Ron is truly an East County legend. For over 30 years his amazing talent as a one-man band, singing while playing both the guitar and drums, has been delighting audiences at local events and establishments. He has performed at Rockin Round the Block as well as various car shows in Gresham and has been a fixture at Lydia’s on Sunday nights. He brings tons of oldies and Rock n Roll favorites to the stage. Ron sings hits from BB King, Kool and the Gang, and Roy Orbison, to name just a few. Expect to hear songs from the 50s & 60s to the 90s, in a vast mixture of Surf Rock, Standard Rock ‘n Roll, Blues, R&B and Rockabilly. It will be a special treat to have him take the stage and cut loose for us. So come and do some shopping, eating, and enjoy the show.
The band has been a popular NW attraction for over a decade. The A&E once called their style "Spicy Americana Originals" and reviews in Positively Entertainment say that Wayne is a "consummate performer and story teller" and that "the heart and soul of his music ricochets off you like a mountain sunrise welcoming a new day."
The legendary Dave Carter said, "Take a heart as big as the western sky and then completely invent anew mousetrap around it and you'll have something like a song by Wayne." They are funny, up tempo, a little risque and all around good time. The band does original songs and several have won awards. "Blue" was the Portland Songwriters Association song of the year, Dallas Song Writer Association voted "So Easy" as a winner in their singer songwirter category, and "Remember Me" won the Nashville Golden Pen Award. The band includes Paul Hirschmann on lead guitars, Mark Evilsizer on drums, KJ Miller on vocal harmonies, Brent rogers on bass and vocal harmonies, and Wayne Richards on vocals and guitar. Southern Nights is a guaranteed good time!
Wayne Richards, 503-516-7879
A singer/songwriter with a soul edge. Steve delivers his brand of blue-eyed-soul-Americana-pop in the tradition of Daryl Hall, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers and James Taylor. His love for melody is woven deeply into the chordal fabric of his songs, making his music rich, sultry glowing and delicious.
An Oregon native, Steve Hale has been a singer, songwriter and producer in the Northwest for over 30 years. He’s played and toured in many different bands with varying styles; from soul, to power pop (Kashmir), to glam funk (RIA), to bringing it back to the source with a single guitar and voice. He’s won an international song writing contest, co-authored three songs with Gino Vannelli on his album “These Are The Days”, was the lead singer in The Steve Farris Project (guitar player from Mr. Mister), worked with Playwrite helping youth find their voice through writing music, has sung back up and played on numerous international, national and local artists recordings, as well as doing vocals for radio spots and promotional materials. He has produced two heartfelt and soul filled albums of his own material: Illusion” and “Words, Wire & Wood”. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon he now resides in Lake Oswego.
As well as doing his original material Steve is also playing bass in an 80's band, Nu Wave Machine, an improvisational pop band by the name of Canoofle, and a New Orleans inspired band called B3.
- See more at: http://www.stevehale.com
The JT Wise Band was nominated Best of Portland and are at the top of the ReverbNation Americana charts. The band will be performing with their acoustic trio at the market. There will be something for everyone with original tunes and old favorites, 3 part harmonies and toe taping good time music. JT is joined by bassist and songwriting partner Margaret Wise, and Jim Stein on rhythm and slide guitar. JT Wise tunes have been played on Local Roots, KBOO and Kink radio.
Shanghaied on the Willamette is the lively musical duo of Jonathan Lay and Gordy Euler. We perform songs and tunes "plundered from land and sea," including traditional Celtic, English, and Old-Time American music, especially music of the sea and waterways. We accompany our vocal harmonies with a "fleet" of acoustic instruments, including fiddle, bodhran (Irish drum), guitar (6- and 12-string), mandola, tin whistles, harmonicas and banjo.
Jonathan, who’s powerful and supple voice can do justice to a gentle ballad or a rough-and-tumble sea chantey, plays guitar, tin whistle, harmonica, and a rollicking bodhran. Gordy is a skilled vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist who easily switches among fiddle, mandola, tin whistle, guitar and banjo. This broad range of sounds allows them to craft exciting and varied arrangements and programs.
Our first performance together was in the 1992 Work Songs of the Sea Festival in Portland, Oregon, and we formed Shanghaied on the Willamette in the fall of that year. Since then we have performed in festivals, pubs, outdoor markets, and concerts in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. (SeeWhere We've Been.)
