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.
Mary Flower blew into the Portland music scene from Denver in 2004 and it hasn't stopped blowing since. She is an immense talent recognized internationally -- whether playing her dexterous and mesmerizing fingerpicking or lap-slide melodies. While her instrumental dexterity is truly outstanding, the added punch is her husky voice that forms a fine strand holding everything together. She pleases crowds and critics at folk festivals and concert stages domestically and abroad: Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Calgary Folk Festival, among many. In recognition of her incredible talent, she is in demand as an teacher and has been on staff at numerous festivals and camps throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK.
Mary was a top-three finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship, a nominee in 2008 and 2012 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and a 2011 Portland Muddy Award winner. She offers up an incredible mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms -- from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz. Downbeat Magazine said it well, “A world class finger-style guitarist and lap slide player.”
The BBQ Boys are a subset of the BBQ Orchestra started in the early 90s by the late Fritz Richmond, legendary jug and tub player of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and John Sebastian's “J” Band. The Boys joining Mary in concert are Stew Dodge on Fiddle, Spud Siegel on Mandolin, and Doc Stein on Dobro. The original BBQ Orchestra performed together for 12 years until the untimely death of Richmond. They recently performed with Mary to enthusiastic audiences at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland. The Boys add a new dimension to Mary's steady hands and come together into something you've just gotta hear!
Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 PFS Members, $9 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)
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