2014 Acoustic Folk! Music Series
Concerts occur each month from January to May. Concerts take place in the History Center's John Williams Classroom. The Classroom creates an intimate setting that produces a sound warm enough to wrap up in. Seating for concerts are limited. Complimentary refreshments are provided.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children, with a discount for members. Tickets are available through our website, by phone or in person. The cost of tickets help fund programs such as the Acoustic Folk & Lecture Series, exhibits, and field trip programs.
2014 Acoustic Folk! Music Series Schedule:
Friday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m. - John Stowell (Jazz)
World-renowned jazz guitarist John Stowell will ring in the New Year at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Stowell began his career in the early 1970's with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. He is an internationally renowned performer who has been welcomed to Australia and all over Europe. He was the first American Jazz performer to appear in Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Stowell continues to tour, record, and teach internationally. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States, and Canada. He served as an assistant director and performer at Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magzines including Down Beat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, Soundcheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy).
Stowell's Through the Listening Glass with David Friesen was designated one of the "Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade" by the Los Angeles Examiner, and he was chosen as a "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" by Downbeat's International Critic's Poll in 1978 and 1979. He has appeared on BET's Jazz Discovery and Guitar Series television shows.
You can purchase tickets for this concert through our online gift shop or by calling the History Center at 503-436-9301.
This concert is brought to you by Accents 1925.
Friday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m.- Gayle Ritt & Mike Soto (Jazz/Americana)
Gayle Ritt & Mike Soto make their debut at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Mike Soto who plays the bass, vocals, and guitar has been performing around the Pacific NW over the past two decades and has been the driving force behind SLA and WildSeed, two busy working bands. He has been the host of numerous open mic and open jam sessions and continues to build and promote the musical community on the Westside. He has been one of McMenamins bands for the past 15 years in addition to performing in numerous other venues.
A native of Flagstaff, Arizona, Ritt has been singing and performing most of her life. From the days as a singing waitress to playing for sold out audiences at the house of Blues -- her "considerable ability to create subtle, song specific arrangements," (Illinois Entertainer) and constant performing have made her a household name in Chicago. Ritt relocated to Portland after years of touring and recording music throughout the U.S. She has performed in the top venues throughout the country and has found her new home in Oregon. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "Ritt's gutsy voice is an impressive instrument," and her 4 albums speak for themselves as her ability to sing and perform different styles of music shine.
During the past 20 years of singing, songwriting and recording, Gayle Ritt continues to reach listeners with her music and live performances throughout the US and abroad. The impact has resulted in millions hearing her voice, news features and national commercials on TV and Radio and her five independent releases have crossed many genres - fueled - she will remind you - by a powerful collection of contributing friends. Her live performances are as varied as her styles - from live acoustic at the House of Blues to small club rock shows, hotel residencies and elegant corporate events.
"The promise of an ongoing love affair with her music will begin the moment you hear the first note." Ritt sings a unique and traditional version of the National Anthem that has garnered her a standing invitation by the Chicago Cubs (8 years running). She has also performed at Dodgers Stadium, The Staples Center, US Cellular Field and the Thomas & Mack Center for the Dodgers, Lakers, White Sox and Gladiators. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
You can purchase these tickets through our online gift shop or by calling the History Center at 503-436-9301.
Friday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. - Lauren Sheehan (Blues)
Multi-talented blues and folk musician, Lauren Sheehan returns to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. Sheehan plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo while singing. She is a charismatic 'songster', an interpreter of songs learned from some of America's greatest folk and blues artists. She slides through old lyrics like clear water through a smooth creek bed.
Sheehan gives memorable performances of old boozy Memphis blues, to old time banjo tunes, to old country songs and electric modern folk. She studied classical guitar as a child and became infected by the spirit of the fiddle. She wrote her thesis at Reed College on American Folk music before spending a number of years playing in small ensembles. She brings a passion and knowledge to each performance that adds a feeling of authenticity.
