthrow will rock the house with Her Soul Review band. An earlier evening bash to get your feet moving and your mouth singing along!

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JD Kindle & His Christmas Kvetchers
Sunday, December 23, 4ish
A Christmas party for all! Special guests(that could mean you!).Some traditional, some Rock and Roll Christmas songs. Bring your guests and friends, if you have those things. Sing-a-longs encouraged.

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Leigh Marble
Saturday, December 15, 6 pm
"His whipsmart lyrics; sharp, punk-influenced guitar; and blowhard harmonica put Marble at the head of Portland's singer-songwriter class." -Willamette Week........ 'nuff said

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Georgina Mcthrow
Tuesday, November 27, 6pm
Tuesday after Thanksgiving weekend, the Soul Train stops in Pendleton and turns the Great Pacific into the House of Funk. Bring your dancing shoes and plan to "get down" with Pendleton's own Soul Sister 'Gina and her band.

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SUPER MONSTER
Thursday, November 15, 6 pm
Super Monster attacks with an indie/pop sound that reminds us of a little ol' band from Liverpool,even though they are Brooklynites. These guys will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Nick Jaina
Saturday, November 10, 6 pm
Nick Jaina returns! The GP will be the last night of the current tour before Nick returns home for a little R and R. Every show Nick does is a little different, and reflects an abundance of ideas and influences. An accomplished musician, writer, ditchdigger and producer, you are assured an interesting, musical evening.

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Laura Gibson with Musee Mecanique
Monday, October 15, 6pm
And eclectic mix of instruments, music and rhythms, Musee Mecanique is definitely something different. Laura Gibson's songwriting and beautiful, sometimes haunting melodies will leave you mesmerized. Also don't miss the opening act, local girl Jackie Penny.

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Big Steve and the Trainwreck with Special Guests
Saturday, October 06, 6pm
A night of Blues and Rock with Big Steve and guests to send of Big Steve band member Les Kinnier. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to have a blast with Big Steve and the boys.

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Calvin Johnson with Adrian Orange
Monday, October 01, 6pm
A veteran of the music industry and founder of K records, The GP is very happy to present Calvin Johnson. He's worked with and recorded for music icons including Kurt Cobain. Sure to be like nothing you've heard before, don't miss this show! Also playing is Adrian Orange and Her Band, experimental and lyrical, and local musician Day Moanstar.

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Leviethan with James Dean Kindle
Thursday, September 20,
Leviethan from Heroes and Villains is back! Also GP favorite and local boy, James Dean Kindle.

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Imperial Twang
Saturday, September 15, 6pm
The annual Saturday night Round-Up show at the GP, this show is sure to be packed! Local boys Imperial Twang will be serving up some rock and country hits as well as rockin' originals. Don't miss this show!

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Miriam's Well
Thursday, September 13, 14th time tba
ROUNDUP! Soulful, Rockin', Country, Indie, you figure it out. One of Portland's amazing, unsigned (not for long) bands. These folks are gonna rattle the chandeliers. Great musicians, great music. Boots or no boots-all are welcome!

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Nick Jaina with Ali Ippolito
Thursday, August 23, 6pm
Nick Jaina plays guitar and piano songs of effortless brilliance. He is lucky enough to have wonderful musicians play in his band, which has now grown to a revolving cast of perhaps ten or so people. Members of the bands Heroes & Villains, The Maybe Happening, and others are all involved. Every live show is a different band and an entirely different experience. One time he passed out hymn books with the lyrics to his songs for a heartwarming sing-along experience. Another time the band rendered an arrangement of a song entirely with belleplates (wikipedia it if you don't know what they are.) Another time, a song was brought to life by two dancers dressed as an enchanting sea siren and a hapless sailor. Any given show is not to be missed, as a certain kind of unrepeatable magic is sure to happen.

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The Maldives
Thursday, August 16, 6pm
GP is excited to have The Maldives from Seattle, Wa.

