SEASON THREE of CARAVAN CAMPFIRES-
SONGS & S'MORES!!
Music, Bonfire, BBQ & S'mores
Wednesday Evenings / 7-10pm / July & August / $10
Gather around the bonfire every Wednesday evening in July and August from 7-10pm to listen to music from fantastic local bands, make s’mores, eat BBQ, and introduce our Caravan guests from around the world to our creative and inspiring Portland community. Each week, we feature well-loved local bands from different genres of the vibrant Portland music scene.
We’ll provide a bonfire, fixins for s’mores (including Fair Trade chocolate and optional GF graham crackers!), and a performance by talented Portland musicians, all in the unique, funky courtyard of the first tiny house hotel in the world. Attendees can BYOBBQ to cook on our grill. $10. Kids 10+ under FREE.
The 2017 Summer Line-up
*Click on band names to buy tickets and scroll down for band bios, pix and more links to buy tickets.
July 5th: MOODY LITTLE SISTER
July 12th: JOHANNA WARREN
July 19th: ROBIN JACKSON and the CARAVAN
July 26th: LOVE GIGANTIC
August 2nd: WANDERLODGE with RJ BLOKE
August 9th: SCOTT LAW
August 16th: THE AMERICAN WEST
August 23rd: SKYBOUND BLUE
August 30th: THE UKELADIES
*July 5th- Moody Little Sister*
Naomi Hooley and Rob Stroup form a Folk-Rock & Soul Duo out of Portland Oregon called “Moody Little Sister”.
For the past five years – they have been performing nearly 100 shows a year in back yards, living rooms, and on large pieces of property where they have created “Camping Concerts” where folks bring their tents and families to hang out with the band, with each other, and with nature.
Community, nature, and the inward journey are the chorus line themes to most of the band's songs. As a result they have been regarded as "social change agents" and "community creators". Their debut record “Wild Places” is a soundtrack for anyone on a journey to be more authentically themselves. Their live shows have been described as “transcendent” - as people are given the opportunity to experience community, nature, music with purpose, and themselves. That same transcendence was captured on their new record that they will be touring in 2017.
Other stages they've taken to include : Opening for the Indigo Girls on Vashon Center for the Performing Arts, The Sisters Folk Festival, Jacksonville Oregon's Britt Festival Stage, The Bite Of Seattle, The Aladdin Theatre, The Lincoln City Cultural Center Stage, and The Wildwood Festival to name a few.
*July 12th- Johanna Warren*
Johanna Warren is a songwriter based Portland, Oregon. An intuitively self-taught guitarist, she channels powerful songs in weird time signatures and melancholic open tunings, weaving adept finger-picking with acrobatic vocal lines and carefully crafted poetry, in reverence of her patron songwriting saints Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Approaching music as a potent healing modality, Warren cultivates and honors the physically healing properties of sound and the spiritually healing powers of artistic expression.
*July 19th- Robin Jackson and the Caravan*
"A captivating song-crafter, a true storyteller." - NPR.
Award winning songwriter Robin Jackson ( From Vagabond Opera & MarchFourth! ) fronts a six-piece all-star ensemble which delivers eclectic original repertoire cascading through dreamy indie folk, Americana, soulful blues, Gypsy pop, jazz, and poetic desert ramblings. Robin has shared stages with an array of notable bands including the Decembrists, The String Cheese Incident, Amanda Palmer and more. He released "Dust Diaries" in 2012 and his next full length album "Dark Stars" is due in September, 2017.
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Robinjacksonmusic/
*July 26th- Love Gigantic*
It is the late 1970's, summer in small-town Oregon. Sarah King sits on the living room floor, wearing out her mama's rock & roll records - Led Zeppelin, Heart, Kris Kristofferson, Fleetwood Mac. She sweats and sways and daydreams of standing on the stage in front of her own band, pouring her heart and soul into the microphone.
Two decades later, after chasing the harmonies and heartbreaks of her musical heroes down many of the dustiest highways of these United States, Sarah stopped running and returned to Oregon. Putting down roots in Portland, she focused her passion, and gradually pieced together the mighty sextet that is Love Gigantic.
And oh, what a band this is. The dream rhythm section of Arthur Parker and Joe Mengis on bass & drums, turning on a dime from unholy thunder to slinky groove. The hypnotic keys and angelic harmony vocals of Lara Michell. The electrifying double guitars of Chet Lyster and David Langenes weaving throughout in fearless harmony. And then, atop this warm bed of instrumental euphoria, stalks the mighty silken roar of King's voice, flowing effortlessly from all-powerful to gossamer delicate. It's hard to imagine a more cohesive and skillful group to deliver the rock & roll goods.
There are undeniable echoes of the 60s, 70s, and 80s in the music on their debut album, "Love Gigantic", yet the band also manage to make it fresh, modern, and undeniably unique. When you drop the needle on this bit of vinyl heaven, it all at once envelopes you like an old friend, and rocks you like a new lover.
