All The Apparatus, Greenish Grey, other acts on tap to play in Corbett

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Greenish Grey Corbett natives Greenish Grey are part of the indie roots movement that has injected fresh rock n roll energy into styles popular in the past.From a band that regularly takes it to the streets to bands that come from its streets, Corbett is bringing an eclectic lineup of musicians, with an emphasis on local original talent, to its Fourth of July Fun Fest (see related story page 1A).

Here's a look at who's taking the stage on Independence Day on the grounds of Corbett schools, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Begin Oliver

n 1:15-2 p.m.


A original pop-rock trio, Begin Oliver features Joel Detter on vocals and guitars, Jeremiah Wagner on bass and Mike Ronfeld on drums, and used to play around the Portland area under the moniker The Reds.

The band has been recording since 2005 and recently released a new single, "The New Great Divide."

Begin Oliver seems to eschew self-indulgent soloing for a more cohesive sound reminiscent of bands like the Gin Blossoms and Matchbox Twenty.

"We're stoked to be playing an original set in our home town of Corbett, Oregon at the 4th of July Festival," they note on their website.

Craig Bidondo

• 2:30-3:15 p.m.


Pianist and keyboardist Bidondo, a Corbett school parent, has been performing on the West Coast for more than 20 years.

Originally from Alaska, Bidondo studied piano and music composition in Los Angeles before moving to the Portland area in 1988, and has been playing as a solo artist and with professional groups in the Northwest ever since.

His jazz sound contains elements of classical, rock, new age and gospel music.

Bidondo has jammed with such area performers as Tony Starlight and the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band, and also co-wrote the award-winning musical, "Look At Us Now."

He served as music director and keyboardist for the 2006-07 Portland production of "Menopause - The Musical," the longest-running show in Portland Center for the Performing Arts history.

Greenish Grey

n 4:30-5:15 p.m.


Greenish Grey plays folk rock, or as they call it, folk ‘n' roll with a bit of bluegrass.

The Corbett band features Tyson Grey on vocals and guitar, Caleb Green on vocals, guitar and mandolin, Chad Pulliam on bass and Jeff McConnell on drums.

The group lists Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel and other folk rockers among their influences.

They're part of the ever-growing indie roots movement that's spread across America over the past decade as young people inject punk and rock energy into everything from Appalachian tunes to ragtime.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO -  Left, All the Apparatus has garnered thousands of fans in the Portland area by playing on the streets regularly, drawing diverse crowds in such locations as Pioneer Square. Below, Corbett natives Greenish Grey are part of the indie roots movement that has injected fresh rock & roll energy into styles popular in the past.

All the Apparatus

n 6:30-7:15 p.m.


If you've been near Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland on a Saturday night, you may have heard All The Apparatus, a band that features cello, ukulele, accordion, recorder, bass, glockenspiel, trumpet, kazoo, drums, mellophone ... well, you get the idea.

To hear this band is to see the football team uniting with the glee club in song, to witness the joy of souls about to be released from Purgatory into Heaven, to experience theater as life and life as theater.

While a lot of musicians busk on the street now and then, few have made playing in the street their modus vivendi to the extent All The Apparatus has.

The band's relentless focus on playing its "avant-garde dirty gypsy klezmer jazz indie anti-folk rock" outside in rain or sunshine has earned it thousands of fans in the area, and now in other parts of the country and Canada as well as it tours to promote its new eponymously titled CD.


n 8:15-10 p.m.


Finally, taking the stage just before the fireworks is Sassparilla, an indie-roots, punk-Americana band from Portland.

The band consists of Kevin "Gus" Blackwell on vocals, cigar box guitar and resonator guitar; the father-son combo of Ross "Dagger" Macdonald on harmonica and Colin "Sweet Pea" Macdonald on washtub bass; the mysterious Naima on vocals, accordion and washboard, and Justin Burkhart on drums.

The band has a balanced attack to indie roots music, as evidenced by its latest release, "The Darndest Thing."

Fans of early 20th century old-timey tunes will enjoy the semi-ragtime feel of such tunes as "New Love" and "Same Old Blues."

It's good music for rumrunners, craps shooters, G-men and ladies of questionable virtue.

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