3505 Pacific Ave. / Forest Grove, OR, 97116
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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When you imagine Oktoberfest, what comes to mind? Beer, music, more beer, bratwurst and hamburgers, and more-exactly how McMenamins pictures it.
One and all are welcome to participate! Begun as a wedding party for Germany's Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810, today Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the world with music, singing, dancing, beer, food and revelry, so join in our fun. Get the cool event stamp for your Passport, too.
Front LawnHigh 5's Polka Band • 1 p.m. 'til 3 p.m.Bigfoot Mojo • 3:30 p.m. 'til 5 p.m.Lowlight • 5:30 p.m. 'til 7 p.m.Wil Kinky • 7:30 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.Garage DoorSonny Hess • 7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.
RoamingBalloons & Facepainting • 3 p.m. 'til 6 p.m.
Wil Kinky sound is soulful and bluesy with an alternative edge. He calls his style: South Paw Soul - due to his unusual left-handed guitar approach. He sounds like a blend between John Mayer and Ray Lamontagne. In his early twenties, Wil has been playing music since he was thirteen. Born and raised outside Portland on a blueberry farm, hard work has always been a part of his life. Wil Kinky brings the same work ethic to his music, with a love and a passion that you can feel.
Wil performs solo as well as with his band the Wil Kinky Trio and guests with other acts like Jordan Harris, Keegan Smith, Krista Herring and Tony Smiley. Wil is also an in-demand guitar instructor – teaching guitar and piano in the Portland Metro area.
Lowlight's music is rooted in the blues. Gospel, soul, rock, folk, country are ancestors of the same song, and it's a blues.
Lowlight is the monicker under which songwriter Nick Foltz performs. Foltz, a product of Kentucky, spent most of his life in the south, the region where so much of what is American music was born. While living in New York City in his early 20s and trying to figure out what to do with himself he started writing songs and busking in the NYC subways to make rent. After several months deciding to head to North Carolina to put together a band and see the country. This first band, The Delta Drift, was "where I learned what it really was to be in a band. How to perform live, how to really play with other musicians in a way that excited me. And how to travel with a band, like a van full of sleep-deprived pirates."
His travels eventually led him to Portland,OR and its fruitful music scene. In 2013 he began work on a new project, Lowlight. Lowlight started as a recording project.
"I had always wanted to go into the studio and make an album playing as many of the instruments as I could. It's probably hubris but also it's a way to stay mentally involved through the recording process and a way to develop songs and just have fun trying things. A way to keep things fresh. It can also be a humbling experience, like when I heard myself drumming. So I brought in a drummer, James Pearson, for a good chunk of the record."
With the release of After Sundown, Foltz has put together a band consisting of Pearson, guitarist Chris Viola, bassist Carmen Paradise and other Portland aces to bring his songs to life.
Upright bassist Belinda Underwood and national mandolin champion Josiah Payne met on the bluegrass scene in Portland, Oregon, as hired hands in other award-winning bands. Musicians in multiple genres since childhood, they both grew up in family bands before moving to Oregon, and were feeling orphaned without their families until they found each other in 2012. After playing together for 3 years as "Josiah and Belinda", they adoped the mascot of the Northwest when they became Bigfoot Mojo.
Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, they have many creative offerings, including this new incarnation. Josiah and Belinda continue to mesmerize audiences with groove-based melodies and impeccable vocal harmonies (the kind that sound genetically-blended), setting a new standard for original music which defies genre boundaries.
Bigfoot Mojo plays with other amazing guest musicians to create a trio, quartet or bigger. Lately they have been featuring world-traveling guitarist Pete Kartsounes, when he is home from tour! Also featured is the young national twin fiddle champion Wilhelmina.
Josiah and Belinda also play together in the high-energy bluegrass band The Wild Wood and in their Middle Eastern funk band, Al Farasha.
Known far and wide for her sensual guitar playing, songwriting gifts and soulful vocals, local blues legend Sonny Hess fires up shows around town performing in a variety of forms and combinations - solo, in duos, full bands, and as part of the venerable NW Women Rhythm & Blues, which may include fellow blueswomen Lady Kat, Duffy Bishop and many more. Named Outstanding R&B Act and Best New Artist when the Sonny Hess Power Band appeared in 1991, Hess has brought her particular brand of the blues to northwest audiences for nearly two decades. She's also been a serious supporter of fellow artists, producing the NW Women R&B shows and playing regularly with Ellen Whyte (as part of the duo Jane Doe), Leah Hinchcliff, and Lisa Mann.
So much more than just "a balloon guy," Joe's
quick-witted, engaging & spirited style is refreshingly unique - and a ton
of fun to watch! With over 20 years of experience, he's sure to put a smile on
your face -- and quite possibly a really cool balloon on your head!
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