|Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!
What a whirlwind the past month has been with stops in WA, MT, CO, MN and WI…I’m excited to head back west to catch my breath and get ready for September! Here’s where I’ll be in September. I hope you’ll scroll down for more details, musings, news and stuff!
Fri, Sep 4 – Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR
Sat, Sep 5 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR
Tue, Sep 8-Fri, Sep 11 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR
Sat, Sep 12-Sun, Sep 13 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR
Thu, Sep 24 – Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN
Fri, Sep 25 – Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series – Huntsville, AL
Sat, Sep 26 – UU Coffeehouse – Columbia, SC
Sun, Sep 27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC
1. GRATITUDE. Wow, where to begin. August was full of blessings, great shows, and much needed time with friends. Much gratitude to all these fine folks for making it wonderful. Chris & Nadia, the Meadows family and friends, Renee, T & Chris & G, Mendhi & Shawn & Jenna and all at the Evergreen Nature Center benefit, all at Columbine Spiritual Center in Boulder, Steve S and all the staff and instructors at Song Schook, Sarah Sample, Mai Bloomfield and my song school family, Tom Faulkner and the Pedersen family, Dave & Molly Stoddard, Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, The Dalton Opera House, Cindy & Carol at the Nave, Tom and everyone at the Whitewall Sessions, Union Pizza & Brewing, Barb & Jan and all at Lelladgio, Kent & Heidi at Green Galaxy Garage, Ron and Margaret and all at the UU of La Crosse, and Dave and Matthew and all the wonderful folks at the Great River Folk Festival!
2. THE NEWS. The poetry book is here! We did a very short run so that we could get some eyes on it for proofreading purposes. Someone recently asked me, “how do you proofread poetry?”. An excellent question indeed! Mainly we’re looking for blatant typos, errors in alignment and layout, etc. Once that is done we will be ready to go to press for real!
Dave Stoddard and I had such an amazing tour…we’re hoping to do that again very soon! Thanks to all the kind folks in MN, WI & SD who cheered us on. We celebrated the grand finale of our tour at The Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI, a magical, sweet, warm gathering of music loving folks along the riverside. We heard music that blew our minds and made new friends…what a blast!!
Well it’s almost time for the Sisters Folk Festival and Song Academy! It’s my favorite week of the year and I can’t wait for another amazing experience. I’m super excited that my friend and mentor Chris Rosser will be coming to the festival and academy to share his music and wisdom. If you haven’t seen Chris before, prepare to be blown away and deeply touched!
This fall will be super busy with shows and adventures, and I am looking forward to collaborating again with my friend the insanely talented Tyler Fortier on a new project of new songs. Stay tuned on that!
3. SEPTEMBER SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.
Fri, Sep 4 – Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR. 541-345-1945. 27012 Briggs Hill Road. I’m excited to return to beautiful Silvan Ridge’s Friday Concert Series. 6-8 pm. Free.
Sat, Sep 5 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR. Art In The Pearl®, Portland Oregon’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. The 19th annual festival will occur on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5th, 6th & September 7th, 2015 in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is FREE and requires NO TICKETS for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country (source: Art Fair Source Book). Our festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. BW will play the Art in the Pearl Stage at 1 pm!
Tue, Sep 8-Fri, Sep 11 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR. The Americana Song Academy inspires people to believe in their creativity and helps develop a community that supports that pursuit. Artists performing at the Sisters Folk Festival arrive 4 days early to teach all aspects of music, songwriting, performance and singing. Participants deeply engage and nurture their music, songs, and aspirations. Private concerts, open mics and mentor sessions are all part of the experience.The musical alchemy of the festival artists from “Song Camp” helps inspire collaborations and exceptional performances at the festival each year. Campers participate in workshops, communal meals and activities at the performing arts camp “Caldera”, a stunning location on the edge of Blue Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains. With an extraordinary caterer, a beautiful and powerful location, and a unique, intimate experience, the event continues to be highly anticipated and sells out each year. BW’s favorite week of the year. 🙂
Sat, Sep 12-Sun, Sep 13 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. The Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass. Sisters is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, the community of Sisters is a wonderful place to live and visit. Outdoor recreational opportunities in and around Sisters are endless, with mountains, rivers and lakes at your back door. Bike or ride horseback on the many beautiful mountain trails, or golf at any number of first-rate courses. Gift, home & garden, clothing and antique shops abound for the shopper in your group, or just relax and enjoy the clean air and incredible mountain views. There is truly something for everyone in Sisters. BW plays at the Five Pine Stage on Saturday with the great Chris Rosser at noon! And don’t miss the Sunday Community Celebration Sunday at 10 am – BW hosts!
Thu, Sep 24 – Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN. 4104 Hillsboro Pike. 615-383-1461. In the round at the famous Bluebird Cafe with James Casto, Heather Morgan and Michael Logen. Reservations are open to the public beginning one week before the show and can be made on line at www.bluebirdcafe.com.
Fri, Sep 25 – Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series – Huntsville, AL. At Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St. 256-533-1953. At the Von Braun Center Playhouse. BW is the special guest for this long-running songwriters show! Tickets at www.vonbrauncenter.com. 6:30 pm.
Sat, Sep 26 – UU Coffeehouse – Columbia, SC. 2701 Heyward Ave. The Coffeehouse is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. We offer a family friendly, smoke-free listening environment for the appreciation of original singer/songwriter music. Featuring musicians who tour nationally and internationally, the UU is a favorite performing and listening room for musicians who bring unique original music to the Columbia area. Tickets are $17 for adults at the door and $15 bought online in advance, or with reservations. $3 for students regardless. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the main show starts at 8 p.m. We encourage you to buy your tickets in advance by following the “Buy Tickets Online” link below. You’ll pick up your tickets at the door. Or, reserve your seats online through our online form or by calling (803) 200-2824.
Sun, Sep 27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC. To ensure you have a seat, we recommend you contact either Kelle at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Betty at email@example.com to make reservations. $15 suggested donation. Potluck begins at 6 – feel free to bring a dish to share. 7 pm music.
this gorgeous sky greeted me as I left beautiful Port Angeles.
loved my time in Evergreen, CO, check out the slide show!
sweet Sarah Sample at Song School. Loved singing with her and Mai Bloomfield! She was our camp hostess with the mostest.
Gorgeous setting singing with Tom Faulkner in the Pedersens’ back yard.
and then THIS happened… WHAAAAT!?!?!
so here’s where we ended up. 🙂 what a great night, not for the faint of heart!
check out our tour thank you gifts!!
beautiful Fergus Falls concert in the park. We opened up for the original “Footloose” movie.
Boulder flowers… yes.
4. THE FUTURE…It will be a busy touring fall and then taper off into a calm winter…just like I like! Looking forward to seeing you all out there on the road. Thank you so much for reading my musings and engaging with my music. I simply could not do it without you! With gratitude from your fan,
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Down the road a piece….
10/1 – Private Event – Pensacola, FL
10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL
10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL
10/4 – Turtle Rocks the House Concert – Sarasota, FL
10/9 – House Concert – Ardmore, OK
10/10 – Private Party – Dallas, TX
10/17 – Open Door Songwriter Series – Portland, OR
11/1 – White Horse Black Mountain – Black Mountain, NC