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Joanne Broh

Two time winner of the Rainy Day Blues Society , Female Blues Vocalist award.  Joanne Broh is a column of energy,  known for her powerful, soulful   voice and the passion of her performance. She is considered one of the top singers of blues, jazz, and Motown, in the Northwest.   Her 2016 release “Wicked Cool”  won  2016 Best Recording award from the  Rainy Day Blues Society.  Joanne’s  expressive  voice fills many emotional layers. Her tribute to Etta James is sure to put those talents on display.  Joanne performs at fairs and festivals throughout the Northwest.  Joanne Broh  is a dynamo presenting an enthusiastic  and highly spirited  performance every time out.

Gus Russell

Gus is from Maui, Hawaii and graduated from the University Of Oregon 1983 with a Bachelors degree in music. Piano and flute were his main instruments in college, but his professional work has lead him into organ and digital keyboards. For the last 30 years he has been teaching and performing almost every musical style imaginable,  jazz, Latin, classical, blues, rock, country, gospel,  Broadway, and funk.

As a soloist, he plays regularly in Eugene and the Willamette Valley area, playing classic jazz, standards, blues and New Orleans piano. Gus has shared the stage with Bo Diddly, Elvin Bishop, Cris Cain, Curtis Salgato, Paul Delay, The West Coast Rhythm Kings and Tiny Tim. As a band leader, he’s involved with a wide variety of projects including  the Biondi Russell  Band. As a side man he currently plays with The Jive Masters, Deb Cleveland, The Barbara Healy Band, Bossanaire, Laurie Hammond and Soulicious. He has performed at the Bumbershoot, the Crystal Ball Room, Portland Art Museum, Portland Blues Festival,  IrvFest  and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.  He has been a featured artist at many  Northwest  festivals. Gus has been composing, arranging, and engineering since 1988. He composed music for the documentaries “The Greenest Building” and “Pre Fontaine: Fire on the Track”, worldwide theater trailers for Dolby, the film “The Independent”, and many sports and educational videos. He is obviously a highly sought after gig and session player.

Biondi Russell Band

Paul  Biondi was born into a musical family in Philadelphia  in the 1950’s He first picked up a saxophone at the age of 8. Paul’s teacher and mentor was Robert “Boysie” Lowery, who taught and motivated players such as Clifford Brown, Ernie Watts, and many other jazz musicians on the east coast. While still in high school, Paul performed in jazz bands, studio sessions, and orchestras.  Before graduating from high school, he studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston.

After graduation,  Paul toured for several years with Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and Ike and Tina Turner. He then joined a yearlong world tour with Smokey Robinson. In 1978, Paul and The Duck Soup Band from Philadelphia were offered a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. He worked on the album in San Francisco for one year, and then moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician. Paul has written  and played on movie scores and television theme songs.

He  has performed with many  artists, including Jimmy Smith, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Jack Sheldon, Tex Beneke,  The Temptations, the Four Tops, The Drifters, The Platters, The Cadillacs, The Shirelles, and numerous other groups and artists. He has backed up Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,  Mel Torme,  Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne.

Since moving to Oregon in 1992, Paul has been active in supporting dozens of  Eugene and Florence fundraisers. He founded MEMA, the Musicians Emergency Medical Association.

Joining Paul and Gus are Rick Markstrom on vocals and percussion,  and Justin  Schepige on Bass.

Barbara Dzuro Quartet

The Barbara  Dzuro  Quartet  is  Barbara Dzuro on piano, backed by Bruce Cole on drums,  Mike Hanns on Bass and Scott Mitchell on saxophone.

Veteran jazz pianist  Barbara Dzuro loves the emotive nature of jazz improvisation,  “You play what you feel.  You have to be able to think fast  and  phrase everything well … but more than that you have to have a passion and a soul for it,”  Dzuro, who played piano with the Eugene  Jazz  All-Stars for nine years, originally  trained as a classical musician.  She found jazz and improv  to be more emotive and cathartic. “With classical music, you have to play every note on the page,” she said. “With improv, you’re not bound by anything.  You’re playing what you feel.”

