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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.

Jacob Westfall Band at McMenamin’s Rock Creek Tavern

We can think of several musicians who are from Portland and moved to Nashville. Jacob Westfall did just the opposite. I, for one, am glad he did. I describe him as a young John Mayer with greater range – both vocal and genre. Once he hits the stage, it’s not long before he captures your heart with a love song, then drives you to floor to dance it out.

This Sunday, you have an opportunity to catch Jacob (and his awesome band) play a show at the Wonder Ballroom with The Junebugs and The Pearls. Just $10 in advance, $13 at the door. https://t.co/CexC2WB6cS

Thursday evening, I caught the Jacob Westfall band (with Andrew Magnuson on guitar, on Dylan Sundstrom on bass and Mark Muusse on drums) at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern. Check out the photos and the video I captured of a song from Jacob’s latest EP What If.

Pretend Sweethearts at Rock Creek Tavern on 2016-07-02

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Pretend Sweethearts is a duo of singer/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists based in Atlanta who play a wide range of music from roots to blues to folk to country. Brianna Blackbird and Drew de Man met while studying music therapy here in Portland. In the course of writing songs together, releasing recordings and touring like crazy, they became “real” sweethearts. I have been a fan for a while and was glad to catch up with them for the first time last night at McMenamin’s Rock Creek Tavern. They were joined by their friend Rochelle Muzquiz handling the percussion duties.

Bri was born and raised in Portland, so this summer tour brings her back home. Drew is from Georgia forming his first band No River City in 2001, spending six years recording and touring. He is wildly talented on the guitar, she sings like a bird, and their mix of music will keep you engaged for hours. They’ve got a few more Northwest dates before they fly away, so check them out if you can.

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