700 N.W. Bond Street / Bend, OR, 97703
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Old St. Francis School - O'Kanes Square
3 p.m. til 5 p.m.
All ages welcome
3 p.m. til 5 p.m. FreeAll ages welcome
The Whistlin' Rufus musicians bring a lot
of experience to the stage and have roots in Classical, Irish, Folk, Bluegrass,
Rock and Roll and Jazz music. When you stir it all together combining their
exciting knack for arrangements, their three and four part vocal harmonies,
original ballads and toe tapping fiddle tunes, well, you end up with Whistlin'
Rufus. The band has been together since 2003, celebrating their 10th
anniversary this year.
Pat Connell- Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
- Founding member of Whistlin'Rufus, Pat
also acts as the booking agent, web-guru, equipment manager, and press agent
for the band. Pat has been performing in
bluegrass and country rock bands for many years from Bend to Portland. Pat and
Ritchie co-write much of the original compositions of Whistlin' Rufus.
Ritchie Wernick- Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
- Founding member of Whistlin' Rufus, Ritchie is the tunesmith, arranger,
producer and resident happy face in the group. Ritchie learned his craft in
numerous coffee houses on the East coast.
Natasha O'Neal - Fiddle, Vocals - Natasha hails from Wisconsin and her fiddle
playing and high vocal harmonies are the highlight of a Whistlin' Rufus show.
Nat stays fit by chasing around husband Seth and kids Finn and Eliza
Patrick Connell - Guitar, Vocals - Patrick
joined Whistlin' Rufus last year after playing for several years with a
Bluegrass band out of Ashland, "The Mighty Lonesomes". Patrick is the
lead guitar player and his flat picking solo's are the centerpiece of the
Whistlin' Rufus sound.
Zachary Banks - Cello, Vocals - Zach is the newest member
of Whistlin' Rufus and completes the band with his amazing cello and high
lonesome harmonies. A classically trained musician, Zach brings composure,
youth and great good looks to the band.
Jon Meek - Banjo, Dobro - Jon is a multi-instrumentalist playing the banjo and the dobro for Whistlin' Rufus. Jon won the Rocky Mountain Dobro championship a few years ago and his banjo playing is awesome, He can do anything with a string instrument and we are thrilled to have him in Whistlin' Rufus.
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