FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2010
GULFSONGS OREGON ANNOUNCES FINAL FIVE EVENTS AND A SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY THE PDX 2 GULF COAST TEAM AT THE SEPTEMBER 2ND SHOW AT MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS
Gulfsongs Oregon, an ongoing series of music performance events to benefit selected non-profit organizations that are supporting the people of coastal Louisiana who have been economically hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, is pleased to announce it’s final five events taking place in September.
Thursday, September 2nd ~ Mississippi Studios with Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights, Rachel Taylor Brown, Leonard Mynx, and Buoy LaRue (8 PM, tickets: $10)
Friday, September 3rd ~ Biddy McGraw’s ~ Will West and Friends (9:30 PM, no cover)
Sunday, September 12th ~ Trails End Saloon (in conjunction with Cascade Blues Association) with: Robbie Laws, Ellen Whyte, Karen Lovely (with special guest Kevin Self), the Insomniacs, the David Samuel Project, the Ben Rice Band, and Eric Tweed … a seven hour event from 1 – 8 PM! ($10-20 suggested donation)
Thursday, September 16th ~ White Eagle Saloon ~ Ron Rogers & The Wailing Wind, Wendy and the Lost Boys, and Chris Miller (8:30 PM, $5-10 suggested donation)
Saturday, September 25th ~ Alberta Rose Theatre ~ A Louisiana Music Celebration with Reggie Houston, Devin Phillips, Steve Kerin & Atomic Gumbo, and special guests. (8 PM, tickets: $10)
Gulfsongs Oregon and PDX 2 Gulf Coast: Oregonians Supporting Their Gulf Coast Neighbors will work together at the September 2nd Mississippi Studios show to provide a special presentation by the team that recently traveled to the Gulf Coast to gather information and assess the local and national steps necessary for the economic and environmental recovery of the region. They will report on their findings, impressions, and next steps in their project to keep attention and awareness on the serious issues facing the Gulf Coast and what communities here in Portland and around the country can do to help build a more sustainable future.
In addition to the presentation and four outstanding sets of music by some of Portland’s best indie pop artists, there will be a silent auction with the work of a number of Portland artists including Chris Haberman, Jennifer Kenworth, Ron Rogers, Dan Dalton and award-winning poster artist Gary Houston. There are also photos from music photographers Annaliese Moyer and Tim Deal, a ticket on the DME Big Easy Express, brown pelican tiles from Pratt & Larson, and gift certificates from the Swamp Shack and Mississippi Studios. The evening kicks off at 8:00 PM.
Time and again when there’s a need, musicians are among the first to provide support. As a music community with numerous ties to Louisiana, it seemed appropriate to reach out and see who was interested in responding to events in the Gulf. Initially conceived as a small benefit project involving one or two music events, an overwhelming response by the Portland music community quickly grew it into 11 shows at eight venues spanning a variety of music genres.
The money raised through Gulfsongs Oregon is supporting the people of coastal Louisiana who have been economically hurt by the oil disaster. To leverage the maximum value of the money contributed, funds are going to two established aid organizations in place in the region that provide ongoing relief efforts in the local communities: Bayou Grace Community Services <http://bayougrace.wordpress.com/> via the Gulf Aid Acadiana Fund <http://www.gulfaidacadiana.org>, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans/Acadiana <http://www.no-hunger.org>.
For more information visit http://gulfsongsoregon.org or Gulfsongs Oregon on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001172409963
PDX 2 Gulf Coast: Oregonians Supporting Their Gulf Coast Neighbors
Our mission is to build meaningful relationships in the Gulf Coast in order to tell informed stories of lives and systems impacted by the greatest environmental disaster in US history and to create tools that inspire choices for a more sustainable future.
Gulfsongs Oregon Partners:
Oregon Music News (exclusive online media sponsor)
PDX 2 Gulf Coast
Amanda Gresham ’s Delta Music Experience
Cascade Blues Association
Perfect Pitch Booking
In Music We Trust
Stacy L. DeHart is a long time Oregon resident, works for The University of Oregon Knight Library and owns Perfect Pitch Booking, LLC (http://www.perfectpitchbooking.net).
Jim Friscia writes Jim’s Music Notes (http://jimsmusicnotes.blogspot.com), a blog about live music in Portland. He is also a communications studies instructor for the University of Phoenix and education technology consultant.