Join OREGON ART BEAT on an exploration of Oregon’s rich music scene. Hear some of the best jazz musicians in the country, meet one of America’s premier songwriters, learn about the world of emerging indie bands and more on this music special airing on the stations of OPB on June 9 at 8pm. ART BEAT host Jeff Douglas has had his finger on the pulse of Oregon’s music scene since the 1960s and is your guide for an insightful and entertaining look at the music we make here.
Hear from: Rebecca Kilgore, one of the great living jazz singers; Kate Davis a young jazz bassist and singer who was helped by many established Oregon jazz players; Stolen Sweets, who bring fun and sweet harmonies to the swing music of the ‘20s & ‘30s; and Oregon’s favorite party band, the now world-famous Pink Martini.
See seldom-seem footage of Mickey Newbury, the legendary songwriter who lived the last 30 years of his life in relative obscurity outside Springfield. Meet Cal Scott, member of the Trail Band and music composer for many PBS documentaries. Chris Kokesh, fiddle player for Misty River Band plays a song that tells the true story of her mother giving Chris her old wedding dress so she could sell it to buy a guitar to pursue her dream of being a musician. Meet Eugene newcomer and singer-songwriter Beth Wood who is filling concerts and getting lots of attention across the country.
See how some classically trained cellists with the Portland Cello Project take the instrument in new directions and to some unexpected places. See how Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle writes critically acclaimed songs that capture the feel of Northwest seasons. And check in with Loch Lomond, one of Oregon’s hottest Indie bands that was catapulted to a new level when their video went viral.
Also featured: Casey Neill & the Norway Rats; Irish fiddler Kevin Burke; finger-style and lap-slide guitarist Mary Flower; Mason Williams whose composition “Classical Gas” is the most played instrumental song of all time; Nokie Edwards of the legendary Ventures; bluesman Terry Robb; Winfield International Fingerpicking competition winner Doug Smith; guitarist Mark Hanson and more!
About OREGON ART BEAT
OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat.
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