Danny Schmidt, Wednesday, January 20, 2015




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Hello Music Lovers,

We have had a little break since we hosted out last house concert, a totally amazing show with Martin Joseph in October.  I think that is good.  Too many shows starts to wear on us but, it is time for more music from Doverlaff. 
On Wednesday, January 20th at 7 pm we will host another of our all time favorite singer-songwriters, a Martin Guitars official artist and amazing wordsmith, Danny Schmidt.  This will be Danny’s 4th appearance at Doverlaff putting him among the top 3 frequent performers, all also Dans, Danny Schmidt, Dan Weber and yours truly. 
If you know Danny Schmidt, the rest of this email is superfluous.  If you don’t, it’s time you did.  Danny is that perfect combination of great guitar player and amazing song-writer and sincere and humorous performer.  His last performance here was in the garden with his wife, the incredible Carrie Elkin.  It was the only show for which we got busted by the cops for excessive noise. This show will not get busted and will not be too loud. I promise.
Some reviewer comments: 
From NetRhythms  UK

Danny has a hell of an imagination, but one which doesn’t exclude his listeners, whom he holds in rapt attention throughout his storytelling and ruminations. I was so impressed with this album I just had to investigate further, and it turns out that Parables & Primes is Danny’s fourth CD, recorded back in 2005 and only just now gaining a UK release; apparently there’s a further new album on the way as we speak, which I’m looking forward to immensely.

Parables & Primes is an absolutely outstanding singer-songwriter album by any standards, truly one of the finest and most individual I’ve heard this year, and I’m glad to report that Danny’s going to be touring the UK briefly next month.

From Sing Out! Magazine

“Danny Schmidt is a force of nature: a blue moon, a hundred-year flood, an avalanche of a singer-songwriter. His songs are a flood of poetry, mythology, folk wisdom, and surprise.”
- Matt Watroba, Sing Out! magazine

From Austin Chronicle

“In today’s underground folk world, Danny Schmidt is spoken of in reverent tones, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, with a poetry that breathes naturally and without pretension, with results that are both attractive and intense.”
- Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

Here are a few You Tube videos you may like. Many more are available there: 
Unfortunately,  Google has labeled us as spammers so some of there messages will not get through.  It seems to be getting worse, so, friend me on Facebook (Dan Dover) and like our page (Doverlaff House Concerts) so you will know about our shows in the future if the blocking problem gets worse.  You can also check out and bookmark our web site at doverlaffhouseconcerts.org.
So, if your interest is whetted, let us know that you plan to attend.  This show will almost definitely fill up fast.  The only guarantee for seats is advance donation of the suggested $20 per seat.  You can send checks to us at Dan Dover, 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, Oregon 97206.  You can reach Dan at 503.730.3189 for questions or directions.  
Our opener for this show will be Jan Hutchison, a member of our Doverlaff Songwriters Circle gang and singer of bluesy, sexy originals and covers.  We think you will love her as well.  Jan plays around town and joined us this past summer for the first time in the Pacific City Folk Festival.  
Cheryl Mitzlaff and Dan Dover
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Martyn Joseph Wednesday October 7th


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It is official!!!.  We will be hosting, from Wales, amazing singer songwriter and alpha Bruce Springsteen fan, Martyn Joseph for a house concert  ON WEDNESDAY, October 7th.  We really need to get at least 30 people for this show, so, we hope you can come and bring your friends.

We have seen Martyn twice. Once at Sisters Folk Festival and again at the Alberta Rose.  He is a helluva performer and song writer.  He has a great love of America and American music (especially Bruce Springsteen) but is not beyond a little critique of our sometimes inane behavior.  We are so happy to have this last minute opportunity and hope you can come despite the short notice.

Some blurbs from the press:

“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut”


“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”|
Q Magazine

“A profound experience”
The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”
Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”
Financial Times

He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines”
Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“Britain`s best kept secret……a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer”
MoJo 4* review

From Martyn’s Bio:

Martyn Joseph 2015

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk-funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.” There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

“Songs For The Coming Home”, his most recent self-penned studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. “At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day.”

Upon the release of the album BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris said “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better.” Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark ‘one take’, up close sound with stunning instrumentation, “Songs For The Coming Home” resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer.

