This is where you find past
shows. They are all still available.
Dave Clarke (AKA Clave Darke) brought
Eric Herman and Steve Dearborn to the
Circus to flesh out these delightfully precious neo-bluegrass tunes.
He writes mature songs for children, childish songs for adults,
and even channels songs from his dog. This are profound poems for
complex times. www.myspace.com/clavedarke
Vincent Black Shadows' Ciaran Green, David Hege, Jon Joye
and Ben Brunett came to jam. The songs are interesting,
lush and have dynamics. This is what can happen when musicians are
determined to listen to each other. www.myspace.com/vincentblackshadows
Juliet Wyers was coaxed in to sing with Margaret
Linn. Her voice is warm and perfect, her melodies flow
effortlessly and her lyrics are therapy for the heart and mind.
Margaret adds hand in glove harmonies. Juliet features songs from
her albums Clear and Sunlit and
gives us a couple unrecorded pieces. Please indulge me on this one.
There are magical moments here. www.julietwyers.com
Lew Jones makes his second visit to the Circus.
My favorite songwriter brings more songstories of Vietnam vets,
the Kennedy assasination and daydreams. Featured are songs from
the new album American Folkie Part II. I even get to sing one of
my favorites. www.lewjonesact.com
Bo and Paul Parker bring live and recorded songs
from their album Cheshire Moon. Atmospheric and
traditional, jazzy and rockin'. This is mature and eclectic music-making.
Available through New Weave Records.
Micheal Sean Cummins pulls no punches as leaves
messages for friends in Hell with a former girlfriend and admits
to being a "no-good". If you like singing love songs to
alcohol, step up to the bar with this transplanted Texan. www.michaelseancummins.com
Kate Mann brought back Bernardo Gomez
(of Latin Quarter) for a collection of lyric driven insights. It's
contemporary songwriting with bite. www.KateMann.com
SugarFarm is Margaret
Light with Marty Reinsel
and they rock on the primitive side. Margaret is a force of nature
following her mentor R.L. Burnside into blues shouting
delirium. I wish you could have been here for this one. www.myspace.com/sugarfarm
Anu is another gentle soul, breathing music and
romance. Live it's a pleasure and his recordings are full of surprising
guest soloists. www.myspace.com/Anumusic.
Highwire features two marvelous songwriters, Angie
Foster and Eric Nelson. Each play songs from their own solo albums
and live with the Highwire rhythm section, Kaliq Mansor and Harry
Arlo Stone is funny. Our first show of 2006 is
with a comedian. Don't expect much talking from Aaron and I, we
were laughing our asses off. Take a break from the music with some
terrific stand-up. www.arlostone.com
Aaron and Dan throw down a short show with a wide
variety of original and recorded pieces. This is a mixed bag of
Margaret Linn, my sister, is one of the biggest
talents in Portland. An in demand session singer, vocal teacher,
with an astoundingly deep and complex voice, Margaret brings her
band Latin Quarter to the Rose and Raindrop. gxm.com/LatinQuarter
Marty Henninger has been one of the top in demand
drummers in Portland for the last 20 years. He is breaking out as
a songwriter and is now the bandleader of the Marty Henninger
Band. He has found his voice and a topical pnt of view.
Breakout rhythm and blues. He is the real deal. www.martyhenninger.com
Next show features the comedic recordings of Perry Callas.
You may want to contact him for songs to make a point. He adds some
lovely live songs for a shows full of laughs. I want to do many
more shows with this kind of stuff.
Black Sedan featuring the songs of Mark
Lynch was a show we'd been waiting to do because Aaron
and I have been playing with bassist Mark and woodwind and reed
player Mike Zitzer in this band for the last few years. I love these
songs and I get to play guitar. myspace.com/blacksedan
The following week we had no guest and so Aaron and I did a retrospective
of the previous 6 weeks and added some live performances of our
own. This could be a good sampler of the first shows when it is
posted. Oh, and Aaron and I contibute a couple original songs each.
Most recently, by pure luck and the keen eye for talent of Russ
Steele, a guitar prodigy, Hamilton Ash, who we recorded completely
live. You will not believe what happened. I normally undersell,
but you may want to keep this show and play it for people you know
appreciate raw talent.
Paul Anderson brings fresh songwriting and some seminal
recordings of his band projects Forever Randy, Rumpshaker, MCM Highway.
Aaron adds vocals and drumming to several live songs. myspace.com/foreverrandy
An interview with internationally recognized theater sound designer
Marty Gallagher. Here Martin extemporaneously presents a
work in progress featuring recording from his youth and a touching
story of family and personal milestones that illustrate his command
of the theatrical approach to performance. home.earthlink.net/~mjgallag/
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A healing music show with Matthew Stowell. He talks of his
holistic approach to art with beautiful organic recordings and musical
contributions from Aaron and myself.
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The next show in the series is a personal favorite of mine. Lew
Jones is a prolific, gifted and nuanced songwriter. He reveals
some background for his touching and complex songs. It features
cuts from several of his many albums and live performances where
he let me join him on a couple of my favorite Lew Jones compositions.
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The first is with Melinda Pittman of BroadArts
Theater. She has a lot to say. We play some cast recordings
from the CDs of songs from several of her original plays. There
are and some pieces recorded live during the show. This one is "Politics"
with a capital "P" and that stands for "punch lines".
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