Randy Foote and the Skankin’ Yankees is an exciting, up-beat, new reggae band based out of Portland, Oregon. Since their formation in 2011, this band has been getting the roots party rolling wherever they go!
Singer/ percussionist/ recording artist Randy Foote has been an important and consistent figure on the West Coast music scene for decades. He has a loyal fanbase that fondly remembers his performances with the Hudson Brothers, his videos on MTV, and his hits with the pop 80’s band, ComboNation… they eagerly hit the dance floor when he brings his reggae rhythms to the local clubs! His newest project, Randy Foote and the Skankin’ Yankees, is catching the attention of reggae enthusiasts all around the Portland area.
The Skankin’ Yankees perform a vast selection of original compositions, classic roots, and current reggae covers. The melodies are mastered by amazing lead guitarist Jim Moore (of Roots Revolution, Chata Addy). Their rock-solid rhythm section is anchored by drummer Marv Bauer (of Western Union, Mirror Mirror) and bassist Lou Butts (of Little Women, The Native Suns).
Randy Foote and the Skankin’ Yankees are ready to Rock! Their professionalism, experience, and talent will not disappoint!
The band members:
Randy Foote (vocals, percussion, skank guitar)
Jim Moore (lead guitar)
Lou Butts (bass)
Marv Bauer (drums)
Check out these tracks......
Crooked Corner Band consists of four lifelong musicians who perform original rock and classic selections spanning the last forty years. Very much a vocal band, Crooked Corner displays flawless 3 and 4 part harmony and the kind of musical precision that only comes with this kind of performing experience.
All the band members have recorded multiple CD’s and toured extensively playing everything from small intimate venues to concert halls and outdoor festivals all over the US and parts of Canada. Come see why they are getting noticed locally and you will become a Crooked Corner fan too!
Dave Conway – Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Dave’s passion can be heard and felt in his songs and live performances. His earliest recollection was hearing his brother singing harmonies to a new Beatles record and he just had to get involved with “all that magic”. Born and raised in New York, Dave would gather around the piano with his family and listen to jazz standards of the day. In later years, he relocated to Eugene, Oregon where he would blend his acoustic stylings with the classic rock and folk music scene of the west coast .
“Let the music flow from your heart, it will always shine brightest.” – Dave
Woody Woods – Bass and Vocals
Singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, recording engineer and owner of Pacific Northwest Records , Woody started playing drums onstage with his musical family at age eight. Woody later attended Crane School of Music in upstate NY and has since performed all over the US and Canada playing a wide range of music from folk to jazz and most things in between… Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, you name it. Woody has worked with the Northwest band Full Circle and toured with the late roots-based guitarist/songwriter Tim Krekel. He is excited to be playing with this great group of musicians.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Woody
Paul Douglas – Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Violin and Vocals
Multi-instrumentalist Paul was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Seattle in 1973. In 1975 he relocated to Oregon to join the regionally iconic sensation “Wheatfield” and as a member of Wheatfield, was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011. His many musical influences include Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, Dickey Betts and Steve Lukather on guitar, Leon Russell, Floyd Cramer and Ray Charles on piano, Stephane Grapelli, Vassar Clements and Byron Berline on fiddle and many more on a variety of stringed or keyed instruments.
“It’s a privilege to play with great musicians who understand that it’s all about the songs.” – Paul
Kenny Sawyer – Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Kenny’s been called the Russ Kunkel of Portland drummers… rock steady and tastefully understated but fully capable of kicking it with the best of them. Inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011 as a member of the musically eclectic Portland, Oregon band Wheatfield, his vocal prowess and musical passion for everything from 60’s Beatles to 21st century retro-Americana now provide CCB with the steady and infectious groove that is guaranteed to get you up out of your seat, slap a smile on your face and put a wag in your walk.
“The space between the licks is often more important than the licks themselves.” – Kenny
JG and The Cover Kings are a nine member classic rock band that originally began 21 years ago. It started as a jam night for a group of friends (all men) with many different instruments and just wanted a place to play. They called it the Thursday Night Gentlemen’s Club. Eventually they had played together long enough to get their sound right and they started booking some small gigs. They played local bars, some private parties, a few weddings and annual shows at Oaks Park. And of course, they continued their Thursday night jams and still have them today.
