Calendar

May
17
Fri
Slaid Cleaves
May 17 @ 8:00 pm

Cleaves is a full-time touring musician, but like most musicians has held many day jobs: janitor, warehouse rat, ice cream truck driver, rope-tow operator, film developer, groundskeeper, meter reader, and pizza delivery driver. He was even a human guinea pig. He was paid to be a subject in drug studies by a pharmaceutical company.

Cleaves's musical roots extend back prior to his days playing in a high school "garage band" with his childhood friend Rod Picott. The two shared a love of music, especially Bruce Springsteen and named their band The Magic Rats, after a character in Springsteen's song "Jungleland."

He brought his love of American artists such as Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more with him to Cork, Ireland, where he spent his junior year of college. To help pass the time he learned how to play the songs on guitar and on November 18, 1985 he made his debut as a busker—a street singer—in Cork City, Ireland.

After several false starts he started to gain notice around Portland, Maine and in 1990 released his debut cassette, The Promise. Only a few songs off this album, "Sweet Summertime", "Lonesome Highway" and "Wrecking Ball" still occasionally get played in concert. The original tape has unfortunately been lost, and only copies remain.

That was followed a year later by Looks Good from the Road, recorded with his rock band, The Moxie Men, which featured Cleaves on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, his brother J. on bass, Mark Cousins on drums and Pip Walteron electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals. By the end of the year they were the darlings of the Portland press and touted as one of the bands "most likely to succeed."

However, Cleaves's solo acoustic side took over and in 1991 he moved with his wife, Karen, to Austin, Texas. In 1992, he was a winner of the prestigious New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, an award previously given to such artists as Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen and Steve Earle.

May
18
Sat
Jack’s Birthday!
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Jack's Birthday! What more can we say! Come celebrate this fabulous man!

May
24
Fri
Rainbow Girls
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of California's Bay Area. Comprised of three unique musical talents - Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey - they seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, varitextured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into an unusually beautiful sonic tapestry. Pairing their voices with an ever-changing amalgamation of acoustic and slide guitar, keys, upright bass, voice, harmonica, and an array of more unexpected vocal techniques like beat-boxing and mouth trumpet, they create engaging and emotionally moving live performances.

Their music delves deeply into themes of the human experience: hopeful love, honest self-reflection, and pursuits of social justice. Their latest album, "American Dream,” crystallizes these ideas in acoustic amber, encapsulating a beautiful new direction for their evolving sound. 

Originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2010, the Rainbow Girls have spread their musical wings both internationally and domestically, from busking on the streets of Europe to playing pubs and theaters in the UK, to house concerts, festivals, and shows in the US.  Rainbow Girls have also gained recognition on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series and KQED's "The California Report."

May
30
Thu
Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai with special guest David Jacobs Strain
May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai.
These two powerful artist and long time favorites of the Folk Fest combine
 Award wining songwriting, stunning vocal harmonies, and effortless musical collaboration to create
a truly authentic and organic performance every time they take the stage.
Both well known and critically acclaimed solo artist in their own right, together they create a soulful sound that has moved audiences all over the country
and has made them a favorite at venues and festivals through out the US and Canada.
They'll be joined by their very good friend David Jacobs Strain. Long time local Oregon legend David is a stunning guitarist, singer and song writer and captivating performer.
Jun
1
Sat
Private Event
Jun 1 all-day
Sep
6
Fri
Sisters Folk Festival
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day
Sisters Folk Festival

This is a 3-day ticketed festival throughout Sisters including The Belfry. No individual tickets for The Belfry or any venue are sold. No tickets are sold at The Belfry. Follow the ticket link to purchase.

Sep
24
Tue
Science Club
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Belfry Community Talks  are given seven months each year in a local venue where multimedia presentations are coupled with both a wine/beer bar and an excellent food service. The talks feature speakers of note who focus on a general topic we've titled "Frontiers in Science." The programming is organized and led by Kathy Campbell and sometimes co-sponsored by COCC.

https://www.sistersscienceclub.org/SSC_Belfry.html

Sep
26
Thu
Public Screening of The Big Burn by PBS
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Forest Service and their partners invite you to watch an epic true story of courage, tragedy, natural disaster, and human resilience. Followed by a community dialogue with an expert panel on history and fire management in the Pacific Northwest.

(View trailer below.)

Limited to the first 200 arrivals. Doors open at 6:00pm to reserve your seat.

Film viewing 6:30-7:30; panel discussion 7:30-8:30.

Food, beer & wine available for purchase from The Belfry.

The Big Burn PBS film screening