|Greetings friends and fellow music lovers! I can’t believe December is here! Here is what’s happening this month…I’m gonna try and keep it short and sweet. As always I hope you’ll scroll down for musings, show details, random photos, and a look at what the future holds. (Thanks so much, Jake Jacobson for the photo!)
Dec 1 – North County Recreation District Theater – Nehalem, OR
Dec 2 – The CAPE House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR
Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA
Dec 8 – Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center – Eugene, OR
Dec 9 – Artichoke Holiday Concert – Portland OR
Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR
Dec 31 – First Night Tacoma – Tacoma, WA
1. GRATITUDE. Tis the season for giving thanks indeed. I am deeply grateful to these fine folks for helping to make November so wonderful…Bill & Pat and my Albany family – Jim & Gordon, Neil & Lynn, Colleen & Eric for taking such good care of me. Thanks to Matt and all at Club Passim, Jess Klein, all at the University Club and the Albany Pump Station, Tara and crew at Burlap and Bean and Heather Mae, Connor Garvey and all at Signature Sounds, everyone at NERFA, the Schultz family and friends, Robert & Tricia, the Hoffmans and friends, Bob Howard and all at Open Door at Ascension, Anna Tivel, and Mark & Jeanne and all at Olympia Acoustic Concerts!
2. THE NEWS…The big news is that we started recording a new album this week! Tyler Fortier is at the helm producing and we’ve got Milo Fultz on bass and Jeramy Burchett on drums with many more special guest stars to come. We’ve taken over The Rye Room here in Portland for a few days to lay down the bones of what will be my 11th album. I still can’t believe it! And I can’t wait to share it with you soon.
Speaking of The Rye Room, I got to be a part of their video series they do in partnership with Vortex Music Magazine recently. Check out these two sparkly new videos! And thank you Vortex Music Magazine for this lovely write-up!Â
And finally, a huge announcement: a dream of several years is finally coming true! My friend John Felty and his company Mountainsong Productions are putting on The Songsmith Gathering, the first ever songwriters’ festival at the beautiful Brevard Music Center in NC on April 21, 2018. I am beyond thrilled and cannot WAIT for this to unfold – it has been years in the making! Not only do I get to share the stage with AMAZING artists like The Wood Brothers, Darrell Scott, Sarah Siskind, Nicki Bluhm, Greg Brown, Clint Roberts and more, but the bonus is that I get to co-lead Songsmith School, a two-day songwriting workshop with the great Sarah Siskind in the days leading up to the festival. WHAT!?!??! My head is exploding in the best possible way. The southeast in April is a delight.. won’t you join us?Â
3. DECEMBER SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!
Fri, Dec 1 – North County Recreation District Theater – Nehalem, OR. 36155 9th Street. 855.444.627). BW will share her music in the NCRD’s newly remodeled 200 seat Performing Arts Center. Tickets: In advance $8 plus ticket fee, at the door $12 plus ticket fee. Purchase at NCRD Welcome Center (open Monday-Friday, 8 am â€“ 5:30 pm), online at www.tickettomato.com & at the door. All ages welcome. 7:30 pm.Â
Sat, Dec 2 – The CAPE House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR. Private house concert.
Tue, Dec 5 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA. 216 Union Street. 206-838-4333. Doors open and dinner service begins 90 minutes prior to showtime. All Ages. $14 Advance // $18 Day of . Opening for northwest troubadour John Craigie. 7:30 pm.
Fri, Dec 8 – Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center – Eugene, OR. Hosted by Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette, 541-345-8986. Please join the Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group for an evening of community, celebration and song to benefit Egan Warming Center! A requested donation of $5-$20 goes entirely to Egan Warming Center. Donations of clean warm hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, socks, pillows and toiletries will be greatly appreciated! All are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Music by Cross Current, Jeffrey Martin, Laura Golden, Della Perry, Do Mi Stauber, Rosie Huck, Willie McEachern, Stacy Henly, Curt Masterson, John Shipe, Rene Minz, Bob Brasted, Kathy Marshall, Dave Taylor, Anna Tivel, BW and more! 7:30 pm. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Sat, Dec 9 – Artichoke Holiday Concert – Portland OR. 2007 SE Powell Blvd. BW hosts the holiday fundraiser concert and celebration and sock drive at beloved Artichoke Music! Performers will be: Alexa McDonald and Gary Furlow, Richey Bellinger, Dale Jones and Ann Heyen, Anne Weiss and the Everyone Welcome Community Choir, Alexa Wiley, Kelly Brighwell and Woody Moran (Radio Stranger), Ed Haynes, Adrian Martin, Matt Meighan and BW. $15. Donations of clean and gently used or new socks requested! 8 pm. All are welcome.
