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Tickets: $15 advance, $18 at the door
Chris is the recipient of the 2013 IBMA Momentum Award for Instrumental Performer of the Year!
“Chris Luquette is one of the hardest working musicians from the Seattle music scene. You’d be hard pressed to find another 23 year old seamlessly switching from International Music to Jazz and from Rock to Bluegrass so comfortably. He has even studied Brazilian Jazz with Seattle based Brazil music legend, Jovino Santos Neto.
Chris’ musicianship reflects the multitude of musical influences he turns to for inspiration. His acoustic guitar playing really stands out, but this virtuosic, multi-instrumentalist is equally at home playing mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki!
In addition, Chris was a founding member of Seattle based, Northern Departure, and has found himself sitting in with Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Rob Ickes, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Boxcars, Yogi and The Yogini’s and many others.” – From dirtykitchenband.com
Steve Blanchard is well known as an acoustic flatpicker guitarist, singer and songwriter with a career spanning over four decades. His musical style includes bluegrass, cowboy/western, folk, and Americana.
Whether performing with his driving rhythm in the Northwest favorite Prairie Flyer or as a reflective solo artist, Steve takes his audience on a musical adventure, experiencing a wide range of emotions from quiet introspection to just plain good old hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun!
No matter what the style or venue, you’re sure to feel Steve’s love and passion for his music.
Tickets: $18 advance, $22 at the door
“[Lucy Wainwright Roche's] clear, steady voice feels like a beacon of sorts, slicing straight through the room” – The New York Times
“Sincere and raw…Roche’s bittersweet voice leaps out; she paints an indelible image” – NPR
Set out to explore indie singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, and you’ll discover her unforgettable voice, smart, arresting songwriting, and her stellar stage presence. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll find an artist with a colorful musical pedigree who is expanding her sound with an ambitious new recording There’s A Last Time For Everything, and is hell-bent on creating a meaningful career in this post-music business era.
Born into a musical family Greenwich Village, NYC, Lucy Wainwright Roche is deeply steeped in the musical world. In addition to her parents (Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches) and her siblings, (Martha and Rufus Wainwright), Lucy’s various aunts, uncles and cousins are all musicians. After a childhood of touring in vans, and hanging out backstage at clubs and theaters around the country, Lucy went off to college and grad school –– a twist on the classic rebellion –– and became a school teacher in NYC. She had very little to do with the music world. Then in 2005 on a whim, she spend a few weeks out on the road with her brother Rufus which reignited her deep connection to life on the road. Shortly, Lucy left her teaching job to pursue music full time.
Fast forward to 2013. With two EPs (8 Songs and 8 More) and one full-length album entitled Lucy (2010) under her belt, she’s traveled thousands of miles, and armed with a just a guitar and a huge angelic voice, she’s performed solo and with countless musicians from Neko Case to the Indigo Girls in this country and internationally.
There’s a Last Time For Everything was recorded in Nashville with her friend, collaborator and producer, Jordan Brooke Hamlin. Hamlin and Roche worked together to create a dreamy landscape for the album’s 11 tracks. Lucy’s distinct voice and dead-on songwriting serve as the centerpiece of this rich tapestry. After 10 days in the studio, the entire album was recorded, and ready for post production.
“Jordan and I crafted these tracks over long summer days that stretched into late, late nights.” says Roche, ”We were gloriously swept up in the process, like kids working on a secret project. Because we were working with a limited time frame, we went with out gut on every decision. There wasn’t time for us to second guess or retrace our steps. The urgency of working that way was exciting and freeing – and also a little bit terrifying” – LWR
There’s A Last Time For Everything includes musical performances from an array of musicians from Chris Donahue to Allison Miller as well as several appearances by guest singers who hail from various ends of the troubadour world.
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) adds harmonies to “Seek And Hide”, which Lucy wrote while watching a man walk up and down the block outside of her building one afternoon, and is the album’s upbeat and fleshed out second track.
