Breast Cancer Support Team – Feb. 11
LCCC – Sourdough Slim: An Antique Week Concert – Feb. 11
Sourdough Slim, aka the Last of the Vaudeville Cowboys, brings his Wild and Woolly Revue to the LCCC stage for the first time. “There’s no one else out there like Sourdough Slim,” wrote Darrell Arnold, editor of Cowboy Magazine. “An accordion playing, yodeling, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-dressed entertainer deluxe. Catchy, uplifting, irresistible, jolly fun.” Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door.
“The most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extant!” says the East Bay Express. “The W.C. Fields of Western Entertainment” says the Newport News Review. What would Lincoln City audiences say about Sourdough Slim? We’ll find out on Thursday, Feb. 11, when Sourdough Slim performs at Lincoln City Cultural Center.
Sourdough Slim, also known as Rick Crowder, has made his name as the Last Vaudeville Cowboy. This award-winning Western showman is touring with his sidekick, Robert Armstrong, and promises his Lincoln City audience a “hoot” and a rollicking good time. On Feb. 11, doors to the Cultural Center will open at 6:30 pm with the two-set show set to begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door, on sale now at the LCCC, http://www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (click “buy tickets”). As always, current LCCC members will receive $2 off their ticket price.
Slim is a well-traveled veteran of stages all over the country, ranging from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center’s Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Folk Festival. His fast-paced stage show finds him crooning Western classics while accompanying himself on accordion, guitar and harmonica, as well as dancing a jig, dishing out comedy sketches and letting loose with some “absolutely mind-boggling yodeling.” His truly astounding “yippie-ti-yi” style won him the Academy of Western Artist 2001 Will Rogers Award for “Yodeler of the Year” and the 2009, 2010 and 2011 nominations for “Entertainer of the Year” from the Western Music Association.
Rick Crowder was born in Hollywood, Calif., but he spent much of his childhood on a family cattle ranch in the Sierra foothills. But, as he explains, “my true calling as a cowboy was not on the range but rather on the stage.” A childhood cut-up, he developed his comic character, honed his musical and yodeling skills and garnered the nickname “Slim” while performing in several traveling Western bands in the 1970s and 80s.
Sourdough Slim emerged in 1988, when decided to turn his experiences into a solo act, based on a comical accordion-playing, yodeling cowhand. He’s never looked back, sharing his gift for connecting with audiences everywhere from the Autry Museum to the Kennedy Center.
The nonprofit, membership-supported Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101, inside the historic Delake School building. For more information, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994, subscribe to the monthly calendar at http://www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, become a friend on Facebook, or follow the center’s Twitter feed.
LCCC – Elena Nikitin “Another Place, Another Time” – Feb. 12 – Mar. 7
The Chessman Gallery will be celebrating the gravity defying work of Lincoln City Cultural Center member artist, Elena Nikitin. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 7 pm with wine, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artist. The show will continue to be on display until Monday, March 7th.
Elena Nikitin does a variety of work including: watercolor and ink drawings, sculpture from cut paper and oil paintings. About her paintings, she says, “I try to paint the sound of the trees and landscapes.” She strives to capture a moment in time using more senses than just sight. As a result, this show gives people the opportunity to imagine their own place and their own time in the art work. She often depicts trees and also landscapes inspired by urban streets of the Pacific Northwest and the world. Elena Nikitin’s cut paper sculpture dazzles the eye and defies gravity, often suspended in mid air and laced with detail. Elena Nikitin has a degree in Architecture and a background in Palekh miniature painting. Palekh is a Russian folk handicraft of a miniature painting, which is done with tempera paints on varnished articles made of papier-mâché (small boxes and powder cases etc.).
Since the late 1990’s she has had four exhibits in Galleries in Portland, Oregon. More recently, Elena Nikitin has worked as a fashion designer in her own atelier “Lena Couture”. She has had seven solo fashion shows in Portland, Oregon all consisting of couture clothing and art of her own design. That’s where she had the idea to create full scale dresses from paper.
This show is one of 12 per year, hosted by the PJ Chessman Gallery, which is a nonprofit art space, inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The Chessman Gallery is first and foremost a community gallery. Our goal is to showcase the work of LCCC members and artists in our community, but also to expose the community to a broader spectrum of arts and culture. It is a place for artists to show their work with a standard of quality and professionalism, to delight, educate and inspire viewers from near and far.
The Chessman holds opening receptions every second Friday of each month to celebrate each of its shows through the year. Please join us. For more information about this show or any of the many events going on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
Chinook Winds – Peter Cetera – Feb. 12 & 13
As a youngster, Peter Cetera made the rounds in local bands before landing a gig with The Exceptions. In December of 1967, The Big Thing (later Chicago) and the Exceptions were playing the same place when Cetera approached the former, saying he liked what they were doing. Two weeks later, he’d switched bands.