The majority of the original members of JG and The Cover Kings are still in the band, as only a few have changed over the years. The most recent and significant change to the band was the addition of a female lead vocalist in Jennifer Gantner. Her father, Curt “Corndog” Nelson was the original lead singer and helped build the band from the beginning. The original name of the band was simply The Cover Kings, but with the addition of a woman, we thought a slight name change was in order. Jennifer inherited her father’s singing talent and frequently joined The Cover Kings onstage at shows around town, both as backup to her dad and as lead on a few songs of her own. She grew up around this group of men and knows them like family.
Sadly, Curt passed away in 2015, but his musical legacy lives on through his daughter and his band. The Cover Kings asked Jennifer to be their new lead singer and they played their first show together in June 2016 at Oaks Park.
The other members of JG and The Cover Kings are:
Rick Berk - bass guitar & vocals
Phil Hornik - lead guitar
Manuel Mateo - guitar & vocals
Paul Yurick - drums
Lonnie Lester - percussion & drums
Mark Borgeson - keyboards
Miguel Maldonado - saxophone
Although classic rock is the band’s main forte, they also deliver a mix of blues, soft rock, soul, and even a little disco and country. They cover classics such as Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett, Hurts So Good by John Cougar Mellencamp, Don’t Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders, Dream by Fleetwood Mac and many others.
JG and The Cover Kings just simply love to play music. They particularly love to play songs that make people happy, get people dancing and want to sing along!
This lively group of Portland characters lights up the room everywhere they play. The flavors range from Parisian-style Jazz, Dirty Blues, and Jump Swing to Rumbas and Boleros.
Organically Grown from long hours of diligent (and boozy) playing, this ensemble formed
from a need to embrace the past masters and put our own stamp on the old tunes.
We also scatter our original material throughout the set to keep the well from going dry
Piano, Accordion (and PMA all the way): Steve Cleveland Bass: Patrick Harry (aka The Enabler) Drummist: (Animal) Klaus Ferguson
"How Our Story Began..."
Music was a path that both Brent and KJ knew they would follow. Brent, a firefighter in Texas and KJ, an artist in Washington were worlds apart but pursuing the same dream. By chance, their paths collided in 2009 at a songwriting expo and their artistry ignited together on stage.
"A Little Bit of Our Background..."
Brent's diverse musical background includes producing, audio engineering, composing, songwriting, singing and excelling as a multi-instrumentalist. From Texas to Oregon his clients have ranged from Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band), and Lupe Fiasco, to Christian Kane (TNT series "Leverage") and hundreds of local artists. After releasing four original CDs of his own, he is now composing music for the Broadway style musical comedy "Oil Change," and is working for Rex Studios. (Rexpost.com)
KJ has a few highlights as well. She has opened for many acts in NY including Chubby Checker, Bobby Vee, Mitch Rider, Spencer Davis and The Rascals. In Nashville she has recorded with David Frizzel on his album, "My Life Is Just A Bridge." She was featured in Brooks and Dunn's music video of their hit song "Rock My World," and on the TV series "Dream Girl USA." She has performed in Europe as well as for the King of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
In addition to their own band, "Brent Rogers and KJ Miller"( which ranges from a duo to a six piece), they are also both members in the all original Americana country band "Wayne Richards and Southern Nights. (southernnights.net)
"Why People Love Us..."
Since Brent Rogers and KJ Miller can range from a duo to a six-piece band, they have the versatility to play at many different types of venues. They deliver a blend of classic pop, rock, blues and country hits mixed with their own original songs. Their soulful lead vocals and magical harmonies captivate their audiences and brings their music to life!
Playing both originals and cover tunes in bands throughout high school and beyond, Bernie toured the Rocky Mountain states, opening for national acts such as The Steve Miller Band, Badfinger, Quicksilver Messenger Service and It’s A Beautiful Day.
Pencil and paper, guitar, piano, are Bernie’s songwriting tools and his style has been characterized as acoustic pop. His musical influences have been many, with Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Kenny Loggins among the strongest. His blending of fluent jazz/pop guitar stylings, memorable hook-oriented songs and his strong vocal performance make for a rich musical experience.
Bernie writes about what he observes - of love gone well and love gone away, of nature and our place in it, of the need for social responsibility, and the many faces of love and kindness.