In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer.

2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his “Let Yourself Trust”, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations

He has won the love of audiences from USA and Canada to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

As I said, we really love Martyn and are so excited to have this last minute opportunity..  The suggested donation will be $20.  We will start the show at 7 pm on Thursday, October 8th.

Let us know,

Cheryl and Dan

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Andrew Goncalves show moved to 7 p.m.

Music lovers,

The heat wave that has been broiling the Portland shows no sign of letting up. Due to the heat, we are moving the Andrew Goncalves House Concert to 7 pm. The evenings seem to be cooling off by that time and will surely be pleasant by the time the show gets going.

We hope to see you here at 7 p.m., Sunday July 5 for more great music.


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Andrew Goncalves with Boris Popadiuk Sunday, July 5

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Music Lovers,

Cheryl and I are winding down our 2014-15 Doverlaff House Concerts series. As you know, The Birds of Chicago will be here next Thursday, June 25. We are very happy to have the Birds back for their second appearance in the Tiki room. We will not be able to do this show outside as it is a weeknight and we do not want to cause our neighbors any distress. So we will see you next Thursday here for another great show.

But that is not why I am writing today. We have added a final show to this years season. Our good friend, Andrew Goncalves, will be here for a second CD release party for his new recording “Fire Inside”‘ on Sunday, July 5. We hope you can be here.

If you received our previous message about this show you will note that that evil monster auto correct changed his name to Congalves each time I entered it. It NOT Concalves, but Goncalves, Andrew Goncalves, extraordinary guitar player, singer and songwriter. If you are a regular at Artichoke Music,you have heard him sing his wonderful song “Kentucky Blue.” You can bet you will get to heard that song again, as well as the other songs from his new CD and, I am sure, some surprises.

Andrew puts all of himself into the music….every strum, drumbeat, and belted out melody that he sings. His guitar playing is clean and diverse, varying from fingerstyle to percussive with some flamenco overtones. His music and lyrics are infused with his time out on the road of life, and the timeless search for home. Andrew recorded his first album with the band “Boa Saida” back in 2010 and has just completed his long awaited first solo album, Fire Inside.

Here are some other songs by Andrew to give you a taste, if you are not already familiar with his work. If you are, here is a chance to listen again.

Magic Show

Knock, Knock

Out on the Road

Andrew will be accompanied by his old band mate, from his days with Boa Saida, Boris Popaduik, (here playing Julie O – be sure to click) and, just maybe, his sister, Oksana. Boris is a native of Portland, Oregon and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. He currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant at the Frost School of Music in Miami, Florida, where he is getting a masters in cello performance. Trained as a classical cellist, Boris eagerly explores a wide array of genres. He has performed and recorded with classical, jazz and pop artists, from Jeremy Denk and the Punch Brothers to Gloria Estefan and Barry Manilow. Boris is a budding improviser and is determined in his efforts to liberate himself from the shackles of sheet music.

Of course, words don’t count, unless they are being sung. Come join us on Sunday, July 5 to the words and licks that matter.. Suggested donation $10-15 dollars. Of course, you can always donate more. Snacks will be available as will beer and wine, for which we suggest a small donation.

We are located at 7326 SE Woodward St.
Portland, 97206
You can reach Dan at 503.730.3189

Cheryl and Dan
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Birs of Chicago, Thursday, June 25 7 p.m.

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We are coming again to the end of another great season of music here at Doverlaff House Concerts and we are closing out the season with a high flying act, The Birds Of Chicago. The Birds will be landing here on Thursday June 25 at 7 p.m. If this show is anything close to the last time they played in the Tiki Room, you better not miss it.

A cursory glance over their press page reveals references totheir music as anything from folk to gospel, to country to jazz. Truly uncategorizable,the Birds of Chicago bring energy, inventiveness, musicianship, great enigmatic songwriting, humor and verve to their performances. A totally infective and affecting sound that will have you smiling and singing lines from their songs for months.

