Category Archives: Notable Performances

Show reports



Co-Host Cruz Yates

We were incredibly impressed by the performances on Saturday at the White Eagle Local Youth Music Showcase! Many thanks to our sponsors, supporters, hosts, bands, and all the fantastic audience members who showed their appreciation and encouragement! Please enjoy the  photos taken during the show. Feel free to add your comments!

School of Rock House Band

Jack Morrtensen Music

Black Sand

4 Day Moon

Pedestrian Death Gang

Michael Hermes

The Hillsboro Symphony Winter Concert


In my real life, I don’t pay much attention to classical music, symphonies or Shakespeare. For the most part, I just don’t understand them. So, it would naturally follow that the last place for me to be was the Hillsboro High School Theater on Friday, March 18th, for the Hillsboro Symphony‘s celebration of Shakespeare. The truth is, I was looking forward to the show for weeks because I knew I would hear great music, and learn a thing or two along the way.

The Hillsboro Symphony is a group of local musicians and support people who enthusiastically give of their time and talents in order to share their love of music with the community. Most of the members are older, as you would expect, but as I looked over the group, I saw several student musicians as well. Bravo!

When you attend a performance (and I hope you do) you will see pretty much what you would expect. What you might not expect is the performance beginning with a something familiar like Greensleeves, then to be taken on a journey of what else a full orchestra can do. Along the way, conductor Sharon Northe (now in her 13th year) will turn around, grab a microphone and explain why the next selection is significant, or maybe something special to listen for during the piece.

The Spring concert is just around the corner – Friday, May 6th. In addition to the music and presentation being accessible, so are the tickets. Just $10 for adults, $8 for youth and seniors and kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance online or at MIR Music in downtown Hillsboro. Make plans to be there!

Yonder Blue CD Release at Laurelthirst


As reported in an article published March 15, the country band Yonder Blue was having a CD release a few days later. Portland Notes was thrilled to in attendance last night (Saturday, March 19) at The Lauerthirst Public House. One of the things that made this evening special is your $10 at the door not only get you *in* to see the show, it got you *out* with the “Hey Love, Hold On” CD in your hand!

Yonder Blue is a trio of singers fronted by Terri Lynn with background vocals by Michele Linn & Katie Lou Ellen. Last night they were backed by the band Tin Silver (who recently enjoyed a CD release of their own!) The room was full of loyal Yonder Blue fans and they were treated to a great show.







The Junebugs at Grand Lodge on 03-12-16


Originally from Vancouver, BC, Moses Barrett migrated to Portland and formed The Junebugs with drummer Kyle Owen and bassist Sean Vinson. It would appear requirement number 1 to being a member is wearing a beard! They describe their music as high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness. At times I felt like they were like a modern day Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. About a third of their musical selections were covers from the likes of Red Hot Chili Pepers, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and the Eagles. Their presentation is tight and the vocal harmonies are outstanding. During the show, Moses talked about his love for folk music, which this crowd at McMenamin’s Grand Lodge was eating like candy. Based on the reception, they will certainly be back. We recently reviewed their album, “Home To Me, and have posted this Photo Album.

Soulful Sundays with Scott Brockett and Rob Rainwater


Portland Notes spent an early Sunday evening at Alberta Street Pub for the Soulful Sunday concert with the Scott Brockett Trio and the Rob Rainwater Trio. This all-ages show featured some amazing soul, blues, folk, and rock music that was at times quiet, others rockin! It was also a benefit concert to help raise money for the Tim Ellis Medical Fund. Tim is well known in the Portland Music Scene and beyond. He has performed with and recorded for some of the biggest names in the business and has built his professional reputation on his commitment to excellence and a relentless work ethic. He also owns the well known, Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studio. In December 2015, Tim was diagnosed with Advanced Melanoma. To help offset the mounting medical costs he is incurring, the Portland music community has banded together with fundraising concerts to raise monies to help Tim and his family with these costs. Scott and Rob wanted to do what they could to help so they organized this one at Alberta Pub.

Tim-Ellis-Benefit-01Rob Rainwater opened the show with Steve Hale on bass/backing vocals, and Max Tarpley on drums. Rob has a lot of new music which he hopes to release as a solo album later this year. His songs straddle the Blues and Country genres, with a folk/rock edge. Alternating between acoustic and electric guitar, he plays those Blues guitar riffs particularly well. He closed his set with two new songs performed solo because they’re not yet ready to hand over to a backing band. The touching, “Yesterday,”was written after reading divorce rate statistics, and in the song, the couple is trying to work it out. Rob has a busy performance schedule as a solo artist, as well as with “The Whiskey Darlings,” a project he has with Michele Van Kleef. He also has the popular Sunday radio show, “Songs from the Source” on Portland Radio Project from 1-3 p.m.

Tim-Ellis-Benefit-02Scott Brockett closed the evening backed by father/son duo, Cory (bass) and Jared Knowland (drums). Theirs is a sound that combines the emotional impact of soul with the grit and energy of pop-rock, sprinkled at times with some great funky beats. Scott’s songs are personal, often about love, and played with passion. The three seem to really enjoy performing together, laughing and appreciating when they go off into unknown territory during a song with a result that makes them proud. The band played a couple of fantastic renditions of covers, “Use Me,” by Bill Withers, and “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay,” by Otis Redding, that had the audience singing and cheering along.

There will be future Soulful Sunday concerts so be sure and check out Alberta Pub’s calendar to find out when the next one will be. The audience clearly enjoyed this one, and the music was hard to beat; a perfect way to end the weekend!