A sad decision to close down

Dear Enthusiastic Supporters of Live Music and Talented Musicians,

After a successful 7 year run of House Concerts in Lake Oswego, the pandemic and Pete’s health issues have kept us in limbo since March, 2020. We’ve always tried to make a comeback and have hated constantly putting off a re-start. The audience was always wonderful. The musicians blew us away with their talent and creativity. We have so many awesome memories of our time together “creating community through music”. But we’ve hit the end of the road and have chosen to close down this endeavor.

HOWEVER – I am in a training program to become a therapeutic harpist. If you’ve ever attended a healing sound session with gongs and crystal bowls, I hope to create such an experience with harp and other instruments. You will hear from me again in the future regarding that!

Until we meet again, a heartfelt THANK YOU

Marianne and Pete from House Concerts in Lake Oswego.

Still Waiting…

Hello all you enthusiastic supporters of live music,

I would love nothing more than to roll out the red carpet for our community of audience members, and all the excellent musicians, but alas; Pete is dealing with some serious health issues at the moment. He had surgery, just a week ago, that was not entirely successful, but he is stable for now.

(My sincere apologies to anyone to whom I have failed to respond. The last 5 months have been a bit rough. Never hesitate to “ping” me again if I have not answered an email).

As soon as we can move forward, I will inform you all. In the meantime, please hold good thoughts and prayers for Pete’s recovery.

Many thanks and keep supporting live music!

Marianne

House Concerts in Lake Oswego

A collection of mandolins, for your amusement 🙂

On Hold – Again

Hello Everyone.

Even though I contacted the distribution list to let y’all know we were on hold, it was just too sad to post it here.

All concerts have been on hold since the Delta variant took off. Outdoor concerts are becoming less likely as our weather changes. There’s nothing worse than booking a group, advertising and then having to cancel because of a new situation with covid. We WILL get through this. At least we got in our 1 concert in July!

Be well and until we meet again….

Ken and Phil Emerson – Saturday, August 7, 2021

OPTIONAL POTLUCK SOCIAL HOUR: 6:00-7:00pm. Please bring a DISH (enough to feed four) and a DRINK to share. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION:$15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email (preferred):

Marianne Decher

mariannedecher@comcast.net (email is preferred, as I do send confirmations via email).

503-348-2668

Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends sitting in your lap! (Make sure that the number of seats on your confirmation matches the number of people in your party 🙂

COVID PROTOCOL: We trust that the numbers will keep dropping. We also trust that everyone who attends is vaccinated. Please know that if you attend, and are not vaccinated, you do so at your OWN risk. The plan is to have the concert and potluck outdoors. If you feel more comfortable with a mask, please wear one – but it is not required. Surfaces will be cleaned but keep in mind that covid-19 is a *droplet* hazard and not a contact hazard.

Aloha!

The Emerson Brothers, Phil and Ken, are master musicians of many genres, with a special affinity for vintage Swing & Jazzy Hawaiian music. Born into a musical family, the brothers grew up listening to their father’s extensive record collection of 30s, 40s & 50s Pop, Jazz, Swing, Hawaiian and World music. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, they picked up finger style folk and blues in the early ’60s, and electric surf, rock jazz and blues in the later ’60s.

In 1968 the family moved to Hawai’i. Ken and Phil studied Hawaiian music and language, and began emulating the players of the ’20s and early ’30s by listening to vintage 78 RPM Hawaiian records, focusing especially on the music stylings Sol Ho’opi’i , Andy Iona and Sol K. Bright. Soon they were playing alongside legendary performers including Gabby Pahinui, Genoa Keawe, Ray Kane, Sol K. bright and Auntie Alice Namakelua. The brothers recorded their landmark album “The Emersons” in 1979, wherein they played vintage instruments and recreated styles not heard on the islands for half a century.

In 1980 they backed up Moe Keale on his “South Sea Island Magic” album. Ken Emerson went on to win Na Hoku Award, the Kahili Award for perpetuating Hawaiian culture, and was one of the artists on the GRAMMY Award winning album “Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2”. Phil went on to run a guitar shop in San Francisco and play local blues and Jazz clubs with guitarists like Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin) and Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) and then moved his shop north to Seattle and Bellingham, Wa. He now devotes more of his time to recording original jazz music.

In the last 40 years Ken has toured the world, performing and recording with artists Charlie Musselwhite, Donald Fagan ( Steely Dan), Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, Boz Skaggs, The Rowan Brothers, Taj Mahal and Leo Kottke, to name a few.

