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Trio set to 'Rohr' into East County Nov. 24


Band to play alternative rock at coffee shop

Karen Kindler Rohr of Gresham remembers the eyes looking back at her from the crowd.

“On one occasion our drummer had to cancel a gig last minute,” she says of her trio Rohr. “We had no replacement drummer, so we asked a friend if he would sit in on the conga drums. He was musical but had never played them before. We had one rehearsal. He did a great job, and pulled it off quite well.”

Her regular crowd took the replacement in stride.

“It was definitely an interesting twist on our harder rock songs, not having a full drum set,” she says. “People were tapping their feet, but we got a few bemused looks from people who knew our music.”by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Rohr, an original rock trio, will be jamming at Park Place Coffee on Nov. 24.

Rohr plays electric mandolin and sings, and her mother, Gail Kindler, plays bass. The women also play in such acts as 8 Ohm Prophet, a grunge act, as well as Grapevine and Jammin’ for Jesus, two Christian acts.

Chase Watkins of Northeast Portland plays the drums in the trio, which specializes in progressive alternative rock with a dash of pop appeal and occasionally bluesy undertones that appeal to fans of Veruca Salt, Soundgarden, Rush and other hard rock, metal or grunge-flavored acts.

“Some are harder, but we also do mellow songs,” she says. “We just play what we enjoy and let the ideas manifest themselves how they will. No particular formulas or restrictions.”

Interestingly, it’s her mom who’s the real heavy metal fan, Rohr says.

“Her favorite band is Metallica.”

Rohr’s family includes a father who played fiddle, and they all shared a love of bluegrass, she says, adding her electric mandolin bridges the worlds of acoustic and electric sounds.

“I think people who play guitar would notice the difference, but with distortion it sounds like a guitar,” she says. “The patterns are different, and you think of different combinations than you would with guitar somewhat.”

The band plays at Park Place Coffee, 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave., from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Admission is free, and the show is open to all ages.

“One of the best parts of playing is when the audience enjoys what you’re doing,” Rohr says. “It motivates you. You get into the audience, and they get more into the music.”

Rohr generally draws a friendly audience, she adds.

“No brawls so far,” she says. “Haven’t been that annoying yet!”