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Mid-week Rock and Roll Celebration with Heroes and Villains and Point Juncture, WA
Wednesday, August 08, 6pm
A show featuring two bands helping out with the second annual Pendleton Rock and Roll Camp. They love Pendleton. They love the GP. We love them. Heroes and Villains are back! We're also happy to welcome back Point Juncture, WA.

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Point Juncture, WA with Johanna Kurin
Thursday, July 26, 6pm
You remember them from last year's Rock and Roll camp and the GP is happy to have them play here for the first time!

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A People's History of Boise, ID with Leviethan, Thomas Paul and Kris Doty
Thursday, July 19, 6pm
You know and love him from Heroes and Villains, GP is proud to present Leviethan! Self-described acoustic/post punk/folk rock artist, this is sure to be a great show. Also on the bill, Thomas Paul and Kris Doty. Sure to be a night of great music.

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Uni & Her Ukelele w/ Pants Pants Pants
Monday, July 09, 6pm
uni and her ukelele joined forces 3 years ago this Christmas... their mission: write songs with magical powers overload the senses with glitter and colorful ribbons and bows become the greatest and most glorious opening act EVER!!! create new and improved christmas songs and take the unicorns back from the hipsters Pants Pants Pants and Uni & Her Ukelele on tour June 29th - July 12th!

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Kristy Kruger w/Leslie Stevens
Thursday, June 28, 6pm
Singer/Songwriter Kristy Kruger has launched a 50-state tour of the United States to honor her brother, Texan soldier Lt. Col. Eric Kruger who was killed in Iraq, Nov. 2, 2006. Ms. Kruger decided to perform in her brother's name in every state in the Union. "He died in the name of this country, so I'd like him to be remembered in every state in this country," she said. A staple in the Dallas acoustic scene, Ms. Kruger has released four albums independently and was awarded the 2006 Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Female Vocalist. Her latest release won the Independent Music Award for Americana Album of the Year and the Dallas Morning News named it one of the top 10 local releases of 2006. Leslie Stevens opens the show with great rockin', folkie, indie stuff that'll light your fire!

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Miraflores
Thursday, June 21, 6pm
Miraflores makes epic Pop songs with playful ambitious melodies. The band is currently promoting their new CD, "Nobody Knows" produced by Jim Brunberg (Box Set, Dirty Martini) and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (American Music Club, The Shins, Tori Amos, Counting Crows, Elton John, Frank Zappa). With guitar, bass, drums, and vocal harmonies, they produce a stripped down pop sound that makes for addictive live shows.

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NoviSplit w/Naim Amor
Saturday, June 09, 6pm
Novi Split hails from San Pedro, Naim Amor from Paris, by way of Tucson and their music is as different as their homes. This is going to be an all out "be-in" with sounds we can only imagine. Check out their websites and guess at what they'll sound like live!

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D Numbers
Tuesday, June 05, 6pm
A little electronica, a lot of Rock, D Numbers is promising you will not sit still! This lil ol' band from Santa Fe will shock and amaze you with their sonic bombardment.

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James Dean Kindle with Audie Darling and Leonard Mynx
Thursday, May 31, 6pm
If you're from 'round here, you don't need an introduction to "JD". From 'The Sick Kids' to 'Blue is Cold' to his solo gigs he has played to many music lovers in the NW. Great songwriting, inventive guitar, and blessed with a beautiful voice, check out his current set with special guests!

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David Grier
Friday, April 27, 6pm
David Grier, a Grammy-winning acoustic guitar player, is considered one of the premier flatpicking guitarists in the world. We are very excited to have him in Pendleton and at the GP. He blends bluegrass and jazz guitar styles into his own with his virtuoso playing.

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Heroes and Villains
Thursday, April 19, 6pm
The Portland gypsy/rock/jazz fusion band that just can't get enough of Pendleton and the GP are back! This will be their third appearance at the GP and we are excited to have them again. With their unique sound and lyrics, every show is different and not to be missed. We're sure to have a packed house for this one, so come early to stake out a spot. As usual, this is a free show with donations for the musicians appreciated.

