With a heart for Portland and for every person living here, a trio of community-loving Country bands have joined forces to raise awareness about a basic need in our area and to support the Oregon Food Bank. The Fixin’ To hosts local favorites Jenny Don’t and the Spurs as the headlining band, along with The Stubborn Lovers and The Waysiders. Jenny Taylor from The Stubborn Lovers joined me at the dinner table to chat about this unique event, which was conceived out of a genuine desire to feed both the body and spirit. You can catch this benefit concert December 17 in the new St. Johns venue. Holiday Hoedown to Fight Hunger – say it out loud! It’s a clever mouthful, and you cannot help but smile at the images that come to mind.
Three female fronted bands come together to represent a variety of interpretations of country music. The Waysiders open with some old school harmonies with Western swing and Cajun influences. The Stubborn Lovers are a true country rock band with their roots based in 70’s country, heartland style! Jenny Don’t and the Spurs represent western vintage, from head to toe. This intentional diversity reflects the heart of the organizers – though very different as individuals, we all come from common origins as humans, and we all have the same core needs. The hope is to do more than raise funds for the Oregon Food Bank. The ultimate dream is to unite all of us to recognize and value our entire community.
Taylor and her band are active with more than one non-profit organization in our community, primarily trying to support groups that focus on equality. In March, The Stubborn Lovers partnered with Basic Rights Oregon, to write a song for them called “Love Wins”. Community involvement and the fight for all human rights are the heartbeat of The Stubborn Lovers. For this event, Taylor and her concert mates chose the Oregon Food Bank because…when you get down to it, hunger affects people at the most core level. We all can relate to the pain and hopelessness of hunger, even if we have not personally experienced it.
I think most of us can also relate to the nurturing and fulfilling power of music. The Holiday Hoedown to Fight Hunger will be a joyful event, allowing us both to celebrate and to give assistance to an organization dedicated to helping the needy in our community. The concert is Saturday, December 17, at The Fixin’ To on Lombard in St. Johns. $10, or $7 with a non-perishable food donation. For a list of the most-needed items, check out the Oregon Food Bank website.