Cetera’s addition benefited Chicago in many ways. First, his tenor voice complimented the baritones of guitarist Terry Kath and keyboardist Robert Lamm. Second – and most important at the time – his bass playing simply rocked. Together with Kath and drummer ‘Danny Seraphine’, Cetera made the rhythm section cook. Although not especially noted as a bass player now, at the time, Cetera set the standard. Early Chicago recordings – such as “Listen” and “Poem 58” – benefit immensely from Cetera’s creative lines.
But it’s as a singer that Cetera is especially noted, and there’s no doubt that the man can sing. “Questions 67 and 68,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Just You and Me,” and “Call On Me” all testify to his ability to sing the spots off a tune. His unique vocal phrasing was the result of reconstructive surgery following a fight he got into at a baseball game in 1970. Eventually, Cetera became known as the voice of Chicago.
Cetera was the last of the original Chicago members to join, and it’s tempting to say that he always felt a bit like an outsider (says trombonist James Pankow, “Peter hated the horns”). According to Cetera, his early attempts at songwriting weren’t well received by others in the band (it must be said these efforts are hit and miss), and by “Chicago VII” (which was supposed to be all jazz), his frustration was showing. When producer James William Guercio agreed that the “VII” sessions weren’t going well, Cetera offered his compositions “Happy Man” and “Wishing You Were Here” – both winners, and both huge hits. Saying he was always the frustrated rocker in the group, Cetera hit home with the almost metal “Hideaway” on “Chicago VIII,” a truly inspired bit of writing – tellingly, without horns.
Cetera, Guercio, and Kath recorded “If You Leave Me Now” after the others had finished their work on the “Chicago X” sessions, and when it hit, it went straight to #1 – the first Chicago single to do so. He scored again on “Chicago XI” with “Baby, What A Big Surprise,” even though it was obvious that his contributions on that session were limited (he wrote and sang only that one tune). It was at this time that the group split with Guercio, and that – according to Cetera – both he and Kath were sick of what Chicago was doing. “Everything that can go on with a band was going on with us,” Cetera has said. When Kath accidentally shot himself early in 1978, Cetera thought the band would end naturally. Doc Severinson talked them out of it.
But Cetera soon became the focal point. He was all over the increasingly low selling albums, sometimes penning and singing out-and-out winners (“Little Miss Lovin’,” “Loser With A Broken Heart”), sometimes penning and singing less popular tunes (“Song for You”). When Columbia Records dropped Chicago, Cetera jumped on the opportunity to do solo work. His 1981 album “Peter Cetera” featured his great rocker, “Livin’ In the Limelight.”
Cetera became the Man in 1982. The “Chicago 16” sessions added keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Bill Champlin and producer David Foster, but Cetera made the most of the opportunity, penning a funked-up rocker (“Bad Advice”), and the monster hit “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” 1984’s “Chicago 17” cemented Cetera’s position as he racked up the hits “You’re the Inspiration,” “Stay the Night,” “Hard Habit to Break,” and “Along Comes a Women.” The fine work others contributed was usurped by Cetera’s popularity, and the break up was inevitable. It came in July of 1985.
As if in answer, Cetera immediately scored a #1 hit with “Glory of Love” – which had horns! He followed up with chart busters like “After All”, (with Cher) “One Good Woman”, “Feels Like Heaven” (with Chaka Khan), and has recently re-recorded some of his Chicago hits and a Christmas album.
Described as quiet and private, the blond Cetera has been married at least twice. His hair cut in a page-boy early in his career (with the occasional beard), he has stayed slim and GQ recently. Now out of Chicago longer than he was in, he dislikes discussing his years in the group, saying, “It’s like talking about your ex-wife.” He has turned down chances to re-unite with Chicago over the years, and famously refused to allow VH1 to use any of his songs in the “Behind the Music” episode about Chicago. He has several children, has pretty much quit playing bass, and has only started touring again recently after a long, self-imposed exile. He is, however, accessible on his website, where he answers questions and chats with fans with a great deal of humor and candor.
Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary performer when he makes a tour stop at Chinook Winds February 12 & 13, 2016 at 8pm!
Tickets are on sale November 12th at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.
Reserved Seating Tickets: $40 – $55. Must be 16 or older to attend.
Love is Love 5th Annual Valentine Party – Feb. 13
Planning for the annual LOVE IS LOVE Valentine Party hosted by PFLAG is in full swing. This community Valentine Party will be held from 2-4 PM on Saturday, Feb. 13 in the beautiful lobby of the Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach. Volunteers will transform the College Commons into a romantic Hearts and Flowers Valentine Party setting.
Past Forward, a popular local music group, will provide live music to celebrate the power of love in all its wonderful and surprising forms—young and old, gay and straight. Vocals by Akia Woods of Past Forward will delight the audience with traditional and modern love songs.
