Local musicians and Friends of Outdoor School are helping step up the tempo behind the effort to Save Outdoor School with a Monday performance series planned at the Starday Tavern for this month.
Musical performances will include:
- Steve Lockwood & Jeffrey Trapp, Monday, April 18
- Jeremy Wilson & Paul Brainard and Steve Wilkinson, Monday, April 25
- David E. Lane & Alexa Wiley, Monday, May 2
The performance series is designed to help raise awareness for the Outdoor School for All signature gathering effort. Outdoor School, a beloved outdoor education program designed for fifth and sixth graders, has been cut drastically due to lack of statewide funding. Campaign organizers are seeking to put a measure in front of Oregon voters to ensure consistent funding for Outdoor School, but must gather 125,000 signatures by July 2016 in order to get it on the Nov. 2016 ballot.
There is no cover to attend the Monday performances, but donations to help support the Outdoor School for All campaign will be gladly accepted. Volunteers for the campaign also will be on hand to collect petition signatures.
Performances are scheduled on Mondays, from 6-8 p.m.
Starday Tavern, 6517 SE Foster Rd, Portland, Ore.
MONDAY, APRIL 18 6PM
Frontman and songwriter for Portland’s Haymaker and The Redeemed.
A professional musician for over 20 years playing with such rock groups as Everclear, King Black Acid and Stamen Pistils, Jeffery Trapp began his Flamenco studies in 1999. He has studied with many great masters focusing on the Jerez style, these teachers offered him an acute knowledge of the technique and discipline needed to develop the power and “aire” that drives Flamenco guitar. In addition to performing throughout the northwest, Jeffery has been accompanying dancers and singers in Portland, OR since 2009.
MONDAY, APRIL 25 6PM
Jeremy Wilson(plays with Paul Brainard)
Jeremy Wilson was born in Detroit Michigan in 1968, and by way of North Carolina, moved to Scotts Mills, Oregon in 1976. A naturally artsy kid, he began learning music at the age of 5 and by 14, became a member of the band The Watchmen and began performing in front of adoring crowds throughout Oregon. He later became the singer and driving force behind seminal rock bands Dharma Bums and Pilot. In 2010, he founded The Jeremy Wilson Foundation musicians’ emergency health care service which has given more than $300,000.00 in assistance grants to Oregon and Clark County musicians. His latest album is the beautifully produced Empty Through Empty Space. Learn more at jeremy-wilson.com
Working the stages and studios in Portland and the greater Northwest over the past two decades, singer/songwriter Steve Wilkinson has cemented his position as one of the region’s most honest & consistent voices in rock. His Wilkinson Blades ‘4:00 AM’ is a richly evocative & layered album, ruminating on past pleasures and loves, but firmly looking toward a bright future. Steve has also fronted Gravelpit (Schizophonic records), Mission 5, and currently plays drums with The Tipsy Ramblers.
MONDAY, MAY 2 6PM
David E. Lane
David E. Lane is a recovering Tennessean now residing in Portland, Ore. He grew up singing in church and listening to Prince, which explains why he often plays all the instruments on his recordings. Since setting his sights westward, David has become increasingly drawn to the country rock of the early 1970's, in all its analogue glory. Growing up in Nashville, he was taught that "country" meant "corporate". Fortunately, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Highwaymen set him straight.
David has worked with producers like Al Kooper and Nigel Olsson. He contributed songs and helped compose the score for the movie Pickin' and Grinnin', directed by Jon Gries. He's currently working with Grammy-nominated producer Ryan Murphey and actor/musician Johnny Dowers (FX series The Bridge) in the world's first virtual country band, The Sawdust Brothers. He plays live often in Portland, backed by his group, The Tipsy Ramblers.
Red Newt label recording artist Alexa Wiley is expanding her musical landscape with her latest project & band Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness. Her songs & ensemble create a superb sonic lyricism that might be described as wild metaphorical music that rocks.
As a life long Oregonian Alexa’s music is inspired by a connection to our shared place. Her first major foray into inspired artistic collaboration was the co-produced Salmon Nation Artist Project.