Some of that previously alluded to press:

“Everyone at Folk Alliance was talking about this band built around husband and wife Allison Russell and JT Nero. The acclaim was earned. Allison comes off like a demure young lady with a delightful Toronto accent when she speaks, but when she sings, she’s Aretha Franklin. They performed original music, folk with a rock bend, with a touch of gospel thrown in. By the end of the festival, their shows were standing-room only, if you could get into the room at all.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer – Mar. 2014)

“Top Ten Country Albums of 2014″ (London Telegraph – August, 2014)

“[Birds of Chicago] have discovered a power in their collective that creates some truly spine tingling moments. Mix a little gospel, a little soul, plenty of country attitude and you get the semblance of the forces at play here. Heard live, this couple display a spirit in performance that is really special and conjures up the celebratory feel of a revival meeting.” (Lonesome Highway – May, 2014)

“Apart, JT Nero (in JT and The Clouds) and Allison Russell (as Po’ Girl), are superb and a joy on the ear. Together as Birds of Chicago they are exceptional. All of the good things about them are here. Russell’s voice is a wonderful weapon and the band cook likes demons crossing over gospel and rock with ease. ‘Live From SPACE’ represents them as they should be – live and unchained.” Four Stars. (Music News – UK, April 2014)

Maybe some pictures and sound may better get the message across. Try these videos from their website:

Introducing the Birds of Chicago
I Have Heard Words
The Moonglow/ The Tapeworm
The Trampoline

I hope these videos give you a sense of the Birds of Chicago if you do not already know them. If you do, you do not really need my efforts to convince that this will be a great show. We hope you will join us On June 25 at 7 pm for this sure to be entertaining show.

We will have Paul Kwitek here that night as well doing a short opening set. Paul new CD is totally refreshing and fun. We attended his cd release and it was simply killer. Here is his Restless from a show at the Brickhouse in Vancouver and his Schwinn Typhoon from a show at the White Eagle.

If like this sort of thing, be sure to join us. As usual the suggested donation it $20. I am sure this show will fill to capacity fast. If you would like to attend let me know and I will put you on the list. The only way to guarantee a seat for this show is to send the suggested donation in advance. Send a check, made out to Dan Dover, with Birds of Chicago in the memo line, to 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX, 97206. If you have questions or need directions, you can reach Dan at 504.730.3189. We will have snacks for free and beer and wine is available and we suggest a modest donation for those.

Attached is a copy of the poster for this show. See you soon and keep the music playing.

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Dan Weber House Concert

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Music Lovers,

Cheryl and I have found so much pleasure in our involvement in the Portland music community. We so much enjoy bringing great musicians that you love and ones that you have yet to discover. We have truly found our joy in this community.

We get even more pleasure seeing our friends follow their dreams. Yet more, to see them succeed. We think Dan Weber is doing just that.

Seven years ago, Dan and I drug each other out of our respective basements to play open mics. We played some weird and funky places. It was clear then, that Dan Weber had that certain something, that charisma, that instant connection that makes people want to listen. Since then Dan continuously builds toward achieving his dreams. I was glad to be there at the beginning and more than glad to have him here again for a house concert. I am particularly glad to be doing the opening set for this show.

Dan, again this year for the third time in 4 years is one of the finalists in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition. With his great new CD “What I’m Looking For” we think Dan has a wonderful chance to be one of the winners of this years competition. Everyone I speak with who has heard Dan’s performances loves his music. I know we do.

Well, we are having Dan Weber back again for a house concert in less than 2 week; on May 10, a Sunday, at 7 pm. We are so excited about this show. We hope you will join us to see Dan as he continues to achieve his dream.

What, you do not know Dan Weber or his music. Well, we need to correct that situation post haste. Even legendary folk troubadour, Ramblin Jack Eliot says, “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.”

Of course, Dan’s compelling songwriting, inventive melodies and engaging performance style attracts more admirers all the time. Christopher Anderson, Victory Review: Acoustic Music Magazine writes, “Weber’s writing is as strong as any in the Contemporary Folk community. ‘ Goodbye to Dad’ is one of the best original tunes that I have heard in a long time.”