Teen poets and writers representing the Gay/Straight Alliance Clubs from Lincoln County high Newlyweds, gay and straight, will be celebrated at the party.
Delightful and decadent Valentine desserts donated by the best bakers from several local churches and by PFLAG members will make this celebration a really sweet treat and chocolate heaven.
Toledo United Methodist Church volunteers are preparing a table of hearts, flowers, glitter and glue for guests to create their own hand-made Valentine Cards. You can surprise your sweetheart with a card from the heart, unique and special, just like your love.
Photographer Jerry Thompson will be on hand to take Sweetheart Photos that may be purchased for only $10, a great way to create a lasting memory with your Valentine on this special day.
PFLAG is a national organization providing support, education and advocacy for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community, their families, and friends. The Oregon Central Coast Chapter focuses on creating safe and nurturing communities for young people in Lincoln County, and opening hearts and minds of all ages. With this Valentine Party for old and young, gay and straight, we’re bringing people together to celebrate the power of love in our lives. After all, Love is Love!
Donations will support PFLAG’s programs for LGBT youth. For more information about the Valentine Party or PFLAG, or to be included as Newlyweds, call 541-265-7194.
Don Davis Park – Newport Community Drum Circle – Feb. 13
Come on Saturday, February 13th from 2 to 4PM to participate in the Newport Drum Circle!!! The long-running free and family friendly Newport Drum Circle is on winter schedule, meeting every second Saturday to celebrate community, diversity, and traditional world rhythm. All ages, no experience necessary, loaner drums available. Drug, alcohol and smoke-free. In the glass-enclosed gazebo at Don Davis Park, across from the Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Chandler by calling 541-272-4615 or by email at email@example.com.
LCCC – Sweetheart Dance with The Lincoln Pops – Feb. 13
Saturday, February 13 7 pm – 10 pm
The Pops will be playing favorites from the era of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and the gang, and the dance floor will be open. You’re invited to just sit and listen, or really cut a rug, in the auditorium at the LCCC. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available for sale. The doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the concert scheduled to begin at 7 pm. Tickets include a flower for every lady, beautiful heart-shaped cookies, sweetheart décor and plenty of punch.
Tickets: Advance tickets for this Valentine’s Day event are $14 each, or $25 per couple; $16 each, $28 per couple at the door.
Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau – Antique Week – Feb. 5-15
Search for Treasures On and Off the Beach During Antique Week
Uncover hidden treasures of all kinds during Antique Week, an eleven-day antique store sale extravaganza February 5th through the 15th. Participating antique retailers will have special deals and discounts during the citywide event.
Antique Week features over 100 antique dealers from nearly a dozen retailers in Lincoln City. One of the retailers, Rocking Horse Mall, recalls the history of the event.
“Antique Week began back in the 1980s when my mother, Judy Miner, was approached by the Visitor and Convention Bureau to hold a shopping promotion in the winter,” says Rick Miner, owner of Rocking Horse Mall. “Back then February was a slow month for retailers, so the idea was to bring visitors into town and boost their sales,” says Miner. “The event has evolved since then, and has become very successful for not just the antique stores, but all of the businesses in Lincoln City.”
Another antique retailer in Lincoln City, The Little Antique Mall, has over 85 dealers and concurs with Miner on the importance of Antique Week. “February is our biggest sales month because of Antique Week,” says owner Dan Beck. “We have visitors that call us wanting to know the dates for the event so they can book their hotels,” says Beck. “Antique Week has really taken on a life of its own.”
Both Rocking Horse Mall and The Little Antique Mall will have special discounts during Antique Week. “Generally, most of our dealers will offer at least 20 percent off,” says Beck. “But some have gone as high as 50 percent, so it really depends on the dealer.”
With a plethora of items to choose from, Beck recommends that collectors coming to Antique Week should plan a long stay. “Take your time,” says Beck. “Plan on having enough time to browse through each antique store. Many of the stores in town will extend their hours to accommodate.”
Collectors can take advantage of deals and discounts during Antique Week while discovering treasures of all types. From art to books and furniture, Lincoln City has a variety of items to adorn your home. It is no wonder that Country Home Magazine once declared Lincoln City to be one the “Ten Best Undiscovered Antique Destinations in the Country.”
And in-between shopping, treasure hunters can search for glass art on the beach during Antique Week. From February 5th through the 15th, there will be 300 antique Japanese glass floats carefully hidden during daylight hours between the high tide line and embankment on the beach. In days gone by, visitors searching Oregon’s beaches often found treasures from the far-east: blown glass floats in intriguing shades of green and blue. Used by Japanese fishermen to float their nets, these spheres were as small as two inches or as large as two feet. They were collected, polished, and admired; the ultimate find for any dedicated beachcomber.