Bernie’s recent performances include the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood, the Rotary Concert Series in Wilsonville, a variety of farmers markets, and other CD release events. His live performances often incorporate pop and rock classics from artists such as the Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Michael Buble, Seal and Train, among many others.
His 2017 release, “From A Dream” includes ten original songs. His previous CD “Alter Ego”, was released in 2002, and features several respected Portland area musicians, including Dan Balmer, Jay Koder, Barry Aiken, Mel Kubik, Gary Ogan and Scott Frost.
Chris has been performing throughout the northwest for 30 years. He is an alumnus of Mt Hood Community College and Portland State University. Chris has written and performed music for various projects including Microsoft video game "Arthur" (which sold over a million copies worldwide), PBS, Thriftway Inc., Nike, Intel and many others. He has performed on several live television broadcasts including, A.M. Northwest, Good Day Oregon and others.
Chris and Island Breeze have been performing in the northwest for over 25 years. They play many different styles of music from all over the world. Their music highlights the Steel Drum or "steel pan" from Trinidad,West Indies - as well as the vibes, (xylophone) marimba, the use of guitar both electric and classical, bass - both acoustic and electric, and percussion, drum set, congas etc.
Band Members: Christopher Kern:Steel Drums, Marimbas and Vocals, Ken Graves: Guitars, Byron Mercurius: Drums and Vocals, Dan Davis: Bass, Scott Wardinsky: Percussion
Influences: Andy Narrell, A.C. Jobim, Airto, Jazz, J.S.Bach, Carlos Santana, Astor Piazolla, Old Calypso, New Calypso, Classic Cuban, Reggae. Christopher and Byron also compose original music.
Sounds Like: Trinidad, Brazil, Cuba, Spain,Venezuela,Argentina,Peru, Jamaica
Here is a video promoting their appearance at The Market.
Fun in the Style of Jimmy Buffet!
With two Steel Pan Players and a Guitar playing vocalist, Tropical Wave is a smaller version of the nationally recognized Jimmy Buffett tribute band Tropical Storm. Based right here in the Pacific Northwest, this trio is sure to put a smile on your face and get you moving with the music. Each musician is exceptionally talented, and combined as the Tropical Wave, the group is better than ever. This is truly a very special treat for our Saturday Market. So come and listen to Tropical Storm with your ears and watch your feet get happy!
Jade Stone – Guitar/Vocals, Mike White – Bass, Scot Jacobson – Drums
Jade Stone is the definitive guitar player, cites “all the usual suspects” as his musical influences. His love and knowledge about music are reflected in his personal approach to music. Stone has worked his guitar talent across the U.S., from Miami to Anchorage and from San Diego to Detroit. Stone displays his wisdom and experience when he says “music expresses your emotion… pure note (memorization) is flat” Come and hear some fresh twists on music of the 60’s and 70’s.
Mike White, has been playing in is band, (Pryzm), for over 18 years, covering many types of music. Also has been playing in Praise Teams for over 16 years. Mike has also played bass with many other bands filling in as an alternate on many occasions. He knowledge of music and the desire to learn is even more evident in this new project with terrific team of talent.
Scot's interest in drumming began 30 years ago , as a passion to make music from the heart. He started on drums with childhoodfriends, at first only playing in garages and whatever set he could practice on. The beats that he thought of often, soon after began to take shape and herealised that this was a well chosen instrument for him. Scot also started on guitar by age ten and still loves it today. Scot plays hand drums as well as a full percussion set and is always open and trying to creating new sounds with a variety of techniques and. Instruments. The ability to make music for others to hear is a big part of his life. Scot strives to always learn and expand the possibilities to achieve happiness and enjoyment for the love of music.
Perry Gerber is a local celebrity in Lincoln City, Oregon. Over the last 35 years, his passion for playing music provided him the opportunity to tour with Sara Evans and The North Santiam Band. That era included opening for Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw. This homegrown musician has played regularly for the last 20 years with his cover band The Ocean, coastal celebs Bret Lucich and Michael Dane, and toured the Casinos and McMenamins with Jimmy Bivens Band.
Over the last few years, Perry has moved center stage as an acoustic singer songwriter with his originals. Last year, Perry put together a rocking Portland band with award winning Bassist Kurt Bevers and Drummer Rod Coleman. The three 60's crooners enthusiastically appeared onto the 2016 summer circuit with festivals, wineries and summer concerts.
