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April 29, 2017 (Pendleton, OR)

WITH JAMES LAVADOUR + ROAM SCHOOLED PODCASTERS JIM BRUNBERG + HIS TWIN DAUGHTERS + HISTORIAN KEITH MAY + MUSIC FROM RODNEY BONIFER
Venue: Hamley SteakHouse Slickfork Saloon
Doors: 6:15 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
JAMES LAVADOUR

Contemporary painter James Lavadour grew up in the foothills of the Blue Mountains on the Umatilla Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon. His work has a profound regional bearing-- with his active landscape portraits of the American Northwest--but don’t think his acclaim is a regional affair. His work has been shown at the Smithsonian in DC, The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, and the Palazzo Bembo in the 2013 Venice Biennale. He’s also the co-founder of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, with the idea of using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community. 

ROAM SCHOOLED PODCASTERS JIM, VERN + DANA BRUNBERG

“Let’s go find out,” is the motto musician and former Live Wire producer Jim Brunberg coined for his podcast Roam Schooled. On the show Jim travels high and low in his trusty Winnebago to find answers to questions like why do we like gambling or how is the Earth going to end? The twist? Most of the questions are generated by Brunberg's twin seven year old daughters, Vern and Dana, and they come along for the expedition, on a show that The Guardian listed as one of the best podcasts of 2016.

 

KEITH MAY 

A Pendleton native and the first male first grade teacher in Umatilla county since pioneer days, Keith May retired from teaching in 2014. He is a past member of Pendleton City Council, Chair of the (URD) Pendleton Development Commission, and past chair of the Umatilla County Historical Society.  He currently serves as chair of the Pendleton Arts Committee and serves on the Historic Landmarks Commission. Keith is the author of four books on the history of Pendleton and its architecture. One thing is for certain, this lad has done his homework and we plan to quiz him on it. 

RODNEY BONIFER 

Rod Bonifer is the true troubadour of the Northwest. Bonifer spent his youth traveling between Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, and the rest of the free-ranging West; farming, ranching, long-haul trucking, fishing, crabbing, roaming, roving, and anything else the law would let him do. Through it all, he took his guitar, and became an accomplished traveling musician, eventually making a name for himself as a musician in the Pendleton area. He’s a local legend, and he’s joining our family band for one night only.

 

 

 

May 11, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH ARIEL LEVY + THE MINIMALISTS
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

ARIEL LEVY

Ariel Levy is a poor typist. This is the reasoning she gives for being fired from her first admin job. This fact hasn’t stopped her from working for twelve years at New York Magazine, from being a celebrated staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008, or from having published two books-- The Rules Do Not Apply, her second, out this March. Maybe she’s transcribing?

 

THE MINIMALISTS

We’ll keep this one short. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as The Minimalists, have devoted their lives to downsizing. Through their three books (including bestseller, Everything That Remains: a Memoir), podcast, blog, and documentary, these two have been teaching people across the globe how to jettison their clutter in order to make room for what counts: time, relationships, and passionate living. 

 

May 25, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH HARI KONDABOLU + FAITH SALIE + JOE KYE!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm
HARI KONDABOLU

Comedian Hari Kondabolu might just be the smartest person you’ll meet this year. Forget that after earning his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin he went on to receive a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and then worked for a time as an immigrant rights organizer in Seattle. Beyond that-- and probably, thanks to it-- his comedy is a complex blend of social commentary, honest personal experience, and trenchant political wit. He’s been on Fresh Air, he’s been on Conan and Kimmel, Letterman, and the mother of them all, Live Wire. His new album Mainstream American Comic is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Waiting for 2042, which was also released on legendary indie (and local!) label Kill Rock Stars - it's also brilliant and now you can join that smart talk, professor.

FAITH SALIE

Faith Salie, Emmy--award winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, and host of PBS’ Science Goes To The Movies--could be called a journalist, actor, comedian, television host, radio personality, mother, Rhodes scholar, and college improv performer. Now we can add to that list author, as she recently published her first book, Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much.

 

JOE KYE

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, musician Joe Kye is a master at remixing. A vocal immigrant rights advocate, a cover-er of today’s pop hits using a violin and his looping pedals, and a brilliant composer in his own right, Kye has gained notoriety-- opening for the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, getting play on NPR, and performing at the White House. He doesn’t leave much to the “original version.”

June 1, 2017 (Portland, OR)

WITH RON FUNCHES + MORE
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 RON FUNCHES 

Funches can we claim you? Up and coming comedian and actor Ron Funches is a graduate of the Portland comedy scene-- and we’re like proud parents watching him spread his wings and soar. Whether it’s a standup appearance on Conan, or acting on the Kroll Show, Bojack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers, NBC’s Undateable or Powerless, or as the voice of Cooper in the Dreamworks animated hit Trolls, we’re rooting for Funches like a beaming mom tucked away in the wings.