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 third 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.
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 for a printable flyer for 2014!|
Ken Cartwright of KENC Productions has made excellent videos of previous shows. We will be highlighting and linking to these shows as they become available. Click the show below you would want to review and enjoy again. Tell others to check out the website and they can see for themselves what a great time they can have at Eastside Bluegrass Series!!
January 12, 2013 show featuring the Rogue Bluegrass Band and the Widcoll Bros.
|Winter/Spring Lineup for 2014!|
"The Porch Cats"
|The Porch Cats- Acoustic pickin' with bluegrass and early country influences. Lex Browning on fiddle and banjo, Linda Leavitt on heavenly vocals and guitar, Garrett Maass pickin' on the mandolin, Brad Price- guitar & vocals and Chuck Masi on upright bass.|
|Phil Carrier brings us incredible homegrown bluegrass music on one of the most hypnotic instrument ever to come to bluegrass music..the dulcimer….an instrument we haven't had at ESB for a long time! Phil is an expert on both the Appalachian dulcimer and hammer dulcimer. He first studied Dulcimer at Kentucky Music Week and has been a popular artist at many festivals throughout the United States including the Cosby, Tennesee Dulcimer Festival, Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas, and Dulcimer Sessions in Mt. View, Arkansas. His playing style influenced greatly by Jean Ritchie, who was named "First Lady of Bluegrass Music" by the Kentucky State Legislature. Phil has worked with various Dulcimer teachers including Dave Haas, Susan Trump, Maureen Sellers, and Stephen Seifert. As a special addition Phil will also be demonstrating the correct style of playing the "courting dulcimer". Should be a great presentation by itself!!|
|Fellow Travelers Pull up a stump and enjoy vocal harmonies and warm acoustic instrumentals that hark back to forgotten songs of the Oregon Trail, Civil War and take you through the ages to modern Americana. The Fellow Travelers’ repertoire is comprised of folk, blues, country, and rock styles with something for audiences of all ages. Consisting of a fiddle-sawin’ children’s book illustrator and artist, a bass-pluckin’ middle school English teacher, and a guitar-pickin’ industrial hygienist, this band will leave you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Doug Hancock on guitar, Lisa Mundorff on fiddle, and Rene Pearson on bass.|
|Corral Creek comes to you bringing a mix of good old Gospel and Bluegrass music. Ron, Pam, Ed, Rachael, and Grady have come together from various backgrounds and experiences to share their music. Others join as welcome guest players from time to time and add their skills to the mix. Band members keep busy with day jobs, but at night or on the weekends they share their music at festivals, fund raisers, churches, or just among friends on the back porch. Their music has touched folks at the Oregon Bluegrass Association Gospel Show, the Lewis & Clark Peace Strings concert, Church Services, Farmer’s Markets, Coffee Houses, Weddings, Funerals and Community festivals! It’s always a family show including sing-a-longs, humorous stories, and good times by all.|
|North Country is a traditional drivin' bluegrass out of the greater Seattle, WA area. The band is comprised of Kent Powell on bass and singing, is a true veteran to the Northwest bluegrass scene. He has been a member in some of the most popular and established Northwest bands, such as Crossfire and Runaway Train, in which he has been a member since 2005. Nick Dumas is one of the most popular musicians among the Northwest bluegrass scene and probably one of the best mandolin and fiddle players you will find on the west coast. Will McSeveney plays Scruggs Style 5-string banjo an rythym guitar! While well rooted in tradition, Will also has an equitable appreciation for the modern bluegrass scene. Norm Olsen is a killer guitar player who gets great tone out of his lead breaks and plays mean, dynamic rythym. Stephen Burwell brings you a rich tone and drive with his fiddling. He is known throughout the Northwest for his improvisation and execution of complexity in his music.|
|Slipshod- Oregon's best Americana dynamic duo. Steve Blanchard and Matthew Snook take their guitars, banjo and dobro to the limit. Best of bluegrass, blues, Americana and Old-Time music.|
