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March 30 Radoslav Lorkovic at the Orcas Grange!
(March 29th at the Shaw Community Center)
Show 7pm-9pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm
Radoslav Lorkovic. Musician, Songster, teller of stories from the Mississippi to Croatia to Alaska down the coast-- This charismatic blues/folk piano/accordionist and singer-songwriter was classically trained as a pianist, born in Croatia. Radoslav ("Rad") was raised in Iowa where his folks immigrated, as professors at U of Iowa in the '60's during Communist days. He tours throughout Europe and the USA. Rad's been part of the Woody Guthrie Tribute shows, as well as having accompanied greats like Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Ellis Paul and is a regular performer and side-man at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, OK annually. Rad plays at folk festivals throughout the US and is currently touring with Shawn Mullins and Ronny Cox. We are fortunate to introduce him to the San Juan Islands! www.radoslavlorkovic.com
May 26th Scott Cook with Mandy Troxel opening! (May 24th - Shaw Island Community Center)
Doors open 6:30pm, Concert 7-9:30pm
Scott Cook - A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He brings humor, a disarming honesty, years of roads, and a deep love of humanity to his songcraft. Cook’s songs are true stories set to music, drawing on influences from folk, roots, country, soul, and blues. “There’s nothing flash about Canada’s Cook. He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... A good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humor, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice... Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.” -David Burke, R2 Magazine, UK. (www.scottcook.net)
Opening - Fans of Mandy Troxel’s music often share the similar story of being swung around by the clear bell of her voice and then rooted to the spot by her lyrics. Describing her music with a dash of telltale self-deprecating humor, Mandy describes her music as “Country Western Pathetica” and “Island Mama Americana”. She juxtaposes the beauty of her Orcas Island home with the connection and humor of living in small town community. Her songs acknowledge the dark moments in life, illuminating the cracks with a beacon of hope. Americana troubadour Bill Mallonee (formerly of Vigilantes of Love) says “With a folky voice of clarity that reminds one of early Emmylou Harris, Troxel navigates the waters of love lost and found with songs that offer memorable lines, but no easy answers.” www.mandytroxel.com
June 8th Beth Wood and Ara Lee James
Doors open 7:00pm, Concert 7:30-10pm at the Orcas Island Grange
Beth Wood hails from Texas and Ara Lee James from Oregon, having joined forces in Portland, Oregon - Beth's adopted town. Together, they are powerful. They are Stand and Sway - harmonies that matter. Check out this video! http://peninsulaartscenter.org/concerts/
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. For twenty years she has been writing, creating and touring full-time, delighting and inspiring audiences with her exceptional musicianship, intelligent songwriting, powerhouse voice, and warm and commanding stage presence.
A home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, Beth’s work has expanded to include teaching voice and song coaching as well as leading workshops at festivals, retreats and beyond. Beth has released two books of poetry, Kazoo Symphonies and Ladder To The Light on Mezcalita Press.
Beth’s skills in the craft of songwriting have been recognized by the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award, The Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Award, the Billboard World Song Contest, and many more. There have been incredible and surreal moments in the spotlight: opening for Steve Winwood, Michael McDonald, Shawn Colvin, Chris Whitley; being a four-time featured artist on Cayamo, a week-long Caribbean songwriters’ cruise. http://www.bethwoodmusic.com ... and her Mission Statement - best one I ever heard in my 40 years in business... http://www.bethwoodmusic.com/house-concerts/
Ara Lee, when pressed, calls herself a singer-songwriter. But the image of a wispy, soft-voiced, guitar strummer that might come to mind couldn’t be farther from what she does. Call it soul, call it folk, call it gospel, Ara sings like a woman with something to say, in a voice that makes you stop and listen, with lyrics that make you remember why you decided to be human once upon a time. Crediting Nina Simone and Rumi among her influences, Ara is equally comfortable with stripped down acoustic-driven folk and her signature soulful, tribal grooves. Known for her hair-raising voice and commanding stage presence, Ara Lee’s shows cut straight to the gut. Backed by her band they're nothing short of a full tilt revival. Check out her website: www.araleemusic.com A favorite song of mine ... https://aralee.bandcamp.com/album/born
We are very excited to have these two grace the Orcas Grange stage in June! Y'all come on out :)