Flat 5 Flim Flam

Flat 5 Flim Flam

Door and Bar 6:30PM; Dance Lessons 6:45PM; Show 7:30-10:30PM

Swing Dance Party / Fun! Flat 5 Flim Flam, a 5-Piece modern acoustic swing band that conjures the vibe of 30s and 40s swing era of jazz – guitars, upright bass, piano, accordion and horns. Free professional swing dance class from 6:45 to 7:30PM

True North

True North

Door and Bar 6:00PM; Show at 6:30PM

Americana-bluegrass quartet True North brings a treasure trove of gorgeous songs and mind-blowing guitars to the Old Stone Church in Bend.

Deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, True North has enjoyed national and international success, particularly the band’s recent release, “Elsebound.” This beautifully-captured collection of thirteen songs spent 25 weeks in the top ten on the National Roots Music Report folk charts, including a week at No. 1, rubbing elbows with big-timers like Nickel Creek, Ray Lamontagne and Sarah Jaroz.

Lead singer Kristen Grainger’s velvety voice and fresh songwriting have been nationally celebrated, most recently winning the IMEA 2015 Song of the Year (folk) for Elsebound’s “Be Here Now.”  She took second in the prestigious 2015 Merlefest songwriting competition in North Carolina.  Grainger also was chosen as one of ten nationwide finalists in the 2014 Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest, and selected from more than 800 entrants to perform two originals in the finals at the Kerrville (TX) New Folk Songwriters’ Contest.

Located at 157 NW Franklin Avenue in Bend, the Old Stone Church’s acoustics are ideally suited for live music. Doors open at 6 p.m.; acoustic duo Free Range kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, www.bendticket.com, or $15 at the door. Additional information is available on FaceBook or True North’s website, www.truenorthband.com.

MEMBERS:
Kristen Grainger (vocals, original material) is a rising star songwriter, winning the International Music and Entertainment Association’s 2015 Song of the Year (folk), and finishing second at the 2015 Merlefest song contest. She was one of ten finalists in the Troubadour Songwriting Contest at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, performing solo in front of 10,000 ‘festivarians’. Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel’s song “Mountain Boy” was featured on the 2008 European World Bluegrass Festival’s live CD. Grainger’s song “Doris Dean” was chosen from more than 800 entries, and she and Wetzel performed in the finals at the 2007 Kerrville (TX) New Folk Songwriters’ Contest. Their song “Hard Place to Suffer (And That Really Gets Me Down)” won the 2010 Wintergrass song contest.

Dan Wetzel (guitar, mandolin, vocals) provides direction and leadership for True North. He has earned considerable recognition as a singer-songwriter, having toured nationally as a solo artist after winning a national songwriting contest.  His superb instrumental skills — guitar, both flat-pick and finger-style, and mandolin — give True North’s songs their driving groove.  Dan’s talents are frequently tapped by other artists and bands for recording projects and live performances.

Dale Adkins (guitar, 5-string banjo, vocals) brings considerable skill and experience to True North’s signature sound. Both versatile and highly accomplished, Dale is regarded as one of the finest flat pickers on the West Coast. His vocal style is perfectly suited for the tight harmonies distinctive to True North. Dale is also an outstanding recording engineer, and was instrumental in developing the unique and acclaimed sonic quality of True North’s recordings. “Alone in the Red Room” is a collection of his own solo guitar compositions and interpretations of three traditional tunes. He has produced and performed on countless outstanding recording projects – Bluegrass Regulators, Jim Faddis and Prairie Flyer, and many others, through his media outfit, Big Owl Studios.

Suzanne Pearce (bass, vocals) is influenced by a deep love of traditional bluegrass as well as an affinity for a more contemporary acoustic sound. Her proficiency on the bass and her ability to add just the right harmonies, give complexity and depth to True North’s performances. An excellent producer and arranger, Suzanne’s diverse set of skills have made her much in demand for recording projects and live performances.

Reviews of True North’s Elsebound

RAMBLES.NET, http://www.rambles.net/trinity14_true14.html

“…Elsebound is basically singer-songwritery folk-pop, mostly originals courtesy of Grainger. Nobody’s more cynical about, or frankly tired of, singer-songwritery folk-pop than I am, but even so, I’m pleased to report that [Kristen] Grainger is an exceptionally gifted composer able to fashion stick-in-your-ears melodies. The tastefully low-key stringband arrangements and the tuneful harmonies consistently please…”
– Jerome Clark for Rambles.NET

