PFS Concerts now booking for 2016-2017

New venue!

Unless otherwise noted below, concerts are held at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens Street, Portland, OR 97214.

Colonial Heights Presbyterian is located between Hawthorne and Division. Stephens is one block north of Harrison.

New venue!

Concert at 7:30 pm; doors open at 7 pm.

Jim Page

September 16: Jim Page

Seattle's Jim Page takes the stage September 16 for the first Portland FolkMusic Society concert of the 2016-2017 season.

Utah Phillips said, “If you're ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from.”

Jim first brought his message to the folk clubs of the 60s. Now a 21st century activist, he has appeared nationwide, including rallies for Bernie Sanders. His health care manifesto, “Pretty Simple,” and other timely messages speak to the political and social issues of the world around him.

Jim Page

Jim's songs have been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, The Moving Hearts, Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, David Soul, Leftover Salmon, and Michael Hedges. He has received awards from Artist Trust and Jack Straw Productions. His music has been included on many compilations, including the Grammy Nominated “Best Of Broadside.” A long time busker, Jim founded Seattle's first street performer union. In a season of decision-making, the Portland FolkMusic Society welcomes Jim's voice. Jim will be interviewe on KBOO's “Movin' On;” at noon on the day of the concert.

More of Jim's music, and more.

Help with publicity: Download a poster by clicking its image and post in your neighborhood

Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 PFS Members, $9 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

Buy tickets now at

October 21: Honey Don't

Honey Don't

The October 21 PFS concert features Honey Don't, the musical union of Bill Powers and Shelley Gray, also known as one-half of the old-time bluegrass band Sweet Sunny South.

Bill is a well-respected and award-winning singer/songwriter and Shelley is a skilled bass player and vocalist. They've been making music together for well over a decade as a married duo, and like a fine wine or exceptional bourbon, the best of their qualities have naturally distilled into a unique vibe with a certain sound and feel that has developed into a trademark. Many of their songs touch on themes of love and local history.

Their music is based in the folk tradition with bluegrass and old-time at its deepest roots. Whether it's a sweet love song, a tribute to veterans, or a rocking boogie-woogie number, they always deliver their music in a comfortable, casual way that pulls the listener in, hanging on every word. Bill describes his songwriting style this way: “I find I tend to write from a strong sense of place. I'm highly affected by my surroundings and the memories and experiences come out in the music and songs I write.”

The band is based around the duo, but Bill and Shelley often share the stage with other stellar players. Geographically they have recently relocated to Bend, OR. Among their influences Honey Don't include Robert Hunter, John Prine, John Hartford, Buddy and Julie Miller, and contemporary bands such as Finnders and Youngberg and Anne and Pete Sibley.

The band has two noteworthy CDs. Their 2009 debut CD -- called Honey Don't -- hit the top-40 national Americana charts, topping at number 25. It was the second most played on Colorado radio and one of five nominees in the bluegrass category for Westword Magazine's 2010 Showcase. In 2013, Honey Don't released Heart Like a Wheel. With more of an electric treatment than the first CD, the music has a laid-back, 1970's country rock feel that retains the influence of the old time music they played earlier in their career.

Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 PFS Members, $9 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

Buy tickets now at

Questions, comments about concerts? Send e-mail to the Concert Committee.

Portland FolkMusic Society: Your Connection to FolkMusic in the Pacific Northwest!

Questions, comments about this page? Send e-mail to the Webmaster.