3505 Pacific Ave. / Forest Grove, OR, 97116
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Live music: 2 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.All ages welcome
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We're throwing ourselves a ragin' all-ages party, especially for turning 95! Live music, cake, a Passport Discovery Hunt, and tastings from area wineries & distilleries are all on the day's agenda. Weather permitting, we'll have an outdoor ‘tasting tent' that will include McMenamins spirits, beers, wine and coffee, as well as selections from: David Hill Winery, Sake One, Troon Winery and Appoloni Vineyards. We'll also have birthday cake, as well as facepainting & balloon-making from 2 p.m. ‘til 5 p.m.
Winery tastings from 2 p.m. 'til 5 p.m. - Featuring: Sake One, David Hill, Elk Cove, Montinore, Apolloni, Troon and Edgefield
Facepainting and Balloons from 2 p.m. 'til 5 p.m.
McMenamins Distillery, Brewery and Coffee tastings under Pat's Corner Tent
Pat's Corner - Tent on the Lawn
Pilar French is one of those unexpected talents who can bowl you over with intelligent, passionate songwriting and give you a groove to rock out to. She's a varied musician, and not just because she plays guitar and bass (depending on the situation): one minute she's in lounge mode, her voice all silk and smoke, and the next she's belting out a slightly askew blues tune. French calls it twisted funk 'n' blues, but she has an intimate, introspective side as well. She can evoke Marlene Dietrich singing Cole Porter, Nicolette Larson, Steely Dan, Maria Muldaur and Sarah McLachlan, just to name a few.
French has lived in Portland for 10 years and become deeply ingrained in the music scene through participation in a variety of bands and musical partnerships. She started in bluesy, funky bands, including Soul Patrol Mission and Swerve, then spent time with local art songstress Kate Mann in Ginger Lovely. French later found herself working with singer Lara Michell (Carmina Piranha, Dirty Martini) in a Duran Duran tribute band, which led to her joining Michell and Nicole Campbell's goofy cover band, Guilty Pleasures and One Hit Wonders.
Rich Layton & The Troublemakers are keepers of the flame for American roots rock, music that blurs the lines between vintage country, rock and blues. With comparisons to such artists as Marty Stuart, Dave Alvin and Sturgill Simpson, the band takes audiences for a ride from Sun Studios to Chess Records, and Muscle Shoals to Bakersfield. Rich's original songs thread seamlessly into the mix, weaving his Gulf Coast roots through tales of rock and roll redemption, harmonica-fueled and swampified. Together a decade now, the band has released two albums, and performs at festivals and events throughout the NW, including the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. Each summer, Rich joins Lyle Lovett as a special guest when The Large Band comes to town. Rich also has played on Portland tour stops by his friends Lucinda Williams, Dale Watson and the late Buckwheat Zydeco.
The wildly entertaining Strange Tones have blended a unique concoction of original blues, rockabilly, surf, and vintage R&B, and finished it off with a private eye twist. They've shaken and stirred these elements into their own original sound and style known as Crime-A-Billy. Well-crafted songwriting, top notch musicianship, and a playful, engaging stage show have contributed to the band's induction into the Hall of Fame (Cascade Blues Association), and a multitude of awards for "Best Contemporary Blues Act", "Best Electric Guitar", "Best Northwest Recording", and "Best Vocals".
Led by the husband-and-wife team of Guitar Julie & bassist Andy Strange, and fortified by longtime partners guitarist Suburban Slim and drummer Andy Gauthier, this group forms "... one of Portland's most original and accomplished bands." - Oregonian
"....this too-cool-for-school quartet are a guaranteed good time, mixing sizzling surf, righteous rockabilly and secret-agent-man sang froid. There are zillions of bands in this naked city, but very few sound as good as the Strange Tones over a pitcher of beer and a greasy cheeseburger." - Portland Monthly Magazine
"If surf guitar god Dick Dale found himself in Bogie's Maltese Falcon film-noir underworld, and drank beer at the seedy bar with bluesmen Jimmy Reed and Magic Sam, the resulting soundtrack might be exactly what the Strange Tones purvey." - Oregonian
"With the exception of the grunge movement, some people don't realize what a fertile breeding ground the northwest was and still is for great talent, sprouting such artists as Heart, The Wailers, The Sonics and Paul Revere and the Raiders, not to mention Jimi Hendrix. Well, you can count on The Strange Tones to keep the northwest's rep solid." - Elmore Magazine
Greater Portland, Oregon area band "The Noted" creates popular family oriented soft-rock music loved by fans of all ages.