LONESOME HIGHWAY (U.K.),   http://www.lonesomehighway.com/music-reviews/2014/7/18/true-north-elsebound-self-release.html
“Simple statement: I really like this album. It caught me totally by surprise…Each little gem seems to be hand-picked and polished to perfection. The instrumentation supports and lifts the songs from their already high vocal standard to a place that just snuggles in your ear and dishes out crystal clear lyrics in a style seldom heard these days…All of the songs have a rhyming simplicity that would have done Harlan Howard proud and their strong storytelling nails your foot to the floor till each one lets you loose… But the life-story in Be Here Now is a real lump in the throat masterpiece. The addition of Ruth Moody’s One Voice and Rattlin’ Bones from Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers shows just how easily Kristen’s songwriting sits with the best of the best. This is a band that I would pay to sit front row and still holler for more at the end. ‘Nuff said.”
TWANGVILLE, Shawn Underwood, www.twangville.com
“…Call Elsebound a gateway drug to hard bluegrass music. Primary songwriter Kristen Grainger also takes the lead on vocals for much of the album. Her clear, warm voice brings the same kind of richness and familiarity to songs like Twist In the Wind and Hard Place that have made Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss so popular… Another one of the appeals of Elsebound is that it keeps you listening with not just the virtuosity within individual songs, but also the variety across the album… The end effect, then, is one of presenting not just what bluegrass is, but what it can be.”
SING OUT! MAGAZINE, John Lupton, http: //singout.org/2014/10/14/true-north-elsebound/
“…there is nothing haphazard about the thirteen selections on Elsebound. These folks know exactly what they want to sound like, and they’ve achieved it nicely here.The keystone of that sound is Grainger, whose only instrument is her voice, a slightly husky soprano, tending toward the alto range, that is sweet and vibrant yet contains inflections that will remind many bluegrass fans of Kate MacKenzie, or even Iris DeMent…Whether or not True North is a bluegrass band is really beside the point. They’re a talented, stylish, experienced quartet performing intelligently and entertainingly arranged acoustic music, and doing it very well.”

fROOTS magazine (U.K.), www.frootsmag.com.
True North Elsebound : Quite outstanding blend of bluegrass-derived music from Oregon band with outstanding singer and writer Kristen Grainger.  Her songs are first class and the band deserves attention.”

Trailer 31 & Tumbleweed Peepshow

Trailer 31

Trailer 31

Door and Bar 6:30PM; Show at 7PM

Foot stomping Bluegrass dance party. Fun! Experience one of the best dance floors and sound rooms in Central Oregon! Sisters, Oregon favorites Tumbleweed Peepshow to open.

Tumbleweed Peepshow

Tumbleweed Peepshow

Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer

Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer

Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer – Photo Credit: Jenn Repp Photography

Door and Bar 6:30PM; Show at 7:00PM

Sisters Folk Festival 2-time favorite and Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer are returning to Central Oregon. They will be performing some new songs from their latest album, Maritime.  Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericanan Charts for two consecutive months. http://daveandmandymusic.com/

The album had to be recorded on the island.

Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer’s latest album, Maritime, captures a moment in time and place from their seaside home. Upon early release in Europe, Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months and ranked among the Best Albums of 2014 by The Telegraph, praising it for “…soulful songs, intuitive musicianship, and fine singing.”

Tucked away in the current-swept inland seas between Seattle, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia lies an archipelago of serene islands where handcrafted wooden cabins are nestled into small farms, still beyond the reach of cell towers. Instead of traveling far from their natural solitude to record an album in a bustling city, McGraw and Fer called on their cohort of kindred musicians and producer to come together from across the country to make what they were calling their “island record.” Recorded live in a home, at the end of a dirt road, amidst towering evergreens, a story of a patient island is told.

McGraw and Fer met in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2010 before relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2012. McGraw spent a decade as a wildlife biologist, studying endangered birds in remote locales from the deserts of Mexico and the Grand Canyon to the mountainous rainforests of Washington. Fer’s musical pulse led her to Spain, where she studied music, language and local culture.

Together, their exceptional vocal harmonies coupled with Fer’s pioneering electric guitar work have become a vehicle to carry them around the world. The pair has honed their skills touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, sharing stages with fellow troubadours including Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kelly Joe Phelps, Birds of Chicago and many others. Winning over audiences anywhere from Alaska to Amsterdam, McGraw and Fer are on the crest of a building wave with the US release of their new album, Maritime, in Spring 2015.

Maritime is rich in authenticity, navigating the waters of folk, indie-rock, and rootsy Americana. Compelling vocal harmonies grace every track, along with electric guitar, warm cello, driving rhythms and rich, wooded instruments. Maritime is both the asking of questions, and the subtle answers that an island reveals.