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Joe Cardillo
Saturday, April 07, 6pm
Live loops, percussion, bass lines, vocals, saxophone, all from one man on stage. Rythmic, soulful sounds with NO PRERECORDED TRACKS! Currently residing in San Diego, Joe is making his way to Pendleton for his ONLY Northwest show.

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Big Steve and the Trainwreck + Special Guests
Saturday, February 24, 6pm
Join Big Steve and the Trainwreck along with local guest artists Gary Grogan, Carl Scheeler, Carolyn Mildenberger, Addison Schulberg, Mark Royal, Dan Emert and Jim White for a show at the GP to benefit the American Cancer Society. Enjoy Blues/Rock favorites plus Big Steve originals and donate money to a good cause. The guest artists will be sitting in with the band for select songs so be sure to catch the whole show!

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The Buckhorn Mountain Boys
Friday, February 16, 6pm
Idaho's premier bluegrass band is back! They've been playing music together since 1976 and pride themselves on playing traditional-based bluegrass with their own unique sound. They played a great show here last year and we're very happy to have them back. This is also our first live music show since we've started serving pizza so come early to get a table!

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J.D. Kindle + Paul Collins
Tuesday, January 09, 6pm
Once again James Dean Kindle and Paul Collins are performing together at the GP. Both local favorites, you'll be captivated by J.D.'s smart lyrics and Paul Collins' unique performance (quite possibly his last in Pendleton for a while). Even if you've heard them here before you're sure to see and experience something different. Support local musicians and be sure not to miss this free show!

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Heroes and Villains
Monday, November 13, 6PM
Their gypsy-tinged carousel-rock will have you moving from the first note struck. They were featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting in August and are touring to promote their new CD, "Turn Your Swords". Don't miss this free show at the Great Pacific!

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Election night jazz with DJ Peter Walters
Tuesday, November 07, 6-8 PM
Calm your election night jitters (regardless of party), with some cool jazz the way it was meant to be listened to...vinyl! That's right, DJ Peter will be spinning real records with real turntables! He will make a historic event even more so. Bring the family, especially grandma and grandpa who never liked 8-tracks and hate cds; even they'll be able to read the playlist on the cover. VOTE!

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Trudie Falls
Friday, October 20, 6PM
A little shuffle here, a little outlaw there, a little go-jump-yourself-off-a-bridge, some rockabilly, and just good old heartfelt country music

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Locals Only Rock & Roll Extravaganza
Wednesday, October 11, 6PM
Fresh from their stage debuts at Pendleton's Rock & Roll Camp, First Grade Classics (think three-guitar harmonies and smoking riffs) and Baj (sweet melodies from an all-girl twee-pop group) will perform at the Great Pacific in this locals-only music extravaganza. J.D. Kindle, a veteran of performing at the GP and other local venues, will also take the stage, as will Rian Beach, one of the founders of Pendleton Overground. Hear great music.. support local and young muscians.. order some great food and drink.. there's just no good reason for you to miss this free show!

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Druha Trava
Thursday, September 28, 6pm
Druha Trava, which means "second grass", is a wonderfully individual band from the Czech Republic. They perform new acoustic world music with bluegrass influences. You might hear bluegrass, covers of American and British artists, or one of their many originals. They have recorded many albums and been awarded three grammys from the Czech Music Academy. Guaranteed to be something different and a taste of music with truly global inspirations.

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Frog Hollow Day Camp
Saturday, September 16, 6pm
Frog Hollow is back! After a successful and fun show at the GP in April, this merry band of funkmasters are making another Pendleton showing on the last day of Round-Up. Take off your cowboy hat and come to the GP for something a little different. These guys are sure to keep you on your feet with their rocking grooves and undeniable funk talent.

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Imperial Twang
Thursday, September 14, 7pm
A truly local band, this show is a great way to celebrate Round-up in Pendleton. You'll hear country, blues and rock originals and covers. The band is also planning to feature several other local blues and bluegrass musicians at this show. Be sure to wear your cowboy boots and get ready to dance!

