August Newsy News…more refreshing than a watermelon popsicle!

Hey August, I love ya

Friday Jul 31, 2015

icon but geez, cool your jets already!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

We are scorching up here in the northwest! Good thing I had lots of practice with heat like this growing up in west Texas, where the road tar bubbled up on summer days. May we all get our selves to the closest river or lake or pool of cool water ASAP!

Here’s what’s happening in steamy August…as always I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, news, show details, pics, and other musings!


Special huge thanks to these wonderful folks for making July so awesome: Karen & James Casto and all at Home By Dark, Jesse & Jess Terry, Chattanooga Market, Route 5 NW Wine Bar, Doug & Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, Moe Dixon, PJ, Tisdel family, Gary & Kathy Lynch and Camarillo Cafe folks, Gary & Terri Trobridge & Living Tradition folks, The Koles, Heidi & Vance & Erin and friends, Jeanette Lundgren, Chico Schwall, Scott & Tsunami Books, the Craven family and all at Rivertunes, and dear friends Misti O-P, Ocea and Mazenko family, Ara Lee, and Gentle Thunder.


I am fresh off of my first time to RiverTunes music camp, a four-day long musical community romp led by the incomparable, inexhaustable Joe Craven. What a BLAST we had there by the American River soaking up the creativity and the musical magic of our brothers and sisters! Big thank you’s to Joe & Pamela & Hattie Craven, and to all of the wonderful Rivertuners who made me feel so welcome and loved! My songwriting class adventurers made me so proud…I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it!

On that note I am thrilled to be co-leading a day-long songwriting workshop in Portland with the wonderful Matt Meighan in December. Stay tuned for details…

At the end of RiverTunes, I got the news that my poetry book is being printed while we speak! Some people dream of fame and fortune and owning their own jet…I dream of having my very own book of poetry! We are only doing a very short run at first so that we may hold it in our hands and scour with an eagle eye for typos and mistakes. Once we get that done, it’s off the races! I can’t wait to share this with you. Here’s a sneak peak of the amazing cover by Chris Everett!

August will bring me to the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School again, this time as a student. It was my birthday present to myself. I look forward to dipping my toes in the St. Vrain River and soaking up all the creative and musical wonderment that that surrounds that place. I’m thrilled for two very special Colorado concerts in Evergreen and Colorado Springs, and I will be bringing the Magical Fishing Pants of Destiny because I hope to sneak in some good fly-fishing time while I’m there.

Then I get to launch off to MN and WI for another whirlwind tour with my buddy Dave Stoddard! Dave is one of my favorite writers, musicians and humans. We laugh so much sometimes it’s unprofessional. 🙂 Our tour is anchored by the wonderful Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI, which I have been hearing about for years. I’m thrilled to be able to experience it! If you’re anywhere near, here’s what to expect:

pixies unplugged (live - newport folk festival 2005)

In other news, Tyler Fortier and I are making another CD together! This time it will be a stripped-down, all-acoustic, just-me-and-my-guitar-and-voice kind of thing. We will record over the course of a weekend on the Oregon coast in October. There is no one else I would trust to produce this project and I’m excited to get the new songs down! I will share more details as they develop.


Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Sat, Aug 1 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR. 218 E. 5th Ave. 541-393-6551. Join us for wine and music on the beautiful patio from 6-8 pm.

Tue, Aug 4 – Private Party – Port Angeles, WA

Fri, Aug 7 – Concert at The Place – Evergreen, CO. 27888 Meadow Drive. House concert at The Place! Hosted by the Audlin family. 7 pm gathering, 7:30 pm music. A benefit the Evergreen Nature Center/Evergreen Audubon. More info here: 7:30 pm.

Sun, Aug 9-Fri, Aug 14 – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School – Lyons, CO

Sat, Aug 15 – Pederson Backyard Concert – Colorado Springs, CO. The tradition continues with the great Tom Faulkner! One of the most beautiful outdoor concert settings hosted by good friends the Pedersons. Email me at if you are interested in joining the fun.

