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Welcome to Eastside Bluegrass, where we bring some of the best talent from around our region to you. We invite you to come and enjoy this fun and rousing music with us in our many concerts throughout the year. Everyone is welcome! Take a look at some of the great groups we have coming this fall and into next year. Admission is only a suggested $10 per person donation at the door and we have a full service snack bar, great seating, fantastic sound and great company. Our concerts are usually held on the second Saturday of each month unless we have special show or a conflict with a holiday.

Jamming begins at 5:30pm so bring an instrument and join in. Don't play? Well, bring your voice and sing along!

Show begins at 7:00pm with usually two groups split by a "tweener" act and a break for refreshments. Very relaxed atmosphere and plenty of time to talk and visit with friends, musicians and new acquaintances. You can also download our current flyer that you can print, post and give to your friends by clicking here.

Click on the name or website name on the left column of any of the groups to go to their website and listen to what super talent we have in store for you. If you have any comments or suggestions for our new website let us know!

Eastside Bluegrass series is proud to have our fabulous sound system at our concerts courtesy of Mark Gensman of "Ground Zero Sound".

See ya there! Click here for a map to the concert location.

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Mason Smith
Promoter/Emcee
Eastside Bluegrass Series
email: Mason
music "Marching through Georgia"courtesy of The Loafers)

SPECIAL VIDEO: Steve Blanchard sings "Eight More Miles to Louisville" during October show!!

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Videos of Previous shows!

 

Winter 2015 Schedule

January 10th

Lost Creek
Bluegrass Band

 

 

 

 

 

Wayward Vessel

From Portland, Oregon, Lost Creek Bluegrass Band delivers a driving blend of bluegrass and old time standards with terrific vocal harmonies and tasteful instrumentation. For years they've delighted audiences at festivals, pubs, parks, dances, markets, and weddings throughout Oregon and Washington. The band is comprised of: Kirk Miller playing mandolin/vocals. Kirk grew up in South Louisiana and had little or no exposure to bluegrass. He started playing guitar in high school and was exposure to bluegrass while attending school in Colorado and living in West Virginia. Portland's vibrant music scene inspired Kirk to pick up the mandolin and he has been obsessed with bluegrass ever since. Will Rausch (bass fiddle/vocals) was raised in a bluegrass household and learned most of what he knows from his mandolin-pickin father. He spent many years merely listening to the high lonesome sound, but that all changed when he had finally lived enough heartbreak, hard times, and train wrecks that bluegrass seemed a natural form of expression. Grant Raddon (guitar/vocals) rounds out Lost Creek's sound with his smooth baritone vocal attack and fine pickin' on his Martin guitar. Grant first got a steel-string guitar after he accidentally backed over his first instrument, a classical guitar. Dave Dowdy (banjo/vocals) has his high, lonesome voice and Scruggs style banjo picking, Dave gives Lost Creek that hard drivin’ traditional bluegrass sound. He was first introduced to bluegrass when he moved to Portland in 1974. Dave lists Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe as the influence for his banjo style, but credits hours of watching and listening to the banjo players from the local bands (Mike Eisler, Ian Joel, Jim Mills, and Rick Shubb) for helping refine his style. A native Oregonian, he also plays guitar and fiddle and is a high school math teacher. Brian Donnelly (fiddle) originally discovered bluegrass in 1995 while attending the Mid-Winter festival in Colorado. He's been listening to and playing bluegrass on various instruments ever since. Brian is also a huge fan and former mandolin student of Portland's own Greg Clarke.

wayward vslWayward Vessel is an acoustic quartet exploring the boundaries of bluegrass and folk music with superb musicianship and beautiful vocal harmonies. Each member of the band is a master of their instrument, creating a unique palette to portray their rich library of original and traditional music. Julie Schmidt on fiddle, Josiah Payne on mandolin, Josh Feinberg on bass and Ken Chapple on guitar. Miss Schmidt is a talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, but most impressive are her fiddle playing and singing. Her violin weeps with sincerity, and her voice resonates with sweetness and maturity. Josiah has been playing groundbreaking licks on the mandolin since he was a wee lad, with his family band, The Hot Strings. Josiah won several mandolin competitions, including Rockygrass and the Walnut Valley Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas.Ken is a musician's musician who has studied many genres, and is able to intelligently combine them to create new and beautiful sounds. Josh is an extremely talented bass player, mastering licks on the bass that many fiddle players cannot even play! 

