If you live in Vancouver and enjoy wine and some local live music, I’ll be at Cellar 55 this coming Friday evening Aug. 8, from 6:30-8:30pm. I’ll be doing cover tunes of the cool musical cats I grew up enjoying including, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Tom Petty. Along with the Doobie Brothers, Otis Redding, The Beatles, Chicago and many others.
It’s the 4th Wednesday of the month, which means the Jade Lounge band I’m in will be prepping the stage, or in this case the sofa, for some very special guests. A group called The Better Halves will play an hour long set at 8pm.
You just never know what might happen when a group of music enthusiasts combine their talents to see what happens.
It all starts at 7pm. Stop on by the Jade Lounge 2342 SE Ankeny St Portland, OR 97214.
Beautiful day to be playing music for the folks at Cotton Cloud Natural Bedding in NE Portland. Super nice folks and easy on the eyes store layout. Played for all kinds of patrons of all ages. A fun two hours spent on this Saturday. Cover songs from Billy Joel, Elton John, Beatles, Elvis, Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffet along with some originals from my album, “In Those Days,” done acoustically. However, any time I performed with the ukelele, that got the best crowd reaction.
This Saturday, July 19, I’ll be playing in front of Cotton Cloud and Natural Bedding on NE 7th and Broadway, under their large awning. I’ll be there from 11a-1p. This is all part of the NE Broadway Summer Super Sale.
Just booked Friday Aug. 8, at Cellar 55, from 6:30-8:30pm. Located 1812 Washington St. Vancouver, WA 98660. I’ll be playing classics from Elton John, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Elvis Presley and others.
Great crowd, nice evening with the garage door open letting in all the summer warmth into the restaurant. Folks seemed to enjoy some the classic oldies I did with my own twist to them along with some of my originals. Really connected with those listening. Great vibe in that place. Hope to come back again, soon.
Transitions. I think I’ll name my next album, Transitions.
I’ve been transitioning in my personal growth and as a husband. Recognizing the mistakes I’ve made in my marriage, but instead of beating myself up for them (as I would have in the past) changing myself for the better instead.
My family is transitioning, as my two young-adult children are beginning to explore the world and discover their callings.
I’ve transitioned out of my church of nearly 40 years. A very difficult transition, but one I had been mulling for several years as I’ve sought how to reflect ethical authenticity and compassionate love.
All those transitions, and many others, have influenced my guitar/piano-based songs, with more organic arrangements, simple melody lines, and lyrical depth that help tell my changing story.
I still celebrate being in love: So many of my newer songs reflect my 26 years with my wife Barb. I tackle songs that deal with loss and grief and how we’re all touched by these emotions – not hiding from them, but embracing and working through them.
I’m reconnecting with some of my instrumental roots, too. Performing songs I wrote nearly 30 years ago that still stand the test of time, along with newer songs that reflect thoughtful, playful vibes.
I continue to live, breathe, and write as a Portland Oregon resident, which gives me a gentle and nurturing platform for exploring transitions.
Here’s to opening new places, new journeys, new hope through transitions.
Wednesday evening at the Jade Lounge in SE Portland was a complete success. Here is a picture of the band: Left to right: Doug McCleary, Cynthia O’Brien, moi and John Hasenjaeger. We were given the band name, “Legion of Ambiguity.” We kinda like it.
I am so looking forward to my first performance at the Jade Lounge in SE Portland this Wednesday evening as part of the Songbird Showcase open mic, hosted by Cynthia O’Brien. Cynthia, along with the talented Doug McCleary, percussionist John Hasenjaeger and myself, are putting a fun set together of cover tunes from Bruce Cockburn, Vigilantes of Love, and others. Plus, we’ve worked up one of my originals, which is always cool.
Things get underway Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7pm. Take a mid-week break and join us at the Jade Lounge.
Over the past few months I’ve been involved in some really fun musical moments. I regularly play at Artichoke Music in SE Portland, on Thursday evenings. One week it’s Songwriters Roundup, where all kinds of songwriters offer up one original song and have a very attentive audience. Every other week it’s Acoustic Village. This is usually a themed night of music. Recently, we’ve done tributes to Elvis Presley, Pete Seeger and John Denver. We did an evening of, “Songs of Hope, Protest and Change.” Great stuff. Plus, the audience at Artichoke loves to join in making the evenings extra special as a performer and audience member.
Along with my regular responsibilities with my church’s contemporary worship band, I’ve been part of an acoustic band playing for a chapel service at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sunday evenings. Some new friends and musical allies makes for wonderful music and fellowship.
In the wings, a possible on-going gig at a popular sandwich shop and a return to Whole Foods in NE Portland with my H-Duo partner, Jeff Haagenson.
A wonderful evening at Artichoke Music in SE Portland. I was honored to share the stage with such a talented group of musicians. From a banjo playing, singer/songwriter from California, to a husband and wife duo, to two guys from eastern Oregon, the evening was filled with music, stories and the warmth and charm that is Artichoke. Looking forward to more time with my Artichokian friends.