Roche recalls, “It was a song that I wrote kind of mysteriously – and about a stranger. I knew that I wanted a male voice that was very distinctive to join me on that song. My very first choice was Colin and although I don’t know him well, he graciously agreed to sing on the track and really hit the nail on the head and added just the touch I was hoping for.”
The album also includes a precise and expertly executed harmony part sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter on the lilting duet, “A Quiet Line”. Both Lucy and Mary get to demonstrate their gift for harmony singing on this track.
Robby Hecht lends his soulful, meditative voice to the final track on the album, “Under The Gun”. Also featured on this track, is a mournful clarinet line played by producer Jordan Hamlin.
The song “Last Time” (from which the album gets it’s title) is an exploration of the way a relationship changes over time, and the pain and resignation that go hand in hand with those changes. In it’s sadness, the track has a playful quality to it
“We had fun building the track for that one – we recorded zippers zipping, spoons clanging, empty yogurt containers filled with beans shaking, anything we could find. We liked the idea of cobbling together the percussion from various objects around us.”
There is one cover song on the record: a reinvention of Robyn’s dance hit “Call Your Girlfriend”. Roche and Hamlin’s version is stripped down to voice and guitar and fleshed out with harmonies, and strikingly different.
After the whirlwind recording process, a couple of weeks were spent in post production where Hamlin and Roche continued to fine tune the tracks with the help of additional recording and mixing by Stewart Lerman (grammy winner producer), who also recorded and produced Lucy’s first three recordings and editing and mixing by Joshua Moore.
“By the end of recording, I was sitting there with 11 tracks that I really loved and I need ask myself, ‘How am I going to get this record heard’?
Knowing that she would be working without a record label, Lucy set out to find a way to finance the album and publicize it.
“I thought a lot about doing a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds but I worried that people are burnt out from all the fundraising that’s going on these days. I was interested in finding a slightly different approach.”
In the end, Lucy decided on two strategies. The first, to offer the record for pre-order and include a few previously unreleased duets recorded by Lucy and her mother Suzzy. In the process of recording these extra tracks, the pair decided to continue recording an entire album, Fairytale and Myth, collaboration with the late great Rob Morsberger.
“It’s amazing how having to think on your feet about funding one record can result in an entirely different recording coming to life.”
Roche’s second fundraising strategy was to offer house concerts – shows in private homes. The idea has proved very successful and has enabled Lucy to raise money for promotion and production.
“It’s a great way to get to know your fans better,” she says. “A real point of connection, because you’re entering into their world and both parties are taking a chance, not totally sure how it will turn out. It’s been a thoroughly rewarding way to raise money and it feels like a very equal exchange, which is something I like about it.”
Tickets: $16 advance, $20 at the door
It’s a special treat when Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin, who normally tour separately and solo, get to share the stage together. If the chemistry seems especially sparkful, they come by it honestly, as they are a rare breed: a romantic partnership in real life, not just musical life. And the two together on stage makes for a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
Danny Schmidt is best known for his riveting poetic lyrics, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity. And gypsy spirit Carrie Elkin is best known for her incredibly soulful and dynamic vocals, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful, and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate.
Together, the respective strengths they each bring, individually, merge into a much greater whole . . . a performance of great energy and spirit . . . and one that audiences seem to be able to connect with on a multitude of levels, at once: Emotionally, Spiritually, and Intellectually.
Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero status to being broadly recognized as an artist of generational significance. Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him: “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”
With her Red House Records Release, Call it my Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. The voice, the stories, the images, the grace, it’s the complete package. But it’s the power of her live performances that really have been creating an incredible buzz around this young artist. Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: “I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That’s the gospel truth. Onstage, Elkin was simply a force of nature.”
Don’t miss these two great artists in a rare split-bill performance, sharing songs back and forth, lending their voices to each other’s tunes, in harmony. And lending commentary to each other’s tunes, in the form of smart-ass between-song banter.
Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door
Just returned from living in Scotland, duo performers David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, & Glenfiddich International Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky will be performing captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle & bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united.
Rebecca Lomnicky and David Brewer each have spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, living and studying in the highlands of Scotland, and have forged their duo in the spirit of merging these two similar but very different worlds to create a new seamless sound which is both kinetic, and full of passion.
