PFS Concerts now booking for 2018-2019

PFS Concerts Move to New Venue

PFS concerts are moving to Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St., in Portland. Our March 16 show will be the first at this new location.

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PFS thanks Pastor Linda, her staff and all the friends at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church for their wonderful hospitality over the past concert season.

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We are moving to Reedwood Friends for several reasons, among them that we can once again have all our concert activities on a single floor. Reedwood can seat up to 200 and its kitchen and bathrooms are immediately adjacent. Their huge parking lot provides access to the room through lot-level doors with no stairs.

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We can have refreshments during our concerts!

Performers will have a green room readily accessible from the hall or the stage.

If we anticipate a larger crowd, we can use Reedwood's spacious and beautiful Worship Center, which can seat up to 375 and features comfortable seating, great acoustics and beautiful lighting.

We are excited about this move and hope everyone will enjoy the space and facilities.

Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30.

Friday, April 20: Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

This exciting band continues to stack up awards and accolades while performing their high-energy shows throughout the West. The group is currently up for two Josie Music Awards -- Bluegrass/Folk/Americana Song of the Year (Let Her Roll) and Bluegrass/Folk/Americana Group of the Year.

Members of the have also been individually recognized. Dennis Nelson, guitar player was the Roots Music Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the year in 2008, Banjo player Tom Tower won a major cash prize in the 2010 City Love Music Contest. The whole band was the International Music and Entertainment Association 2015 Bluegrass Group of the Year.

They perform original music and cover some great old standbys. But most important, these folks are fun and they will get your music mind up and cheering. PFS is proud to bring Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising to our stage.

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

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Friday, May 18: Cabin Fever NW

The PFS May concert features some rising stars in the Northwest folk music scene -- Cabin Fever NW, a band making its mark in the region and beyond.

From a review: “If Friendship had a soundtrack, this would be it.” The friends are Dianne Bochsler and Tara Caldwell, who met nearly 20 years ago in Bellingham, WA. and discovered their musical loves and voices blended well. The song writing and performing just seemed natural and they drew further inspiration from Puget Sound Guitar Workshop sessions. From those sessions, Dianne (guitar, vocals) and Tara (clawhammer banjo, vocals) have built a powerful performing quintet featuring sweet vocals, strong harmonies and masterful instrumentation with the guitar and vocals of Ed Johnson (Menlo Park, CA), bass and voice of Cary Black (Sebastopol, CA) and fiddle of Paul Elliott (Seattle).

Cabin Fever NW has wide crossover appeal for fans of bluegrass, singer-songwriters, Americana, country, pop and gospel. Their original songs have been recognized by national media including NPR's Car Talk and SING OUT! Magazine and are sung in and around churches, folk societies, living rooms and campfires across the US and Canada.

"Imagine Simon and Garfunkel singing with the Carter Family’s devotion. This is music of the heart. No flash and very accessible.”

Dianne Bochsler's musical career began by singing duets and playing guitar with her father. And, she adopted an important piece of his life philosophy: happiness is playing a guitar and singing with friends. Her love of the stage took her all the way from upstate New York to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. When she saw the music scene in the Pacific Northwest, she realized she had to be part of it. She followed her heart's desire and jumped into the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, where she found a bottomless well of inspiration.

Tara Caldwell’s musical roots rise from the mountains and prairies of Alberta and the folk traditions of the labor movement. An accomplished singer and songwriter, Tara finds inspiration in the brighter spots as well as the darker corners of human experience. As a two-year-old child, she experienced ‘imprinting’ with the banjo and has been following it around ever since. When Tara met Dianne nineteen years ago, they discovered their near-perfect sibilant harmony and immediately grew ambitious about performing, recording, and living out their musical dreams together.

Ed Johnson is a master of musical styles ranging from folk to Brazilian to classical.He is highly esteemed and sought after as a guitarist, bandleader, record producer, vocalist, teacher, and musical consultant. His vibrant, original contemporary jazz recordings have earned him fans and airplay worldwide. Ed tours regularly with numerous bands, including his own Novo Tempo. (

Cary Black is an inventive and expert bassist, described by Alan Senauke in Sing Out! Magazine as ‘a musician’s musician’. He performs, records and teaches a variety of styles including blues, funk, Brazilian, jazz, bluegrass, pop and rock. Cary has recorded and performed with a vast array of world-class acts including The Kingston Trio, Glen Yarbrough, The Grand Ol’ Opry, Mollie O’Brien, A Prairie Home Companion, The Kathy Kallick Band, Laurie Lewis, and Nina Gerber.

Paul Elliott is an extremely versatile and respected West Coast fiddle player. He has performed with The Good Old Persons, John Reischman, Michelle Shocked, Alison Brown, Buell Neidlinger, and many others. His recording credits span film, television, and radio, and a long list of recordings including Scott Nygaard's No Hurry on the Rounder label.

The Cabin Fever NW website. Several songs and a video are available from there. For example, Love Letter.

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

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