310 N.E. Evans Street / McMinnville, OR, 97128
Saturday, March 16, 2019
All ages welcome
Irish or not, you're invited to join in our celebration!
Mattie's RoomShips to Roam • 4 - 6:30 pm
Irish Dancers • 6 pm
Strange Hotels • 7 - 10 pm
Paragon RoomChris Margolin • 1 - 4 pm
Cellar BarSonny Hess • 7 - 10 pm
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.
Ships to Roam was born in 2005 as the solo project of singer/songwriter Jerome Blankenship. "Funeral Songs & Lullabies", StR's first album was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. Ships to Roam played Portland alongside acts such as Horse Feathers, Kind of Like Spitting, Fernando, Radiation City, McDougall, A Fine Frenzy, Jackalope Saints, and Alela Diane.
In the following years Blankenship wrote new material, raised a family and attempted to find a band. Finally after years of searching, a four piece band that brings an exciting, danceable twist to the music was formed in 2013.Ships cites influences X, Rogue Wave, The Old 97's and The War on Drugs. "Boxing the Compass" , Ships to Roam's 3rd full length is due out in summer of 2018. Stay tuned!
Praise for Funeral Songs & Lullabies:
"Ships to Roam's is a much darker, quieter, smarter affair. Funeral's tracks would fit well on a mix tape with like-minders such as Iron and Wine and Hayden-or Nick Drake. Don't miss this up and coming Portland talent." Jason Pearson of The Portland Mercury.
Songwriting "Far more moving than anything a Marshall stack could produce." Mark Baumgarten, Willamette Week
"These songs retain a rawness many times lacking in the world of indie folk." Pabst Blue Ribbon, Live and Local.
" Intriguing, catchy diary honest rawness that, somehow, still offers rays of hope." Amy McCullough,Willamette Week
Chris Margolin has been a staple in the Portland music scene for the last decade, crafting heartfelt pop-rock songs as both a solo artist, as well as the lead singer for Chris Margolin & The Dregs, Frame by Frame, and the very active Lucy Gray. With his powerful vocals, tastefully honest lyrics, and storyteller like performances, he is able to bring together any type of audience. With his new project, Chris Margolin & The Dead Bird Collection, he is sure to continue to leave his mark in the NW music scene.
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