February 14th

 

Highway Home

 

 

 

 

Nu-Blu

Highway Home is a Christian bluegrass gospel band. We are located in the beautiful Northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Our music is a mix of well-known gospel songs, as well as bluegrass “standards” with a Christian theme. As a group, they enjoy expressing their faith through their music. They are available for your special events, or as guest artists for your regular church service. The group consists of Ric Siewert – Mandolin, Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals. Ric’s formative years started out by having to learn the ubiquitous piano. He’s been a worship leader in his church since being born again in 1992 and regularly plays bass and mandolin on the worship team. Ric was a founding member of the Oregon Bluegrass Association and has worked with them ever since. He says “I feel immensely blessed that the Lord has brought me to this place in my life and musical career. Now it’s my desire to give some of it back as best I can”. Ed Fegles – Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar; Lead and Harmony Vocals. Ed calls home his small family farm outside of Newberg, Oregon. He started playing ukelele and singing on the back porch with his father at age 5 and from that time on has been a devoted musician. Ed has been leading worship including a mix of both modern choruses and old favorite hymns at churches for many years. He is constantly working on various old time musical styles and brings a wonderful versatility to Highway Home’s blend of music and presentation. Rachael Smith – Fiddle, Mandolin and Harmony Vocals. Without a doubt, Rachael delights in playing the fiddle. Her emphasis is on Bluegrass, Old Time, Scottish and Classical. In September 2012, Rachael became the US National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion. Glenn Riha – Guitar, Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals. Glenn hails from McMinnville, Oregon. His love of the “wood and steel” began in his childhood and grew as he lived through the music of early rock and roll, folk and country. Randy James – Bass, Harmony vocals Like so many others, Randy’s musical history goes back to grade school where he learned to play his dad’s trumpet in school bands. Highway Home is a unique opportunity for me to blend my love of bluegrass music, play with a group of talented musicians, and relate to my roots singing gospel hymns as a child.”
nubluNationally recognized Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn Routh, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, who plays mandolin; and Daniel Routh, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in Americana entertainment.  Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station.  Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds, create personal roots, and imagine music free from labels.

SPECIAL

MARCH 10TH TUESDAY SHOW!

The Spinney Brothers

From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers are comprised of Allan Spinney , Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Terry Poirier. Brothers Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for it’s energetic and distinctive sound.
The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present. The Spinney Brothers believe in freshness and excitement of traditional bluegrass music. Brother duet singing, backed by supportive and complimentary instrumentation, is the foundation of their tasteful and recognizable sound. Give a listen, and you are sure to be entertained.

March 14th

Rose in the Heather

 

 

 

Whistlin' Rufus

Rose in the Heather played at the Winlock Acoustic Music Festival and folks loved them.” It is one of the most unusual bluegrass group you will hear. Their Irish fiddler, Julie, can play up a storm. She’s been playing cello since she was nine years old and fiddle the last eighteen years. She even toured in Europe when she was in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Johnny plays a asdrums or whatever and has a voice smoother than Southern Comfort. He grew up singing gospel (his dad was a church choir director) and plays drums because "he doesn't want to hog the show." Lisa plays conga and boghran and has a voice "like an angel.” Curt plays the an electric bass and got his start as a rock ‘n roll player but the way he weaves rock ‘n roll riffs into bluegrass is amazing. Chris on guitar can play anything he feels like. They call him Mr. Jukebox, and he’s the one that comes out to Slow Jams to listen to bluegrass. And finally there is Mike on the guitar and can add a piano if one is available. You’re in for quite a show that you won’t want to miss!
Whistlin' Rufus is not just a traditional fiddle and acoustic guitar band. Their new CD, “It’s About Time’ is a combination of infectious melodies, lively bluegrass, soulful ballads and fast and joyous Irish pub tunes. Rufus crafts their close harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and beautiful melodies around each song to make them uniquely their own - the kind of songs that you find yourself listening to again and again and humming when you’re stuck in traffic. This group of five talented, experienced musicians draws their creative strength from very diverse musical backgrounds and experiences. Pat Connell plays mandolin and guitar and is the lead singer, Ritchie Wernick sings harmony and plays guitar and harmonica, and classically trained cellist John Hubbard adds a sweet, rich balance on the cello and tasty flourishes with his banjo. The close-knit, talented group shares vocals, Natasha O’Neal plays fiddle as no one else can and Greg Paul adds the base. If you would like to contact the band, email to whistlinrufus@comcast.net. Listen to some of their great music at htp://whistlinrufus.com

April 11th

Fern Hill

 

 

 

Hardshell Harmony

 

