Portland Cello Projects “Purple Reign”

Margaret Hamamoto

What started in 2006 as a one-off with a group of nine cellists onstage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge has evolved into a nationally recognized performing, recording and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists. Portland Cello Project (PCP) has developed a three-part philosophy that has mostly remained unchanged over the years: Bring the cello places you wouldn’t normally see it; perform music on the cello you wouldn’t normally associate with the instrument alongside music from the Western Classical Tradition; and build bridges between different musical communities through education, community outreach, and collaboration with myriad artists.

We Banjo 3

Margaret Hamamoto

One of Ireland’s best live touring acts on the scene today, the multi-award winning We Banjo 3 combine supergroup credentials with a breath-taking command of the emotive power of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo. Any single member of this group could a electrify a venue with a solo performance, but together with their passionate lead vocalist who sounds like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftains, the result is truly unforgettable.

We Banjo 3

Margaret Hamamoto

One of Ireland’s best live touring acts on the scene today, the multi-award winning We Banjo 3 combine supergroup credentials with a breath-taking command of the emotive power of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo. Any single member of this group could a electrify a venue with a solo performance, but together with their passionate lead vocalist who sounds like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftains, the result is truly unforgettable.

International Guitar Night

Margaret Hamamoto

International Guitar Night has become a fan favorite for local students and our evening concert goers. As the group celebrates its 21st year of touring the US, IGN’s founder Brian Gore has put together another brilliant lineup – with guest host Germany’s Latin Swing master Lulo Reinhardt, who is joined by Italian acoustic rock sensation and local favorite Luca Stricagnoli, progressive fingerstyle guitarist Thu Le from Vietnam, and a favorite IGN alumni, Hawaiian Slack Key master Jim Kimo West.

International Guitar Night

Margaret Hamamoto

International Guitar Night has become a fan favorite for local students and our evening concert goers. As the group celebrates its 21st year of touring the US, IGN’s founder Brian Gore has put together another brilliant lineup – with guest host Germany’s Latin Swing master Lulo Reinhardt, who is joined by Italian acoustic rock sensation and local favorite Luca Stricagnoli, progressive fingerstyle guitarist Thu Le from Vietnam, and a favorite IGN alumni, Hawaiian Slack Key master Jim Kimo West.

Brett Dennen

Margaret Hamamoto

Brett Dennen is a nationally known, beloved singer-songwriter who has played at Austin City Limits, Newport Folk and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. His songs are carefully crafted, beautiful and often exhibit a wry sense of humor.

Luca Stricagnoli

Margaret Hamamoto

Luca Stricagnoli, born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. Using up to five guitars in the same piece, Luca continually leaves his audiences in awe and wondering what’s next for the up-and-coming guitarist.