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”.
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.
The Bridge City Blues Band have been playing together for over six years. They have made their reputation playing a high energy mixture of rhythm and blues standards both classic and new, from Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters to Bo Dudley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, Sonny Boy Williamson and BB King, Taj Mahal and many more. I recently captured a Muddy Waters tune at McMenamins Rock creek Tavern.
Pretty Gritty is a Portland-based Rootsy-Americana duo formed 8 years ago in Maryland. Before moving to Portland in 2014, they sold their self-produced and self-titled CD (2012) and the River EP (2013) at shows. They were followed by the release of the Lonely Road EP in 2016 and the Full length CD Seven Year Itch in March 2018.
Sarah and Blane enjoyed a month-long Monday-evening residency at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern in October. I was lucky enough to grab a bar stool on their final evening. They were pleased to see the larger-than-usual turnout that evening. I understand that they are already booked again for next October. Nothing like planning ahead!
There is nothing flashy or superficial about these guys. Every song in the set I heard, had a purpose and a message (which was overwhelmingly positive). No string of good-love-gone-bad songs from these two. The set was made up of about half and half originals and covers, which I like since you can learn a lot about an artist from their treatment of familiar songs, as well as their own.
So, join me at the bar for a few minutes and have a listen to “You And Me”.