The chorus goes on singing the praise of Dan’s songs. “4 Stars: Has you hanging on to every word. That’s the touch of a true Master Craftsman Songwriter,” that according to Alan Cackett, Editor: Maverick Magazine, UK. Or, “Dan Weber sings short stories with the exuberance of Kerouac, the economy of Hemingway, and the melodic elegance of Hank Williams,” as Tim Connor of Songwriter wrote.

Do you need more? How about Ernie Hopseker of Ocean Beach Radio saying, “Ash and Bone is a tapestry, woven of songs that could have been written by Hayes Carll or Guy Clark. Listen to ‘Sarah Ann’ or ‘Take the Central Georgia Home’ and you will hear the depth of Weber’s phenomenal musical growth. In short, it’s fantastic!”

Of course many of you already know Dan and his music. If you don’t random quotes from strangers may not convince you. If that is the case, try some of these.

Introducing Dan Weber

Hank and Jesus

Oh, Woody

Crazy All Day

Come on over to our place on Sunday, May 10 for a great show. We know you will love it and love Dan, that is just the kind of guy he is. Come prepared to sing along, to laugh out loud and to have a really good time.

As usual, we will have some snacks available for free and beer and wine available for which we suggest a modest donation. We are suggesting $20 donations per seat for advance reservations. This show will fill up so be sure to reserve soon. You can send a check, made out to Dan Dover, with Dan Weber House Concert in the memo line, to 7326 SE Woodward St. Portland, Oregon 97206. You can reach us at 503.730.3189.

Come share the joy we have found in the Portland music community and in the music of Dan Weber. You will be glad you did.

Cheryl and Dan

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Bethany and Rufus. 2015. 3

Music Lovers,
We are beyond excited to let you know that we are hosting a return visit from one of our earliest and favorite house concert artists, Bethany and Rufus. You may or may not know about Bethany and Rufus, if you do not, they are well worth getting to know.  
Bethany and Rufus are a unique duo in the world of folk music. Bethany Yarrow, the daughter of Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, has a firm grip on the American Folk Canon.  The very songs that come to mind when one mentions folk music are the songs in her wheel house.  Her voice is strong, smoky and dynamic, bringing these songs, some of which are very old, a new sense of urgency and relevance. 
Rufus Cappadocia, a world renown cellist, on the other hand, represents an approach to music that you would never expect when you hear the term folk music. Rufus is a natural musicologist, a multi-instrumentalist, not satisfied with the plethora of instruments available to him at the local instrument shop.  He plays two instruments, primarily, on stage, each totally unique. 
Some time ago, as I understand the story, he found a discarded cello and rescued it from musical oblivion.  He redesigned the instrument as a 5 string cello. He makes sounds with this unique instrument that take the American Folk Canon in entirely new directions.  Not content with one unique instrument, he redesigned a jumbo arch-top guitar, converting it to an eight string. Not only that, he only kept the first 5 or 6 frets, leaving the rest of the neck fretless, so he can play intervals that do not exist in western music.  He uses Arabic and African intervals freely in the compelling accompaniments he creates to back Bethany’s beautiful voice on these revered songs.  
You do not need to take my word on this fantastic duo. Our good friend, Portland song writing Guru, Matt Meighan, said after the last appearance of this incredible pair here at Doverlaff House Concerts that his musical DNA was totally rewritten by Rufus and his approach to the music. Matt is not the only one singing these singers praises. 
Roger Levesque of the Edmonton Journal writes “The duo sees themselves as roots…but the musical results are really beyond category, with touches of jazz, gospel and something contemporary. Their unique sound starts with Bethany’s phrasing, which can be quite loose, even ethereal. Then there’s Rufus’ five-string cello – played pizzicato, jazz style and bowed, incorporating the bass range and world music rhythms… It’s an often bewitching chemistry.” 
Or, from JAZZ TIME, “Yarrow has a keen, dusky-voiced musicianship that blurs folk, rock and pop… it is, though, Cappadocia’s brilliance that gives this [music] its remarkable sheen. His palette…is incredibly rich and amazingly clever.” 
And from GOLDMINE MAGAZINE, this quote: “Bethany delivers low, smoky tones that call to mind Nina Simone or Cassandra Wilson delving into field recordings… Cappadocia bows and plucks [his] cello with dramatic tension and stately grace. With stunning imagination, Bethany & Rufus move music linked with her father’s era in arresting new directions. Bravo!” – GOLDMINE MAGAZINE
Cheryl and I simply love Bethany and Rufus.  We had so much fun with them the last time they were here.  We know, if you were here for that show you will want to see and hear them again. If not, come discover a unique interpretation of the American Folk Canon, one that you will remember for a long time, one that may give you a new appreciation of these old, venerable songs. As usual we will be providing some snacks.  Beer and wine will be available. We will also have a short opening set buy have not yet worked out exactly who that will be.  
The suggested donation will be $20 per seat. You can reserve seats by sending a check for the suggested donation to us, made out to Dan Dover with “Bethany and Rufus” in the memo line. You can reach me at 503.730.3189. Also, check out our website: doverlaffhouseconcerts.org
Check out these You Tube videos of their work: 
Dan and Cheryl
Doverlaff House Concerts
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Mary Flower, Sunday March 29