Their 2013 debut album "At This Moment" was selected to be on the iTunes main page,featuring new songs with a contemporary, yet classic rock vibe that are diverse in style and message.
The debut CD includes 12 original songs, one hit remake and collaborations with several Grammy winners/hit-songwriters/producers.
The Noted's songs have aired on over 200 terrestrial radio/TV stations worldwide, and on the AAA/Americana chart lists.
Recent 2014 single "Wait" garnered regular rotation on the syndicated radio show, "Undercurrents", airing on over 140 stations for several months.
With "him & her" lead vocalists, great players and complex songwriting; The Noted rocks a unique and polished sound that is all their own.
The Noted's highly original music described as "comfortably unpredictable" is often compared to Sir Paul McCartney, Train, The Fray, Fleetwood Mac and Dave Matthews to name a few.
Daniel & Angela's voices mesh together magically, effortlessly within catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics sonically framed by The Noted's eclectic rock band... - Jeff Koch: electric/acoustic guitars - Mike Snyder: drums/percussion - John Dwyer: bass • vocals - Angela Baldino: vocals • percussion • keys/piano - Daniel Work: vocals • piano/keys • acoustic/electric guitars • songwriter (ASCAP)
Raised in the sleepy farmland outside of the nation's self-proclaimed weirdest city, Tara Velarde is a captivating combination of class and sass. There is a timelessness and wisdom to her poetic lyrics, often prompting listeners to observe that she is an "old soul"; a simultaneous wryness and flare for the unique add drama and humor that light up the stage with fantastic energy. Deena Drewis (Sacramento News and Review) states that the "cherubic vocals of frontwoman Tara Velarde will strike a chord with fans of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson", and Lisa Lepine (Promoter/Booker) says that the group has "a unique elixir of hopped up harmonies, gleeful pop, sly lyrics and valley spunk". All can agree that Tara's strong voice takes her listeners on a memorable journey, whether she is belting to the limits of her power or bearing her heart with soft, crystalline melodies.
It is a year of thunderous momentum for Tara Velarde, with a full-length CD release, new band members, and a rapidly increasing tour schedule of the Western United States. It was nearly a decade ago that Tara first picked up a pencil to craft the first lines of an original song, and this singing and songwriting has been the truest constant and comfort in her life for the last ten years. She continued writing through the turbulences of High School, the grind of her undergraduate studies, and the scramble of her first professional jobs as a music teacher. Performances grew from open mics to solo shows, and the addition of a backing band added new sonic possibilities that propelled the band into the Portland music scene and encouraged the creation of a freshman EP and recent full-length album entitled "Get Out and Walk".
For a few sweet years Tara billed as The Tara Novellas with her band of friends, musicians, and family members. During this time they laid a solid foundation of musical authenticity, joy, and vocal excellence that remain pillars of the group. To further develop this mission, they have made a name-change to simply be called Tara Velarde - the songs, members, and spirit remains as strong as ever as the moniker denotes a clearer view of the style and format of the group.
"Get Out and Walk" is out now! The 10 song album is available for purchase and download under the "Music" tab as well as on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more streaming services. This album is the newest catalyst for Tara Velarde to reach further than ever before, so be sure to stay up to date with new shows, videos, blog posts, and more right here and by joining our mailing list. Thanks for coming along for the ride!
Amanda Kill is a graphic designer & tattoo artist by trade who loves to practice paintings on people of all ages. She has many illustrations to choose from and loves to do custom requests as well.
Two decades of experience means Joe Mishkin is the best balloon entertainer around!
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