May 2, 2013 7:30 pm
Wayne Hayton is a Northwest singer/songwriter who began his career on stages in Europe--playing for the US armed services. After returning from overseas, Wayne spent more than two-decades entertaining audiences in intimate clubs across the US and Canada. He has shared the stage with the likes of Traffic's Dave Mason and BTO's Randy Bachman. His influences include Neil Young, Dan Fogelberg, and the Beatles. Waynes self-published CD, Can't Stop, has received online critical acclaim. His solo show features a mix of familiar acoustic classics and his original material.
May 3, 2013 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
IRISH POET/SONGWRITER BRINGS HIS MAGIC TO THE MUSE
The Skagit River Poetry Foundation presents beloved Dublin poet Tony Curtis at The Conway Muse May 3, from 7-8:30 p.m. The lyrical poet and guitar-carrying songwriter is the author of six warmly received collections of poetry, including his recent “The Well in the Rain: New and Selected Poems.” Curtis, whose magical presence as a poet-in-residence has charmed young students throughout the Pacific Northwest, has also published a new book of poems for children, “An Elephant Called Rex and a Dog Called Dumbo.”
One of the most popular Irish poets of his generation, Curtis has been awarded the country’s National Poetry Prize and is a member of the Aosdana, the Irish Academy of the Arts.
The Muse, a wonderful venue for music and literary celebration, is located at 18444 Spruce Street in Conway, just east of I-5 turnoff #221 (http://www.conwaymuse.com, 360-445-3000). Entry is by donations, which support the Skagit River Poetry Foundation’s Poets in the Schools program. Since 1998, SRPF has put poets in 3,000 classrooms for 1,000 days, inspiring more than 400,000 students in the appreciation and creation of poetry. And Mr. Curtis, with his lilting Irish lyrics, spoken or sung, is one of the favorites.
For more information contact Skagit River Poetry Foundation Executive Director Molly McNulty: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-840-1452.
May 3, 2013 7:30 pm
ABOUT THE DUO: Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Fresh off over 120 shows in 2012 and RockyGrass competition win with their bluegrass project Front Country, Melody and Jacob are excited about playing and recording new music in 2013.
May 9, 2013 7:30 pm
Ria Peth Vanderpool
May 10, 2013 7:30 pm
Jack Mattingly and Whiskey Fever are a Roots/Americana/Folk-Rock-n-Roll band from the Skagit/Whatcom county area. Normally more of a rock-n-roll band LIVE, The Muse show will take them back to their acoustic roots (not all that long ago), allowing them to bust out not only their acoustic guitars, but also possibly banjo, ukulele, harmonica, melodica, and maybe even a jug.
May 11, 2013 7:30 pm
"Slim Fat Lips" started as a trio playing open mics at the Conway Muse (in Conway, Skagit County) in 2009. This group of friends loves to play blues-based rock and roll, oldies and originals, and invites the audience to sing along and dance. Children of the '60s for the most part, found that there were artists and songwriters that we wished to honor for their contributions to the muse by playing their songs. The expanded lineup of the band is David “Slim” Ritchie (guitar and vocals), John “Fats” Meier (guitar and vocals), Don “Lips” Smith (harmonica and vocals), Kathleen “Momma Gumbo” Gowan (percussion and vocals), and David "Sitting Dog" Clinkston (drums and vocals).
May 16, 2013 7:30 pm
Swil Kanim is a world class virtuoso violinist who advocates self-expression to create stronger community.He intertwines his music with storytelling, poetry, and audience interaction. His original compositions are mesmerizing and inspiring to all ages alike. While quickly becoming the most popular Native American Violinist, Swil Kanim is also a key-note speaker and notable actor; he starred as "Mouse" in Sherman Alexie's highly acclaimed movie The Business of FancyDancing.
In the Parlor - no cover - (we pass the hat)
Insights of a Lummi native storyteller, and his classical violin
May 17, 2013 8:00 pm
The Jefferson Rose Band is comprised of some of the best world music players in Seattle. Hard hitting, bass-driven afro-beat, latin, funk and other world music get you out of your seat and dancing.
We have played Bumbershoot, Anacortes Arts Fetival, Everett Music in the Parks, Nectar, The Royal Room, and many others.
