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Market opening brings out musical talent

by: PHOTO COURTESY: NAOMILMUSIC.COM - Wilsonville singer/songwriter Naomi LaViolette (shown here) performs July 10 at the Wilsonville Farmers Market. She also booked the rest of the summers talent. It’s already time for another summer of outstanding live music — and whole lot of other good stuff — at the Wilsonville Farmer’s Market.

Second-year music manager Naomi LaViolette has once again used her years’ worth of connections in the Northwest music industry to sign up 13 talented artists — and herself — for this year’s lineup. It all starts Thursday with classically trained guitarist-songwriter John Rankin and wraps up Sept. 11 with the duo of Jarrod Lawson and Chance Hayden. In between is a mix of returning musicians and new faces that are sure to draw people out for the fifth year of Wilsonville’s first, and so far, only farmer’s market.

“Jared Lawson is a highlight,” LaViolette said. “Holey-moley, that man is amazing. ... I put the ask out to Chance and Jared and I was crossing my fingers that they would say yes, and they did. He is one of the most amazing vocalists I’ve ever heard.”

That’s high praise coming from LaViolette, a renowned vocalists and pianist in her own right, who will perform at the market on July 10.

She said this year’s booking effort proved to be much smoother than a year ago, when she put together the market’s first music package.

by: SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Wilsonville Farmers Market opens for the season on June 11, complete with a full lineup of produce, flowers, arts, food carts and much more. “The market is designed to be a dinner time market,” she said. “And you can enjoy a show if you want to, or you can walk around if you want to. It’s unique in that way; there are places to sit, relax, have a picnic, watch a show, it’s really special and if people can put it on their calendar for every Thursday that they get to have a lovely evening in Wilsonville’s perfectly manicured live music backyard, it’s a great thing to have once a week during the summer to be able to come to.”

This is the sixth year Wilsonville has had a farmer’s market. Starting in 2009 the Villebois Sunday Market opened for the first time and gradually grew over the course of the next two years. In 2011 both the name a day of the week changed to Thursday Market in the Ville. Today, the market simply is known as the Wilsonville Farmer’s Market and is under the second-year management of market managers Chris and Liz Perry, both Villebois residents and local business owners.

The basic concept has not changed through the years, however. There will be food, fresh produce, flowers, crafts, art and, of course, live music each Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in Sofia Park in Villebois. The park, which is built around a central gazebo and pond, has proved to be a popular setting for the market, with Villebois residents and many others from the wider community filling the surrounding streets in order to shop, eat and enjoy the warm summer evenings.

This year’s farm vendors will include Albeke Farms, Baird Family Orchards, Lee Farms of Tualatin, Northwest Natural Beef, Sherwood-based Our Table and much more.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: NAOMILMUSIC.COM - Wilsonville singer/songwriter Michele Van Kleef (shown here) performs Aug. 28 at the Wilsonville Farmers Market. Back in the music world, other performers scheduled to perform at the market will include master fingerpicking-style guitarist Brooks Robertson on June 19; the nationally-acclaimed Trio Subtonic brings their soul-infused jazz to the market on June 26, something LaViolette also considers a coup of sorts. Featuring bassist Bill Athens, keyboard player Galen Clark and drummer Jesse Brooke, Trio Subtonic veer well outside traditional jazz boundaries, adding soul, funk and rock elements for a unique sound and mood.

“They’re a full jazz trio,” LaViolette said, “and they are touring the east coast right now with their music. They are very high-caliber and have been playing jazz festivals internationally.”

Other noteworthy dates include Sept. 4 — when Wilsonville-based vocalist Christina Cooper makes her market debut — as well as Aug. 28, the day Wilsonville’s Michele Van Kleef takes the stage with songs from her brand new record.

“The ones that were here last year, they were so well received that they wanted to play again,” LaViolette said. “I heard back from almost everyone, and I had a lot of people contact me before they got back to me. People heard about the music and they wanted to make sure they got on it. There were quite a few that I had to sift through and listen to samples to make sure they were the right fit, high enough quality.”



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