Park Place Coffee to serve up music with your java
Show features several acoustic acts to mark a year of song
For the past year, Park Place Coffee and Crepes has been a haven for fans of acoustic music, featuring performances by area artists as well as open mic nights for amateurs.
On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, the coffee house will feature a variety of performances that should satisfy any lover of Americana, folk and country music.
The Music Gathering kicks off with an open jam from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The festivities continue with the following performers on Saturday, Jan. 21.
3 p.m. Tom Arnold
We're not sure anybody has ever performed a song linking modern day buying and selling of political office to George Washington before Arnold started singing 'Swilling the Planters with Bumbo.' The humorous tune describes how the father of our country won an election to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758 by plying voters with rum.
'They voted for him with the taste on their tongue,' Arnold sings.
'I stay true to myself while adapting to contemporary styles,' Arnold says. 'I'm billed as country and Americana … but I write all kinds of stuff.'
5:15 p.m. Dan Dover
Guitarist-singer Dover has been writing songs for more than 35 years, and plays 'mostly original contemporary folk music and some covers.' Standout tunes include 'Oklahoma City July 21, 1969' a sort of baby boomer ode that puts various rites of generational passage in the context of the first manned moon landing.
6:15 p.m. Steve Rodin
A self taught singer-songwriter, Rodin began performing in the early 1970s, and nearly had to give up performing when he began suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, which 'drastically affected his hands and wrists.' Surgery, fortunately, restored his ability to play and in the past few years, he's released two CDs and will soon release a six-song EP.
Rodin sounds a bit like David Crosby, and gives an eerily sound-alike rendition of Crosby's famous song 'Long Time Gone.' He also has recorded a rather upbeat acoustic version of the 1980s hit 'Addicted to Love' by Robert Palmer, which gives a fresh feeling to the somewhat tired pop song.
7:15 p.m. Dan Weber and Jerry Towell
Weber, is a self-described 'cowboy singer,' and was one of five national finalists in the 2010 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest. He was given the nickname 'Dangerous Dan' one winter night in Toronto by legendary songwriter Tom Russell. Weber was also the 2011 and 2009 winner of the West Coast Songwriter's Performing Songwriter Competition and won 2010 'Best Performer' and 'Best Song' honors along with the 2009 'Song of the Year' award. Rollicking guitarist Jerry Towell, a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, studied music at Mt. Hood Community College and will back him.
8:15 p.m. Night Folk
Night Folk performs contemporary folk music, which features the songs of Rich 'Waggs' Waggoner, a songwriter and guitarist-vocalist who grew up in the Parkrose area and has been writing and playing music for more than 40 years. Towell will join Waggoner, along with vocalist Doug 'Spud' Henderson, who likes to add the songs of John Prine to the mix.
If you go
WHAT: Park Place Coffee and Crepes Annual Music Gathering
WHEN: Open jam 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20; several performers from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21
WHERE: 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave.
FEATURES: Tom Arnold, Steve Rodin Solo and Open Mic, Dan Dover, Dan Weber and Jerry Towell, Night Folk