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Welcome to Eastside Bluegrass, where we bring some of the best talent from around our region to you. We invite you to come and enjoy this fun and rousing music with us in our many concerts throughout the year. Everyone is welcome! Take a look at some of the great groups we have coming this fall and into next year. Admission is only a suggested $10 per person donation at the door and we have a full service snack bar, great seating, fantastic sound and great company. Our concerts are usually held on the second Saturday of each month unless we have special show or a conflict with a holiday.

Jamming begins at 5:30pm so bring an instrument and join in. Don't play? Well, bring your voice and sing along!

Show begins at 7:00pm with usually two groups split by a "tweener" act and a break for refreshments. Very relaxed atmosphere and plenty of time to talk and visit with friends, musicians and new acquaintances. You can also download our current flyer that you can print, post and give to your friends by clicking here.

Click on the name or website name on the left column of any of the groups to go to their website and listen to what super talent we have in store for you. If you have any comments or suggestions for our new website let us know!

Eastside Bluegrass series is proud to have our fabulous sound system at our concerts courtesy of Mark Gensman of "Ground Zero Sound".

See ya there! Click here for a map to the concert location.

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Mason Smith
Promoter/Emcee
Eastside Bluegrass Series
email: Mason
music "Marching through Georgia"courtesy of The Loafers)

SPECIAL VIDEO: Steve Blanchard sings "Eight More Miles to Louisville" during October show!!

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Videos of Previous shows!

 

Fall 2014 Schedule

November 8th

 

Cinderblue

 

 

Crazed Weasel
String Band



Kathy Boyd and
Phoenix Rising

Cinder Blue- CinderBlue, an acoustic band now in their fourth year of performing, has a rich, full, melodious sound that captures you from the first note. Singing a mix of blues, bluegrass, and country, CinderBlue’s beautiful, intricate, and tightly woven harmonies will take you on a musical journey through an engaging sample of Americana. Marlene, with her sultry, smoky voice, is the band's engaging front person. She is accompanied by Jeff, Rex, and Steve who provide skilled and memorable performances vocally and on the guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and bass.Come listen to CinderBlue and enjoy classic American music performed with heart, skill, and style.

Refugees from continental drift, the Weasels (Loren Ford and Judy Arter) have been performing as a duo (and sometimes a trio with Joe Hamer or others) for five years. They have been in several other bands, individually and together since 1980, including Gold Rush, Pumpkin Ridge, and No Strings Attached. Carried on flotsam and jetsam to the new world, the Weasels above all else, attempt to entertain audiences with a combination of various styles of music and irreverent humor.
Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising. Based in Tualatin, Oregon – the award winning original roots music group Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising continues to stack up awards and accolades while performing their high-energy shows throughout the West. Awards include guitar player Dennis Nelson being named 2008 Roots Music Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year and banjo player Tom Tower winning the $10,000 prize in the 2010 City Love Music Contest. In 2012 their upbeat tune “Am I A Fool For Your Love” won a spot on The Alternate Root Valentine Sampler and their song “Risky Business” was chosen for the Ambassadorship Program through Rock the Cuts (sponsored by Super Cuts). In 2013 their song “Death Grip” kept them in the Super Cuts Ambassadorship program, and they continue to ride the success of the January 2013 release of their 4th all-original recording into 2014. While in the middle of promoting “Lowground” the band somehow found time to complete their long-awaited Christmas CD “Spending Every Christmas With You” – much to the delight of radio personalities and fans everywhere.
Currently touring to promote the release of their all-original 5th CD, this troupe of entertainers continues to spend as many hours as possible sharing their music with the general public. “Lowground” was released for international radio airplay on January 1, 2013 and in it’s 1st week of release became the #1 bluegrass album downloaded for radio airplay and contained all 10 of the top ten singles downloaded for radio airplay in any genre. It held the #2 spot for the remainder of the month and stayed in the top 25 throughout the month of February. Kathy Boyd provides the bass beat and sparkle to Phoenix Rising, Tim Crosby on fiddle, Tom Tower is a master storyteller and the duties of both banjo and Dobro, and Dennis Nelson playing lead and rhythm guitar.

December 12th

Christmas Show!

Roundhouse

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Oberlin

 

 

 

The Kate White Band

Roundhouse performs music from a variety of genres using bluegrass instrumentation; bass, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Duet, trio and quartet harmonies are integral to the Roundhouse sound; working out interesting and unique arrangements are of special interest to the band members. Bluegrass, folk, southern and classic rock, a cappella, gospel, country, blazing instrumentals and original compositions all appear in the band's repertoire!Roundhouse was founded in 1994 by Ron Leavitt and Kim Jones. Both Ron and Kim have played music since childhood and have performed with regional bands in Oregon and Washington. Ron started his musical career on trumpet in the junior high orchestra and developed an unerring ear for harmonies. He switched to the mandolin in college, inspired by both Seals and Croft and Bill Monroe. Kim grew up with country and bluegrass music, although piano was her first instrument. The mandolin was her instrument of choice while playing with her father's band in the 80's, then when Roundhouse was started, she switched to bass. She writes many of the original compositions and enjoys singing "high harmony" above the guys.The third founding band member, Joe Denhof, has similar long-time experience performing a variety of music styles in Michigan, California and Oregon. Joe is comfortable on guitar or bass and has played each of these instruments in different bands. He also contributes original material to Roundhouse's song collection. His distinctive rhythmic guitar style gives Roundhouse it's edge.The newest member, Donn Whitten, performed as a soloist in San Diego, CA, and has been a student of the banjo for many years. Guitar and harmonica are additional instruments Donn enjoys playing. An able lead and harmony singer, his contributions give the Roundhouse repertoire added dimension and texture.

One of Eastside Bluegrass Series favorite musicians is Brian Oberlin with his fantastic mandolin. At the age of nineteen he bought his first mandolin and immediately absolved himself by attending every bluegrass festival that he could and procured all the recordings and books financially available to him.  Hungry to be part of a band, he started Slack String, a five-piece bluegrass band.  This band later transformed into Northern Accent which would eventually travel all over the Midwest playing bluegrass festivals and exclusive concerts with the likes of Rhonda Vincent and Larry Sparks. 
In 2001, Brian teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Glenn House, and they started the band Grasshoppah, with Brian on electric mandolin, saxophone, tenor banjo, and vocals. The band has played more than eight hundred concerts covering the United States from Alaska to Pennsylvania.  Some of their accolades include 2002 Jammie Award for “Local Artist of the Year” in Grand Rapids, Michigan; several weeks in the top-ten position of listener-sponsored radio stations across the country; a band with Vassar Clements; and, two albums, one of which was award-winning.  Brian was also the leading member of Portland’s bluegrass and swing trio, Ida Viper, and a member of the band, Caravan Gogh, Portland’s original mysterioso band which was featured in “Sing Out” magazine.
One of Brian’s current projects is playing with upright bassist, Josh Feinberg. The two collaborated in 2010 and decided to write music and arrange classical music for bass and mandolin.  Since then, the duo, bass+mandolin, has played all over the Pacific Northwest, filling small concert halls and house concerts. In 2011, they traveled to Europe to play as soloists with the Dutch Mandolin Orchestra, ONI, and played concerts in Germany as well.  Their repertoire consists of Bach Inventions, Calace, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Miles Davis, Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, swing and several dozen originals. Brian is a member of the world renowned Ger Mandolin Orchestra, headed by mandolin luminary, Mike Marshall, which has played concerts in the United States and Poland.
The Kate White Band