Bass - Jefferson Rose, Guitar - Andy Coe, Drums - Aaron Walker-Loud, Percussion - Ivan Galvez, Sax - Tobi Stone, Trombone - Naomi Siegel.
May 18, 2013 7:30 pm
Best Acoustic Single of the Year - 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards 2006. for: Road Trippin’ (appears on So Far From Home)
Best Group/Duo (Grand Prize Runner Up) - International Acoustic Music Awards 2006.
The alternative-Americana sound of Woodrush is full of well-crafted original songs driven by vocal percussion and bursting with rich harmonies. Audiences are repeatedly drawn to their compelling melodies, lyrical savvy, and polished musicianship.
Their sound can be described as a blend of classic folk harmonies with a musical backbone of rock, funk, and R&B, reminiscent of CS...See More
May 24, 2013 8:00 pm
As a national touring finger-style guitar picking, harmonica bending, singer songwriter Tim Fast should by all rights be a household name. He has toured most the US performing his songs that have touched the hearts of his now many dedicated fans. Although being recognized with awards for performance and songwriting , sharing the magic of song is in his eyes is the supreme reward. Appearances on live radio performances, TV shows and radio airplay certainly means he is walking down a successful path. To his credit, 3 CD's have been released and all have received awards for his excellent craft in his songs. Folk is just a general description for his music. Hints of blues and country come through his warm haunting vocal tone not labeling him in one single genre. Tim is the real deal as far as living the life of a singer songwriter in America today.
Canadian Multi-Juno Award Winning James Keelaghan quotes "Excellent songwriter, exquisite guitar player and and the sweetest voice I've heard in a long time".
May 25, 2013 9:00 pm
Curran "el Colonel" Stromberg hailed from Pasadena California originally, and has been playing blues music of all shades at Festivals, Clubs, Showcase Theaters, and private events for 20 years now in the Western, and Eastern Washington areas ! He has earned a large following in the north end of western Wash. as well as the south end. He has studied 50s and 60s R&B with the likes of Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Albert King, BB King, etc....
In the Parlor $7 Cover
May 30, 2013 7:30 pm
Trish & Hans” with Conway’s own “John Anderson”!
Trish and Hans are joined with our own Conway’s John Anderson on Sax! They swing music from the Great American Songbook to unique jazz arrangements from the Beatles and more. They are always fun and engaging!
Trish Hatley captivates and enchants her listeners with her voice, energy and songs. The timeless music is supported by an astonishingly superb musicians who consistently amaze and energize their audiences! Whenever Trish performs, her unique sense of phrasing and drama absolutely fascinate all assembled.
May 31, 2013 7:30 pm
Ben Starner is a Skagit County native born and raised. Ben has always loved music and has been playing the piano since the age of 12, getting a jump-start from his sister when she taught him Scott Joplin's classic rag "The Entertainer." This led to his piano lessons with the first five years of playing saturated in the genres of ragtime and stride solidifying his musical foundation and continuing to be his favored styles. Today, Ben's love of music and excellent ear affords him the ability to enjoy and perform multiple genres, not forsaking his first loves (jazz and ragtime) but in the true spirit of these styles, adds to the richness of his musical artistry. Come on in, enjoy dinner and drinks and experience this local musical phenom for yourself!
June 1, 2013 8:00 pm
( Randy Norris & Jeff Nicely, an eclectic blues duo, at times acoustic, always electric)
Randy has spent much of his life guitar slingin' on the road, blending soul, rock, New Orleans rhythm and delta blues with dynamic vocals, living by the credo: "If there's no feeling, you're just wasting your breath". Randy also spent 10 years in LA doing sessions and sideman work. Taking his vast repertoire north, he joined Jeff in fronting a popular Seattle area band, Blues Therapy, at the turn of the century.
Jeff is well traveled with his harmonicas, playing everything from loose pickin’ parties to tight funk ‘n soul shows, forever capturing the true rhythm and soul of the blues.
Randy and Jeff will again represent the Washington Blues Society in the Solo/Duo category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, intending to improve on their Semi-Finalist accomplishment in 2012.
The Randy Norris & Jeff Nicely Duo