Fern Hill approaches its bluegrass music in the style of the classic bands of the 1950's.This special attention to detail results in an instantly identifiable rhythmic sound that both devotees and newcomers to the music will love. Fern Hill has a lot of fun playing this music and we know you'll have fun too! Steve Bond is Fern Hill's bass player and, as you would expect, plays a big accoustic upright bass. Steve, also a veteran of several well-known Oregon bands, rounds out many of the trios with his stratospheric and high baritone singing. Mike Eisler is the fiddle player and harmony singer for Fern Hill. A Veteran multi-instrumentalist for many well know west coast bands. Mike has a recent original instrumental project recorded called "Lost Tribe". Mike's nickname is "Crazy Fiddle" and you'll soon know why! Paul Smith, is the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for Fern Hill. He can sing all the harmony parts from tenor to bass. Paul has played this music since his childhood days and for years performed with Northwest bands playing guitar and bass. Rollie Champe is the tenor/lead singer and mandolin player for the band. Rollie, who also plays guitar and bass, has played in many well-known bands from Oregon to South Carolina. Rollie has a classic bluegrass tenor voice and contributes to any harmony part. John Van Brocklin plays the 5 string banjo for Fern Hill. Known for his strong, straight ahead, classic style's of J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley and Earl Scruggs. John pushes the band's sound along like a locomotive. John also contributes to the vocals
hardshell picHARDSHELL HARMONY BLUEGRASS BAND
From the beautiful Columbia River Gorge this high energy group is full of spirit,and comedy. Playing original songs from the masters of long ago and helping preserve live traditional music is what makes this group have a following of music friends and pickers. This four piece group has performed at many venues across the Pacific NW. Members include Candie Robarge on the bass fiddle and husband Mike Robarge picking guitar. Chuck Haynie does a bang up job on the five string while the youngster of the group, Clint Miller plays a unique freestyle fiddle they all blend together for a unique sound.Having Eastern influence is noticeable with this band. Blending harmony and sweet simple picking these musicians and there choice of songs make a foot tapping, knee slapping, good time, with harmony vocals that sets them apart from others.

May 9th

 

Burnin Moonlight

 

 

 

Lauren Sheehan Stringband"

One thing is absolutely certain about the acoustic trio Burnin’ Moonlight - their love of music and snappy stage banter is infectious and engaging. With diverse musical backgrounds, they shift smoothly between spirited traditional bluegrass, rootsy folk, a little country, swing and downright lowdown blues. Scott Foxx lets it fly with fiery fiddle, stunning, hard-driving rhythm guitar and brilliant solos. Jim Roy cuts loose with his Piedmont fingerstyle guitar and rippin’ mandolin solos. Maggie Jackson’s bass and rhythm guitar keep a steady beat when she’s not pickin’ bluegrass and blues banjo. To top off the instrumental collage, Maggie and Jim share sweet, soulful vocal leads and harmonies that will make you smile too. SCOTT FOXX, a lifetime professional musician, began playing for a living at 17 as a solo singer/songwriter and band musician, travelling the US, opening and touring with well-known artists. He currently plays with a variety of Bend bands, works as a studio/session musician, and teaches privately, at Realms School, and at the Cascade School of Music in Bend, OR. MAGGIE JACKSON has been singing all her life – it began with folk tunes and four-part harmony with her sisters, eventually progressing to blues, bluegrass and jazz. Her instrument interest expanded from guitar to banjo and bass. Maggie has been a member of several Bend bands and occasionally plays as a guest artist. She teaches at Cascade School of Music and privately. JIM ROY, a mandolin and dynamic Piedmont style blues guitar player enjoys singing soulful lead and harmony. He has played and performed acoustic blues since moving from New England to Santa Cruz , CA in 1979. His influences include Mississippi John Hurt, Merle Watson and Bill Monroe. Since moving to Central Oregon he has met musicians who have helped nurture his passion for blues and bluegrass.

Roots Americana musician, Lauren Sheehan, launched her recording and performing career in 2002 and has been sailing on to critical acclaim, national/international radio charts and ‘encores’ at festivals, concerts and venues across the country and in Canada ever since. From fronting a 9-piece band to solo acoustic work, this vivacious ‘songster’ delights audiences with the breadth of her material, evocative artistry and musicianship. Lauren clearly loves and inhabits the music she performs, shape shifting through the moods of the familiar and the obscure, howling with the werewolf and weeping with the willow. Her gifted guitar work, stylistic breadth and vocals are inspired by her study with elders, oral tradition and scholarship. With all of that tradition behind her, she re-creates the intimacy of a back porch, where singing and playing were regular events. Lauren began playing guitar at 10, discovered traditional, social and dance music in her early 20’s, then jumped into living acoustic blues up at Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival in her 30’s, picking up mandolin and banjo along the way. Recent appearances on NPR, four CDs that charted in the top 20 on folk radio, a 2012 Portland Music Award for outstanding achievement in Folk, inclusion in the Library of Congress as part of the MusicBox project and her most recent accomplishment as guitarist for the CD, The Light Still Burns, companion to the history book Kalamazoo Gals; A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitar of WWII, attest to her growing significance as an artist, performer and teacher.