For the romantics, on Valentine’s Day, look for 14 heart-shaped paperweights, which will be lovingly placed along the seven miles of coastline in Lincoln City.
If you happen to find one of these glass treasures on the beach, make sure to share your photos of them via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon or on Twitter using the tag @lcvcb and #FindersKeepers.
These special glass drops are part of Lincoln City’s popular Finders Keepers promotion. From mid-October through Memorial Day, secret volunteers called Float Fairies hide hand-made glass floats along the beach in Lincoln City. If you find one, you get to keep it!
For more information about Antique Week or Finders Keepers, please visit http://www.oregoncoast.org or call 800-452-2151.
Yaquina Art Association – Pastel Artists – Feb. 6-19
Feb. 6-Feb. 19, 2016 there will be a public spotlight show featuring the work of talented pastel artists at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery at 789 NW Beach Drive in Nye Beach. The show will feature work by students in the YAA pastel class that meet on Thurs. mornings from 10 am to 12 noon. The show is open from 11 am to 4 pm daily.
Pastel Classes range from 5 dedicated students up to 8 or more attending occasionally. ‘It’s a lightly structured class that attempts to bring back the carefree fun we all had while just simply drawing when we were kids, ” says instructor Charlotte Carter. Anyone is welcome so stop by and check out the free classes offered to the community.
USA today mentioned one reason why people are enjoying art classes. “When the going gets tough start coloring. Coloring not only evokes happy memories of childhood; the act can also foster a sense of well-being and offer a relaxing respite from our digital world. An accumulation of research shows that these creative activities can help you de-stress from everyday pressures. Recent studies suggest that structured, rhythmic endeavors such as coloring are particularly beneficial because they ease you into a meditative state of mind that allows you to push away negative thoughts and worries. “These activities engage your hands as well as your mind and your focus,” says art therapist Lacy Mucklow. “Plus, the repetitive actions release serotonin, the brain transmitter responsible for relaxation.” Nancy Monson, USA TODAY Best Years magazine November 14, 2015.
Newport Parks and Recreation – 40+ Men Indoor Winter Soccer League – Feb. 14, 21, 28
Registration is open at the Recreation Center for this year’s new indoor soccer league! Players over the age of 40 years old will get the chance to test their skills against teams in an indoor setting.
Games will be played on Sunday afternoons from 3-6pm. Play will start as soon as we get enough teams. The season will run to the beginning of April. Registration fee is $85.00 per team. Teams will need to be made up of 5-6 players. Come sign up now! For more information, contact the Recreation Center at 541-574-5453.
We are also exploring the possibility of a 40+ Coed League, so please let us know if that interests you.
Adult Drop-In Dodgeball – Feb. 16, 23
Newport Parks & Recreation and local volunteers have organized Drop-In Dodgeball games as an open invitation to compete with anyone from the most novice players to those already established in local leagues. All it takes is a good pair of court shoes, decent aim, and a little pent-up aggression. There will be an on-site Dodgeball Expert that will keep the evening exciting and organized. Grab some friends and come have a great time!
Games are for players 18 and over and coed teams are formed on-site. The cost is FREE and lasts from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays at Sam Case Elementary’s cafeteria.
For more information, please contact Brandon Cook (541-961-5764) or Mike Cavanaugh (541-574-5453).
Youth Art Classes at the Rec Center for the 2015-2016 School Year
The Newport Rec. Center is offering youth art classes Tuesday and Wednesday for the 2015-2016 school year. Each class series is $40 per student. Price adjustments will be made for partial months. Please register your students at the Rec Center in advance. Space is limited and first come first serve. Thank you.
Tuesday’s class is a structured learning environment where students ages 7 and up will learn about famous artists, styles, and a variety of techniques in different mediums that change each month. Tuesday’s class is from 3:45-4:45pm.
Wednesday’s class is Young Art Discovery! Here students ages 5 and up will have a variety of mediums to explore such as clay, paint, pastels and more. Wednesday’s class is from 2:30pm-3:30pm.
Art Classes at the Rec Center are brought to you by local artists Philip and Jenni Reed. For more information, feel free to contact them at (541) 520-6224.
Lincoln City Warming Shelter Needs Volunteers, Operations Mgr
The Lincoln City Warming Shelter is looking for lots of volunteers to serve at various times and on selected days the shelters are open during December – March. There is a one week notice of days/dates the shelters will be open and the Volunteer Coordinator will call regarding your availability. Seeking volunteers with a heart to help, a willingness to be flexible and serve, and wanting to make a difference in someone’s life. Training Included. Call Volunteer Administrator Richard Gartrell at 2016-714-7012 to sign up today.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AND OPERATIONS MANAGER NEEDED:
Seeking a personS with a desire to make a difference to serve as either the Volunteer Coordinator or the Volunteer Operations Manager. Could be employed or a stay-at-home Mom/Dad, with some organizational or project management skills, enthusiasm, and with a heart for these critically important roles with our seasonal shelter project. Training included. If interested, please make contact by email, or forward a letter of interest or an application (see reverse side of this announcement) to: Lincoln City Warming Shelter, P.O. Box 198, Lincoln City, OR 97367, or contact the Volunteer Administrator Richard Gartrell at 206-714-7012.
