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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!!

SPECIAL ARTICLE WRITTEN ABOUT ESB IN EAST PORTLAND NEWS! CLICK HERE TO READ!

 
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Coning Shows!

Saturday
August 29th
Doors open 5:30pm
7pm Showtime

We are asking for a $10 donation and although this is not a food raiser, if you could bring some nonperishable food item for the Portland Open Bible Pantry it would begreatly appreciated by the less fortunate in the neighborhood!
Thanks all!!!

GREAT NORTHERN PLANES!
Change of venue:
Open Bible Church
3223 SE 92nd • Portland, OR • 97266

One of our favorite bands, the Great Northern Planes, was formed out of the ashes of former Portland band Pumpkin Ridge. The band was forced to split after too many people called at 6:00 a.m. on weekends to ask for a tee-time. However, the "Punk" attitude was kept, and a new sound was born of the ashes. The result has been a successful combination that has taken the band to new places. Whether you want traditional Bluegrass for your formal gatherings or a Bluegrass free-for-all that's guaranteed to get you arrested, The Great Northern Planes do it all. When the late Bill Monroe was asked to comment on these boys, he responded, "What?" The band consists of Rob Hakanson who is a former "Punk" Fiddler, is now a mandolin manipulator. For the Planes, Rob has analyzed each and every combination of strings and frets and has concluded that there are twelve, yes twelve notes only, in the world of the mandolin., Jim Hancock on banjo, a "Punk" original, has come a long way from his "log cabin in New York City" birthplace. When it comes to clean and thoughtful banjo playing, I can tell you one thing, Jim is a nice guy. Doug Hancock, known as the "Pharoah of the Flat Pick," constantly plays all around the melody and on both sides of the beat. When he's not playing his guitar, he's testing different forms of asbestos-based hair polymers for Mary Kay, and Steve Bond who is the Planes' bass virtuoso. Steve came to the Northwest not too long ago from Wallyland. Rockabilly, klezmer, bluegrass - it's all music to him. Steve was in the northwest as a part of the Federal Witness Protection Program. During last year's federal government shutdown, they could no longer afford to keep him hidden, so they turned him loose and told everyone who he was. We're glad they did because we found him.Be sure not to miss these wild guys and their great music!!

September 12th

Highway Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jackalope Band

 

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.”

jackalopeWashington’s own high-intensity bluegrass phenomenon. They will lead you around Dixieland, up to good old Rocky Top Tennessee, and back down to the river to pray, all the while pushing the capabilities of bluegrass instrumentation. The band is comprised of hard driving members who sing like angels and pick like demons. Jackalope’s revivalist sound incorporates 3 part bluegrass harmonies and features guitar, mandolin, and double bass.The band consists of Marcel Ardans (Guitar), Nick Sokol (Mandolin), and Robin Schwindt (Bass). Marcel and Robin became musical co-conspirators during their high school years, and have since spent over 6 years cultivating an almost telepathically tight vocal harmony dynamic. Nick met up with the two in 2012 and brought an instrumental fire to the trio which sparked an ongoing flatpicking competition between the guitar and mandolin which has driven both musicians to places they never would have dreamed. The band Jackalope formed in 2014 out of the ashes of a previous two-year-long project which was finally drawing to a close. Pulling from previous material as well as an exciting new set of compositions and arrangements, Jackalope fuses together the best elements that all of its members bring to the table. The resulting trio produces an infectious camaraderie which audience members report feeling a part of during live performances.

October 10th.

Puddletown Ramblers

 

 

Hardshell Harmony

 

puddletownPuddletown Ramblers is an experienced five piece band founded in 1996 who performs original compositions, Traditional Bluegrass, Americana and Acoustic music utilizing soulful lead and harmony vocals and dynamic, tasteful instrumentals. Puddletown Ramblers are based in Portland, Oregon and travel extensively in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. With a large repertoire, variety in their set list choices and a sprinkling of comedy, the Puddletown Ramblers have entertained audiences all over the Pacific Northwest and have become a favorite of many promoters and music lovers.
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.

SPECIAL SHOW!
Tuesday
October 20th

 

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world. Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief! The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins: Coming from an entirely different generation both musically and in life, Tristan brings his own individual sound and musical perspective to the group. At only 20 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. To round out the experience, West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for SPBGMA’s “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as one of No Depression Magazine’s “Six New Discoveries”, standing alongside established greats that include Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, and Danny Paisley.

November 14th

Corral Creek

 

 

 

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

corral creek Corral Creek Connection lay Gospel/Secular bluegrass. They greatly enjoy involving the audience and have played at the OBA Gospel Show, Butteville General Store, Moograss, banquets, retirement centers, fundraisers, worship services, and farmer's markets. The group is from Newberg and is comprised of Ron Taylor, Pam Young, Grady McKenzie, Ric Siewert, Ed Fegles, Rachael Smith
The award winning original roots music group Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising continues to stack up awards and accolades while performing their high-energy shows throughout the West. Awards include guitar player Dennis Nelson being named 2008 Roots Music Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year and banjo player Tom Tower winning the $10,000 prize in the 2010 City Love Music Contest. In 2012 their upbeat tune “Am I A Fool For Your Love” won a spot on The Alternate Root Valentine Sampler and their song “Risky Business” was chosen for the Ambassadorship Program through Rock the Cuts (sponsored by Super Cuts). In 2013 their song “Death Grip” kept them in the Super Cuts Ambassadorship program, and they continue to ride the success of the January 2013 release of their 4th all-original recording into 2014. While in the middle of promoting “Lowground” the band somehow found time to complete their long-awaited Christmas CD “Spending Every Christmas With You” – much to the delight of radio personalities and fans everywhere.
Currently touring to promote the release of their all-original 5th CD, this troupe of entertainers continues to spend as many hours as possible sharing their music with the general public. “Lowground” was released for international radio airplay on January 1, 2013 and in it’s 1st week of release became the #1 bluegrass album downloaded for radio airplay and contained all 10 of the top ten singles downloaded for radio airplay in any genre. It held the #2 spot for the remainder of the month and stayed in the top 25 throughout the month of February. Kathy Boyd provides the bass beat and sparkle to Phoenix Rising, Tim Crosby on fiddle, Tom Tower is a master storyteller and the duties of both banjo and Dobro, and Dennis Nelson playing lead and rhythm guitar.