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PFS Concerts 2014-2015

Unless otherwise noted below, concerts are held at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church , 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland 97214. (A church is located at the same address in Milwaukie, which confuses some GPS units. Use the zipcode.)

St. David is located just east of the Ladd's Addition neighborhood. Harrison Street is midway between Hawthorne and Division. There is limited free parking in the church parking lot and additional on-street parking in the immediate neighborhood. All concerts are smoke-free; a handicapped-accessible entrance is available.

Concert at 7:30 pm; doors open at 7 pm. Ticket prices are listed below. Children under 12 FREE.

September 19: Anne Weiss, with Kelly Brightwell

Anne Weiss
Our first show of the 2014-2015 concert season will feature Portland's own Anne Weiss. It's little wonder that Anne Weiss is described as multi-genre singer/songwriter. She studied classical piano, joined a street gang, became a mountaineer, developed a guitar obsession, worked as a political organizer, learned to salsa dance, and became addicted to delta blues; and yes, you will hear it all in her music. Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence. Anne's first recording work was with Shawn Colvin and Patty Larkin. It wasn't long before she was opening concerts for Richie Havens and Dar Williams. A decade later, Anne has performed with everyone from power folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco to country blues heroes Cephas & Wiggins. She has toured internationally and has appeared at folk, blues, world music festivals, and week-long music workshops. For many of her fans, Anne's lyrics are ultimately what set her aside. Poetic, political, humorous, sensual, full of characters and stories, Weiss came to lyrics through her poetic craft. She has received the Allen Ginsberg Award for poems in her recently published poetry book, Making Paper From Leaves (2002). You can learn more about Anne and hear examples of her music at her website.

Kelly Brightwell
Opening for Anne will be another Portland artist, Kelly Brightwell. Now living in Portland, Oregon the former Minneapolis, Minnesota native won praise back in 2004 with her debut EP, “Wait For Your Spring”. At that time, her aspiration to be a nationally touring artist seemed to be well on its way to becoming reality. Her songs received airplay on community and college radio stations across the Midwest, Colorado and California. NPR featured her tune “Rockets” on their All Songs Considered website and her songs “Knee Deep” and “Daffodils” garnered her an honorable mention at that year's Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest. A repetitive stress injury at the end of her 2005 touring schedule put Kelly on the sidelines for the next several years. She took a hiatus from performing, and a couple of years later, got married and moved from Minneapolis to Portland. At the end of 2010, she made the decision to be a full-time, stay-at-home, songwriting mama to her brand new baby girl. “Hearts And Home”, Kelly Brightwell's first album in ten years, is the product of the intervening years of soul-searching and personal growth. Combining folk, with elements of the 1970s Laurel Canyon-era and a little country Kelly Brightwell is sure to evoke heartfelt memories and emotions. You can read more and hear samples at her website.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 PFS Members, $10 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

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October 17: Split bill: Kate Power & Steve Einhorn and Sarah McQuaid

Kate Power and Steve Einhorn
Kate Power and Steve Einhorn

Double guitars, man and wife, banjo and ukuleles; two sublime voices and hot strings. Romantic, funny, authentic, beautiful. Good medicine with fresh songs and old stories. The music of Kate and Steve delivers the real deal in a push-button world. They have appeared as special guests on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and won the Grand Prize from Music2Life in Kerrville, Texas for songs that make a difference with Power's song “Travis John”.

Kate Power is considered “one of the great voices of our time.” (Bill Margeson, WCDB). Multi-instrumentalist, Kate is a DADGAD guitarist, open-back banjo, 6-string ukulele and high-strung Nashville guitar. Kate's first instrument is a voice that delivers songs from the broad brush of a warm heart. Poet Kim Stafford says Kate “writes from the beginning of time” rendering songs that feel familiar in new songs.

In play with Steve Einhorn, guitars, banjo and ukuleles lay the strings under harmony as it was intended to be; natural, beautiful, one.

Steve Einhorn is a lifetime musician with a deep understanding of the relationship between the story and the song. New folk or traditional, Steve is the groundwire who holds the audience in his hand with a deft wit that matches the warmth of his music. He delivers his songs with a sure hand that lends itself to good stories and songs you can feel. His guitar and harmonies are sought after and found behind dozens of recordings for popular artists in the Pacific Northwest. “I am totally mesmerized by your compositions, your easy to listen to voices and great, great instrumentation. The quality of your work is outstanding. What joy you bring thru your music. I would drop everything to come to hear you two.” ( Hal Melnick, NYC).

Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid
Rising star Sarah McQuaid's voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. Sarah spans genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah truly shines as a teller of parables. Whether she's recounting the life of 16th century businesswoman Bess of Hardwick or standing in a cathedral and pondering the immortality of the soul, the detail subtly manifests a universal truth. These are songs that linger in the listener's imagination. Her new album, The Plum Tree and The Rose, was released in March 2012 on the Chicago-based Waterbug Records label. It was No. 3 on the Folk-DJ chart for March 2012, and by April was No. 5 on the Euro Americana Chart; in June, it was No. 6 on the Roots Music Report Folk Top 50.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 PFS Members, $10 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

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