May – September 2013
Whether or not the name and music of Redwood Son has yet hit the big radar, this year’s “Best New Artist” of the Portland Music Awards is on the rise. Boasting a 20 Song double-disc debut album titled “The Lion’s Inside” he brings a dynamic versatility that crosses the borders of their West Coast Americana with hook-laden Roots-Rock and Alt. Country, while maintaining an authentic Universal “Pop” vibe. Recommended if you Like: Tom Petty, Citizen Cope, Ryan Adams.
Tremoloco is an eclectic roots band from L.A., some might say purveyors of Gulf Coast Folklorico or Mexican Americana. Their songs tell stories firmly rooted in their beloved L.A. but clearly go beyond to places like Mexicali, Louisiana, Georgia, the Southwest, Laredo and the Yucatan and of course East L.A. Effortlessly, they cross pollinate several genres and styles such as Mexican Folk, Tex-Mex, Country, Norteno, Cumbias, Honky Tonk, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Roadhouse Rock n Roll. Recommended if you Like: Los Lobos, Wilco, Texas Tornados.
Through her cello, his guitar, and their rich vocals, the duo invokes acoustic Americana with hints of Celtic influence and not a few surprises. Accomplished musicians and songwriters, Hilst & Coffey take listeners on an extraordinary musical journey from a mix of haunting instrumentals to foot-stomping rhythms.
Range Restaurant & Bar
Complimentary, Open to the public.
Like a cross between “Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Waits” (Mashable) Sallie has established herself as one of the most powerful female voices in indie rock. Ford and her group – Tyler Tornfelt (upright bass), Ford Tennis (drums), and Jeffrey Munger (lead guitar) – recorded the album’s 11 tracks with Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Deer Tick, Middle Brother) at Jackpot! Studios in the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. Recommended if you Like: Squirrel Nut Zipper, Ella Fitzgerald, Little Sue, Jack White
Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band. As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast [group] deftly, and frequently daffily, dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” These guys can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from reggae (hence the double-entendre moniker) to blues to stone country, which is what they’ve been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Recommended if you Like: Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Tubb
Jeremy Lyon and Zak Mandel-Romann formed Tumbleweed Wanderers in March 2011. Sharing a mutual admiration of the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack, Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On” and Fleet Foxes “Ragged Wood” the two dropped out of college to pursue music full-time. They recruited keyboardist Patrick Glynn, who Zak has played with since he was ten, drummer Daniel Blum, who Jeremy met when he was sweeping the floors of a recording studio, and Rob Fidel, who Jeremy met at an open mic on the first day of college. As of now, they’re recording their debut EP, due out in September, as well as performing anywhere and everywhere from clubs to open mics to busking on the street. Recommended if you Like: Kings of Leon, Dawes, My Morning Jacket
The JZ Band includes a pair of singer/songwriters that perform a unique mix of original Americana blues, country, rock, reggae as well as crowd pleasing interpretive covers with their team of musicians. JZ Band shows are entertaining, charged with humor engaging the audience with solid music, vocals, and tight harmonies that promise a listening and dancing good time. Complimentary. Open to the public.
The songs of Tony Smiley are a tantalizing ride through electro acoustic music that will cause your musical senses to rise. During the experience you can expect original soul bearing songs, improv crowd pleasers, and creative cover mixes. As he loops his way through a set he builds the audience’s anticipation by using, keyboards, drum machines, guitars, tambourine, vocals and beat box sounds through Boss Loop pedals. His songs are original, groove-laden works of art. The loop ninja will “completely make you a believer.” (Andy Summers, guitar player for the Police). Recommended if you Like: Dub Fx, David Bowie
One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in the past few years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Cedric has been making a name for himself reviving old Creole fiddling styles, injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, and bringing them to an ever-broadening audience. All 3 of his CD releases since going on his own have been Grammy-nominated, an indication of the excitement around his emergence as a band leader. Recommended if you Like: Clifton Chenier, Beau Soliel, Taj Mahal
Band: Scott and Friends. Complimentary. Open to the public.
Come enjoy Executive Chef Ryan Sturmer’s Ranch-style Labor Day BBQ, along with live music and dancing, outdoor fire pits and s’mores roasting, lawn games, bocce ball, and more. Open seating, space is limited. $40 Adults, $15 Children 5-10, Complimentary for children 4 & Under
The Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of American roots music, from blues to bluegrass. Many greats have graced the stage since the initial Festival in 1995, including Ian Tyson, Tim O’Brien, Jesse Winchester, Natalie MacMaster, Chris Smither, Dave Carter, The Waybacks, John Gorka, Ruthie Foster, The Waifs, The Wailin’ Jennys and more. The Festival is home to six stages, with our main venue at the Village Green Park in downtown Sisters.