Bringing her unique abundance of energy and joy to the stage, Ellie Hartman delighted friends and strangers alike with a few hours of originals and covers at Insomnia Coffee Company. A full-time student at George Fox college and a retreat camp host on weekends, you can often find Ellie playing farmer’s markets, coffee shops and wineries on Portland’s West side. Learn about her and check out some videos on her Facebook page. There is a bunch of her music to browse on Soundcloud, and a little of everything on Instagram. Most importantly, if you want to attend a show and know you’ll leave with a smile on your face, Ellie is your ticket.
Mondays can be a little sleepy at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern which is a great time to invite artists in for a month-long residency to perform some more intimate shows. Mondays are actually a great time to really enjoy some music with your food and drink. In September 2019, it was Megan Diana‘s turn. Her one-line description reads: “If a Siren played a Wurlitzer”. Let’s find out why with her song “Can’t Speak”.
I you’re looking for a show of straight-up Country music, you need to catch Gary Bennett and the Coattail Riders. Recently, they played Pat’s Corner at McMenamins Grand Lodge on a Thursday night. At a show, you’ll hear classics from the likes of Tom T. Hall, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Don Gibson, Bob Wills and more. Sprinkled in, you’ll hear some original gems like this one about his trusty guitar.
Coming with a blend of bluesy original music, folksy contemporary covers and some classics, it was my pleasure to hear Kyndel Dollison recently at Clark’s Bistro and Pub. Her covers included artists like Coldplay, Tracy Chapman and Fleetwood Mac. Kyndel’s original music was real and honest, representing a wide range of emotions and life situations. The standout original song for me was “Where I Am Found” as I’m a sucker for a warm and fuzzy love song.