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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!!

SPECIAL ARTICLE WRITTEN ABOUT ESB IN EAST PORTLAND NEWS! CLICK HERE TO READ!

 

 
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE AMAZING GROUPS
THAT HAVE AREADY PLAYED ESB!

Videos of Previous shows!

 

Fall 2014 Schedule

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT!

November 14th

 

BLUEGRASS HOOTENANNY!

A fundraiser benefit concert for the new Community Food Pantry. Admission is only two items from the list below (click on images). Concert starts at 6pm.

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