Music and Entertainment
An eclectic mix of music sets the background for the festival. Dance to zydeco, marvel at the marimbas, be amazed by the dexterity of the juggler or just take a break and enjoy.
Castletown has a sound best described as "Renegade Celtic Folk Rock," blending the energy of traditional Irish reels with modern folk, blues, jazz and country influences with Robert Richter on guitar and vocals, Olivia Duffy on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Casey McBride on drums and percussion and Willi Jamm on bass.
Aaron Meyer’s background as a classically trained violinist began at age five when he began studying with his father, Julian Meyer and subsequently debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the astounding age of eleven. It may be surprising to learn that Aaron shut his violin case when he was nineteen years old and began a new journey by pursuing an undergraduate degree in Natural Science, and further attained his Masters degree from Portland State University. Following graduation from Lewis & Clark College in 1995, Aaron embarked on eleven months of edifying travel throughout the most remote regions of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific which ultimately inspired him to revisit his passion for music and create a unique style of his very own.
Since 2000, Tony Smiley has captured audiences with raw rhythms of all live looping. This musical savant loops his way through a unique genre of music that you won’t find anywhere else. All with a witty, engaging, and energetic stage presence. His cosmic dance of electric melodies range from rock, hip hop, reggae, tribal fusion, 80's and everything in between, with a dash of Mongolian throat singing and beat-boxing have earned the loop ninja a cult like following that repeatedly embarks on his musical journey. Creating each track with a raw and primal pulsating connection between rich rhythms and passionate lyrics. The songs of Tony Smiley are a tantalizing ride through electro acoustic music that will cause your musical senses to rise.
Proving that hot jazz and vintage swing of the 1920 - 40’s is as relevant as ever in the present day, the Midnight Serenaders provide an infectious and irreverent take on the raucous and carefree music of “The Jazz Age.”
The New Iberians
Their music reflects thier roots: Louisiana Zydeco, Northwest Rock and Chicago Blues.
Transcendental Brass Band
It's old school, it's modern, it's freestyle "funky street music at it's best" with Blues, Latin, Afro Pop, Rock and Modern Jazz influences. We play our music at fairs, fish fries, concerts, parades, celebrations, music venues, jazz gatherings, weddings and festivals. It's a timeless sound updated for the present with a special NW take on traditional NOLA brass bands.
White Rhino Marimba Band
White Rhino Marimba performs upbeat dance music from Zimbabwe and West Africa. Based in Portland, the band has been performing since 1997 and band members continue to share their passion for African music at various festivals, parties and farmers markets. The band's newest CD, “Crash of Rhinos,” features thirteen lively songs. Their ages span six decades, but when they play together they are all of the same ageless spirit.
The Reverb Brothers
The Reverb Brothers offer a unique take on Americana, with original songs and obscure gems, that blend Blues, Country, Soul, New Orleans R&B, Country Blues and Rock-n-Roll with a distinctive 1930's sensibility. We feature three lead and harmony vocalists, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, keyboards, cornet, bass and drums. We always deliver a high energy show that brings people out on the dance floor.
Green Tambourine is Portland's unique 1960s band. Their set list spans the greatest hits of that decade, including songs by Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles, Mamas and the Papas, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Roy Orbison, Elvis, and many more. These versatile musicians excel in singing leads, switching instruments, blending tight harmonies, dancing onstage, and inspiring audiences to sing and dance along. Their vintage costumes and choreographed dance moves add an extra element of authenticity to the decade they represent. Audiences of all ages enjoy their shows.