Do yourself a favor and see this band live. Prepare to be embraced in rock & roll ecstacy; heart and soul and sweat. And it all begins when Sarah steps up to the mic and says, "Hello, Lovers." Right before she rips your heart out.
*August 2nd- Wanderlodge with RJ Bloke*
Wanderlodge is Matt Cadenelli & Kris Stewart. Matt Cadenelli is a longtime Portland musician and member of such bands as The Don of Division Street, Fernando, Brothers & Sister, Dr. Theopolis, Portland Country Underground, and others. Weaving together musical styles from Wilco to Nick Lowe to The Kinks to Neil Young, his sounds feature song-centric, melodious vistas aligned with insightful lyrical musings. Kris Stuart has led the local power trio Rootjack on NW stages for many years. A fierce electric slide/lead guitar player and gritty, soulful vocalist, his songs bring story and wisdom accessible by all audiences. Also a member of new local fave rock and roll country band, The Deadstring Family Band and Allman Brothers tribute band Brothers & Sister.
RJ Bloke of Patrolled By Radar
You can trace an almost linear route from the unfiltered moments of Dylan and The
Hawks through Gram Parsons, to Tom Petty (with a slight detour along the way for
chunks of the Rolling Stones circa 1969-72 and a speed-bump called Tom Waits in the
*August 9th- Scott Law*
Multifaceted artist Scott Law is an accomplished guitar master, singer-songwriter and recording artist operating at the very highest level of his craft. Hailed as an “esteemed flatpicker” by Acoustic Guitar, Law is equally reverent and inventive on steel strings whether in a lead or supporting role.
Law’s versatility on the guitar ranges from the flatpicking school of Doc Watson, to the hardcore country pickings of Clarence White, Albert Lee and Don Rich, to the electric blues of Mike Bloomfield, while also giving a feel and fluidity reminiscent of Jerry Garcia.
A not-so-secret weapon sought after for his distinctive ability to elevate the potency of any collaboration, Law is a fearless improviser. His original songs and story-like solos come straight from the heart of rock, rhythm & blues, country and bluegrass, granting him the creative latitude to constantly push the envelope and deliver an unforgettable experience.
Law has performed with an array of bluegrass, American roots, rock and jam band luminaries including Phil Lesh & Friends, longtime musical accomplices The String Cheese Incident, Darol Anger, Tim & Nicki Bluhm, Tony Furtado, The Mother Hips, Crooked Still, Peter Rowan, The Travelin' McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Danny Barnes, Railroad Earth, Jerry Joseph, Melvin Seals, Brokedown in Bakersfield and many others.
Law is also a dedicated and experienced music educator, teaching at various workshops, schools, camps, festivals and private sessions each year. When off the road, he lives in Portland, Oregon
*August 16th- The American West*
The American West are hard at work finishing their debut album with engineer, Jordan Richter, in Portland, Oregon. The 11 song, as of yet, unnamed LP, has been funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, and cut to 2in tape at Hallowed Halls recording studio. Following the completion of their album, the American West will be touring Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as a duo. The American West is a project featuring Portland songwriter, Matthew Zeltzer, Maria-Maita Keppeler (harmonies), Will Haas (multi-instrumentalist), and Tucker Jackson (pedal steel). Erich Spielmann (drums) and Lewi Longmire (bass, organ) performed on the album. Matthew Zeltzer has relentlessly toured the west coast since 2010, sharing the stage with The Brothers Comatose, The Milk Carton Kids, members of Blind Pilot, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Neal Casal, and many others. He has toured with Jaime Wyatt, Frankie Boots and the County Line, and was an original member of NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner, Fantastic Negrito..
*August 23rd- Skybound Blue*
Fronted by married duo Matt and Jenny Behnke, Skybound Blue is harmony-driven Americana - the dig deep and tell the story in your bones kind. And what a story theirs is of risk, adventure and adversity. From selling everything and sailing the Caribbean, surviving cancer, to raising a family while staying true to the quiet knowing that writing and sharing their music is their path. They’re charming, funny, real and the chemistry onstage is synched in a way typically only seen in acts as polished as Milk Carton Kids or First Aid Kit. Whether playing an intimate theater or summer festival they own any stage with sincerity and love. Matt's guitar playing is becoming legendary and their beautiful harmonies and melodies somehow seem familiar as soon as you hear them. Skybound Blue’s music has been hand selected for Portland’s KINK Homegrown Music compilation and National ad campaigns with Woolrich. They’ve created a devoted following of fans who crave that rare and magical combination of authenticity, connection, inspiration….and exceptional music.
*August 30th- The Ukeladies*
We are a Portland based gaggle of gals who love to play, sing, and share music. We love exploring a wide range of genres so there's a little something for everyone! Mahalo!