Thu, Aug 20 – Concerts in the Park – Fergus Falls, MN. Roosevelt Park on Randolph Avenue. Free concert series at Roosevelt Park (across from Kennedy Secondary School). With the great Dave Stoddard! 6:30-8pm.

Fri, Aug 21 – Dalton Opera House – Dalton, MN. Summit Ave. An old historic opera house being lovingly restored. With the great Dave Stoddard. $15 at the door. All ages welcome. 7:30 pm.

Sat, Aug 22 – The Nave – Erhard, MN. BW and Dave Stoddard return to this beautiful outdoor venue. Email me at for details.

Wed, Aug 26 – The White Wall Sessions – Sioux Falls, SD. The White Wall Sessions is an innovative TV and radio program that showcases local, regional and national music acts performing original acoustic, americana, bluegrass, folk and blues in a laid back, intimate setting. The White Wall Sessions is recorded in a small studio in Sioux Falls, SD. The White Wall Sessions airs on Keloland TV Saturday nights at 10:30 CT, immediately following the local news, and again at 2 am . (9:30 & 1:30 MT). BW and Dave Stoddard. 6:00 pm.

Thu, Aug 27 – Lellodgio House Concert Series – Iron River, WI. With the great Dave Stoddard. Doors at 7, music at 7:30. $15 suggested donation. Email me at for details.

Fri, Aug 28 – Green Galaxy Garage Concerts – Hopkins, MN. 210 12th Ave North. Potluck begins at 6–concert at 7PM. $15.00 suggested donation. Please bring your own chair and your own choice of beer or wine. With the great Dave Stoddard!

Sat, Aug 29 – Great River Folk Festival – La Crosse, WI. Riverside Park – 100 Block, State St. Held the weekend before Labor Day is moving to the Riverside Park downtown La Crosse, the Great River Folk Festival is an interactive community event for all ages that preserves and promotes traditional and contemporary folk culture through music, crafts, dance and food. BW and Dave Stoddard will be performing at workshops and stages throughout the festival! Tickets $20-$50. 

Sun, Aug 30 – Great River Folk Festival – La Crosse, WI. BW and Dave Stoddard play the farewell concert Sunday at 4:30 pm. 


 So true…

Check out this motley crew! Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm was once again magical, insancely fun, truly heart-warming with many moments of musical transcendence. Love these guys, my musical brothers.

The Home By Dark stage…look how tiny we are! I guess technically we were not home by dark but who’s counting.This was the view from the stage at the beautiful Trout Lake Festival of the Arts! Took my breath away and then Moe Dixon’s music took us all on a joyful ride until the sun came out!

Check out this ad I saw in my Food Network Magazine! Anyone know someone important at Hilton?? I think they need a theme song. 🙂

Had so much fun in southern California, where it rained like crazy and everyone thanked me for bringing it with me from Oregon.

 I love the stage at Tsunami Books! So much poetry to lose myself in before and after the show…

 but this has got to be my favorite section of all!

Ahhh, the fun we had at Rivertunes!! My fellow songwriting adventurers were so wonderful…I loved sharing that time geeking out about how much we love songs!

ahhhh, the American River. Such a cool relief on those 100 degree days. I jumped in many times and secretly wished I could fish here. 🙂

Spent a day by the Fall River up near Bend, OR. Despite wearing the Magical Fishing Pants of Destiny, I did not catch fish. But I did spend a day by the river. Score one for the win column. 


I can’t believe we are staring down the coming of autumn of this beautiful year! Many changes abound and many changes ahead. I am ever grateful to you for support of me on my musical journey. If you are new to this mailing list, thank you for your interest in my shenanigans – musical and otherwise. And if you have been reading these newsy updates for a while, thank you for believing in me and investing your time in my mission. I hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

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Great stuff down the road a piece…

9/4 Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR

9/5 Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR

9/8-11 Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

9/12-13 Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

9/25 Jim Parker’s Songwriter Showcase – Huntsville, AL

9/26 – UU Coffeehouse Concert Series – Columbia, SC

9/27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC

10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL

10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL

10/4 – Turtle Rocks the House Concert – Sarasota, FL

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