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Three acts to converge for free show at Park Place

Grodie Bros., Sig Paulson, Chasing Ebenezer on stage March 26


From the heavy to the humorous, three acts coming to Park Place Café this Saturday cover a wide range of lyrical and music territory.

The Grodie Brothers, Chasing Ebenezer and Sig Paulson play 6:30-9:20 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Park Place, 288 S.E. 182nd Ave. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Chasing Ebenezer plays “soul-searching tribal folk music,” and comprises guitarist-singer Ben Sadler and his violinist-singer wife Heidi Sadler, as well as Bryan Atkinson, who plays African djembe drum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Chasing Ebenezer shares a bill with The Grodie Bros. as well as Sig Paulson this Saturday at Park Place Cafe.

“Our songs are socially conscious and encourage people to care for the poor and the broken,” Atkinson says. “We have a single coming out within the next few weeks about sex trafficking from the perspective of an enslaved prostitute addressing johns.”

A mid-tempo rock song, “Slavery” was inspired by a clip from documentary the Sadlers saw on the subject of human trafficking, Ben Sadler adds.”When humans become products to be consumed instead of people to be honored, it’s putting somebody’s humanity in a place where it is diminished,” he says.

The single will also be on the trio’s upcoming record “Outcasts and Refugees,” set to be released later this year.

Sig Paulson

A country-blues-folk singer-songwriter who plays guitar and harmonica, Paulson says he loves playing at Park Place “because it’s a listening room,” where “people genuinely enjoy original music.” Paulson calls his music “Hippiebilly” and “Free Range Americana” and says folks call him “The Northwest Renegade Troubadour.”

He’s released four records, “Movies and Magazines,” “Tangled In My Roots,” “Totempole,” and a six-song EP titled “Sacamperjuice.”

Paulson lists among his signature songs the anthemic “We Got Rain.”

“It speaks about what many of the other states are either proud of, or are known for, and then for Oregon, the catch line is ‘In Oregon We Got Rain!’” he says.

The Grodie Bros.

Sometimes known by the moniker Night Folk, the Grodie Bros. are Doug “Spud” Henderson on vocals, Rich “Waggs” Waggoner on guitar and vocals, and Piers Munro on harmonica and vocals.

Henderson says the trio does about 85 percent original material, as well as songs by such musicians as John Prine. The group’s originals include Waggoner’s humorous tune “Love Is,” which includes the lyrics: “Love is a lot of I told you so’s, losing the remote control, more naps than nooners / Love is appliances breaking down, in-laws coming to town, keeping your sense of humor.”

“Folks seem to enjoy our music and our show for the lyrics of the songs and the group’s energy and comradeship," Henderson adds.

Info online

To learn more about Chasing Ebenezer, visit chasingebenezer.com.

To learn more about Sig Paulson, visit sigpaulson.com.

To learn more about The Grodie Bros., visit reverbnation.com/nightfolk.

To learn more about Park Place Cafe, visit parkplacecoffe.com.

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