David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly’s Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, Australia, has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, accompanies Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today.
Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovered Scottish fiddle music a few short years later, and in 2005 won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition. Following that victory, she recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by “Dirty Linen” magazine as “technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic.” In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship – seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. Presently, Rebecca is studying music and anthropology at Cornell University, & the University of Edinburgh, and the duo tours the Celtic festival circuit between semesters.
Whether intricately arranged toe-tapping dance tunes, or soaring majestic airs –catch their show and you’ll leave energized.
Rio Con Brio captivates audiences around the country with their intimate performance of the beautiful and esoteric Brazilian repertoire known as choro, the early 20th Century street music of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Influenced by equal parts Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the contemporary cafe music of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, choro is both exotic and familiar, evoking in turn the carnival of Rio and the cafes of Paris.
Guitarist Mike Burdette and mandolinist Tim Connell exhibit finesse and passion in their playing, while displaying a sincere love of the choro repertoire and connection to their audience. An evening with Rio Con Brio is a delightful tour of European and New World music as experienced by the mandolin and guitar and as told by two soulful, intelligent, modern musicians – a beautiful intersection of Brazilian rhythm, classical technique and jazz improvisation.
Mike Burdette has been performing Brazilian choro and gypsy jazz guitar for the past seven years with many of Portland’s best, including Tim Connell, Jason Okamoto, David Stassens, and Joseph Appel. His pursuit of excellence in these styles has led him to study with many of today’s leading players, including Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso, Dudu Maia, Douglas Lora, and Don Stiernberg. He also builds and repairs instruments for many of Portland’s finest players at Portland Fretworks, and pickers throughout the Northwest enjoy playing on frets he has installed. He lives in rural Newberg, Oregon, with his beautiful wife, Katherine, his chickens, and his honeybees.
A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist with over twenty years professional performing experience, Tim Connell is a rising star in the acoustic music world, forging a unique and sophisticated new voice for the mandolin in his work with Mike Marshall’s Ger Mandolin Orchestra and through his recordings and tours with noted jazz guitarist Eric Skye, mandolin duo Mando Planet and the Brazilian choro group Rio Con Brio. His in-depth study of both Brazilian and Irish music, combined with his earlier years as a professional bassist, pianist and arranger have led Tim to synthesize a personal style on the mandolin which is harmonically advanced, rhythmically diverse and brimming over with sparkling ornamentation and romantic intensity.
Tickets: $18 advance, $22 at the door
Young “rootsgrass” band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys has jumped into the forefront of today’s progressive roots music movement. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, their arrangements showing a well-developed taste in music – based on bluegrass traditions but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft – and their sound is deftly guided by the clarion vocals of lead singer Lindsay Lou.
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys’ new album, Release Your Shrouds, marks a remarkable step forward and that’s thanks in part to the relationship between Lindsay Lou and Joshua Rilko, which blossomed in their college days and, with their recent marriage, now forms the core of the band. Joshua plays mandolin and joins his voice with Lindsay in beautiful harmony on the new album which is a window to a bluegrass band spreading its wings and incorporating new influences into their sound. On “Wonderful You Are,” bass player Spencer Cain shines in a duet with Lindsay’s Billie-Holiday-like vocals, and dobro player Mark Lavengood brings the fire on “Lemon Squeezy.” Keith Billick’s banjo playing not only offers the driving bluegrass sound, but also brings a level of sophistication to the less traditional numbers, like instrumental track “Barbarossa.” Lindsay Lou’s songs are fully crafted stories, often based on real-life experiences, with lovely hooks and choruses. The breadth of the songs’ themes pushes each band member to work outside the bluegrass box and the results are delightful. Like any family, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are more than the sum of their parts. They’re an all-American family, front-porch pickin’ party, with each song shining with the polish of handmade homemade acoustic roots music.
“Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys bring new life to bluegrass. Soulful vocals along with exceptional musical chops will keep you wanting more.” – Dave Bruzza, member of Greensky Bluegrass, award-winning Jamgrass band
“If you are looking for ancient and soulful tones with a modern rootsy twist, that is exactly what you’ll find when listening to Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. Each song is unique, entertaining, and flows easily into the listener’s ears. Lindsay and the boys will surely win your heart!” – Caroline Colie , Acoustic Trail
“Lindsay really puts her heart into what she sings and how! She sings the way you would want to if’n you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it’s all there. Effortless seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don’t miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” – David Grier, Three time International Bluegrass Music Association award-winner
Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door
Join us as four singer-songwriters, Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Kat Eggleston, and Erin Inglish, share their stories and music.
As the son of Bruce, “Utah Phillips, Duncan Phillips began traveling on the road with his father in the winter of 2000. Utah referred to Duncan as his “road manager”, but Duncan jokes that everyone knows his father couldn’t be managed. Bruce always had the dream of playing on stage together with his son, but as a kid, Duncan could never reconcile that in learning to play the guitar, he would be learning one of the very things that kept him separated from his father for so many years. Duncan performed on stage just shortly after his dad’s death in 2008.
Along with Utah’s old road-worn Guild guitar, Duncan inherited the songs and stories of the people and places that his father wrote about over his forty plus years of wandering the country. In Duncan’s own words: “Well, even though he may be gone, every time I’m on the stage, he is there with me and this my story, so far…”
Kate MacLeod composes classic American music while living in the state of Utah; home of rich folklore, the roaming grounds of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, the place where legendary social activist Joe Hill was executed, and the land from where Utah Phillips took his name. Kate is a sought-after performer, studio musician, and leader of master classes and workshops, who is best known for her original songs and her unique fiddling style. Her songwriting style and live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting. She has been hailed as one of the “Ten Acts to Watch” by the editors of the MusicHound Folk Essential Album Guide. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, she is based in Salt Lake City and tours throughout the United States and Europe. Her music has been described by reviewers as reflecting the panoramic western landscape, perhaps due to her long residence in Utah. Kate’s songs have been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows including Tom May’s “River City Folk,” the holiday program hosted by Judy Collins, “Peace on Earth,” and have been sung by others on “A Prairie Home Companion.” You willfind fans of many music genres in an audience gathered to hear Kate MacLeod perform. Her songs catch the ears of new artists, traditional singers, bluegrass musicians, Celtic musicians and songwriters of many styles. Her songs find new life through other musicians at jam sessions and performances throughout the country and have been recorded by artists from California to the Czech Republic.
Kat Eggleston is one of the most accomplished guitarists and singer-songwriters in the folk, Celtic and traditional music genres. Elating, moving, and amusing audiences with her beautiful blend of sweet melodies, gentle honesty and searing humor, Kat’s music reflects a wide range of life’s experiences with unusual clarity and authority.
In a clear alto with flawless intonation, Kat goes straight to the lyrical and emotional truth of every word and every note. Her musings on home, childhood, and her father’s garden are gems of direct, unassuming plainspokenness. Her narratives push hard at our senses and demand we return again and again to pick up the pieces we dropped on first hearing, expanding our comprehension of difficult, personal and universal experience.
California banjo sweetheart Erin Inglish is an incredibly unique female songwriter. Like the late John Hartford, she is a solo act with a voice, a banjo, some body percussion, and poignant songs. This internationally-touring, banjo-wielding woman presents a “raw, sweet and sincere Emmy Lou-ish sound…[and] she makes the banjo sound like a musical instrument” (fan, North Carolina). From the thoughtful and conscientious messages in her songwriting, to her magnetic and entertaining stage-presence, Erin is a consummate performer and humanistic storyteller. She is a “retired” engineer, has lived abroad for four years in five countries, and her songwriting reflects her worldly travels and grounding passion for sustainability and art. In April, 2013, Erin released a solo album titled A Melody So Sweet and then toured – by bicycle – the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month. She is also the organizer of the largest collaborative project in the world amongst female banjo players – the Banjo Babes 2014 Calendar & Showcase Album – pre-ordering now and due out in November, 2013.