Mary Flower House Concert 2015

I know this may seem a little early but I do not know when I will get the chance to reach out to you again before the show.  We will be hosting acoustic blues legend Mary Flower for a house concert on Sunday, March 29.  Spring will have sprung by then and the days will be getting warmer.  Come help us contribute to the warming trend by heating up the basement with some tapping feet and stretching smile muscles.  
Mary Flower, a 2008 Blues Music Awards nominee for Acoustic Artist of the Year is known for her “uniquely personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues, and folk styles.
She has also been a finalist in the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championships and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion.  Mary is truly a national artist with worldwide following.  This is your chance to see and hear her up close and personal with the intimacy only a house concert can provide.  
Gary Furlow will provide a bit of his take on the New Orleans blues sound to open up the show.  We will start at 7 pm with the door open at 6:30.  The usual snacks will be provided and beer and wine will be available for which we suggest a modest donation.  
We are located at 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX, 97206.  You can reach me until January 31 and after March 12 at 503.730.3189.  During the time in-between those dates Cheryl and I will be traveling in Southeast Asia, mostly Vietnam for a few weeks with a group of our friends.  A friend will be staying here to see to the mail so to reserve your seats, send a check for the suggested donation of $20 to the address above.  We truly look forward to seeing you and to hearing this fantastic musician do her bluesy stuff right here in the Tiki Room.  Join us if you can and keep the music real.
As usual, we only reserve seat with advance submission of the suggested donation. Night of the show, the suggested donation will still be $20 but, if there are seats left, donate what you can.  We really want to fill the house for Mary and provide a great show for you.  Hoping to see you then. 
Just in case you are not familiar with Mary, here are some samplers:
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Beth Wood and Lincoln Crockett, January 4 at 7 pm

Beth Wood. Lincoln Crockett Poster

Music Lovers, 

Man-o-man, what a fun show we had Saturday night with Keith Greeninger and Suzan Lundy here in the Tiki Room of the Doverlaff Mansion.  Can you have to much fun?  Dan always says “I’ve done almost everything, but I’ve never had TOO much fun.” Well, we came through alive so we guess we did not have TOO much fun but we think we spiked the needle way into the red zone.  
Thanks so much to Keith Greeninger and to Suzan Lundy for their wonderful songs and their total engagement with the audience.  I love house concerts.  How else can you have such intimate experiences with your musical heroes including pre show meals with free ranging conversation and post show hangouts.  Too much!  No, not really.  Just enough. 
Thanks also to you for coming to this and other Doverlaff House Concerts shows.  We could not have this if it were not for you.  
But, of course, it don’t stop there.  Next month, next year really, we will be hosting 2 incredibly great singer/songwriter/musicians here again in the Tiki Room.  This time, on Sunday, January 4 starting at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30) we will feature Beth Wood (the artist who gave the Tiki Room its name) and Lincoln Crockett.  This is going to be another great show.  We have seen both of these artists in many configurations, solo and together and with other performers.  They are both of the first order of entertainers and songwriters.  But that is just our opinions.  Lets see what others have had to say. 
Beth Wood: 
from her web site:

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood.

The Washington Post: 

“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter 

and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.”

