Sarah Mitchell’s piano palace!

Sarah had guest Kat Moore play with her at the palace! Kat goes by the name “the forest that never sleeps” she sings charming songs between her stage banter. ( I was trying to go for a, ” I like my sugar with coffee and cream” joke. Did it work?)


Sarah played songs by Jim bell, tom waits and from he’d wig and the angry inch!

Paul and Flyn played a beautiful collection of hobohemian cabaret songs, including Billy Holliday numbers!

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Serena Rose and Brent Fiasco

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I caught Red Raven Follies presentation of the Fiasco Sideshow. These two are so talented and wacky. They drop their props on the floor loudly and seemingly randomly. They tell dirty jokes, juggle dildos, throw knives, and generally just behave ridiculously for an hour. There is an unease in the room as it doesn’t feel like you are watching professionals, and you could certainly be a witness to someone getting hurt, but its always entertaining and hilarious. My favorite part was once where Serena said, “its story time” and put on absurd glasses, pulled out a book and read, “once there was a tortoise and a hare who had a race, the hare fell asleep and the tortoise won, the end! Phew, sorry to exhaust you all with such a long story!” It was certainly impressive when Serena held a fluorescent bulb and touched a high power tesla coil. The bulb lit up! Incredible!

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Sammus and The Doubleclicks

Sammus is a fierce rapper from Ithaca, NY. She spouts rhymes fast and hurls jokes and comparisons, nerdy metaphors and righteous lyrics spitfiire flow.

    
She made an ep tribute to Samus Aran, (from Nintendo’s Metroid games bruh) and put on a prop gun arm to deliver her songs “Cybernetic Armor” and “Brinstar.”

  
She told me she has a helmet, but it’s fragile, hard to travel with and hard to rap in. With the help of some costumed assistants and a smoke machine, her show could be more like Gwar or The Aquabats. it was pretty awesome to have her and a laptop in an intimate all ages venue. I loved her song in which she said, I’m not one thing, I’m not two things, I’m not three things, I’m not four things, I am more things than your reporting!” It was about how she was called an Oreo because eh liked video games, cartoons and was articulate! F your stereotypes and assumptions, we are not homogenous! Yeah! Listening to Sammus can get you Pumped to smash the patriarchy and I hope that comes off as sincere and not patronizing. Thank you Sammus, I WILL LISTEN TO ALL YOUR TRACKS!

  
A former video game programmer and elementary teacher, she now goes to grad school, programs eats and rocks a mic. Her real name is Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo and her website is here.

The Doubleclicks had some charming banter and interacted with the young girls who came to the show. One of whom said, “that’s a terrible lullaby” after they played “Sing a little lullaby for Mr. Bear.”

  
Another asked, “why are we clapping?” It became a running gag as Angela questioned her goals and choice of dedicating her life to music between nearly every song.  ” why are we clapping, indeed?” It really showed their flexibility and comfort on stage. They are willing to make fun of themselves and meet the mood of the room. They also claimed the most popular member of the band is their cat keyboard and played a rendition of the Dr. Who theme in digital meows. Maybe you could Larz the men theme next, can you imagine how cool that would be?  Meow meow meow meow mewo meow meow, MEOW MEOW! The sci fi and fantasy pop culture references were nearly absent at this show, instead they opted for more personal and inspirational material. 

  
  
After a sting of their popular, crowd pleasing songs, “This is my Jam,” “Hanging with Cats at Parties,” and “I love you like a burrito” they played a Jimmy Eat World cover and their inspirational anthem ” unstoppable force.” their video is here and has over 9,700 views!

    
  
I’ve seen many bands with cellos and I really like what Aubrey does in the songs. the songs are Pop songs, and the cello serves the song every time. It isn’t showing off, and it isn’t trying to sound like a guitar or a bass. “Why are we clapping.” To me it means, why are we comgratulating adults who write clever lyrics and set them to catchy music when they could have a REAL JOB?” And the answer is too often, ” we applaud them for being braver than us, for we do not have the confidence or skills to do what they are doing.” There was no need to explain to that little girl, we’ll knew it.

  I might ask myself, “why do you self publish on the Internet while you lack the artistic skills to properly draw a human arm?”

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Laura Gibson

I enjoyed this woman’s songs and bird like voice. Look her up on Spotify or her website here.

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Poetry and Wonder at the Oregon Country Fair

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I got to perform stand up comedy and poetry alongside these slam poets and MCs at the Oregon Country Fair Chez Rey’s stage. It was a wonderful event tucked away in the trees. It was so special having ASL interpreters there! 

 

 

Here is a video of Me doing the animal jokes. (It does cut off right before the final punchline)

Grayson and Susan!

Eleven Eyes.I also took these photographs of people having fun, in costume, being themselves out there in the woods, with clowning, juggling, music and great food all around.

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Strongman Jon Deline!DSCF1567.JPG

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Yogoman burning band

Yogoman is from Bellingham Washington and I love them! Sweet ska and soul, with a violin! New Orleans style riddims! My favorite song is “Chakka chakka.” It’s so catchy and poppy!

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Watch them play “Pass the O.” Songs like “Please oh please” sound thirty or forty years old, authentic reggae. Total booty shaking music. I caught them at the Oregon Country Fair and what a sweet smooth sound they have.

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´╗┐Rundown Kreeps

This young punk band played Old Nicks and kicked some ass. They played some tv themes and shed some ska rythyms in a few songs. Their bandcamp posts songs free. Check them out if you like nofx, mellincolin, less than Jake, etc.

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