"The first thing that strikes me is the beauty and clarity of Lauren's voice. It's like discovering some new instrument that combines qualities of fiddle and clarinet, fresh but with deep roots, accompanied by some pretty impressive guitar work. Lauren's music is rich with ingredients that nourish the human spirit." - Phil Wiggins, of Cephas and Wiggins
Her 2011 release, 'Rose City Ramble' reached the "Top 10" on the folk radio charts. She has performed all over the United States, and appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show, 'River City Folk'. 'Rose City Ramble' is Sheehan's third full-length release. She is also a regular at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival.
You can purchase these tickets through our online gift shop or by calling us at 503-436-9301.
This concert is brought to you by Vacasa Vacation Rentals of Cannon Beach.
Friday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. - Wild Hog in the Woods (Quirky Folk)
Wild Hog in the Woods returns to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Wild Hog in the Woods (Hershel Olmstead, John Simonds, and John Donoghue) is an Oregon stringband that plays a wild mix of old-time, swing, sleaze-jazz, ragtime, blues and tin-pan alley tunes with honest verve and gusto. The sheer fun that these guys have playing the tunes that they love is infectious. Their motto, “Nobody leaves without a grin” keeps people coming back for more. They play an armada of fine instruments with fresh abandonment true to their music. And they play them well…
Hershel Olmsted plays the heck out of a small army of 5-string banjos, with a clawhammer style that makes the shyest of bears stand up and breakdance. He coaxes gracefully cascading notes from his Stanley Handyman saw and bangs out hard-driving backup on his National steel guitar. His storytelling prowess captivates all audiences, making them feel right at home with the band. Herhel plays with, and has recorded with a vast array of fine old-time musicians, from the long-standing Luckiamute String Band and the Sunny Valley Boys to the likes of Roy Roland, Tony Wright, and Joe Huff.
Certainly one of the Willamette Valley's finest bass players, John Simonds can cut loose and boogaloo with the best of 'em. And with the Wild Hog in the Woods, he is doing just that. John's bass playing drives the beat of each tune while constantly adding fresh melodies, harmonies, and jive for the band to play with. What a dynamite combo!
John Donoghue plays the mandolin as if his life depended on it. His phrasing and rhythmic selections are unheard of, but mix quite well with the other Hog slop. He supports the Hog Jukebox by providing an incredible wealth of melodic tunes from his memory archive. John also breaks out the tenor guitar, the 6-string guitar, the cello, and the chromatic harmonica, and the cacaphone when the spirit moves him.
Friday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. - Low Tide Drifters (Folk)
The Low Tide Drifters return to the Cannon Beach History Center on Friday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m.
With a host of traditional instruments, sing-along choruses, and carefully crafted lyrics, the Low Tide Drifters create original roots-based songs that reflect the struggles and stories of everyday people in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Influenced by Woody Guthrie, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg, Hazel Dickens, and other socially conscious songwriters of all musical genres, they bring a respect for the past and a concern for the future to their particular brand of "underdog folk music."
The Low Tide Drifters started performing in 2007 as a trio made up of husband-and-wife songwriting duo Nathan Moore and Kate Downing, and harmonica player Dennis Soper. Since then, the group has evolved and expanded, and the current lineup includes multi-instrumentalist Chico Schwall, percussionist Wendy Schwall, and bassist Rachael Young.
They have played at large music festivals, folk clubs, farmer's markets, anarchist coffee houses, organic farms, co-ops, and union halls, and they have also shared their songs in retirement homes, university classrooms, back yards, dive bars, and countless living rooms. As activist musicians, they continue to donate their talents to human rights, labor, and other community organizations by performing frequently at benefit concerts and fundraisers.
In 2011, the Low Tide Drifters released their first full-length album titled, 'New Hard Time Blues'. A diverse collection of songs about activism, parenthood, and working-class life in the Pacific Northwest. The album has received positive reviews as well as national and international airplay. Currenly, the Low Tide Drifters are recording their second full-length album titled, 'Music for the Rest of Us'. It will feature eight original compositions, along with cover versions of songs by folk singer and longshoreman, Harry Stamper and Scottish songwriter, Alistair Hulett. 'Music for the Rest of Us' will be released in early 2014.