Central Oregon Coast Filled with Wine, Song
(Yachats, Oregon) - In the tiny central coast town, it's all about wine, music and good times up against the beach. The Landmark Lounge is filled four days a week of tunes, and The Wine Place offers up plenty of vino for your weekend pleasure throughout April.
At the Landmark, all shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Hwy 101, Yachats. (541) 547-5459. www.landmark-yachats.com.
Saturday, April 11. Cap'n Trips. Doing Dead to the Dead. Set list: Alabama, Bertha, Loser, Ramble on Rose, Scarlett Begoinia, Wharf Rat, Casey Jones, Catfish John, Sugaree, Eep Hour, Uncle John's Band, you get the idea. From Eugene with Tom Lemmon, Trey, Carlito and others.
Sunday, April 12. Deadwood Revival. The mix here is what might be called new-time/ old-time or maybe new legs for an old horse. The spirit is Appalachian with soulful American roots, and a lot of jamband improvisation. Jason Mogi (banjo and vocals) and Kim Trenerry (guitar and vocals) are the originals, he from California via the rock/jam scene, she from Georgia with a hill country background right out of a Carter family picnic. Newbies are Ches Ferguson, a Deadhead from the old days, adding that bass line to the spry sharp harmonies, and Julie Campbell, who brings her fierce fiddle following a stint with "Looking Glass." Winner of the Peoples Choice Award at the Florence Folk Festival last year. Show at 5 p.m. www.deadwoodrevival.com
Saturday, April 17. I-Chele and the Circle of Light. The drifting rhythms of the reggae groove are hard to find in the land of the big trees, but they are there... or in this case, here. I-chele has put together a sensuous unit of sound and built it carefully over the years, never losing the spark. Vince Black adds that true Jamaican feel and a large and talented percussion section weaves that tropical balance. With Roger McConnell on guitar. www.i-chele.com
Saturday, April 18. K.G. Jackson and the Shakers. Cascade Blues Association: "KG Jackson and The Shakers represent the best of the best in Portland blues. With original songwriting, Muddy Award honors for harmonica and vocals, KG Jackson and The Shakers show why Portland is known for having the best Blues on the West Coast." K.G. has been playing music in the Northwest since 1990. In 1997 his band “K.G. Jackson and Shakin’ Ground” was a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award nominee for Best New Act. In 2006 he did a short stint in the band “Double Deuces” which was then nominated for Best New Act. He was also nominated in 2006 by the Cascade Blues Association in the Best Vocalist category in a final field of three that included Curtis Salgado. A Landmark debut.
Sunday, April 19. Richard Sharpless. Show at 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 23. Jerry Zybach Blues Jam.
Friday, April 24. Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes. Before moving to Portland two years ago from Roanoke, Va., this master bluesman played over 1,500 gigs in 15 states, conquering a wide circle of East Coast venues. But his new start in the Northwest has given him a fresh outlook, a boatload of new fans and a deep appreciation from the blues community, so much so he's been nominated for six Muddy Awards including Best New Act, Best Contemporary Blues Act and Best Electric Guitar. He's become something of a mainstay at the Landmark, giving a variety of performances, suitable to the crowd, the weather, the whatnot. www.kevinselfe.com/
Saturday, April 25. Vibe Nation. Led by the musical and spiritual energy of veteran Rastafari players Jahfree-I and Sister Susannah here is another of Oregon's growing community of reggae bands. This is a large group, also featuring April Scott on vocals, Scott Valpey on drums, Trey Logstrethe on bass, Ras T on keys and Roger McConnell on guitar. Vibe Nation has played at Sam Bond's, John Henry's and other Eugene clubs and has opened for the Mighty Diamonds, Israel Vibration and the Mediations. www.myspace.com/vibenation1
Sunday, April 2. Jerry Zybach with Johnny “The Bee” Bryson. Accomplished singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, arranger, and bandleader, Jerry Zybach does it all. Thirty some years into it, he's at the top of his game and just keeps growing as an artist. Classical voice training as a young man gives him a unique take on the songs he loves. He has a great ability to project emotion whether he's playing his Gibson 135, his Harmony H50, his collection of resonators or acoustics, finger style and slide. He's ripped up the Landmark on many occasions and is one of the coast's favorite performers. www.stagehogs.com/. Show at 5 p.m.
At The Wine Place, all wine tastings happen on Saturday at 1 p.m. They are free. Hwy 101, Yachats, Oregon. www.iloveoregonwine.com or call 541-547-5275.
Sat., Apr. 4. Piluso Vineyard & Winery. Piluso Vineyard is located in Aumsville, Oregon, and their motto is “great wines begin with great grapes.” The vineyard is on a knoll in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, and grapes are hand-harvested in small lots. The 2005 Pinot Noir received 88 points from Wine Spectator. Join winemaker Sandee Piluso for a tasting of 2004 and 2005 Pinot Noir, and 2006 Bianco Dolce, a dessert wine made of Chardonnay.
Sat., Apr. 11. Bargain-Bin Wines. Yes, you can still drink good wine on a budget! This tasting features wine priced from $6 - $10 and includes Oregon and California wines.
Sat., Apr. 18. Stangeland Winery. Stangeland Winery is located northwest of Salem, Oregon. Their first vines were planted in 1978. Stangeland’s handcrafted wines are produced utilizing the best of old world methods and new world innovations. Join shop owner Carrie Yano for this tasting of award-winning wines.
Sat., Apr. 25. BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag! This tasting features wine from Oregon and around the globe. The Wine Place encourages you to bring your own bag – every day, not just on Earth Day. Please bring in any bags strong enough to hold wine and they will be re-used, as well as 6-pack wine carriers and wine shipping boxes with inserts.
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