This week in music finds me preparing for two gigs. Tuesday evening, HomeBrew, will be performing at Velo Cult Bike Shop, 1969 NE 42nd Ave, in Portland’s historic Hollywood District. We play from 7-8:15pm and are the first of two bands. It’s a benefit for Oregon Special Olympics and there is a $10 suggested donation. Showing up early is highly encouraged.
Wednesday evening, what used to be my monthly Jade Lounge gig has gotten even more intimate. Meeting in a home with Jade Lounge band members and friends for an evening of sharing songs we all know, along with hearing some originals. Should be a wonderful evening of music and laughter.
Fun times last Friday evening at Cellar 55 in Vancouver, WA. Met some very nice couples who enjoyed some quality wines from a friendly and attentive staff. Even had some of the couples dancing to some tunes, including one of my originals. Sold a CD of my “In Those Days” album to a couple who liked my new song “So Much Fun.” They said the lyrics reminded them of their own relationship. Feel good moment for me.
Tonight, it’s rehearsal time with HomeBrew. We have an appearance on Tuesday Aug. 26th at Velo Cult Bike Shop. This is an event for the Special Olympics Oregon Multnomah County Local Program. Suggested entrance fee: $10. We are the first of two bands. We take the stage at 7pm and play to 8:15. We’ll be playing tunes from Van Morrison, Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Chicago, and others. Did I mention this bike shop has a bar! Join us in the Hollywood District of NE Portland. This is just a fun band.
This weekend, I’ll be on the coast in Rockaway Beach providing musical assistance for an all-church retreat. Keyboard, guitar, banjo, melodica and ukelele will be making appearances as well. Looking forward to some old time campfire tunes, too.
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.
I would love to see some familiar faces this coming Friday evening at Cellars 55.
Looking forward to this Thursday evening’s rehearsal with the band HomeBrew as we prepare for Saturday evening’s gig; a 50th wedding anniversary out at Pumpkin Ridge. First gig for me as the solo keyboard player for the band, as I fill in for their regular keyboardist who is playing bass for another band that same night.
2 hours of classic R&B dance favorites from Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Al Green, Chicago, Van Morrison and others.
This coming Sunday morning I’ll be playing with what has become known as the ACRO band for Westminster Presbyterian Church’s 9am chapel service. Acoustic guitars, piano, flute and vocals. Very simple but melodic contemporary hymns. Stuff I’ve never heard before but am coming to enjoy more and more.
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.
This Saturday evening, June 7, from 7-10pm I’ll be performing at Torta-Landia in SE Portland. This will be my second time around with them. Quaint little casual Mexican place and a wonderful intimate atmosphere to perform. My set will include originals, my own take on some cover tunes and instrumentals. I hope to see you there. Here’s their Facebook page.
Beautiful afternoon to record music “live” from my driveway. Playing two keyboards simultaneously can prove to be somewhat of a challenge depending on the material. Thankfully, this original tune moves at such a pace where I can handle it. Enjoy the simple “live” presentation of, “Sabbath.”