NOTE: The warming shelters usually are open 6PM-8AM only on selected days/dates, determined a week in advance, during the period December to late March, when winter weather dips to freezing temperatures.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Richard Gartrell, Volunteer Administrator
Cell: 206-714-7012 Personal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau – Finders Keepers
Lincoln City, OR – In keeping with tradition and after months of careful preparation, the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB) is proud to reveal the annual poster for the 2015-2016 season of Finders Keepers, glass floats on the beach. This defining event, which started in 1999, officially kicked off on October 17 and runs through May 30, 2016.
“We are excited to unveil the new Finders Keepers poster to the world,” says Scott Humpert, Marketing Manager for the VCB. “The poster has become quite the collector’s item for visitors and locals alike. We get many phone calls around this time of year from people wanting to get their hands on the new poster, and it is a fun way to celebrate one of our most popular events.”
The firm that collaborated with VCB staff to create the poster, Echo Design, Inc., has worked with the bureau for over 13 years, helping to create nearly every poster to date. The poster, which depicts a fairytale sandcastle with an assortment of glass floats, will be available at the VCB offices located on the fourth floor of City Hall, 801 SW Hwy 101, or at the Visitor Center located at 540 NE Hwy 101.
Treasure hunters in Lincoln City can search for hand-made glass floats that are hidden by volunteers called Float Fairies, who hide the floats during daylight hours between the high tide line and the embankment. Every day, the Float Fairies will drop glass floats along the 7.5 miles of pristine shoreline in Lincoln City. If you’re lucky enough to
find a float, you keep it!
Make sure to share photos of your finds via Facebook at www.facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon or on Twitter using the tag @lcvcb and #FindersKeepers.
A total of 2,016 officially numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden on the beach in Lincoln City for the season, from Roads End in the north to Cutler City in the south. In addition to the numbered floats, there will be special glass drops throughout the season bringing the total glass float count to over 3,000. These special drops include a combination of antique Japanese glass floats, sand dollars, buttons, shells, starfish, and crabs. For a list of upcoming special drop dates, please visit www.oregoncoast.org.
The official handcrafted Finders Keepers glass floats will be signed and numbered, and when they are found, they become collector’s items. Bring your discovered treasure to the Visitors’ Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City to receive an autographed certificate of authenticity and a biography of the artist who created the float. If you have limited mobility
or are unable to walk on the beach due to disability, stop by and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a glass float.
Finders Keepers began in 1999, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Each year, tourists continue to come from around the country to search for their own brightly colored, signed and numbered glass float.
In days gone by, visitors searching Oregon’s beaches often found treasures from the far-east: blown glass floats in intriguing shades of green and blue. Used by Japanese fishermen to float their nets, these spheres were as small as two inches or as large as two feet. They were collected, polished, and admired; the ultimate find for any dedicated beachcomber. Today fishing vessels around the world use buoyant plastic, making glass floats a rare find – except in Lincoln City where these treasures can be found every October through May during the Finders Keepers season.
SHIBA – Free Medicare Class in Newport – Feb. 17
Newport Library – Teen Third Thursday – Feb. 18
David Ogden Stiers, Resident Conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra, encourages coastal youth to take the baton! Novice guest conductors drawn from high schools on the central coast will be featured in this event that follows an incredibly successful event last year. Proceeds go to the Newport Symphony Orchestra Endowment. For more information, call 541-574-0614.
LCCC – Lincoln City “State of the City” Lunch with the Mayor – Feb. 23
On February 23rd at 11:45am, the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce is presenting this annual event, featuring a presentation by Mayor Don Williams and lunch catered by Mo’s Lincoln City. It’s usually standing room only, so RSVP ASAP to the Chamber office, 541-994-3070.
Chinook Winds – America – Mar. 4 & 5
2015 marked the 45th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.
America’s journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics.
America’s albums–six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, History, hitting four plus million in sales–displayed a fuller range of the trio’s talents than did their singles. Their material encompassed an ambitious artistic swath; from effects-laden rockers to oddball medleys to soul-bearing ballads, America displayed a flawless blend of disparate genres and styles as wide-open as the great American plains.
Enjoying massive success early in their career, America earned their stripes as musical soldiers on the battlefield amidst the excess, craziness and chaos of the 70’s. The trio won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1972 and began working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick in 1974. This successful team went on to record seven albums and several Top Ten hits, including “Tin Man,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “Lonely People.”
