Nate Botsford at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

Nate Botsford is an emerging artist based in Portland, Oregon with a style that is unique and memorable — straight from the heart, with relatable music and lyrics. After a good bit of chasing, I managed to catch up with Nate last weekend as he played a Saturday night show at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern.

He is wildly talented and I enjoyed the wide variety of music he was able to deliver even from a basic 3-piece band. Most impressive was the way he worked the crowd, doing special requests for birthdays with music previously unrehearsed. He is a true showman.

Nate has two albums out so far, with a third in the works. I captured “All We Have” from his second album “Hourglass” during his Saturday evening performance.

Mexican Gunfight at McMenamins Grand Lodge

Portland’s Mexican Gunfight was formed in 2006 by four old friends and musical brothers in arms who had worked together in various combinations since around 1985. While definitely a rock band, the band’s stylistic influences abound: blues grit, country lyricism, the soulfulness of gospel, a rare jam thrown in … occasionally even tinges of Latin and jazz.

Mexican Gunfight is:
Vocals, Bass / Dave Coey
Guitar, Vocals / Alan Toribio
Piano, Hammond Organ / Mike Walker
Drums, Vocals / Ned Failing

From their album “Long Play“, I love “The Road Less Traveled” which is heard on Portland Notes Radio and in the video below shot at Pat’s Corner, McMenamins Grand Lodge.

Midnight Honey at McMenamins Grand Lodge

Revitalizing the R&B-Soul genre with an attitude that is both sweet and sassy, Midnight Honey delivers and evening’s entertainment you’re not likely to forget. Up front are Shelly Rudolph and Bre Gregg, a pair of powerhouse singers who flaunt a wide palate of lush harmonies and an undeniable sister-like chemistry. In addition to a sultry arsenal of original music, they have a unique catalog of covers to bring to the stage.

Thursday evening, the weather was perfect for the crowd to hear a Shelly Rudolph original, “Ripen Me” on the lawn at Pat’s Corner.

Ed Haynes at Grand Lodge on June, 8 2017

What a joy it was to be among a handful of people at The Garage Door on a Thursday night. This is the first year McMenamins Grand Lodge has had regular bookings outside of Friday and Saturday, and people are still catching on. For those of us who have, we get to enjoy personalized and intimate shows.

After hearing his song “Banner Day” (as played on Portland Notes Radio) I was looking forward to catching The Ed Haynes Show. I was *not* disappointed. The man is talented, clever and witty, and he loves to make people smile. Check out this video, then make plans to check Ed out live!

Lynn Conover and Lowell J. Mitchell at Grand Lodge on May 21, 2017

Lynn Conover and Lowell J. Mitchell are both 20+ year veteran Americana folk alt-country roots musicians. A few years ago, they released an album together, Lynn Conover Live with Lowell J. Mitchell which I encourage you to pick up. You can even name your price! In the mean time, get a little taste from this video shot last weekend at McMenamins Grand Lodge.

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