For Bruce Cole  and  the other musicians, improv is more than just a style of music,  it’s the ultimate euphoria. “ Improv  really is the drug of choice for musicians,” he said. “You don’t always get that high, but when you do, I’ve heard some say it’s better than sex.”  Cole is the backbeat of the Eugene jazz scene. Playing drums since the age of 5, Bruce is comfortable with all genres of music claiming influences  ranging from Charlie Parker,  Dizzy Gillespie, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin,  Peter Tosh and Bob Marley. However, jazz improve is his love.

Barbara  performs  professionally coast to coast. She enjoys both large Jazz festivals,  and  small intimate venues. She has studied and explored jazz improvisation since 1971. She has played in New York at the River Cafe, The Gage & Tollner, and at Greene Street in SoHo.  She did a thirteen month  dream  gig,  playing six nights a week in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has recorded her original music with the jazz quartet Meridian.

Mike Hanns  has 40+ years playing experience including performances with nationally recognized artists, Holly Hoffmann,  Mike Wofford   Halie Loren, Ritchie Cole,  Andrei Kitaev,  Meredith d’ Ambrosia ’ and many others. While attending  the University of Oregon Mike performed with the U of O Symphony, the   U of O Jazz Ensemble, plus  number of small jazz groups. Mike is a highly sought after session and gig player.

Discovering his love of jazz at an early age, Scott Mitchell has played the saxophone since the age of seven. His adolescence was spent studying the alto saxophone, and later the flute, while playing in a number of combos, ensembles, and bands. In high school, Scott studied under legendary University of Oregon jazz author, educator, and performer Carl Woideck. During this time, he frequented the Southern Oregon Music Festivals and other festivals around the Pacific Northwest, where he received numerous awards as “Outstanding Performer,” and learned from living legend, Mel Brown among many others. Scott then went on to earn a BFA in Jazz Studies from the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute for the Arts where he studied under Paul Novros and many other professional musicians, including saxophonist Vinny Golia, and bassists Charlie Hayden and Alphonso Johnson. He is trained in music theory, composition, and performance. His earliest influences were Charlie Parker and later Cannonball Adderly, and for his junior performance at Cal Arts he did a tribute to Adderly that prompted one professor to say he thought Scott was “channeling Cannonball.”  Scott played in Yachats with the Gerry Rempel Syndicate last summer, and is back by popular demand.

Reviews about Barbara exclaim:

“Barbara has always been an artist; art is her lifestyle, as a composer and pianist she is gifted with a depth of perception that is awe-inspiring. She plays with intuitive intelligence and emotional understanding.” —Viola Feix, What’s Happening, Eugene, Oregon

“Dzuro’s style is a melange of influences from Bill Evans to Chick Corea to Keith Jarrett. She’s primarily a lyrical player.”—Robert Jannapollo,  Cadence Magazine

“Dzuro’s vacillations of touch and mood express life as most people live it, hanging on surely through ups and downs. These are just nuances though and the equilibrium is sound, but they make for the character that is missing from so many more commercial and trendy recordings.”el Syndicate last summer, and is back by popular demand.

60’s Folk Song Hootenanny!

Sing along with The New Folksters to your favorite 60’s folk songs such as Puff The Magic Dragon, This Land Is Your Land, Tom Dooley, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and many others.  Free lyric sheet handouts.

Barbara Lee Turrill and Morgen Spiess

Rainspout likes to feature some local musicians each year. This year we are happy  to present:

Barbara Lee Turrill  on vocals, guitar and Morgen Spiess  on clarinet, and saxophone. They  perform original, traditional and new folk.  They are the happiest in small clubs, house concerts, and other groovy venues, where the audience members are 4 feet away.  The songs are filled with an Appalachian Scots-Irish soul or a  New England 1960s small town blend with Urban Americana notes, combined with 21st century laid back folk-swing tunes.   Barbara’s musical background includes playing at the infamous Cornelia St. Songwriters Cafe in NYC in the 70s, at folk festivals and clubs up and down the West Coast  and in New England.  She has won the New Songwriters contest at the Willamette Valley Folk Festival in Eugene.