People respond to Perry's beautiful and melodic voice. He crafted tuneful songs about life and journeys, love and heartbreak. A great entertainer, Perry has a knack for pulling the crowd into his music. His incredible energy on stage engages the audience with his soulful tunes. His original song Sandy Beaches landed him a spot as an emerging artist with Supercuts – ‘Rock The Cut’ campaign, being featured in over 2000 locations nationwide. The scope of his new CD, I BELIEVE highlights Perry’s hard-hitting rock acoustic guitar strumming but also brings attention to his gentle finger picking and percussive playing style. The words are thought provoking and meaningful and are emphasized by his beautiful story telling and vintage sound.
Kurt Bevers, bassist, has been playing music since he was 7 yrs. old. First playing guitar, he soon found the REAL DRIVE in the band came from the Rhythm Section, and most specifically, the BASS. Recording his first album at 16 years old. Performing in National Acts, Top 40 Show Bands, Writing, Producing other Artists, and Engineering Recordings and Concerts has earned him a nomination to the Oregon Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a Lifetime Achievement award in 1998.
Kurt Bevers is a native of the Northwest. He played in many of the local and national acts you may have seen like; GOLDRUSH, ROSEWOOD, STONEYPOINT, AIRFLO, FOOLISH PLEASURE, SECRETS, and ROMANCE. He also did a stint as the Bass Player for Capitol recording artist JONI HARMS. Kurt is a published songwriter with airplay. He also produces recordings for a wide variety of types and styles of music. Kurt engineered the original recordings that started Oregon Public Broadcasting's Digital Music Program that resulted in 3 award winning CD's to date. In 1998, Kurt was nominated to the Oregon Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a lifetime achievement award. In 2002, He was tapped as one of 25 Hand Picked engineers to establish Lucas Arts Studios Worldwide Monitoring standard for THX Surround Sound.
Rod Coleman is an accomplished songwriter and "big fish" from a "small pond" of talented drummers in Southern Oregon. His credits include numerous recording projects, and live performances from Seattle to Los Angeles. In 2013, he relocated to Portland Oregon, where he played Blues/Rock in local clubs before co-founding the Groovebirds rhythm section.
Amber Sweeney is an accomplished singer/songwriter, Grammy Member, and transplant from the fast-paced world of Southern California to the serene and inspiring Battle Ground, Washington. Many fans and friends compare Amber’s voice as a blend of Sheryl Crow, Adele, & India Arie. In 2013, Amber released two EPs - The Starting Line (April 16) and Christmas Time (November 28). Both were released worldwide through CD Baby and are available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, and more. Amber was also selected to be one of three independent artists featured on a new television series, Indie Backroads, produced by Kevin Hayes of 371 Films. She has also been featured on Kink FM’s Homegrown Spotlight & KUMZ FM’s Local Roots radio. 2014 has kicked off strong with The Starting Line now on Pandora Radio. Amber has been in numerous bands throughout her childhood and adult life, including one of Battle Ground, Washington's resident rock bands, Enation (as the original bass player). She is also one half of a duo that was known as Everly. Everly had success with five of their original songs (Flying Machine, Girl In The Moon, Quicksand, Maybe, Stars) featured on the CW network's hit television series, One Tree Hill, as well as another CW show titled Life Unexpected. Amber has appeared in two episodes of One Tree Hill as part of her former bandmate's (Bethany Joy Lenz) back-up band. Amber started playing the guitar at age 6, and has picked up a variety of instruments since then. She penned her first song at age 14, and experienced her first job as a recording artist at age 15 with a Christian ska band known as No Supastar, of which she was the bass player and back-up singer. One of her original songs was featured on the band's only album titled, 180. With No Supastar, Amber found herself playing at large churches, festivals, clubs, and opened for acts such as POD, Jars of Clay, Jennifer Knapp, and more all before she was 18 years old. By age 18, Amber had recorded her first independent solo album titled, Today or Yesterday, with all original material. In 2006 she released an acoustic EP titled Somethin' Special. She has had a variety of jobs as a recording artist from singing on demo recordings for Grammy nominated producer, Ron Aniello, to co-producing & co-writing songs that have reached the top ten spot on iTunes charts. Amber has also performed her original material live at Tin Pan South in Nashville, and has played at infamous clubs throughout the US and internationally. Amber can also be heard on One From Many’s (O.F.M) latest album The Alleged Album, as back-up on Tears We Cry Alone (which is to be featured in an upcoming Independent Film titled Lies That I Told My Little Sister) and Shape Of Your Heart. Along with recording and performing, Amber has also launched a production company called In The Rounds Productions, and is a member of ASCAP, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, better known as the Grammy Foundation. - See more at: http://www.theambersweeney.com/bio/#sthash.m9K4iCta.dpuf
WEATHER ADVISORY CANCELLATION
We have been carefully watching the local weather forecast for Saturday. They have now posted a High Wind Advisory for 8 AM and 3 PM, with gusts upwards of 40 MPH predicted.
