Woot! November-December Local Lore!
Now that the weather here in Portland has turned to, well, Portland weather, a lot of people start planning trips, and to get you in the mood, here is an issue of Local Lore with the theme of being On The Road
The issue opens with a thoughtful essay by Avery Ballotta of the group Damn Tall Buildings, who muses on the joys and insights that come with being a traveling musician.
But there is so much more. The Local Lore team has lined up a series of short interviews with touring musicians, and musicians who have toured - Del Ray, Bill Murlin, Abie Posner, Jamie Anderson, Maria Muldaur, Jenner Fox, Kelcey Wilburn, Steve James, Kristen Grainger, Tim Grimm, Lauren Sheehan and Geoff Muldaur. They are great bite-sized stories from people who know the road!
Don't overlook a very important note from PFS President Alana McKenzie Page, who announces our upcoming annual Board Elections! (When you see "Board Elections", do you hear a little voice saying, "Hm. Maybe this year..." If you do, read Alana's announcement and consider being a candidate!)
Events Calendar Editor Barry Gorden has a very timely article about places that you can take real live in-person music classes, starting with our good friends at Artichoke Music, but going on to some venues you might not know: Neighborly Music, Hostel Café, East Side Music Club, and others. Did you forget about Live Classes during The Dark Times? It's a great way to get better at whatever you want to get better at, and live classes are always fun. You get to work on your art with other people who are traveling the same road - and running into the same road blocks!
There are previews of up-coming PFS concerts with the ever-popular Dave Stamey ("His music is gorgeous, often funny, and his performance is flawless,") and the New World String Project.
What? There's more? Yes! Dick Weissman shares some tales of touring with the Journeymen. Maybe touring can be glamorous and exciting, but Dick generously shares some of the darker moments of being on tour!
This month's Take Five is an interview with Portland's Darryl Purpose, who has also been a professional blackjack player and is a member of ... wait for it! ... The Blackjack Hall of Fame! Purpose has made his own path, not only excelling in music and blackjack, but walking across the US and visiting Russia in the name of world peace, and founding an organization to donate used guitar strings to musicians around the world who don't have access to good strings. He's quite a guy, and this is a don't miss interview.
Thanks as always to Editor Kim McLaughlin and the great team who make the Local Lore possible. You know who you are, and we know who you are, and we appreciate it! If you are a member, you have the option of a digital copy or a paper copy for free; everyone else can Download a copy here.
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