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Portland Cello Project  

Portland Cello Project

April 15, 2019 at 7:00pm

In the fall of 2006 a group of nine cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting. Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once. But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, as cellists joined and left and rejoined the group again, to perform in Portland’s most popular clubs. By 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally-recognized performing, recording and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists.

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Peter Mulvey  

Peter Mulvey

April 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

Peter Mulvey has been a singer, songwriter, road-dog, raconteur, and almost-poet since before he can remember. With a career spanning three decades, eighteen albums, and countless live performances, he’s built his life’s work on collaboration, as well as an instinct for the eclectic and vital. And now, on February 15, he’ll release his most vivid album yet: There Is Another World on Righteous Babe Records.

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Nordic Fiddlers Bloc  

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

April 11, 2019 at 7:00pm

A unique and dazzlingly talented international trio, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc has, in six short years, become something of an international phenomenon. On their own, Olav Luksengård Mjelva (from Norway), Anders Hall (from Sweden), and Kevin Henderson (from Shetland Islands), are master musicians, each recognized as an outstanding exponent of his particular tradition. Teamed up, they’re taking the fiddle world by storm. Says the music magazine LIRA, “the worn concept of ‘tradition and innovation’ has rarely been used as smartly as this.”

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Söndörgő  

Söndörgő

April 10, 2019 at 7:00pm

If your notion of Eastern European folk is limited to fiddle-driven village music and big brass bands, get ready for something entirely different. Sondorgo invites you to discover the delicate beauty and fizzing power of an entirely different Balkan sound. “Come,” they say, “dance the cocek, drink a palinka, and then get dizzy on the extraordinary rhythms of Söndörgő.”

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Lucy Wainwright & Suzzy Roche  

Lucy Wainwright & Suzzy Roche

April 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

Having just released their second collaboration, this storied duo has been called the latest chapter in the first family of folk. Suzzy Roche, founding member of The Roches, spent the 80s and 90s touring with that influential trio. Along the way she published several novels, acted in films, and appeared with legendary New York theatre troupe The Wooster Group. Her daughter Lucy, whose father is Loudon Wainwright III, and whose siblings are Martha and Rufus, has released a series of solo albums that demonstrate her crystal clear voice and talent for insightful, melodic songwriting.

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SPT Theatre  

SPT Theatre

April 5, 2019 - April 6, 2019

Every couple of months a group of misfits and wacky funsters gets together in a room ... a writers' room, in fact ... and comes up with a series of original comedy sketches. Out of this secular conclave will grow 15-20 theatrical pieces that, when wed to the magic of SPT's raucous theatrical energy, make for an evening of live entertainment unlike any other in Eastern Iowa.

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The Artisanals  

The Artisanals

March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm

With sonic influences ranging from the dream-pop work of George Harrison (“Angel 42”) to the stone-cold radio hits of bands like the Killers (“Roll With It”), the nine-track LP showcases Delaware and Houle’s knack for writing hooks as well as their ear for quality production. Bullet Music raved, calling the album “reminiscent of the California dreaming of the 1960’s with a dash of Tom Petty, a sprinkle of Ryan Adams and a pinch of Jackson Brown and Warren Zevon, all mixed together smoothly to create the unique sound only The Artisanals can make flow from their fingertips.”

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Eliza Gilkyson  

Eliza Gilkyson

March 24, 2019 at 7:00pm

Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who’s become one of the most respected musicians in folk, roots and Americana circles. A recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash.

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Carsie Blanton  

Carsie Blanton

March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm

Buck Up, the new studio album from singer and songwriter Carsie Blanton, opens with a siren. This warning, or call to arms, segues into the first cut, “Twister.” Finger snaps accompany Blanton’s smoky vocals, as piano, upright bass, cello, trumpet and drums join the proceedings. You’re immediately drawn into her riveting tale of national and erotic disaster. Brimming with catchy hooks and sensual vocals, Buck Up is Blanton’s melodic manual for survival in the current administration. “There are two themes on the record,” says Blanton. “One is the catastrophe of American politics, and the other is personal catastrophe ― like falling for a man, only to discover that he’s a reckless wild child.”

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Eilen Jewell Band  

Eilen Jewell Band

March 18, 2019 at 7:00pm

Honesty, confidence, and respect have always permeated Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County in 2006. Critics have praised her “tantalizing, wonderful voice [and] restrained, beautifully crafted music … one of American’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices” (American Songwriter). Today, after five albums of original songs, the reigning "Queen of the Minor Key" has taken a moment to shake hands with the blues. Her new collection of rare blues and R&B covers adds to the potent mix of country, folk, and early rock ’n roll that’s made the young Idaho singer beloved from coast to coast.

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The Outside Track  

The Outside Track

March 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

Named Best Group in both the Live Ireland Awards and Tradition In Review, The Outside Track has emerged as one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of youthful virtuosity and boundless energy, the quintet’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music has been rapturously received around the globe. With band members hailing from County Cork and Nova Scotia, Edinburgh and Cape Breton, this is an international outfit united by its love of traditional music, as well as its commitment to creating new songs on that foundation.

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Vance Gilbert  

Vance Gilbert

March 15, 2019 at 8:00pm

Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Introducing Vance Gilbert, live. It’s been almost two decades since a young singer and teacher went from playing open mikes to opening for Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker and George Carlin. Along the way, America began to discover this Boston songwriter with “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Since then, Vance has released nine acclaimed albums, from Edgewise (1994) to Old White Men (2011). Side of the Road, his 2003 duo effort with Ellis Paul, was called by the Boston Globe, “the songwriter’s most compelling work yet; literate, heartfelt, rippling and emotionally resonant.”

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