For the safety of vendors and customers, We feel it is is necessary to cancel the GSM for the 29th of August.
We have a unique situation in the Kmart parking lot. We have full and unprotected exposure to Westerly and Southwesterly winds. There are no structures or large trees to help mitigate strong winds. We did a cancellation once during October in 2014 and other markets around Portland had tents go airborne with resulting damage. Our preference is to err on the side of caution - for safety and liability reasons. We hope you all understand and we look forward to seeing you on September 5th.
The drive behind the JASKAMON music project is Barry Klusman who produced their latest CD, "All The People". With his characteristic left-handed guitar playing and smooth vocals, Barry has a rich history with the Oregon music scene.
Barry came to Oregon in the early 70s. It was vastly different from what he had known in New Jersey and Massachusetts where he grew up. He was one of many people who were struck by the uniqueness of the Pacific Northwest and quickly grew roots in Portland.
It wasn't long before Barry started a band, and then another... He started singing popular cover tunes but Barry soon incorporated originals in his acts. Some of his bands, like SPYN and the Eclectic Coconuts, became enormously popular with the potential to become national. But as Barry likes to say, "Although music is my life, my life is in Oregon."
JASKAMON's new CD is Barry's best music ever. Called "All The People" the CD contains a mix of high-energy island music with a reggae-ska-soca rhythm and Caribbean ballads that have been well produced with four main players and contributions from many of Portland's best musicians playing keyboards, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, marimba and miscellaneous percussion.
The CD will be on sale at the Gresham Saturday Market before, during and after the performance.
Some of the songs feature Randy Foote of The Skankin' Yankees, a seasoned musician who has played with the Hudson Brothers, ComboNation and even had a video on MTV.
"All The People" was conceived and grown in Oregon. JASKAMON's unique island style is uplifting and energizing. With each tune you can feel the warm sun shine and lively rhythm of the tropics.
My musical journey started in the back seat of a Ford Fairlane (no seatbelts). By age six I was singing barbershop songs with my family that my Dad performed in his quartet.
By 13 I was singing “Louie Louie” in my first rock band. A few more bands in high school, the high school ensemble group, and I had started learning to play acoustic guitar. I picked up extra money as a singing busboy at The Rhinelander Restaurant.
More music in college, and songwriting became one of my new adventures. A recording session in L.A. produced little, but between mishaps I wrote here and there.
I supported my music with restaurant work, but by age 24 was the full time in house musician at Mt. Hood Meadows.
A few years later marriage and children raised the serious notion of actually having a home, and a stainless steel gas BBQ.
Fast forward 20 years and the urge to leave the corporate world along with a yearning for musical collaboration conspired to advance my return to recording and performing.
I became parts of numerous duos and trios, most notably “Heartstrings”, “Winter Rose” and “Aundria & Richard”
The last 7 years I have been playing at the Portland International Airport three days a week, various coffee houses, and restaurant venues in the Portland area that seek beautiful melodies and not too many glaring mistakes.
A Little bit Country and a little bit Rock n Roll!
