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2014 Acoustic Folk! Music Series

Concerts occur each month from January to 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. Complimentary refreshments are provided.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children, with a discount for members. Tickets are available through our website, by phone or in person. The cost of tickets help fund programs such as the Acoustic Folk! & Lecture Series, exhibits, and field trip programs.


2014 Acoustic Folk! Music Series Schedule:


Friday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. - Wild Hog in the Woods (Quirky Folk)

Wild Hog in the Woods returns to the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Wild Hog in the Woods (Hershel Olmstead, John Simonds, and John Donoghue) is an Oregon stringband that plays a wild mix of old-time, swing, sleaze-jazz, ragtime, blues and tin-pan alley tunes with honest verve and gusto. The sheer fun that these guys have playing the tunes that they love is infectious. Their motto, “Nobody leaves without a grin” keeps people coming back for more. They play an armada of fine instruments with fresh abandonment true to their music. And they play them well…

Hershel Olmsted plays the heck out of a small army of 5-string banjos, with a clawhammer style that makes the shyest of bears stand up and breakdance. He coaxes gracefully cascading notes from his Stanley Handyman saw and bangs out hard-driving backup on his National steel guitar. His storytelling prowess captivates all audiences, making them feel right at home with the band. Herhel plays with, and has recorded with a vast array of fine old-time musicians, from the long-standing Luckiamute String Band and the Sunny Valley Boys to the likes of Roy Roland, Tony Wright, and Joe Huff.

Certainly one of the Willamette Valley's finest bass players, John Simonds can cut loose and boogaloo with the best of 'em. And with the Wild Hog in the Woods, he is doing just that. John's bass playing drives the beat of each tune while constantly adding fresh melodies, harmonies, and jive for the band to play with. What a dynamite combo!

John Donoghue plays the mandolin as if his life depended on it. His phrasing and rhythmic selections are unheard of, but mix quite well with the other Hog slop. He supports the Hog Jukebox by providing an incredible wealth of melodic tunes from his memory archive. John also breaks out the tenor guitar, the 6-string guitar, the cello, and the chromatic harmonica, and the cacaphone when the spirit moves him.

You can purchase these tickets through our online gift shop or by calling us at 503-436-9301.

Lodging for this event has been provided by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals!




Friday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. - Low Tide Drifters (Folk)

The Low Tide Drifters return to the Cannon Beach History Center on Friday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m.

With a host of traditional instruments, sing-along choruses, and carefully crafted lyrics, the Low Tide Drifters create original roots-based songs that reflect the struggles and stories of everyday people in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Influenced by Woody Guthrie, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg, Hazel Dickens, and other socially conscious songwriters of all musical genres, they bring a respect for the past and a concern for the future to their particular brand of "underdog folk music."

The Low Tide Drifters started performing in 2007 as a trio made up of husband-and-wife songwriting duo Nathan Moore and Kate Downing, and harmonica player Dennis Soper. Since then, the group has evolved and expanded, and the current lineup includes multi-instrumentalist Chico Schwall, percussionist Wendy Schwall, and bassist Rachael Young.

They have played at large music festivals, folk clubs, farmer's markets, anarchist coffee houses, organic farms, co-ops, and union halls, and they have also shared their songs in retirement homes, university classrooms, back yards, dive bars, and countless living rooms. As activist musicians, they continue to donate their talents to human rights, labor, and other community organizations by performing frequently at benefit concerts and fundraisers.

In 2011, the Low Tide Drifters released their first full-length album titled, 'New Hard Time Blues'. A diverse collection of songs about activism, parenthood, and working-class life in the Pacific Northwest. The album has received positive reviews as well as national and international airplay. Currenly, the Low Tide Drifters are recording their second full-length album titled, 'Music for the Rest of Us'. It will feature eight original compositions, along with cover versions of songs by folk singer and longshoreman, Harry Stamper and Scottish songwriter, Alistair Hulett. 'Music for the Rest of Us' will be released in early 2014.

You can purchase these tickets through our online gift shop or by calling us at 503-436-9301.




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