Megan Diana at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern on 9-2-19


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”.

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Gary Bennett and the Coattail Riders at Pat’s Corner on 8/29/19


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.

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Belinda Underwood at Rock Creek Tavern on 8/19/19


She is one half of Bigfoot Mojo, can play just about anything with strings, an accomplished dancer and composer. Belinda Underwood enjoyed a Monday night residency at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern in August 2019. I brought my camera to her August 19 show, and captured “We’re All Sparks”.

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Kyndel Dollison at Clark’s Bistro and Pub on 8-17-19


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.

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Mexican Gunfight at Rock Creek Tavern on 8-15-19

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. And it shows too as they make playing music look as easy as a stroll through the park. In the band are Dave Coey (vocals and bass), Alan Toribio (guitar and vocals), Mike Walker (keys) and Ned Failing (drums and vocals). Here’s the 10-year-old Dave Coey song Cat Burglar.

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