Morgen Spiess  plays clarinet and saxophone. Morgen has been entertaining up and down the west coast for decades. A famed busker at Seahawks, Blazers, Beaver,  Ducks,  and  formerly Seattle Sonics games,  Spiess  played in  his share of Lincoln County bands throughout the years.  Among them  New Clear Lights, and Anything Goes.

The Fiddlin’ Big Sue Band

The Fiddlin’ Big Sue Band is Sue and Tom Hunnel , Janet Nelson and Jerry Zybach.  Rooted in Old Time Fiddling, Bluegrass and Newgrass the band presents a wide variety  of  musical styles including their own, “SueGrass”.

Music for the whole family with toe tapping and hand slapping results in a “Good Old Time” for everyone. The group has performed in over a 1,000 venues,  8 states and 7 countries in the last thirty years.  From 1974 to 1984 the band played under the “Whiskey Creek String Band” flag. Next they became “Fiddlin’ Big Sue, Uncle T & Johnny” until 2004. They have opened for Asleep at the Wheel, Doc Watson, Byron Berlin, Ricky Skaggs and more.

Fiddlin’ Big Sue is from Eugene, Oregon. You can always count on her for something different, exciting and powerful.

Tom “Uncle T” Hunnel  picks the guitar, mandolin, and tenor banjo.        Most of the lead vocals fall to Uncle T and quite a bit of the stage chatter seems to emanate from his microphone. We are trying to get him to stop joking around but I think he is too far over the edge.

Janet Nelson cut her musical teeth in the jazz and blues scene of Eugene, Or and has been playing in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. Working with duos, bands and as a solo musician, she enjoys a wide range of genres and musical styles, and has found a new home with the Fiddlin’ Big Sue Band.

Terry Trenholm

Rainspout likes to feature some local musicians each year. This year we are happy  to present:

One of the most unique acts at this years festival, we are delighted   to have Terry Trenholm on the roster.  Terry Trenholm is a one man Punk band.   Terry plays five instruments at once.   Guitar, harmonica, keyboard, drum and tambourine, plus he sings Terry is performing on Saturday afternoon.

Mike and Carleen McCornack

Pacific Northwest folk musicians, Mike and Carleen  McCornack have shared their musical artistry with grateful audiences for over four decades. From coffee houses to concert halls, Mike and Carleen’s beautifully crafted songwriting comes to life in their music with superb vocal harmony and sparkling guitar accompaniment that touches the heart and never fails to tickle the funny bone! With music firmly rooted in the Folk-Americana tradition, Mike and Carleen are award winning songwriters and 2 time winners of the Florence Winter Folk Festival’s People’s Choice Award. Equally at home performing for “grownups” and for those who know them for their delightful, award winning music for children, Mike and Carleen’s performances are filled with themes of love and humor, inspiring originals and cover songs they love.

“Beautiful melodies, great musicians. Pure heartfelt vocals all blended together into music

that will leave you smiling in your heart.”     Bill Staines

“What stands out, are the competent vocals of this duo. Their vocals are deep and rich and come across beautifully whether in harmony or solo. If you’re in the mood for joyful and pleasing music, the McCornacks won’t disappoint you.”       Steve Hooks, What’s Happening, Eugene Oregon

Mike and Carleen kept our audience laughing, crying and singing throughout their show.

With exquisite guitar work and wonderful harmony, they instantly connected with our  audience.

Concerts In Your Home hosts, Hal & Beverly, Eugene, Oregon

The New Folksters

THE NEW FOLKSTERS are a group of folk singers from Eugene, Oregon, who combine wonderful harmony with hot instrumentals. Their performances are fun and include 60’s folk songs, contemporary folk tunes, rollicking jug band and ragtime ditties. Members have been part of the folk singing community since the 60’s. Members are:

HAL WEINER, multi-instrumentalist and singer, has been involved in the folk music scene since the late ’50’s. He produced the Florence Winter Folk Festival for 13 years, and is the founding member of The New Folksters.

KEITH BARR, is a well-travelled folk artist and marvelous songwriter (Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle), who entertains audiences in a rogue, Irish tenor that has been compared to Glen Yarborough and Neil Young.