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana Barbara’s family relocated out west to the rural countryside of Oregon when she was three years old. Living in the country was sometimes lonely being so far away from town, Barbara found out at an early age how to entertain herself through singing. It was fun to go outside and sing and hear the echo of her voice through the trees of the forest. A powerful voice was developed for she had no fear of anyone really hearing her out in the woods. Singing in her first talent show in the 4th grade, was when she realized that people liked her singing, and it was then that she knew she wanted to be a singer when she grew up. After high school Barbara started finding places to start her singing career. The local pageant circuit was her first start and then she sang with a local country band. Starting in 1994 Barbara sang at various County and State fairs throughout the Pacific Northwest as a solo performer. Paying her dues as a strolling entertainer in a Roadhouse restaurant was about the time she started writing her first music. Working to take herself to the next level she wrote and self released her first CD ‘Big Trouble Now” and opened for Chris LeDoux that same year.
Barbara put together her first band,” The Barbara Cecil band” and continued paying her dues. In 2000 wanting to diversify herself, Barbara Joined an 8 piece Nostalgia Rock N Roll show band as their female lead singer. The band called, “Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts” have been rocking the Pacific Northwest area for the last 34 years, Barbara has been working with them for the past 13 years. During her years with The Lugnut’s, Barbara continued writing her music and self released her second CD called” Roadhouse Angels”. Putting together a new band for her CD release party she called it, “ The Roadhouse Angels band”. Barbara teamed up with Comstock Records and released her music in Europe and has had continued airplay in many countries including New Zealand. While working with the Lugnut’s Barbara self released her third CD “Nostalgia” featuring Rock N Roll hits of the 50’ s and 60’s. Comstock Records released Nostalgia in the European markets.
Barbara’s songwriting leans toward Country with a twist of Rock and Blues. Writing songs from her experiences as well as what she see’s others going through is where she gets her inspiration. If she can make someone laugh or cry or just have some fun, that is what makes being an entertainer fun and rewarding!
A Review from the Positively Entertainment Magazine states as follows:
As an entertainer Barbara steals the show! She is a polished performer with stage presence and delivery as big as the great outdoors! Cecil entertains and struts yet her humanity emanates out to the audience. She makes strangers into friends and friends into fans. Barbara has the image of a country style beauty queen, but shows the audience that she is a real live girl, not just an image. She lacks the vanity of a pseudo star; Cecil is approachable and pleases audiences with her voice as well as her looks.
Funk Town PDX Band
Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to have some fun. The members of Funk Town Band have a combination of experience to satisfy the musical groove in anyone.
Angel James is the lead singer for Funk Town PDX. Her rich voice brings the best of soul, funk and classic rock to the stage. She has sung back up and fronted for many musicians around the Portland area including the now National star Liv Warfield.
Ron Barnes musician extraordinaire’ on the trumpet, saxophone, and keys has been around the music industry for a long time. His professional sounds have been featured through well known local groups such as “Rodeo”, “Reflections” and he also currently plays with National and local artists such as Jay Koder.
Patrick Condon comes to us from Rhode Island where he rocked the East coast with music in his own bands. His skills on the guitar are timeless and he leaves you wanting to hear more. Besides playing lead guitar in Funk Town PDX Patrick currently has his own band called Tender Deluxe which plays throughout the Portland area.
Nicole Carlon lays down the groove on bass. Nicole had been with the Chris Loid Band playing bass and vocals for the last four years before she became part of Funk Town PDX. Nicole also had her own groups such as “Niki and the Other Guys” and currently the leader and bass player of “Girls Night Out.” Portland’s premier All Girls Band.
Brennan Clark locks in the beat on the drums for Funk Town PDX. Brennan’s local experience brings solid rhythms to the music of Funk Town. He also plays with another band that rocks originals.
Tom Anderson on the trumpet is a local artist that has been in the Northwest playing on church teams and backing up artists with his harmonies on trumpet. He is an accomplished musician that rounds out the sounds of Funk Town PDX.
Funk Town PDX is an experience in musical excellence and performance from some of the best in North West…
Portland’s cooking up some Booligh Jam - organic, free-range, cage-free folk-rock!* This band’s jammy, jazzy arrangements of covers and originals are deliciously innovative while celebrating songcraft and the spirit of the music. The band’s influences run the gamut from roots rock, to folk to Jazz to Irish.
Booligh Jam features the talents of violinist Deb Katz, drummer/percussionist Bob Anderson and multi-instrumentalists/singer-songwriters Tommy Dunne and Mary Harvard. The four have been playing together for over seven years, folk-rocking it up in Portland-based groups. In that short time, they’ve cut two CDs, and have played in kitchens all across the state of Oregon.