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Seth Norman
Tuesday, August 22, 6pm
Seth's music is possibly best described as Electronic/Jazz fusion. His music has been featured on NPR and his new CD, Concatenation, is a blend of his many different styles and influences. Armed with a computer and a keyboard in his live performance, he creates full musical pieces with a blend of real intstruments and synthesized sounds.

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Garrison Starr, Peter Bradley Adams, David Meade
Monday, August 14, 6pm
After rocking the house here in May, Garrison Starr is back at the GP! She had such a great time and loved the audience so much she just couldn't stay away. A great time was had by all when she played before and we're happy to have her back. A bargain at the price of free, don't miss this one!

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Trudie Falls
Thursday, August 03, 6pm
A local Pendletonian, Trudie Falls plays country and honkytonk with "whatever honkytonk loving suckers in Pendleton I can get to play with me." She describes her music as "A little shuffle here, a little outlaw there, a little go-jump-yourself-off-a-bridge, some rockabilly, and just good old heartfelt country music." To see more pics and a giant list of Trudie's country/honkytonk influences, be sure to check out her MySpace page:

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Spokane String Quartet
Saturday, July 29, 6pm
The Spokane String Quartet was founded in 1979 in order to bring live, professional chamber music performances to Inland Northwest audiences. For the past 26 years, it has been the only chamber ensemble to present a regular concert series including music from the standard string quartet repertoire, contemporary works, premieres by local composers and music from the Moldenhauer Archives.

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Buckhorn Mountain Boys
Wednesday, June 07, 6pm
Idaho's Premier Bluegrass band featuring veteran musicians whose careers have spanned over 25 years each of playing bluegrass music. This four piece ensemble combines traditional bluegrass with original flair. They've opened shows and shared the stage with several high level national bluegrass acts including the Del McCoury Band and were selected as one of the Top 5 bands in Boise, Idaho in 2004. Free show.

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Paul Collins Dance Machine + James Dean Kindle & Pancakes For Two
Monday, May 22, 6pm
James Dean Kindle is a proud Pendleton native who plays a strange mixture of lo-fi tex-mex C&W rock-n-roll. He has toured nationally and performed with the likes of Calvin Johnson, Pete Krebs, and Kind Of Like Spitting. His backing band, comprised of fellow Pendletonians Matt Vansickle and Cody Nash have made it a habit to change their name with each performance.

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Garrison Starr
Tuesday, May 02, 6pm
Presented by Pendleton Overground, this will be a show not to miss! She's spent time on the road touring with and singing backup for Mary Chapin Carpenter and has opened for Steve Earle. Now she's on a national tour to promote her new Vanguard album, The Sound of You and Me. She switches easily between delicate acoustic songs and hard rocking ballads. Read more at her website. Free show.

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Frog Hollow Day Camp
Saturday, April 29, 6pm
Hailing from Salem, Frog Hollow Day Camp is a fusion of funk and rock that lays down grooves sure to make you move. Employing a range of musical instruments from Moog synthesizers, cowbells and hubcaps to not one but two bass players... there's just no end to the grooves you'll hear from Frog Hollow. Free show.

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Victor Barnes
Saturday, April 22, 6pm
Insurgent Bluegrass! Victor Barnes, of Northern Colorado, has been wearing out shoes on dance floors from Seattle to New Orleans with their original style of bluegrass-infused music since 1999. They've played with national acts like Yonder Mountain String Band, The North Mississippi All-Stars and Railroad Earth at venues across the west. Free show.

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McDougall
Saturday, November 29, 7pm
Scott McDougall from Portland, OR might be the last of the true Romantic-era troubadours: a bardic-like, almost fantasy character that arrives in town with a bass drum on his back and guitar in hand, and sets up at the local pub to sing songs, spin tales, slay lonesome moments, and save the spiritually repressed before whisking out of town like something out of a dream. The puffy beard, the cherubic features, his skill with wit, instrument, and lyric delivered with a wisp of Renaissance flair, he’s like an archetype pulled right out of the glossy illustrations of childhood fable.

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