BEVERLY SCHRIVER, vocalist and kazoo player started singing when she was 10. She is a retired medical librarian and a singer and kazoo player with the group.

KEN LUSE, upright Bass player, started playing bass in 1959 and has performed with the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers since 2006.

The New Folksters have been featured performers at NW Folklife in WA, Glendale Folk Festival in AZ, Fiddlers Dream in AZ, Tumbleweed Folk Festival in WA, Emerald Valley Opry in OR, Axe and Fiddle in OR and many others.

“They sound like a cross between The Rooftop Singers, The Kingston Trio and The Limeliters”
– Tom WIlson – Emcee NW Folklife

“Classic 60’s folk music given a new life with a modern twist”
– Axe and Fiddle – Cottage Grove, OR

East West International Project

Rainspout is thrilled to present, and introduce  to you,   The East West International Project Saturday night  9:00PM

From different parts of the world, each member’s instrumental and vocal contribution derives from unique traditions, musical backgrounds, and talents. Exemplified throughout a variety of styles, such as classical/ jazz/ tango/ folk/ pop, these nuances are emoted beautifully and with finesse. Melodies are buoyed with lush harmonies, and rhythm is awash with wide chordal counterpoint.

East-West International boasts Artistic Director and accordion virtuoso Sergei Teleshev, Sean Peterson on bass, and vocalists Galina Light and Viktoriya Hewitt. This charming quartet promises a smooth and soulful  delivery, that will melt away the cares of the day-to-day . . . and exhilarate listeners with sweet, imaginative escape. ”

Galina Light and Viktoria Hewitt, are part of the Juliana & PAVA, a vocal ensemble performing ancient Russian folk songs.  Galina is from Kyrgyzstan, a country that borders Kazakhstan and China, and Viktoria is from Riazan, Russia. These two song birds now reside in Seattle, Washington.

Sean Peterson is a bassist and composer based in Eugene, Oregon.  He performs in genres including Jazz, Baroque, Funk, Gypsy-grass, and Salsa. He composed, recorded and mixed his debut CD for jazz sextet, “Let It Show,” which was released in June of 2015. He performs regularly with Halie Loren, Laura Kemp, Tony Glausi, Torrey Newhart, Oregon Bach Collegium, Carl Woideck, and Michael Radliff, among others. Previously he has performed with Eleven Eyes, Taarka, Beta Collide, The Oregon Composers’ Big Band, and The Harry James Orchestra, among others. Sean does it for the love.

Classically trained at the Academy of Music in Voronezh, Russia, Sergei Teleshev has won many regional and international accordion competitions. As  accordion player of Trio Voronezh and Valinor Quartet, he collaborates with many internationally recognized artists, ensembles, and orchestras (including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Halie Loren, and many others.  In 2013  he won the National V-Accordion Competition. As the U.S. champion, Sergei represented the United States at the 7th Roland International V-Accordion Festival, in Rome, Italy, where he received a special prize for most online votes on the festival’s webcast.

Betty and the Boy

Betty and The Boy  defy  categorization.  Though the quintet’s string-laden melodies occasionally anchor them in the territories of folk, bluegrass, or minimalist rock, they’re more at home in the cracks in-between. It’s from these quirky, deeper, sometimes darker places that Betty Jaeger’s voice reaches up, takes you by the hand, and sweeps you along on an entrancing musical journey. Now based out of Eugene, Oregon, the band  features  violinist Michelle Whitlock who likes to play her instrument in a lower register to add an intriguing layer or color; classically-trained cellist Nanci  McDonald who also plays ukulele and guitar,  Jon Conlon on bass, and multi-instrumentalist  Josh Harvey, aka ‘The Boy’ on banjo, mandolin and vocals. Enjoy these quotes…

“Her voice and the texture of her voice, along with the instrumentation, which is almost semi-classical in places, is so striking. Difficult to describe, this is a unique ensemble playing  good music – it’s pretty spectacular!”   Woody Platt, ‘Steep Canyon Rangers’

“Nothing short of entrancing.” – Eugene Weekly

“Darkness amid beauty.”  – Eugene Register Guard