Sunday, August 17, 2014

House Concert: Brian Oberlin and Rio Con Brio

Great house concert coming up in September!

Brian Oberlin and Rio Con Brio
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: Doors open 6:00 for Pot Luck Dinner / BYOB Concert starts at 7:00pm
Where: Home of Linda Clarke & Lynn Dingler north of Hwy 26 near St Vincent Hospital
To reserve a seat and get directions, send an email to:

Suggested donation: $15 (all proceeds go to the performers)

An Evening of Astounding Acoustic Virtuosity

That is what is in store for you when Brian Oberlin teams up with Tim Connell and Mike Burdette of Rio Con Brio for an evening of string instrument / vocal entertainment. Solo and duet performances as well as adventurous head-to-head mandolin improv make for an exciting acoustic evening in this intimate house concert venue. Check out their websites to hear samples of their music.

Brian Oberlin's website:

Rio Con Brio's website:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New tune to learn: Wheel Hoss

We have a new tune to learn: Wheel Hoss by Bill Monroe.

Find it on the Music page.

Remember that our fall class start up again on Saturday, September 6th. Mark your calendars!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Greg's Summer Bluegrass Festival Picks!

Here are Greg's festival picks for this summer:

July 4-6
Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival
Fossil, OR

July 11-13
Winlock Pickers Festival
Winlock, WA

July 24-27
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival
Stevenson, WA
More info:

August 1-3
Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival
Clatskanie, OR
More info:

August 8-10
Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
Toledo, WA

September 26-28
Tygh Valley Jamboree
Tygh Valley, OR
(NOTE: Taborgrass will not be held that weekend)

And - mark your calendars - Taborgrass will start up again on Saturday, September 6th in the same location. See you all then and have a great summer!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Special Concert by Great Northern Planes - Tuesday, July 29th


Long ago crowned the Kings of Bluegrass Performance in the Northwest, a rare appearance by the bluegrass group Great Northern Planes will be hosted by Mason Smith of Eastside Bluegrass on Tuesday, July 29th. 

As the regular Eastside Bluegrass venue is not available, this show will take place at the Open Bible Church located at 3223 SE 92nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Admission is a suggested $10 donation.

There is a snack bar on-site.

Great Northern Planes is a group consisting of four stellar instrumentalists who specialize in top-notch harmonies and old-fashion comedy. They present a show that takes you to a different era - when family oriented comedy mixed with incredible talent captured the attention of audiences everywhere.

For more information contact Mason Smith at 503-307-2993. 

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!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coyote Hill Bluegrass will be performing at four places in Portland this week!

Coyote Hill Bluegrass is an outstanding bluegrass band from Northeast Oklahoma whose energy and enthusiasm will leave you wanting more. They have young new talent, as well as experienced musicians, which keeps them on top of their sound. 

They are in Portland now and are performing around town in several venues over the next few days. Be sure to check out one of their performances!

More info about the band at:
  • Wed 7/23 at Parkrose Deliverance Tabernacle in NE Portland at 7 pm.  They will serve ice cream afterwards - should be a fun evening.  5740 NE Portland Hwy., Portland, OR 97218.  For info, call 503/287-5796.
  • Thur 7/24 at Day Chiropractic in SE Portland from 3 - 6 pm.  This will be a concert with an Ice Cream Social as an added benefit!  Since my brother John will also becoming down from near Tacoma, we will also do some songs as the Day Brothers.  Our office is located at 3758 SE 122nd Avenue, PDX 97236.  We would be glad to have you come even if you aren't a patient in our practice - this is for our community and friends celebrating our 28 years in practice!  Bring lawn chairs to sit in, and ready to create your ice cream masterpiece.  Parking will be a challenge - so be prepared to park somewhere on the streets and walk to the clinic yard area under the trees.  If you have questions - call 503/760-7572.  We will likely jam after 6 pm, so if you want to hang around with us and jam, bring your instrument.  We can keep the instruments in the clinic so they stay safe and cool.
  • Fri 7/25 at Clackamas Bible Church in Clackamas.  This is where we usually meet for our BlueDixie Gospel Jam on the first Friday of each month, but we will be upstairs in the main sanctuary for the concert which occurs at 7 pm.  We will be opening up the doors at 5:30 pm for jamming - so bring your instruments and play before the start of the concert.  We won't be serving snacks, so there isn't any need to bring anything with you.  We will take a love offering, and their 2 new CD's "Sweet Time" and "Sounds of Glory" will be for sale and they would be happy to sign them for you.. The address of the church is 15655 SE Johnson Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015. Church phone is 503/655-2753.
  • Tues 7/29 at Valley Christian Church in Wilsonville at 7 pm.  The address of the church is 11188 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR  97070.  Church phone: 503/682-3693.  Bring lawn chairs, and perhaps a picnic?  We will open the lawn up at 6 pm, with the start of the concert at 7 pm.