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2017 Acoustic Folk! Music Series

Concerts occur each month from January through May. Concerts take place in the History Center's John Williams Classroom. The Classroom creates an intimate setting that produces a sound warm enough to wrap up in. Seating for concerts are limited and is general admission. Complimentary refreshments are provided.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $2 for children, with a discount for members. Tickets are available to purchase through the online gift shop, by phone, or in person. The cost of tickets help fund programs such as the Acoustic Folk! & Lecture Series, exhibits, and field trip programs. The 2017 Acoustic Folk! Music Series has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality.

 

 

2017 Acoustic Folk! Music Series Schedule:

 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Stomptowners Celtic Concert


Looking for a raucous good time, then look no further than the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s concert series from blues to jazz, to rock and everything in between. This February the Museum welcomes Portland’s Stomptowners on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Stomptowners are a dynamic group blending Irish instrumentation, voice and foot percussion. Featuring Maldon Meehan Dancer, The Stomptowners deliver exciting choreographed Sean-nos dance and traditional song – all in one setting.

Expect to hear an exciting blend of foot stomping jigs, reels and hornpipes interlaced with melodic, soulful Celtic songs, feisty sea shanties and a few good pub songs. Having percussive dance adds a key visual component, which set the act apart from other traditional Irish bands.

But The Stomptowners audience does not just sit there passively. Lead vocalist and local Liverpudlian, Andrea Wild, is only too pleased to lead a rabble rousing chorus and foot percussionist extraordinaire and Irish dance choreographer, Maldon Meehan, will have you up on the floor in no time. The Stomptowners showcase a number of talented Irish musicians. Keeping a rotation dubbed “Irish Musician Du Jour” allows the band a unique approach to stage line-up while maintaining top-notch authentic musicianship.

Look out for multi-instrumentalist, Bob Soper, Uilleann Pipe player, Preston Howard, Irish Bouzouki wizz, Richie Rosencrans, renowned button accordion player, Felim Egan and Dublin based banjo player, Graham Nolan --- these are a few of the fine players who perform periodically with this ensemble.

Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets for the Stomptowners concert are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s seasonal exhibits, and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket include tasty treats and donated libations. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available to purchase at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Bob & Sandi Lundy of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

 

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Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Carolyn Cruso Concert

Carolyn Cruso, an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer, returns to Cannon Beach for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum's annual acoustic concert series on March 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Cruso is a versatile performer who is equally comfortable on the hammered dulcimer, flute, and guitar. She performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material. Her voice and stylings have been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. Her instrumental compositions are mainly for the hammered dulcimer and are inspired by her strong connection to nature as well as her extensive travel and the cultures she's encountered along the way. Her unusual and lyrical approach to the dulcimer especially delights audiences.

"Boundless highlights both Carolyn's fluid playing style and the broad knowledge of Celtic music she brings to her compositions. A gorgeous listen throughout!" - Sing Out! Magazine

"For the adventerous listener...Cruso's voice has the ability to go from folk to jazz to late night and sultry blues without advertising the change...a lot more going on here than folk...a very fluid album." -Frank Gutch, Folk Acoustic Music Exhange, (F.A.M.E.)

Seating for the Cruso concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum's seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Sea Breeze Court of Cannon Beach, Oregon!


 

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Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Adlai Alexander Concert

Don't miss acclaimed singer and songwriter, Adlai Alexander perform at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Noted for the sweetness and wide range of his voice, Alexander sings and accompanies himself with intricate guitar in a way that's rare in both the acoustic and jazz worlds.

Alexander enjoys the challenge of arranging band or orchestral music for solo guitar, drawing from his formal training in classical theory and composition. At times, his arrangements of jazz, Brazilian, 60's pop, and other music demand that he play simultaneous melody and bass lines - a technique he learned from world-class guitarist Tuck Andress, of the duo Tuck & Patti.

Sources for Alexander's unexpected and repertoire include Broadway and the Amazon rain forest, and he is known to sing in Portuguese, Hindi, or Japanese in any given set. Along with original music, he's written lyrics for his own reditiions of instrumental songs by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, and Ralph Towner. He's also created lyrics based on quotes from Shakespeare, or titles of Duke Ellington songs.

He has shared the stage with artists such as Randy Newman, Leo Kottke, Tuck & Patti, Kenny Rankin, and Brazilian star Marisa Monte. He's appeared at the Monterey Jazz festival and venues such as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA, and Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR.

"A skilled writer, vibrant singer, and hotshot guitarist." - JazzNow Magazine.

As music director of the variety show "Fog City Radio" on KQED-FM San Francisco, Alexander performed live weekly with host Ben Fong-Torres. In addition to his own first album, he is featured on the soundtrack of the TV series "Santa Barbara." He's also written music for theater, dance, and classical chamber groups, and collaborated with Todd Rundgren, composing the multimedia musical "20/20 Blake" for innovative theater company George Coates Performance Works.

Seating for the Adlai Alexander concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum's seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 

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Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Beth Willis Concert

Soul-blues diva, Beth Willis and guitarist, Todd Chatalas will knock your socks off for this night of joy and rivalry at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on Friday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. 

Rock Duo Beth Willis and Todd Chatalas perform both rock, acoustic, and blues music. Willis, who has played in Cannon Beach before, is a local favorite who is well known for her smoky voice and and an amazing stage presence.

Portlandblues.com writes of Willis, "[hearing her] was like going back in time to 1992 and hearing Sheryl Crow for the first time. Just one girl (as near to an angel as you can get) and a guitar."

Willis was honored at the Portland Music Awards in 2012 with the award for Best Female Artist. The Oregonian says, "Willis' full, expressive voice brings her sharp songwriting to life, blending Americana, rock, and western influences..." Willis is a soulful performer that takes listeners on a journey back in time, when music was pristine. Willis has gone from playing on the sidewalks of downtown Portland to being an in-demand musician playing from Las Vegas, to the Aladdin Theater in Portland, and even to Seattle.

Seating for the Willis & Chatalas concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum's seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 

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Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

John Stowell Jazz Concert

For over a decade the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has welcomed renowned musicians from all over the United States. The series kicks-off each January and continues through May, and sometimes even June: from Jazz to toe-tapping Celtic music and everything in between. The series ends on June 9 with world-renowned jazz guitarist John Stowell.

This isn’t Stowell’s first performance at the museum. He has become a local favorite. A constant traveler, Stowell was the first American Jazz performer to appear in Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain and he continued to sell out performances there for two decades after.

Stowell teaches internationally. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer at Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including Down Beat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, Soundcheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy).

Stowell's Through the Listening Glass with David Friesen was designated one of the "Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade" by the Los Angeles Examiner, and he was chosen as a "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" by Downbeat’s International Critic’s Poll in 1978 and 1979. He has appeared on BET's Jazz Discovery and Guitar Series television shows.

“More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.” Herb Ellis

Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets for the Stowell concert are just $10 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s seasonal exhibits, and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket include tasty treats and donated libations. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum, or through the online gift shop.

 

 

 

 

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a non-profit, 501 C-3 tax-exempt corporation (I.D. #94-3140644). 

 

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