Summer Newsy News!
Good morning, friends and fellow music lovers!
Just a quick note to share some fun things coming up…summer is rolling in and the busy season is gearing up! I can’t wait for all the magic, and hope to see you out there!
I’m not playing many shows these days, and that feels just right. I absolutely love having roots, staying put (for the most part!) and tending to the good things happening at home. It makes me treasure it even more every time I get to share music and connect with you!
Here’s what’s coming up below, and you can always go to my website event page for details about fun events coming up.
Fri, June 23 – 4th Friday Artwalk – Sisters, OR. Dennis McGregor and I will be playing some tunes as part of the 4th Friday Artwalk in celebration of the Big Ponderoo Festival! We’ll set up on Hood Ave in the grass between The Gallery & Frame Shop and Paulina Springs Books! Free and open to all. From 4:30-6 pm so stop on by and say hello!
Tue, June 27 – Livestream Concert – “Music My Mother Would Not Like” hosted by Bruce Swan. MMMWNL celebrates music through artist interviews and a weekly series of streamed concerts featuring 3 artists. It is free to register, but it is a donation-based concert. Viewers will receive a PayPal Link on the day of the show, donations in all amounts are accepted and appreciated. A suggested donation of $25 is appreciated. 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern. Also featured will be Karen Morand and Chris Rosser! Many of you know Chris Rosser is one of my musical heros and my favorite songwriter. If you haven’t heard him yet, I promise you need to! The beauty of livestream is that we can all be together no matter where we are, and I appreciate that connection point so much! Click here to register.
Sat, July 15 – Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers – Wallawa Lake, OR. The Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers is held annually at Wallowa Lake at the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. Each year, authors and instructors come to Wallowa County from around the country to provide intensive instruction and inspiration to a small group of writers. The evening programs are open to the public and free of charge (with the exception of Friday’s keynote by Jamie Ford.) Saturday evening’s program will include a reading from Luis Alberto Urrea, and music with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn and BW! 7:30 pm.
Sun, July 23 – Tom & Norene’s House Concert – Sisters, OR w/Dennis McGregor. A beautiful outdoor house concert hosted by incredibly gracious hosts Tom and Norene Gonsiewski! We played in their gorgeous paradise/yard last summer and had the best time. We are so lucky to have generous music lovers like Tom & Norene in our community! Can’t wait to return to share an evening of music and laughter with you in this beautiful setting!
Tom and Norene say…As always, all concerts are held in our yard, 287 W Jefferson Ave., Sisters. The concerts are from 6-8 and the requested donation is $20. 100% of the proceeds go to the musicians. Doors open at 5:15 so come early to grab your favorite spot, have a sip of something and visit with friends. If you would like to, come early with an appetizer, cookies or a dessert. Your contribution will be appreciated. Then we will all be ready to listen at 6:00. You supply your chair, goodies to share, or for yourselves, and your beverages. We will supply the space, bathrooms, water and some cookies. If you would like to make cookies to share, you are welcome to bring them too. Children are very welcome at no charge, but please leave your doggies at home. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intention to come and the size of your party, so that we can save you a space on the lawn! We can comfortably fit up to 80, and we want you to spread the word, so help us reserve your space first! With love for the music, —Tom and Norene Gonsiewski
Wed, July 26 – She’s Speaking Live @ Music On Main – Portland, OR. Join us for this joyful celebration of women in music! This She’s Speaking Live show features LaRhonda Steele, Bre Gregg, Liz Chibucos, Arietta Ward, and Naomi LaViolette and lil lol me! This show is a special one – it will make you laugh, cry and dance! Portland’5 free outdoor concerts are held on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall—between Southwest Broadway and Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Open to the public and the concerts run from 5pm to 7pm. All ages are welcome to attend. Seating is available on a first come, first-served basis—tickets are not required. Food and drinks (including alcohol for those 21+ w/ ID) are available on site. Tables are reserved for food and beverage patrons. Table service begins at 4pm. Y’all I can’t wait to sing with these amazing humans again!!
And on August 18 & 19, I get to return to beloved Home By Dark concert series in Alpharetta, GA for two shows!! Also with songwriter/bassist extraordinaire Tommy Sims! If you are anywhere near Alpharetta or Atlanta area on Aug 18 & 19, y’all come join us! Since 2007, HOME BY DARK has captivated audiences with one of the most powerful and unique concert events in America. Inviting the best songwriters and musicians in the world to its stage, HOME BY DARK is a Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that’s my favorite song, evening you’ll never forget. 1590 Little Pine Trail, Alpharetta, GA. 678.665.0040. Music starts at 8 pm. Gates open at 6:30.Table seating only. Click here for tickets and more info.
I’m thrilled beyond measure to be attending Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers to study poetry with our current Oregon poet laureate Anis Mojgani! I’m so excited to learn and make connections and open myself even more to the transformative power of poetry. I am learning the importance of following my curiosity, and this is where it is leading me next!
It was such a special treat to be a guest on Anne Sibley‘s Songwriting Podcast last month! We had a wonderful conversation about creativity and songs and rivers and the healing power of songwriting. Anne is a warm and encouraging, insightful and intuitive writer and teacher, and a soul sister in song for sure! You can listen to the podcast here.
I was so delighted to get to do a songwriting residency at Black Butte School this spring! Special thanks to Jennie Sharp and the teachers at BBS for helping me write songs with the kiddos! What fun we had writing and singing about the Metolius River and sharing our songs for their families last week!
I’m always sharing new and unreleased songs and poems and musings over on my Patreon where I am creating music, poetry, community and delight in small things…I hope you’ll come check it out and join us! It is a wonderful way to support my art, and I am so grateful for my dear patrons!
And finally, Hannah is still very cute, and she will turn 6 years old next week! I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since that little pumpkin marched into my life and stole my heart. She has come such a long way, and we are learning so much about each other. Her favorite hobbies are hunting bunnies, shredding cardboard, eating, and napping. This girl knows how to live her best life!
Thank you, Heaven McArthur for the Hannah photo and the photos with D above. And thank you, Norm Eder for the black and white photo above.
And thank YOU for reading and for cheering me on. I hope to connect with you soon! May we all find a little time for nourishing our spirits and for PLAY in these beautiful summer days!
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