By the mid-70s, inter-band conflicts combined with an exhaustive touring and recording schedule exacted its toll on the group. With Peek’s departure from the fold in 1977, Gerry Beckley & Dewey Bunnell rose to the challenge and carried on as a duo. Shifts in sound and direction, changes in producers and managers, and a renewed dedication to the craft of songwriting helped rocket America to the upper reaches of the pop charts in 1982 with their smash single, “You Can Do Magic.” During this tumultuous time in their career, Beckley and Bunnell immersed themselves in their craft, infusing a newfound maturity into their rich body of work. Their growth as singers, songwriters and musicians has continued into the present day as illustrated by landmark releases such as 2000’s Highway 3-disc box set, 2002’s Holiday Harmony, an album comprised of seasonal classics and live showcases, 2007’s Here & Now, 2009’s Live In Concert: Wildwood Springs and 2011’s Back Pages.
From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America’s audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal. “I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally,” explains Beckley. “The Italians are huge fans of dance music, but they also love a ballad–they’re romantic at heart. It’s the same in the Far East. A lot of times in these countries, we see people singing along, and they don’t really know what the words mean. Music is truly the international language.”
Don’t miss your chance to see America perform at Chinook Winds March 4th & 5th, 2016 at 8pm!
Tickets are on sale now! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.
Reserved Seating Tickets: $25 – $40. Must be 16 or older to attend.
The Wizard of Oz at Keller Auditorium in Portland – Mar. 8-13
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar® -winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Click your heels together and join scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to http://portland.broadway.com/.
Newport Symphony Orchestra and Monica Ohuchi – Mar. 26 & 27
DEBUSSY – Danse
SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony no. 9
SATIE/DEBUSSY – Two Gymnopedies
RAVEL – Piano Concerto in G
What’s better than staying at the Oregon Coast?
Staying longer and enjoying a performance by the Newport Symphony Orchestra!
Stay at one of 3 participating hotels—Elizabeth Street Inn, Embarcadero Resort Hotel and Marina, or Sylvia Beach Hotel—on a Saturday or Sundaynight of a concert weekend and receive 2 complimentary tickets to an NSOSunday matinee performance. Just ask for the Stay the Night—Enjoy the Music special when you book, and tickets will be waiting for you at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are limited, so please share with visiting friends and family and act quickly before they’re all gone!
Eligible 2015-16 Season Concert Dates:
• Sunday, March 27: NSO with Monica Ohuchi, piano
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Chinook Winds – Charley Pride – Apr. 8 & 9
Over the past thirty years, Charley Pride has remained one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of all-time. His incredible legacy includes 36 #1 hit singles, over 70 million albums sold, 31 gold and 4 platinum albums – including one quadruple-platinum. On RCA Records, Charley Pride is second in sales only to Elvis Presley.
Dozens of Pride’s chart toppers now stand as modern classics. “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” went on to be a million-selling crossover single and helped Pride land Country Music Association Awards as Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972.
Other memorable Pride standards include “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?” “I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again,” “Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town,” “Someone Loves You Honey,” “When I Stop Leaving I’ll be gone,” “Burgers and Fries,” and “You’re So Good When You’re Bad,” to name but a few. His moving performances of Hank Williams classics “Kaw-Liga” and “Honky Tonk Blues” on his number 1 album, “There’s a Little Bit of Hank in Me”, was also certified Gold.
On May 16, 1979 Charley and fellow music artist Willie Nelson visited the Oval Office at the White House to present President Jimmy Carter with a special award for his support of Country music.
In 1993, Pride was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, 26 years after he had first played there as a guest.
In 1994, he opened the Charley Pride Theatre in Branson Missouri where he performed for 4 years, doing nearly 200 shows yearly. Also in 1994, Pride was honored by the Academy Of Country Music with its prestigious Pioneer Award.
In 2000, Pride was honored with an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wept when his name was announced by Hall of Famer, Brenda Lee.
In 2001, Pride began releasing new recordings music on the Music City Records label, starting with his critically acclaimed album A TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES (2001). That was followed by COMFORT OF HER WINGS (2003) and PRIDE & JOY: A GOSPEL MUSIC COLLECTION (2006).
Charley’s most recent studio album Choices was released on March 8, 2011. It features 13 new recordings written by such songwriters as Ted Harris (‘Crystal Chandeliers’) and Ben Peters (‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’ and many other Pride hits) as well as tracks penned by such fellow Country music stars as Eddy Raven and Richie McDonald (Lonestar). Those familiar with Charley’s amazing repertoire of hits will find this release essential listening while others are sure to discover the reasons why this living legend has sold tens of millions of records worldwide.
Don’t miss your chance to see this country-music legend perform at Chinook Winds April 8 & 9, 2016 at 8pm!
