Friday Night Bites

 

  Summer kicked off with a bang! Collective Kitchen in Hillsboro, OR hosts an event on the last friday of the month from May-August. If you haven't had the chance to check out Main Street lately, it is just a…

2017: Looking back or looking forward?!

2017 came and went so fast that by the time this posts, this is arguably either the last post of the year or the first post of 2018. Along the way we met lots of nice people, didn't we! There will be plenty…

2017 Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit



What could be more beautiful than Marylhurst University in the springtime? Answer : Marylhurst in the springtime during the Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit. 
  Saturday afternoon I decided to hang out at Five Star Guitars while my wife got her…

Spark Portland 2017

On Feb 23rd I was honored to play at the stunning location @hotel_lucia for the @gray_magazine sponsored Spark Portland 2017 featuring high end vendors like @cambriaquartz @kohlerco @floform @mdcwall @gerflor_usa @meyer_wells and @refitportland1 Special mention and a round applause goes…

Winter Break!

After writing one song per week over the past 52 weeks, I have decided to take a much deserved three month winter break! I survived 2016 which I think I speak for most when I say it was a tough…

Art & Tragedy

  One of my latest songs is a tragedy named The Bird. An audience member asked me if I ever write "simple" songs. The answer is yes. However I do prefer topics with a little more substance. Now, I do not…

Songwriting: ideas

The world gives an unending supply of inspiration. Each idea is a seed that will germinate, if we cultivate it. Some of us play with words only when we have time. Others may clock in and wait for inspiration at their notepad, iPad, or…

ALL age appropriate shows!

I'll keep this brief. I'm a dad. And because I love children, I choose to play all age appropriate music. And though my kids are grown, my commitment continues so that now you and your kids get to enjoy great music together! You deserve…

What is Latin Blues?

    The whole world has the blues! Sharing similar structure and minor tonalities with its American sibling, it has a decidedly more percussive nature and because of its preference to swing rather than shuffle, is marked by its sultrier, more elegant nature. It is…

Tougher than the rest

  Playing smaller venues can bruise a musician's ego. That is IF the reason they are there is to seek validation. However, it can be very uplifting for those who play for artistic integrity and or enjoy the personal connection…

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Rattle Tale

Good morning! How ARE you? No, really. How are YOU? And HOW?! Please, don’t get upset. Mental illness is a serious matter. It’s very real. As much as no one wants to talk about it, it affects families, and…

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Coffee house music

I survived another “new business” gig this weekend. Not going to lie, it is a LOT of work trying to gauge how to bring in bodies to a new business. Every area has it’s niche, demographic, and attitude. We all…