Skip vonKuske's "The Guest List" with

Will West

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • 21 and over

About Skip vonKuske's "The Guest List" with


Noted cellist Skip vonKuske's "Diva Series" was a weekly fixture at Edgefield Winery from January 2005 through December 2008. He's back again with "The Guest List." Each week a different singer songwriter joins this "one man backup band."

A member of both Vagabond Opera and The Portland Cello Project, Skip has performed in Europe and all over North America, and on hundreds of CDs, both local and national.




About Will West


Carolina-born songwriter Will West performs with a rotation of acoustic musicians called The Friendly Strangers, featuring an array of fantastic Portland players on banjo, cello, mandolin, horns, percussion and other surprises. Together they create a signature acoustic sound blending Old Time Roots and Folk Influences with Modern Inspirations & Positive Vibes. They tend to improvise and experiment, and they have a great time doing it.

One the 2nd Wednesday of each Month, Will West joins us with a guest member of The Friendly Strangers Band. Music starts at 8pm with a fun blend of original songs and cover tunes in a fun, casual setting.

Will West & The Friendly Strangers released their debut album called "Take this Moment" in January of 2011. Songs have been featured on KINK FM101.9 & KZME FM107.1 in the greater Portland area. The song "Understand" was featured on the KINK FM Local's Only Sampler Volume 4 in the summer of 2011. The album was recently launched as a new station on Pandora Radio.

The son of a fiddle player, West cites Old-Time Bluegrass, Blues and Heavy Metal music as some of his early influences. West moved to Portland in the summertime of 2002 and began cutting his teeth as a performer at Open-Mics and busking in Northwest Portland. He picked up his first formal gigs in 2004 and has been on a steady rise in the vibrant Northwest Music scene.

Will West has released 2 solo albums. A collection of live studio recordings called "Reconstruction" in 2004. As well as a full length studio album called "Shine" in 2007.

His live performances continue to evolve and change. As a solo performer or with variations of a band, West pulls off fantastic acoustic guitar playing with smoothly delivered vocals and harmonica. Every show is an experience and it's all about the vibe...


"The Friendly Strangers are a formidable ensemble, boasting fiddles, banjos and mandolins, all guided by West's casual ringleading" - The Portland Mercury ~ Up&Coming

"He incorporates rootsy, acoustic folk with a bluesy, almost hip-hop-like sense of rhythm. West is a funky, acoustic pop songsmith with a flare for lyricism and rich melodies." - Post & Courier (Charleston, SC)

"West's clean guitar and polished voice feel like warm sunshine through a car window." - Independent Weekly (Raleigh, NC)

"A favorite of those Delta Blues/Folk lovin' Types. Never performing a song the same way twice. This crooner is a storyteller with a soft touch. Check him out. " - Willamette Week


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