Tickets are on sale January 8 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.
Reserved Seating Tickets: $30 – $45. Must be 16 or older to attend.
Newsies at Keller Auditorium in Portland – Apr. 19-24
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines… Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.
Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are. At Keller Auditorium from April 19th to the 24th. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to Portland.Broadway.com.
Annie at Keller Auditorium in Portland – May 17-22
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award® -winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Chinook Winds – Vince Gill – June 17 & 18
Vince Gill was born April 12, 1957 in Norman, Okla. His father encouraged him to learn to play guitar and banjo, which he did along with bass, mandolin, dobro and fiddle. While in high school, he performed in the bluegrass band Mountain Smoke, which built a strong local following and opened a concert for Pure Prairie League.
After graduating high school in 1975, Gill moved to Louisville, Ky. to be part of the band Bluegrass Alliance. After a brief time in Ricky Skaggs’s Boone Creek band, Gill moved to Los Angeles and joined Sundance, a bluegrass group fronted by fiddler Byron Berline. In 1979, he joined Pure Prairie League as lead singer and recorded three albums with the band, the first of which yielded the Top Ten pop hit “Let Me Love You Tonight” in 1980. Departing the group in 1981, Gill joined Rodney Crowell’s backing band the Cherry Bombs, where he met and worked with Tony Brown and Emory Gordy Jr., both of whom would later produce many of his future solo albums.
In 1983, Gill signed with RCA Records and moved with his wife Janis and daughter Jenny to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a Country Music artist. His debut mini-album Turn Me Loose (produced by Gordy) was released the following year, featuring his first charting solo single, “Victim of Life’s Circumstance.” The Things That Matter, his first full album was released later that year, featuring two Top 10 hits: a duet with Rosanne Cash on “If It Weren’t For Him” and a solo hit with “Oklahoma Borderline.” In 1987 he achieved his first Top 5 single, “Cinderella,” from his album The Way Back Home. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Gill also worked frequently as a studio musician, wrote songs for other artists and toured with Emmylou Harris.
Gill signed with MCA Records in 1989, reuniting with Brown as a producer, and released the album When I Call Your Name. While the debut single “Oklahoma Swing” (a duet with Reba McEntire) reached the Top 20, it was the title cut that firmly established the singer as a new force on the Country Music scene. The song peaked at No. 2 and earned Gill his first CMA Award (Single of the Year) and his first Grammy Award (Best Male Country Vocal Performance) in 1990. The next single, “Never Knew Lonely,” peaked at No. 3 and the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than one million copies.
Declining an offer from Mark Knopfler to join Dire Straits as a full-time member, Gill went on to record his next album Pocket Full of Gold, which also became a Platinum certified album after it was released in 1991. The album featured four Top 10 hits including the title cut, “Liza Jane,” “Look at Us” and “Take Your Memory With You.” That year he also earned his first CMA Vocal Event of the Year Award for his performance with Mark O’Connor and the New Nashville Cats (featuring Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner). In 1992 he released the quadruple-Platinum certified I Still Believe In You. The title cut became Gill’s first No. 1 single, followed quickly by “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.” The album also featured the hits “One More Last Chance,” “Tryin’ to Get Over You” and “No Future in the Past.” Gill also topped the charts with “The Heart Won’t Lie,” his second duet with McEntire, which was featured on her album It’s Your Call.
Gill recorded his first Christmas album Let There Be Peace on Earth in 1993, before releasing When Love Finds You in 1994. This album also sold more than four million copies and featured six hits including the title cut, “What the Cowgirls Do,” “Whenever You Come Around,” “Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge to Burn),” “You Better Think Twice” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Becoming an in-demand duet partner, Gill sang with Amy Grant on “House of Love,” the title cut of her 1994 album which became a hit on adult contemporary radio stations, and with Dolly Parton on a duet version of her signature “I Will Always Love You” from her Something Special album that earned the duo the CMA Vocal Event of the Year Award 1996.
His 1996 album High Lonesome Sound featured Gill’s eclectic musical stylings. Hits included the title cut, “My Pretty Little Adrianna,” “Worlds Apart,” “You and You Alone” and “A Little More Love.” The Key, released in 1998, was a return to hardcore Country while chronicling the turmoil in his life including the death of his father and the breakup of his first marriage. The album, which was one of his most critically acclaimed releases and his first to top the Billboard Country Albums Chart, featured the hits “If You Ever Have Forever In Mind” and his duet with Patty Loveless on “My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man.” His status as an in-demand duet partner continued with his 1999 duet “If You Ever Leave Me” with Barbra Streisand on the latter’s album A Love Like Ours.
