CARAVAN CAMPFIRES- SONGS & S'MORES!
Music, Bonfire, BBQ & S'mores
Wednesday Evenings / 7-10pm / late- June, July & August / $10
The 2018 Summer Line-up
*Click on band names to buy tickets and scroll down for band bios, pix and more links to buy tickets.
27th- Moody Little Sister
4th- Casey Neill & Jim Page
11th- Pete Kartsounes
18th- Kathryn Claire
25th- Albert's Sing-a-Long
1st- The Goods
8th- The Libertine Belles
22nd- Scott Law
29th- The Colin Trio
5th- The Ukeladies
*June 27th- 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 4th- Casey Neill & Jim Page*
Casey Neill is a songwriter and bandleader from Portland, Oregon performing high energy acoustic rave-ups and haunting reveries built around narrative songwriting. Neill performs as a solo act as well as with his band, The Norway Rats and tours extensively through the USA, Japan, and Europe. It's been five years since the last album, but March 2018 brings the new Casey Neill & The Norway Rats CD/LP Subterrene. While not a traditional concept album, Subterrene follows a distinct story arc, and the ominous-yet-defiantly-optimistic portraits it paints were inspired in equal parts by vintage sci-fi novels, our current political climate, and the globetrotting manner in which Neill’s lived for the past few years. He has performed at venues such as Town Hall in New York, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, and the Newport Folk Festival. He is often a member of the Northwest power pop collective The Minus 5 as well as Japanese/American cross cultural band Big Bridges.
"These are songs with stories well told. This is what it's all about" — STEVE EARLE
A musical chameleon, Neill began his career in Olympia, Washington, where he immersed himself in everything from punk rock to traditional Celtic music. In the late 90’s, he signed to Appleseed Recordings, which led to a spot alongside Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Bonnie Raitt on the legendary folk label’s critically acclaimed tribute to Pete Seeger. After a string of well-received releases and a stint living in New York City, Neill returned to the west coast in the early 2000’s, relocating to Portland and launching the Norway Rats with Goodbye to the Rank and File, an album that found Relix comparing his “gritty songwriting” to Springsteen and Neil Young. Neill enlisted The Decemberists’ Chris Funk to produce the band’s 2013 sophomore effort, All You Pretty Vandals, which went on to earn similar accolades. Willamette Week hailed the album’s “big-hearted, full-voiced yarns,” while MTV praised its “anthemic, junkyard sound,” and Blurt called it “an adroit lesson on ways to tear it up.”
Jim was one of the founders of the Pike market performers Guild, Seattle’s first street performers union. They organized and ran the first and only Busker Festival to be operated entirely by buskers, and he again petitioned the City Council, this time to created Buskers Week. Another Seattle first! In 2005 Jim was invited to Taiwan for the first time, again that next year. And 2007 Jim was included in an all star cast of the “50 most Influential Musicians In Seattle History,” a position shared with Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.
To date. Jim’s songs have been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, The Moving Hearts, Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, David Soul, Leftover Salmon, and Michael Hedges. He has received awards from Artist Trust and Jack Straw Productions. His music has been included on ,many compilations, including the Grammy Nominated “Best Of Broadside.”
As of this writing Jim continues to write and to perform and to experiment with form and ensemble, and his songs continue to be pertinent and expressive of our times. To quote the late Utah Phillips: “If you’re ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from.”
*July 11th- Pete Kartsounes*
An award winning singer-songwriter, flat picker, and cutting-edge musician’s musician, Pete Kartsounes is no stranger to life out on the road. He has spent over two decades bringing his voice and guitar to stages all over the world. After 19 years submerged in the Colorado bluegrass scene sharing the stage with bands such as Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band, Pete now resides in Bend, OR spending most of his days teaching guitar, song schools, and touring with his dynamic act The Good Time Travelers. Pete continues to push the boundaries of the eclectic world of acoustic music.
*July 18th- Kathryn Claire*
With her violin and voice at the center of her music, Kathryn Claire weaves together stories and melodies rooted in her classical and traditional musical background while infusing each song and composition with an energy and electricity that is palpable. Her musicality and joy on stage is infectious. Honest and poetic writing, crystalline vocals, impassioned violin compositions, and an ability to move seamlessly across genres, are the hallmark of Kathryn Claire’s original and diverse sound. Utilizing the immense talent of her band featuring Allen Hunter on bass, Stuart Murray on drums and Sid Ditson on violin, Kathryn Claire delivers her own unique brand of harmonic folk-pop.
*July 25th- Albert's Sing-a-Long*
Albert Kaufman has been playing music for campfires since he was 15. He's got a strong voice and friendly way of leading songs that is engaging and will push you to sing your heart out. This will be a night to remember as we'll sing and fill the neighborhood with our voices. We'll sing a mix of old favorites from the great American songbook of the 60s and 70s (think CSNY/Joni/Dylan) and traditional folk songs. You'll even learn a few songs from the Singing Alive tradition. Everyone will go home with a songbook you'll be able to refer to anytime. Sing Out!
*August 1st- The Goods*
Portland's powerhouse trio, Sarah King, Lara Michel, and Susannah Weaver are, The Goods. They have them and they deliver them.
*August 8th- The Libertine Belles*
The Libertine Belles were formed in the summer of 2011, crooning their hot-tomato-trio way into Portland, Oregon's collective heart. Whether they are banging out original songs with the solid rythyms of prohibition-era swing...or sprinkling fresh sparkle on old standards, the Belles surely got-what- it-takes, to warm the cockles of your heart too.
Dee Settlemier - Vocals, 6-string Tenor Ukulele
Teresa Boyd - Vocals, Washboard
Carrie Baldwin-Sayre - Vocals, Percussion, Melodica
Jason Wells - Cornet, Vocals
Pete Lampe - Upright Bass
*August 15th- Robin Jackson and the Caravan*
"A captivating song-crafter, a true storyteller." - NPR.
Award winning Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Robin Jackson, known for his wild, theatrical contributions to bands like Vagabond Opera and the March Fourth Marching Band, has brought a strong presence to the world of indie folk. Mr Jackson, often joined by his all-star six piece ensemble of NW musicians The Caravan, draws upon the moody spirit of his rain-soaked, Portland, Or. home to create an eclectic brew of dreamy folk-pop, cinematic indie rock and above all, enigmatic storytelling.
With a degree in ethnomusicology and an unflagging musical curiosity, Jackson has lived and busked around the world, from an intentional beach community in New Zealand to the streets of Europe. He is a master of a myriad of instruments, from saxophone to mbira and has also performed or recorded with notable acts such as Gregory Allen Isakov, Emancipator, Devotchka, and Amanda Palmer. An impresario of community and collaboration, Jackson has built on his colorful, bohemian upbringing and dedicated himself to creating and supporting music around Portland, Or where he lives on an urban farm with his cat and a circus. His newest album, Dark Stars, was recorded in the legendary Type Foundry Studios and is available everywhere.
*August 22nd- 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 29th- The Colin Trio*
The Colin Trio is songwriter Colin Hogan on vocals, guitar, and piano; Brian Link on bass; and Matt Ramsdell on drums and percussion. The Trio combines jazzy, country blues with Southern soul, led by Colin’s sultry vocals. They can also be found as the rhythm section for many other Portland bands. The Trio released Tightening the Wire in January 2016, the full-length followup to their Simple Sweet EP (2015). In 2014, AXS.com named The Colin Trio one of Portland’s Top 10 Bands of the Year. Colin’s personal highlight was singing a duet on stage with New Orleans legend Dr. John. All three are originally from the South, and they currently live in Portland, OR.
*September 5th- 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!