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See the Cafe Cowboys at the Coffee House

At Sandys public library all ages will find something of interest during First Friday


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Greg McCarty and Flauren Ricketts will play at the Sandy Library€sˇÃ„ôs coffee house.One of the highlights of Sandy Main Street’s monthly First Friday is the public library’s European Coffee House.

Not only does the library turn into a café with tablecloths and flowers in vases, beverages also are served and library visitors are treated to professional entertainment — and it’s all free.

This month’s performers call themselves the Café Cowboys and include an artist familiar to Sandy audiences.

One of the Cowboys, Greg McCarty, performed at the Sandy library in October with the popular gypsy jazz band the Rose City Hot Club.

Friday, Dec. 7, local residents are invited to enjoy the swinging sounds of the Café Cowboys, playing music that ranges from western swing to European folk.

The Café Cowboys spend a lot of time in pubs and coffee houses in Portland, where they play whatever they feel, such as cabaret, doo wop, Celtic, the Beatles or anything else — all in a single set.

McCarty’s musical lineage spans genres from folk to the Beatles and bluegrass to swing standards as well as cowboy yodeling to gypsy jazz. Before moving from California to Oregon, he spearheaded his own western swing band, The Bar X Bunkhouse Boys.

Flauren Ricketts is a fiddle player of versatile talents and a woman who wears many hats. She began playing music in California as a member of the 8th Avenue String Band.

The Sandy Public Library coffee house is free and open to all from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the library, 38980 Proctor Blvd. For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537.

— Jim Hart