Gill married singer Amy Grant in 2000, and released Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye that same year. The album celebrated his new relationship and featured the hit “Feels Like Love.” The couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Corrina Grant Gill in 2001. Three years later, Gill released Next Big Thing, his first solo-produced album, featuring the title cut and “Young Man’s Town.” He reunited with Rodney Crowell, Tony Brown, Richard Bennett and Hank Devito (as well as new additions Eddie Bayers, John Hobbs and Michael Rhodes) as the Notorious Cherry Bombs, and the supergroup released an album in 2004 on Universal South Records featuring the single “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long.”
In 2006, Gill released These Days, a groundbreaking, four-CD set featuring 43 new recordings of diverse musical stylings. Each album in the set explored a different musical mood: traditional Country; ballads; contemporary, up-tempo; and acoustic/bluegrass music. The set features a variety of guest performers including John Anderson, Guy Clark, Sheryl Crow, Phil Everly, daughter Jenny Gill, wife Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Leann Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and more.
In August of 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill into the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 20 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male Country artist. An avid golfer, he helped create the annual Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament (“The Vinny”) in 1993 in order to help support junior golf programs throughout Tennessee. Besides being known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of Country Music’s best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career.
In November, Gill announced his new album Down to My Last Bad Habit will be released on Feb. 12. The 12-song record was written/co-written and co-produced by Gill, who is also a featured musician on all 12 of the tracks. The album includes features from Little Big Town and Cam.
“Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” Gill says. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.”
Don’t miss your chance to see this Country Music icon perform at Chinook Winds on June 17th and 18th, 2016 at 8pm!
Tickets are on sale March 17, 2016 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.
Reserved Seating Tickets: $70 – $85. Must be 16 or older to attend.
Motown the Musical at Keller Auditorium in Portland – Jun. 14-19
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!
Motown The Musical is an entertaining show for all ages. Theatergoers will love the show’s energetic dance numbers and nonstop music. The show contains minimal adult language and references. At Keller Auditorium from June 14th through the 19th.
Chinook Winds – Tanya Tucker – Aug. 12 & 13
A defining voice of country music and a modern day legend, Tanya Tucker inspired many female artists who still top the charts today. From the signature classic songs to the unforgettable sass and soul of her voice, Tucker has paved a path in country music and beyond through an unprecedented level of success and continues her longevity today due to a natural, undeniable talent.
When producer Billy Sherrill received a demo tape of Tucker, he quickly signed her to a record deal at Columbia Records. Her style has proven to be timeless ever since she recorded her debut single “Delta Dawn,” at age 13. The single earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” and launched Tucker into the national spotlight during the beginning of her teenage years.
In 1972, she earned the “Top New Female Vocalist” award by the Academy of Country Music. With a wildly growing career at such a young age, the Tucker craze continued with her first number one single, in 1973, “What’s Your Mama’s Name.”
Tucker achieved an unusual feat for a female country artist at the time with a 1974 Rolling Stone cover story with the headline, “Hi, I’m Tanya Tucker, I’m 15, You’re Gonna Hear From Me.” As additional hits continued, Tucker added an edgy rock image, which she still embraces, to her musical taste with the album T.N.T, which was released in 1978. The gold certified album peaked at number two on the album charts. Through a collaborative relationship with Glen Campbell, Tucker transitioned to a new label in the early 1980’s and was back in the Top 10 with “Can I See You Tonight,” co-written by hitmaker Deborah Allen (Patty Loveless). Just a few years later, Tucker experienced another hit with “One Love at a Time,” co-written by Paul Overstreet (Randy Travis, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton). With four additional number one charted hits between 1986-1988, Tucker’s career, nearly two decades already underway, was proving to be one for the record books.
The 1990’s gave rise to some of Tucker’s most recognizable and career defining songs, “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” and “It’s a Little Too Late.” New albums, along with multiple versions of greatest hits and live compilation projects, propelled Tucker to become one of the best selling female artists in country music. With a 1994 Super Bowl XXVIII halftime appearance, Tucker was a household name to stay.
Tucker’s latest honor, a special exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, gives visitors the chance to step into Tucker’s rich personal life. “Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend” runs through May 2015 and features many of Tucker’s favorite items from various eras of her career. From her pink Harley Davidson to her own line of salsa, Tucker’s life is chronicled in a never-before-seen way for fans to get up close and personal with the legend.
As Tucker prepares new music and a new touring show, fans can expect the same classic, edgy, and unpredictable Tucker along with an indelible experience any country music fan is guaranteed to love.
Don’t miss your chance to see this country-music legend perform at Chinook Winds August 12 & 13, 2016 at 8pm!
Tickets are on sale May 12, 2016 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.
Reserved Seating Tickets: $20 – $35. Must be 16 or older to attend.
The Lion King at Keller Auditorium in Portland – Aug. 10-Sep. 4
Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard.
Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist.
See the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation thatNewsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.”The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.”
Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever.
Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”
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