Lonestar Music Magazine:

“…when you come across a recording like Beth Wood’s “The Weather Inside” you take note and recognize that this is the work of a genuine artist with a remarkable voice determined to make meaningful and lasting art.” 

Sundilla Music Website:

Beth’s exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and engaging, energetic stage presence have been winning over audiences from coast to coast. “The Weather Inside,” Beth’s eighth studio release, is a case study in contrast. A coming-of-age statement record from a veteran artist, Beth’s latest work embraces strength and tenderness, the polished and the well-worn, the broken and the hopeful heart. Produced by Billy Crockett at Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, TX, “The Weather Inside” delves deep into Beth’s creative reserves and delivers a strong collection of songs and performances to remember.

Some of Beth’s awards”

Winner – Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
Winner – Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest
Winner – 2nd Place – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Contest
Winner – Wildflower Festival Songwriting Contest
Finalist – Telluride Troubadour Contest
Winner – Top 20 Acoustic/Folk Category – Unisong International Songwriting Contest
Honorable Mention – Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Honorable Mention – Billboard World Song Contest


Lincoln Crockett: 

Don Campbell, The Oregonian:

“There’s nothing wrong with old-school, but the real fun comes with those who push envelopes. As with blues, jazz, even country and rock ‘n’ roll, those who bring something new to the party help propel genres to higher levels.

Such is the case with Lincoln Crockett, a young lion on the Portland bluegrass scene. A regular in Cross-Eyed Rosie, the Josh Cole Band and Caravan Gogh, Crockett has released a new solo project that radiates all that’s good about the progressive side of bluegrass. A sterling mandolin picker, guitarist and compelling singer, he has produced a 12-song piece of work that might have traditionalists scratching their heads, but new-grassers will gravitate to it like moths to a porch light.

It will be hard to avoid comparisons to Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile… Crockett owns the requisite high-and-lonesome voice — plaintive, achingly bittersweet and clear as creekwater, without a hint of vibrato — and he’s not afraid to use it. Like Thile, he’s fearless and playful, but can clearly stand on his own.

He is also a fiery player who slashes his custom twin-point mandolin when called for, but who displays a feather-light touch on the tender tunes. Crockett has a predilection for more complex chording, and he lets that predilection shine throughout this largely original effort.

Though his playing can be a shade on the outside (in a good way), he doesn’t stray far enough from his bluegrass roots to do damage to the form. This is bluegrass, but squeezed through the soul of a youngster. You’ll hear all his influences — folk, rock, pop, funk — but he’s found a way to gather them up under the bluegrass mantle and produce something as pleasant as a long summer day.”


Jeff Rosenberg, The Willamette Week

“Lincoln Crockett first got attention on local stages in neo-grass favorites Cross-eyed Rosie, then began honing his solo chops. These days he also contributes mandolin to the Josh Cole Band and the quirky, charming Caravan Gogh. But tonight, Crockett releases his first solo full-length, Angels&Devils;Alike, perhaps the project closest to his heart. Case in point: Crockett’s delicate picking and angelic voice define gorgeous new songs like “Maybe Souls” and “Nothing Makes Me Feel Good.””

Lisa Lepine – Portland, Oregon music & arts promotions guru -

“I reviewed dozens of albums this weekend, and I have to say, of everything I listened to, Lincoln Crockett’s material was head and shoulders above the rest. His songwriting, his presentation, his indefinable presence, stood out in stark relief to all the others.”


How about some YouTube?

Sawdust Settler
Remember, Beth Wood and Lincoln Crockett on Sunday, January 4 starting at 7 pm. Suggested donation to reserve your seat is $20.  Seats only guaranteed with advance donation. Send checks, made out to Dan Dover with Beth Wood and Lincoln Crockett in the memo line, to Dan Dover, 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX  97206.  Dan can be reached for questions or directions at 503.730.3189.  Check out our web site at doverlaffhouseconcerts.org 

We will also be having blues chanteuse and slide master, Mary Flower in March;  Bethany and Rufus in April.  Still working on other shows for the rest of the season.  
Thanks, see you at the show,
Cheryl and Dan
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Upcoming Shows

Mary Flower

Sunday, March 29

7 pm


Bethany and Rufus

Sometime in April

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