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My Heart is an Idiot

Sunday, October 28, 2012


This fall, road warriors Davy and Peter Rothbart are hurtling your way on FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour, which celebrates the release of Davy’s book of personal essays, My Heart is an Idiot, Peter’s new album, and a brand-new issue of FOUND. The Rothbart Brothers are hopping back in the tour van, FOUND treasures in tow, for an epic cross-country romp, with stops in 37 states and 75 cities, and Pendleton Center for the Arts is one of them!


At this exhilarating show, Davy (FOUND’s plucky point guard) will share the latest magnificent and mesmerizing finds that’ve landed in the mailbox here at FOUND HQ, plus outrageous tales from his new book, while Peter (FOUND’s international heartthrob) will dazzle with beautiful, haunting, and hilarious songs based on FOUND notes.



Davy and Peter collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, receipts, doodles-- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life.


Check out their website at Found Magazine.

Round-Up Favorites - Cabbage Hill!

Thursday AND Friday, Sept. 13 & 14, 2012


World-class bluegrass has been a long standing tradition at the Arts Center during Round-Up. Pendleton is home to some of the country’s finest national old-time fiddle champions and other versatile musicians who bring both the spirit and the high bar for excellent musicianship that bluegrass embodies to the stage.




Mon. November 24, 2014

West My Friend

Back by popular demand!

This group’s songs are created through a collaborative process: well-crafted and clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines, and richly textured accordion combine as every member brings forward their own ideas and experiences. The wealth of musical experience and classical training in the group creates an interesting backdrop for their songwriting, allowing for levels of detail, intricacy, and counterpoint balanced with moments of simplicity. This sonically adventurous approach to music defines West My Friend as a key part of a growing movement of the new generation of grass-roots folk music taking place in Victoria, Vancouver and across British Columbia.


Thurs., Aug. 22, 2013

Seffarine is a duo formed by Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player/flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their repertoire varies from classical Arabic and Andalusian music to original compositions influenced by the music of widely varying cultures, such as Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music, and American jazz. Seffarine takes its name from the ancient metalworking square in Lamiae's home city of Fes, Morocco. Listen to clips of their music here.

Made possible by the great folks at Hill Law Office.

More great past performances here.

The Portland Cello Project

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Yep, we did it. We got the Portland Cello Project to book a show in the up close and personal space of the Arts Center's Pearson Auditorium. These amazing and amazingly versatile musicians have received acclaim from a diverse bunch of reviewers, from Spin Magazine to the New York Times to National Public Radio - everyone agrees, they are fabulous.



Eleni Mandell plays to a sell-out crowds everywhere she goes. This singer/songwriter was picked "Artist of the year" in the "best of L.A." issue of LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE a couple years ago and a feature article in The Times of London said, “..she has a voice that should be heard by millions.” Her cool cover of Cole Porter’s song “I Love Paris” provided the background music for the controversial Carl’s Jr. television commercials featuring Paris Hilton. The list goes on an on. She was even featured as a clue in the Jan. 26 NY Times Crossword puzzle, The clue: "Singer/songwriter _____ Mandell", The answer: "Eleni".


Brought to the Arts Center through the generous support of Dr. Cynthia Holmes.

September 11 & 12, 2014 - 7 pm

Eleni Mandell

This amazing trio set a record for attendance here at the Arts Center (It’s amazing how many people will stand to hear truly great music), and we expect tickets to go quickly this time too, so reserve your seats early!


Rebecca Lemnicky is the only non-Scottish born musician to win the Scottish National Fiddle Championship - something she did at the age of 16. And her playing has only gotten better since. Peter Willis and David Brewer are fantastic on their own, but together, this trio provides a peak music experience.





 Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7 pm

Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer, Peter Willis


Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 - 7 pm

Molly’s Revenge


David Brewer is best known to regional fans as the side-kick to Scottish fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky, but his work playing Highland bagpipes, border and uillean pipes, and whistles spans a wide range of projects.

His most acclaimed is as a
founding member of the popular west coast Celtic band Molly's Revenge, which was voted Best Band of 2005 at the Live Oak Music Festival. The group has performed nationally and internationally with highlight appearances at the Chicago Irish Festival, the University of Hawaii Concert Series, the Ballarat Federation Tattoo in Australia, the Tamar Valley Folk Festival in Tasmania, twice at the Shanghai International Music Festival in China and at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brewer is joined by John Weed, a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He hones his skills annually by attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O'Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin.

Rounding out the trio is
Stuart Mason, who has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association.


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Wed., April 22, 2015
Okaidja Afroso


Afroso is a dynamic vocalist, a gifted multi-instrumentalist, and an exultant dancer. His personal story is woven through his work and allows him to connect with audiences in a powerful way.

Okaidja was born into a family of singers and songwriters. His crippled uncle was the town’s notorious composer who spared no one with the songs he wrote about life in the township of Kokrobitey, a small fishing village on the west coast of Ghana.

Okaidja’s mother was a colorful lead singer in her spiritual church. Her powerful songs of praise earned her the name “the spiritual singer.” As a young boy Okaidja sang while he worked on fishing boats. The fishermen would sing a cappella songs as they worked, and Okaidja passed the long days learning the songs of the great sea.


At the age of 19, Okaidja was accepted as a professional dancer for the prestigious Ghana Dance Ensemble at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies. He became well known for his energetic stage presence and excelled in his performances of the Ga fetish dances. The Ghana Dance Ensemble gave Okaidja the opportunity to study with the best teachers in the country.


In 1997 Okaidja toured the Unites States with the Ensemble. Later on that year he traveled solo throughout Germany teaching Ghanaian music and dance before moving to the U.S. to join Okropong, a traditional Ghanaian music and dance group directed by the late Obo Addy.

Okaidja’s first album, The Traditionalist, is his raw and emotional interpretation of the folkloric songs he grew up singing. His second album, Obutu Apla, ventures away from the strictly traditional and it was heavily influenced by Okaidja’s inquiry into the African Diaspora.

Okaidja’s career shifted as he began to do extensive research into the connections between Ghanaian music and the music of the African Diaspora. Out of this passionate inquiry, his band Okaidja & Shokoto was formed. Through Shokoto, Okaidja creates music that draws from multiple cultural influences from the past and the present. The result is a dynamic fusion of traditional and contemporary African rhythms with the diverse music of the African Diaspora.

After dancing and playing percussion for so many years, Okaidja followed his soul’s calling and taught himself how to play the guitar. By learning completely on his own, through his relentless desire to play his unique style of music, he inadvertently created a guitar style that is so distinct that many accomplished guitarists tell him to stay away from taking lessons so that he does not lose his pure, inimitable sound.

The guitar brought out a different sound and inspired Okaidja to write songs unlike anything he had created before. His album, Messenger, reflects the journey that he has been on as a messenger, carrying communication between the traditional world of his native homeland and the contemporary landscape of this modern-day. Okaidja’s songs tell the stories of his people and follow their journeys through the disparate lands where they were scattered. It is an album that speaks to the soul.

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