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).