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Award-winning bluegrass group to perform at Tualatin Heritage Center

Mandolinist Brian Oberlin will be featured guest artist
by: Submitted photo Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising are (from left) Dennis Nelson, Tom Tower, Kathy Boyd and Tim Crosby. The Tualatin-based group will perform April 2 at the Tualatin Heritage Center at 7 p.m., along with mandolinist Brian Oberlin.

The award-winning roots bluegrass group Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising will partner with world renowned mandolinist Brian Oberlin for a concert at the historic Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 Sweek Drive in Tualatin Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

Based in Tualatin, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising has much to celebrate. In addition to having written and produced the $10,000 award-winning song 'Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie,' the band also boasts the current Roots Music Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year, guitar player Dennis Nelson.

The group's most recent CD release, 'Walk Humbly,' reached No. 62 on the Roots Music Airplay Chart this past November. The band was recently announced as the grand marshal of the 2011 Clatskanie Heritage Celebration, where the theme for the event will be taken from their award-winning song.

Well known in the Forest Grove and Hillsboro areas as a performer, instructor and the leader of the local Mandolin Orchestra, Brian Oberlin has traveled the world performing both as a solo act and as part of various entertainment combinations. Brian's stellar mandolin chops combined with his smooth baritone and joyful personality have propelled him to status as a highly sought-after solo artist. He will be celebrating the release of his long-awaited solo CD 'Solo Swing' at this concert.

Tickets for the event are a suggested $10 at the door. Need a break so you can afford to bring the entire family? Donate what you can. All musicians involved feel it is important to expose our youth to the joys of acoustic music.

For information on the concert, call 503-691-1177.

For information on Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising check out phoenixrisingband.org or call 503-691-1177.

For information on Brian Oberlin, check out mandoberlin.com.