Recently, a good friend of mine (Shannon) pointed out that my blogs are riddled with typos, misspelled words and grammatical oversights…. Well, I’m a folk singer not a novelist (yet)- So deal with it. But if anyone wants to volunteer to be my proof reading, let me know!
Anyway, Last weekend I had the pleasure to partake in a little mini tour through Oregon. More specifically, Portland, Eugene and Bend. I have always thought of Oregon as a beautiful state, but I had no idea how diverse and majestic the Oregon terrain truly was. Here is a picture of 300,000 year old lava fields located off of Highway 242 from Eugene to Bend.
This spot is located on the crest of the Cascades and one can view Mt. Hood, Mt. Washington, the Sisters mountains and a couple of other mountains from an old observation point built by the forest service in the early part of the 20th century. Also, as a side note, Highway 242 was the scariest highway I have ever driven on. It seemed that the lanes were not actually wide enough for cars, there were blind corners at every…turn, and oncoming traffic loved to be in my lane, or maybe I loved to be in theirs.
I’m guessing you actually could give a crap about beautiful mountain ranges and breathtaking views, so I will move on.
I was lucky enough to play all three shows of my mini tour with my friend Tyler Fortier from Eugene. If you get a chance you should take a listen to his music, it is fantastic with a capital TIC! The first show we played was in Portland at a bar named The Buffalo Gap. It was a fun, energetic show with a solid crowd. There were so many old friends in attendance that I hadn’t seen in a long while. It was great to catch up with so many people! My good friend Shannon (the one who also commented on my writing skills) was kind enough to snap a few pictures of the show for me. I realized while I was looking at the pictures she took what her attention was truly focused on during the show:
Let me tell you a little something about Shannon…That girl is POISON.
There I am, kick drum and all.
After Portland we headed to Tyler’s home town of Eugene to play at a bar named Luckey’s. There was a little confusion about who was actually performing that evening because the booker overbooked the venue, but it was sorted out and the show went off without a hitch. Except for the fact that I performed my sensitive/solo/singer/songwriter shtick after a pop/punk/teeny bopper/loud rock band…. So needless to say, not the smoothest of transitions. After the Eugene show we headed to Bend to play at the Portello Wine Cafe. apparently, Bend plans all their major events for one weekend and it just so happened to be the weekend that I was performing there. Oktoberfest, Fall Fest and a music festival were all occurring at the same time, in the same city, on the same night I playing at a little wine cafe. It was OK though, there was still a smattering of folks at the show and I still sold some CDs and made some new friends (and Tyler’s Grandfather was buying me glass after glass of delicious white wine). So it was a good time.
I love touring through Oregon and I try to do it as much as I can. I think I will be back for a couple dates in November. Stay tuned and thank you for reading!!