Unexpected Amenities

Partners for the PAC is thrilled to bring Astoria audiences an evening of “UNEXPECTED AMENITIES,” a concert of stellar jazz played by world-class musicians. On hand will be David Drury, guitarist, with three Portland musicians–Dave Captein bassist, Charlie Dogget drummer, and Rob Davis saxophonist. “Unexpected Amenities,” refers to the very essence of jazz –improvisation – and to the exciting sounds which come out of that. Each performance is unique, reflecting a onetime-only synergy that promises one memorable night of music.
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The Harps are Coming to Astoria! Celtic Harp Concert and Workshop

A duo of Celtic harpists and multi-instrumentalists will be performing a concert of rare instruments and stories as well as offering a beginning hands-on- harps workshop with harps provided at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center in Astoria (corner of 16th and Franklin). The concert is on Friday, Oct 27 at 7:00 PM and will benefit the Partners for the PAC. The beginner harps workshop is on Saturday Oct 28 from 10 am to noon. Read more

CASCADIA CONCERT OPERA SINGERS teams up with Liberty for Music, Dance, Dinner

Make your trip an easy one by combining two performances with a special prix fixe dinner provided by Carruthers restaurant! Start your experience with The Portland Chamber Orchestra featuring Finnish pianist Ruusamari Teppo at the Liberty Theatre. After the performance, cross the street to Carruthers Restaurant for a special prix fixe menu. Once finished, baske in an evening of opera and tango with the Cascadia Concert Opera Singers, Musicians, and Tango dancers at the Performing Arts Center. Enjoy the best classical music and delicious food that Astoria has to offer in one easy package!

4:00pm – 5:45pm The Portland Chamber Orchestra with Ruusamari Teppo, The Liberty Theatre

6:00pm – 7:00pm Prix Fixe Menu at Carruthers Restaurant

7:30pm – 9:30pm Cascadia Concert Opera Singers, Musicians, and Tango dancers at the Performing Arts Center

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Riverfolk is excited to announce our upcoming benefit, featuring Bob Malone, Dan Weber, Alexa Wiley, and Tom May with Donnie Wright. Bob is John Fogerty’s (Creedence Clearwater Revival) keyboard player, and is also featured on Ringo Starr’s upcoming new album. Dan Weber is an award-winning performing songwriter, Alexa Wiley is a very talented singer- songwriter and activist, and Tom May is a legendary folk performer who played with Gordon Lightfoot, and is the founder and host of nationally syndicated public radio program, “River City Folk.” Read more

Four Shillings Short

The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings Short are coming to town.
7:00 – 9:00pm
Benefit Concert for Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
588 16TH St.
Astoria, OR 97103
For info contact Josie @ 503-791-0305
$15.00 cover

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Noche Flamenca

Espacio Flamenco and the PAC present NOCHE FLAMENCA, an unforgettable evening of flamenco music and dance Sunday September 3rd, 7:00pm at the historic Performing Arts Center. With NOCHE FLAMENCA, Espacio Flamenco (Portland, OR) shares the best of it’s repertoire, taking audiences on a journey through the different “palos” or styles of flamenco. Each dancer brings her unique interpretation to the table, together celebrating the diversity of this enchanting Andalusian art form.

At the heart of Espacio Flamenco’s performance are the soulful vocals of Moroccan born singer Randa BenAziz. Randa began her performance career at the age of ten and incorporates arabic and jazz influences into her flamenco interpretation. Espacio Flamenco musical director Brenna McDonald provides guitar accompaniment for the group. An accomplished soloist in her own right, Brenna has devoted her life to the study of flamenco music and dance and is one of the few female flamenco guitarists (“tocaoras”) in the world qualified to play for singers and dancers. Nick Hutch and Christina Lorentz bring the groove with top notch percussion and palmas (hand clapping) essential to Flamenco. Dancers or “bailaoras” Lillie Last, Montserrat Andreys, Kelley Dodd, and Christina Lorentz charm and inspire the audience, leaving no choice but to shout “olé!”

Flamenco is an improvisational art form that combines song, dance, instruments (mainly guitar), hand clapping, and other percussion elements. Declared a World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO in 2016, Flamenco developed as an amalgamation of centuries of cross pollination between the many cultural presences within Spain and along Spanish trade routes. While it’s precise history is unknown, it is thought to be greatly influenced by the Roma people, called Gitanos, who migrated from Rajasthan to Spain between the 9th and 14th centuries, bringing with them tambourines, bells, castanets and a variety of songs and dances. The arm and hand movements of Flamenco closely resemble those of classical Indian dance. These traditions combined with the cultures of the Sephardic Jews and Moors make up the Flamenco we see today.


“A bold sound from New England,” “an Irish music phenomenon in America,” and “pure exhilaration for the ears” are a few of the comments from recent reviews of the The Press Gang, a traditional Irish band from Portland, Maine, that will perform at 7 P.M. on Friday, February 10, at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street, in Astoria.

The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute-player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The quartet blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that these musicians pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound; at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.

Flutist and vocalist Araki is no stranger to the North Coast. He was based for many years in Portland, Oregon, and recorded solo albums as well as several albums with Kathryn Claire. Araki has performed locally at McMenamins’ Sand Trap Pub, KALA, the Fort George, the Peninsula Arts Center, and as a soloist with the North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty Theater.

Admission to the February 7 performance is $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Proceeds benefit the PAC. Tickets are available at the door and online at www.littlesearecords.com. For more information, call Partners for the PAC co-chair Charlene Larsen at 503-325-0590.


Do you enjoy unusual instrumental combinations like cello and banjo? Guitar and jew’s harp? Gorgeous solo voices that come together in tight harmony? Then come to the PAC at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, February 5th, to hear the soon-to-be famous Skamokawa Swamp Opera.

Four talented musicians make up the SSO, headed by Skamokawa resident and string musician extraordinaire, Andrew Emlen. Singing and playing guitar is Kyleen Austin (the opera connection). Eric Friend plays percussion and mandolin; he has a fine tenor voice. Jillian Raye plays banjo and sings, both enthusiastically.

The SSO plays almost every kind of music—-hip-hop, opera, folk, pop standards and more. Their concerts include lots of “sidebar” comments to the audience and they are family friendly. A review of their last concert described them as “serious, zany, talented, learned”. They are all that and, yes, even more.

Tickets to see Skamokawa Swamp Opera are $15 and will be available on Feb. 5th at the Performing Arts Center at 588 16th street in Astoria. Children under 12 are free. Doors will open at 1:30. Their director Andrew Emlen has said he hopes there will be “dancing in the aisles”! So come and enjoy!!