The Pine Hearts- Sept. 29th, 30th + Oct.1st @8pm
The Pine Hearts are an Alt-Bluegrass trio from Olympia WA, playing particularly upbeat original tunes, the Pine Hearts sing with sincerity and pick with deliberate dedication.
Sky Colony - Oct. 2nd @8pm + 3rd @9pm
In their musical endeavors, the members of the Sky Colony have created a sound which is not compared to that of many artists. While dancing around traditional folk and classic sounding song structure, they often blend many sounds from each member's varied influences to make something that is unique and almost stands alone. An age old story of folk music, a blade of bluegrass, a twang of roots country, and even a far off scream of a metal guitar turned clean, this band has illuminated all these aspects with an emphasis on intricacy and harmony.
Shoeshine Blue - Oct. 4th @9pm + 5th @7pm
Lo-fi, literary, blues, folk, gospel, and weirdly doo wop. Shoeshine Blue is songwriter, Michael Apinyakul, and a talented ship of pirates who follow him into the great sea of song. Soulful folk for soulful folks.
Luke and Kati - Oct. 6th, 7th + 8th @7pm
Kati Claborn and Luke Ydstie met in 2008 and have been playing music together most days since. While much of that time has been focused on more official projects (Blind Pilot, Hook and Anchor, Alialujah Choir, The Hackles) the pair has gradually accumulated a body of work that finds it's home in the sparser setting of two instruments and two voices. Songs are written by one, the other, or both, and the resulting spectrum finds cohesion in thoughtful arrangements and the strong delivery of two harmony singers well accustomed to each other's voices. While the music is generally in the neighborhood of folk and country, the instrumentation is often guitar and banjo, and the duo usually remains a duo, the approach frequently varies if a differing inclination prevails or a friend stops by to sit in. What does remain a constant is lovely, unpretentious music from people who love to play together.
Paul Mauer - Oct. 9th @7pm + 10th @9pm
Paul Mauer, recently deciding to go solo after years of band jumping, touring and studio sessions. now having the freedom and new found drive to bring his music to the ears of the masses. with an interesting blend of sometimes aggressive acoustic indie rock but with the sensitivity of the folk singer songwriters of the 1970's.
Science! - Oct. 11th @9pm + 12th @7pm
Science! is an award winning acoustic duo comprised of Justin Stang and Jim Elenteny. Their recent studio debut EP includes Blind Melon's Glen Graham on drums and their music has been featured in Fall 2012 on PBS television's Roadtrip Nation. Moreover, they were awarded the Weekly Volcano's 2013 Best New Record, 2012 Best New Band (Olympia, WA) award and are what Quyen Shanahan (of WXPN, Philadelphia) is calling "Riveting acoustic music...a perfectly simple, universal and truthful roots band." They are featured in the January issue of High Times Magazine as the "Unsigned Band of The Month". Their witty and fun tune about Seattle ("Seattle Song") was the anthem on Jet City Stream with Marco Collins and Shawn Stewart and was named one of their "Best New Tracks of The Week". It has also been featured on KING 5 TV- Seattle's New Day Northwest, Evening Magazine, The Bob Rivers Show - (95.7 KJR FM Seattle) and The Marty Riemer Show.
Lindsay Clark - Oct. 13th, 14th + 15th @7pm
Lindsay Clark is a musician based in Portland, OR, and was raised in the small gold rush town of Nevada City, CA, where she spent her childhood id-ing plants with her parents in nearby national forest, and diligently practicing piano and violin. Eventually parting ways with the world of classical traditions, she began to write her own songs, gave up the violin, and began to learn jazz and blues piano from a local teacher and composer.
Sam Densmore - Oct. 16th @7pm + 17th @9pm
Sam Densmore is a Portland based singer/songwriter; RIYL Wilco, Elliot Smith, Beatles, David Bowie, Neutral Milk Hotel. In summer of 2012, he released a CD and digital download of my double EP called “Ku Thar Tik - Sad Songs For A Sad World/Cat Years” to rave reviews, "Sam Densmore’s pleasant voice and smartly succinct songwriting make for a strong and impressive double whammy. Moreover, Densmore plays a mean acoustic guitar and never degenerates into mushy cliché at any point..."—Jersey Beat - Joe Wawrzyniak Full article
Kory Quinn - Oct. 18th @9pm + 19th @7pm
Songwriter Kory Quinn, a DIY contemporary hobo intellectual, has a refreshingly homespun take on Americana, a very welcome sigh of relief in today's contemporary market. Quinn's songwriting is adroit and surefooted, offering sturdily constructed country, folk, and Cajun-tinged songs for his ensemble to really sink their fangs into on this instant jukebox classic. The songs are short and sweet but packed with clever lines, sentimental harmonies and twangy fills. All that makes them the kind of songs that hang around your brain like honky-tonk regulars.
Ray Tarantino - Oct. 20th + 21st @7pm
Where the so-damn-American power of Americana blends with the so-bloody-British immediacy of Pop, that’s where you’ll find Ray Tarantino. His New Album, “Good Things Will Happen” is a tribute to the American dream: the story of a guy who walked a road of trial, carrying nothing but a good dose of courage. Against all odds Ray Tarantino carved a tunnel through the mountain of possibilities. With no plan B, he has weaved together themes of hope, love, and reaching for the stars.
Dan Coyle & Scott Mickelson-Oct. 22nd @7pm
Dan Coyle has been touring and making music since 2008. His latest output, a 6-song EP entitled Perfect Word. Perfect Beat. is an especially dynamic record, at once both delicate and exuberant. Dan has played countless shows across the United States and Canada, including a year-long stretch of performances throughout Europe in 2011. He averages 100 live performances per year, leaving a trail of delighted fans in his wake. Dan is currently touring with folk musician Soct Mickelson.
The Horde and the Harem-Oct. 23rd @7pm + 24th @9pm
Joy Mills Band - Oct. 25th @9pm + 26th @7pm
Following the release of their balladeering and soulful country album, Trick of the Eye, The Joy Mills Band brings forth their 2nd full-length record, Cat & Mouse. Joy Mills, on acoustic guitar and vocals, is joined by Lucien LaMotte on electric guitar and pedal steel, Tom Parker on bass and vocals, and Mike McDermott on drums. The resulting sound is a well-grooved blend of roots, rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country.
The Don of Division Street- Oct. 27th, 28th + 29th @7pm
The Don of Division Street delivers Americana-soaked pop songs with heart, integrity, and plenty of wisdom and is the musical project led by longtime Portland, OR musician Matt Cadenelli. Weaving together musical styles from Wilco to Nick Lowe to The Kinks to Neil Young, the Don of Division Street’s sounds feature song-centric, melodious vistas aligned with insightful lyrical musings.
Love Gigantic - Oct. 30th @7pm + 31st @9pm
In the spring of 2012, after performing a wide range of music with incredible players for most of her life, lead singer Sarah King decided it was high time to put together a project of her own. It didn't take long for her to decide who the dream team would include. She asked those musicians to come out and play and naturally, they all said yes.
June 8th (2013) marked the release of the band's 3-song EP which serves as both demo and full-length album preview.