The Musers – Friday, July 9, 2021

OPTIONAL POTLUCK SOCIAL HOUR: 6:00-7:00pm. Please bring a DISH (enough to feed four) and a DRINK to share. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION: – $15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email (preferred), text or call:

Marianne Decher

503-348-2668

mariannedecher@comcast.net (email is preferred, as I do send confirmations via email).

Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends sitting in your lap! 

COVID PROTOCOL: We trust that the numbers will keep dropping. We also trust that everyone who attends is vaccinated. Please know that if you attend, and are not vaccinated, you do so at your OWN risk. The plan is to have the concert and potluck outdoors. If you feel more comfortable with a mask, please wear one – but it is not required. Surfaces will be cleaned but keep in mind that covid-19 is a *droplet* hazard and not a contact hazard.

Back In Action!

Hello Everyone!

What a long, strange, isolating trip this has been with the pandemic. Hopefully, the numbers keep dropping and the worst is behind us.

WHO IS UP FOR LIVE MUSIC AGAIN? *Jumps up and down; raises hand*.

Please stay tuned (musician joke) to your inboxes for an upcoming announcement in a couple of days. Our first concert will be July 9 with The Musers! They were enthusiastically received and applauded last time.

Till soon,

House Concerts in Lake Oswego

(It’s been so stinking long, I have forgotten how to write/edit this blog)

Still “on hold” July, 2020

POST HOUSE CONCERT FROM THE PAST!! WE DON’T KNOW THOSE PEOPLE ABOVE. WE JUST INVITE PEOPLE WHO DRINK WATER AND EAT VERY FEW SNACKS 🙂 KIDDING

Hello Everyone!

I hope you like short posts as much as I do 🙂

It would be so awesome to have a nice potluck meal, super music and camaraderie again. But alas – we are still “on hold” here at House Concerts in Lake Oswego. As soon as possible, we shall get this party started once again!!

Also, my dear sweet dad died on June 11, after a blessedly short decline, surrounded by family and caregivers, while he was IN HIS HOME – as he had wished. My three year+ role as long-distance caregiver came to an end and, of course, we miss him tremendously. For that reason (along with being the executor of the estate, from a great distance), there needs to be a few months’ break so I can get my head back together.

Thank you for your patience. Please be well and stay safe!

A RANDOM PIC OF CHARLIE BROWN, FROM THE SANTA ROSA AIRPORT, TO SPREAD SOME GOOD CHEER

On Hold and Concerts on Video?

The chairs are stacked, the wine glasses are unused, and the living room is not ringing with laughter and music. While everything is on hold here in Portland, Oregon, as we shelter-in-place, this will not be forever. There shall be merriment and music here once again when we get the All Clear. (I don’t know about y’all, but when that glorious day comes, I will get a professional haircut, and eat pizza at a pub until I drop. And hug everyone I see, so, – watch out!

Recorded concerts??

I am not the most tech savvy but I wonder if the artists whom we missed, and will miss, could record themselves playing a concert’s worth of music. I would love to post that on this site and make it a donation-based viewing option, payable to the artists. That way, the artists share their wonderful music, they get some kind of income, and we all can have a virtual house concert. Any interest and/or know how in setting this up?

In the meantime, be well, be safe and keep the music going!

Banjo-distancing!
Keep instruments close, and the virus far away, y’all!

House Concerts in LO on “hold” till further notice

After some deliberation and discussion with Christina Tourin and about 5 of us in the greater Portland area who were coordinating and hosting her workshops and concerts, we decided that safety outweighs going ahead with the planned schedule.

While the absolute number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon remain low, the cases have more than doubled in the last few days.

With the spread of COVID-19, and many activities and gatherings in this area being canceled, we have decided to do the same thing. Ms. Tourin will be back with us in the summer or fall, so please stay tuned!

Lessons, workshop and concert with Christina Tourin on March 12 *canceled*

As far as House Concerts in Lake Oswego is concerned, we are hoping to go ahead with the concert on March 28 with Meander, but much remains to be seen. All of this is evolving in real time and hard to predict. Stay tuned for more updates.

Apologies for the inconvenience. We will be up and running again as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Marianne

BARRIE DEMPSEY – Saturday, July 11

It absolutely appalls me to have to reschedule a concert, but due to several unforeseen factors, Barrie Dempsey is being rescheduled, from Saturday, February 29 to Saturday, July 11. We can be outdoors and enjoy some wonderful music with some wonderful weather. Sincere apologies to Barrie, and to those of you who signed up. We will make the wait worthwhile somehow!

BARRIE DEMPSEY

Date: Saturday, July 11

Potluck: Tentatively at 6pm

Concert: Tentatively at 7pm

More details closer to the date.