|Mishchief- Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mischief is father/daughter duo Matt and Anna Snook with Jim Brockill. They have a combined 70+ years of experience playing bluegrass and acoustic music. Be amazed: trio harmonies and instrumentals with banjo, Dobro, guitar, mandolin and octave Mando, and fiddle. They all come from a bluegrass background, but their repertoire encompasses a broad range of acoustic music -- from Celtic to folk to compositions by contemporary songwriters. Their unique sound centers around rich vocal arrangements and lovely instrumentation. Anna has played music since she was seven years old, first performing with the Snook Family Band in Eastern Oregon, and adding Celtic fiddle bands and a Brazilian choro ensemble to her music history. Anna has a truly inspiring voice -- it is rich and full, and her song selection displays it beautifully. In Mischief, she plays the octave mandolin -- a rich-sounding instrument that perfectly rounds out the trio's acoustic sounds. Matt Snook has been playing banjo for nearly 40 years and the dobro for almost as long. He is well-known to bluegrass audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest. Matt's banjo playing is a far cry from "Dueling Banjos." His picking is tasty and subtle, fitting in perfectly with the wide variety of music played by Mischief. His dobro is lilting and melodic. Matt also sings leads and harmonies and adds his original tunes to the mix.|
|Farmstrong-The heart of Farmstrong is the wrenching voice of Jim Faddis, the center of the vocal trio. His solid rhythm guitar playing reveals a man with many years leading one of the most revered bluegrass bands in the state, "Prairie Flyer". Cort Armstrong taps directly into the soul of Appalachian Mountain music, with a deep passion for Piedmont blues, bluegrass and mountain fiddle music. His unique style of fingerpicking on a resonator guitar evokes both old-time banjo and southern country blues, channeling the spirits of Merle Travis, Dock Boggs, Rev. Gary Davis and Doc Watson, but with a sound all his own. Rick Meade completes the vocal trio with his silky smooth voice, and also contributes the instrumental backbone of the band, with his mastery of the dobro, banjo and guitar. John Pyles plays the upright bass, bringing 50 years of bluegrass performing to the band. With his experience and keen ear, he is a guiding force in helping the band form its incredibly distinctive song arrangements.|
|Neahkahnie Mountain Band-The Neahkahnie Mountain Band plays straight-up bluegrass mainly, but also some sideways folk and mountain music with a bluegrass twist. They take their name from the fabled Neahkahnie Mountain on the Northern Oregon coast, where tales of hidden pirate treasure keep folks searching for riches to this day. Talk about breaking down the urban-rural divide: this band features members scattered from eastern Oregon to the Coast. Rich Bayless (vocals and bass), Ken Vigil (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Patty Spencer (vocals and banjo), Michael Tevlin (vocals, harmonica, guitar), and Danny Lee Allison (vocals and dobro).|
|The Loafers are an acoustic quartet based in the Portland, Oregon metro area, specializing in bluegrass, jazz and old time instrumentals, with a few classic vocals thrown in for good measure. Dee Johnson plays the bass providing rock solid time keeping for the group. In addition, she has also been known to back up Dave as a harmony singer on a few songs. She also plays bass with the Grapevine Bluegrass Band out of Seattle. Dee also plays guitar and contest fiddle. Dave Elliott is the mandolin player and lead singer and has been a member of several well-known Portland-area bands, including Surefire, Old Friends, Columbia and Sunny South. Dave also hosts a bluegrass program on KBOO 90.7FM in Portland every other Tuesday. Mike Stahlman plays “Scruggs-style” 5-string banjo with just enough melodic influences to interpret old fiddle tunes and jazz standards. Additionally he sings harmony and occasionally lead vocals. Mike also plays with Lee Highway and is a veteran Sawtooth Mountain Boy as well a former member of Sunny South. Mike teaches banjo in conjunction with Portland Community College. Aaron Stocek plays the guitar for the band. In addition to being a dynamic rhythm player comfortable with bluegrass or jazz, he plays exciting bluegrass solos. Aaron started playing guitar in Tucson, Arizona and helped form the band Degrees Plato. You can contact The Loafers by emailing email@example.com or phone Dave at 503-663-3548.|