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.
“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.
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.
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.