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.”
“The year is 1869, the town is Tucker’s Gulch, the setting is The Soiled Dove Saloon. Welcome to the show!
Yee-Haw was conceived by a rag-tag group of burlesque dancers and old timey sinners. If you’re looking for a tease, a story, a laugh, scantily clad saloon gals, and to be slightly unsettled: we’ve got a show for you!
Yee-Haw is a Western show about a group of soiled doves who find themselves in a predicament that could upset their way of life and and tear them apart, what ensues is murder, strange mystery, and romance, but don’t fret; there’s gun fights, and plenty of whiskey too! There’s a villian, a virgin, and Madame, a barkeep, and some prostitutes, a French gal, and an all knowing cowboy, and none of them disappoint.
Please come join Bend Burlesque for this unique and boundary-pushing show that combines theater and burlesque into one wild ride.
Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage. Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes.
Famed banjo player and cross-genre trailblazer Béla Fleck was so taken with the band that he signed on to produce their new album, Rearrange My Heart, released August 9, 2019 on Free Dirt Records. “I love to work with music that intrigues, excites and inspires me,” Fleck explains, “and that describes Che Apalache to a T!”
The Belfry is a beautiful and intimate venue located in downtown Sisters, Oregon. Tickets are limited and it is recommended to purchase them in advance. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7:00 pm.
The Brian Odell Band is a rock band with roots firmly grounded in funk, fusion, and folk. They artfully combine acoustic guitar, violin, electric guitar, drums, bass, and vocals in their original music & select covers for a sound that is truly unique! The band’s influences include Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, & Jason Mraz.
This signature sound mixed with their dynamic live performances have captivated audiences all over the Pacific Northwest!
while singing rock, pop and indie favorites
with your friends and neighbors!
The Low Bar Chorale is a drop in community pop chorus
backed by a band of hot musicians who make you feel like a Star.
No one cares what you actually sound like. It’s perfect for everyone
from choir megastars to the “karaoke scares me to death” crowd.
Doors open at 6:30 for no host meal and bar
Complimentary snacks and water provided by C4C
The Quick & Easy Boys are a power-trio out of Portland, Oregon who creates their own blend of rock and roll. Imagine the Minutemen, the Police, and Band of Gypsies rolled into one.
Formed in 2005, The Quick & Easy Boys quickly made a name for themselves in Eugene, Oregon before relocating to Portland and becoming a renown nationally touring act. Their shows are an interactive party with electrifying stage antics and profound musical moments as the trio pours out every ounce of their energy, leaving nothing behind. The band has gained the reputation for moving a crowd all-night long whether it be a big festival or a tiny watering hole. Founding members Sean Badders on vocals and bass & Jimmy Russell on vocals and guitar play all the notes. Tyrone Hendrix joined in 2018 on percussion. The Quick & Easy Boys have continued to evolve musically…and audiences continue their enthusiastic calling of “Yeah Bud!” at every show.
Walter Trout and Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group will release Survivor’s Blues globally on January 25. Trout is no ordinary artist and this is no ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, he had a bolder plan for this release.
Trout shares. “I’m riding in my car sometimes, and I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does The World need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid.’ I didn’t want to do the Blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…”
Over the course of the last several decades, Walter Trout has been a prolific artist. He’s regularly released offerings from the studio, so this moment of offering a covers album is somewhat of a curveball. His 2017 all-star release, We’re All In This Together, shows no sign of burning out and continues to receive accolades and sales on a global basis, alongside four awards for Blues Rock Album Of The Year. He reflects, “It’s really overwhelming. How do I follow that up? I’ve always respected guys who went out on a limb, like Neil Young or Bob Dylan. You never know what they’re gonna come out with.”
This show is hosted by Sisters Folk Festival. Go to the SFF website for tickets.
For this show, Andrew will be joined by his Buried In A Cape recording band: Christian Sedelmyer, Eli West, and Clint Mullican. This cast of players have history with a list of roots music luminaries including Jerry Douglas, Bill Frisell, Tim O’ Brien and John Reischman, alongside their acclaimed solo projects.
You may be familiar with Andrew Marlin from his involvement with Chapel Hill, NC duo Mandolin Orange. As the songwriter for the band, Andrew has become known as a gifted lyricist, producing powerful yet subtle, thoughtfully crafted songs. With Mandolin Orange, Andrew has toured the world, gracing famous stages including the Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Newport Folk Festival, to name just a few.
Buried In a Cape, Andrew’s first instrumental solo release, debuted in September 2018. The album is an eclectic collection of his instrumental work, modeled after one of his heroes — John Hartford — who as legend has it, was buried in a Batman cape. The recording session for this project was scheduled on a whim at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, with Eli West (guitar, banjo), Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle), and Clint Mullican (bass). The compositions highlight Andrew’s skills as an instrumentalist, while showcasing that his writing skills are not confined simply to poignant lyricism. Although the tunes have been making cameos in Mandolin Orange sets, these winter west coast shows will provide an outlet to experience Buried in its full, instrumental glory.
With Buried, Andrew follows in the footsteps of his previous accolades with MO. The Mandolin Cafe said “Marlin joins his heroes as a mandolinist of note, and a talent for the ages,” while Red Line Roots praised the album saying, “Buried In a Cape is (in my opinion) the best record to be released in 2018. For those of you who are already fans of instrumental music, this will be your go-to for years to come. For those who are not fans of instrumental music, listen to this album and then I’ll say ‘welcome to the club’.”
The evening starts with local band Skillethead at 8:00, opening for Portland-based band — 2019 RockyGrass band competition winners — Never Come Down who weave Americana, Bluegrass and other styles into their beautiful and unique brand of music. Doors open at 7:00.
“If you never take a chance, you can never get it wrong … so you better take a chance before it’s gone.”
These lyrics from the song “Chances” on their self-titled debut album have become a mantra for the members of Never Come Down. As Joe Suskind puts it, “I suddenly had all these opportunities — hosting a weekly bluegrass showcase, meeting a publisher who liked my music and finding musicians who were writing, playing, and aligning their lives with their craft like me. We all felt the pull to take a chance on our music and each other. We’re taking a real swing at it.”
Earnest songwriting, dedication to craft, and genuine care for the music is at the forefront of what they do. “We never tell each other what to play. You can feel when the music is right.” It’s that feeling — that space Never Come Down creates — that has captivated audiences from the onset.
And opening for them: A collection of Central Oregon’s finest bluegrass pickers have decided to bring their living room jams to the people as Skillethead. Drawing repertoire from the bluegrass tradition while interspersing original tunes, the group offers banjo-driven, vocal harmony-laden, good-old American music with a twist. Members include Joe Schulte (Moon Mountain Ramblers, Popcorn), Garret Miller (Larkspur Stand), Benji Nagel (Honey Don’t, The Spoilers), and Aaron Moore (CJ Neary Band, Derek Michal Marc).