Sun, Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR. At Artichoke Music – 2007 SE Powell Blvd. The beauty of a well-written song comes from a unique point of view expressed in a personal way. In this workshop, we’ll help you express your own truth in song by giving you tools to enhance your creativity and hone your craft. Focus on lyric writing. We will do lots of writing, voluntary sharing, and respectful listening. Participants will come away with fresh inspiration, song ideas, and tools for starting and finishing songs. Space is limited. For details & registration: email@example.com or www.artichokemusic.com. $80. 10 am – 4 pm.Â
Sun, Dec 31 – First Night Tacoma – Tacoma, WA.Â First Night is Tacoma’s New Year’s Eve festival, an all-ages family friendly celebration held in Downtown Tacoma’s Theater District. A celebration of arts fueled by the spirit of creativity, friendship and the pure joy of being alive.Â Evening festivites begin at 6:30 with the world’s shortest parade. Followed promptly by over a dozen stages of music, arts and entertainment. Buttons cost $10 – $12 each. Children age 10 and under are free. Day of event, price goes up to $15 each.For full information about artists, community supported activities, and button supported activities go to www.firstnighttacoma.orgÂ BW plays at 7:45 pm. Venue TBA.Â Â
and now for some random photos…
it was so dreamy to walk around Harvard Square and then see this…
this bad-ass woman Heather Mae rocked the house at Burlap and Bean!
check it out…nasty minds think alike! Thank you mini-cooper Bill for saving this article for me from the Troy newspaper!
sunset pic from the mini-cooper. My friend Erik Balkey pointed out that it looks like an upside down guitar with the power lines as strings. hmmmm…
aw man the Schultz family knows how to make a traveling soul feel welcome!
and they were even taking care of me as I drove away… #luckygirl
oh what fun we had at the Open Door at Ascension! Anna Tivel always soothes my soul. Thank you Elizabeth Campbell for the photos!Â
and look who I found!! Magic is all around us! My friend Gentle Thunder blessed us with her magical flute playing and coyote magic and presence!
Wowza! what fun we had at Olympia Acoustic Concerts AND my friend Terry Holder and I were so honored to get our names on wine glasses!
And what newsy newsletter would be complete without road pups? ohmyGAWD there was so much cuteness in Nov I can barely stand it. Y’all meet…in no particular order ofÂ supreme cuteness…Parker, Cyrus, Emma, Ruby, Lucy and Mitchell.Â
Super excited for another caldera group concert/benefit for Egan warming center!!
4. THE FUTURE…ahhhh I look forward to a break from the road in my immediate future! I hope you get some rest and respite during this holiday season. Time to turn inward and pay attention to the urge to slow down. Time to give thanks for all blessings. I am excited for a new poetry book and a new album in 2018 and seeing where those creative endeavors take me. I’m excited to explore deeper collaborations with musical friends. I’m excited to expand on the work I’m doing with the new management team.Â
Above all I wish you peace and abundance in the new year. Thank you for your enduring support and encouragement! With deep gratitude from your fan,
Â Beth Wood
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Down the road a piece…
Jan 25 – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR
Feb 2 – TBA – TX
Feb 3 – Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts – League City, TX
Feb 9 – The Bugle Boy – La Grange, TX
Feb 10 – Sycamore Creek Concerts – Dripping Springs, TX
Feb 11 – Stallion Springs Concerts – Fischer, TX
Mar 3 – Anchor Coffeehouse – Des Moines, IA
Mar 4 – Aurora Chorus Concert for International Womens Day – Portland, OR
Mar 10 – Bluff House Concerts – Holmen, WI
Mar 12 – Harmony for Mayo – Rochester, MN
Mar 17 – Artichoke Music w/Tom Faulkner – Portland, OR
Mar 18 – Songwriter Series House Concert w/Tom Faulkner – Bend, OR
Mar 31 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA
Apr 2 – Songwriters in the Round at O’Connor’s – Portland, OR
Apr 19-21 – Songsmith School- Brevard, NC
Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC