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Taste & Tunes Festival

May 29-30, 2020

Taste & Tunes

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of wonderful Oregon wineries, artisans and specialty foods at the 27th Taste & Tunes Festival! This three-day event is held in the Main Pavilion and on the Main Lawn of the Clackamas County Fair Grounds (in Canby, Oregon). Admission is $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 for ages 16-20 and parking is free. Tastings have a minimum cost of $1.

Hours

May 29 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
May 30 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Entertainment

Timothy James Band

Timothy James Band

Friday, May 29

Main Stage
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Timothy James is fast making a name for himself not only in the Portland area, but in the music community. This 17-year-old guitar slinger is known for being able to hold his own with seasoned musicians four times his age.

At the tender age of nine years old, when most 3rd graders are worried about being picked first for a ballgame and watching the clock for when school is out, Timothy was watching his father play guitar. Now in his teens, he’s the first on many people’s minds when it comes to the new face of the blues, following in the footsteps of such young greats as Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Timothy was born in March of 2002 and lives in the small town Mulino, Oregon with his parents and sister, just outside the Portland Metro area. While growing up in a small Oregon town, Timothy was accustomed to jam sessions where his father and friends would get together regularly to play music. He was enrolled in piano lessons for a couple of years at an early age, but never seemed very inspired by piano. His parents also co-hosted the annual Mulino Blues Festival.

It was during rehearsals for the MBF one year that Timothy said, “I want to do a song with you dad!” That was in 2011 and while he had learned some chords and strumming, it was that performance of Knocking on Heaven’s Door that really got him hooked. He continued to learn more and more about all things guitar and music and the next year got up solo and played two songs to an amazed crowd.

Over the next several years, Timothy attended local open mics and jam sessions honing his skills and learning new ones from the many seasoned players he was jamming with. It wasn’t long before his skills on the guitar had surpassed the Old Man’s so his dad hired a multi-instrumental teacher, Ken Brewer, to take him to the next level. He soon moved on to learn the Jazz Standards and improvisational techniques from Timmer Blakely. Timothy began to get noticed by other working musicians at the jams and before long he was being invited as a guest player for several paying gigs.

It was in 2016 that the family joined the Cascade Blues Association to sign Timothy up for the Journey to Memphis competition with the goal of playing during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, a renowned contest that brings acts from around the world. Timothy was selected as the 2016 Youth Representative and showcased his talents in Memphis in February, 2017 and again in January of 2018.

Tom Grant

Test

Friday, May 29

Main Pavilion
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

TOM GRANT, master instrumentalist, talented singer and natural entertainer nimbly walks the line between jazz tradition and modern pop. This soft-spoken Oregon native’s inspired songwriting produces propulsive R&B grooves, infectious melodic hooks, and stylish ballads with equal ease. He plays jazz piano with the harmonic sophistication and deep sense of swing that only comes from more than four decades on the bandstand. As one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned musical artists, Tom Grant’s career achievements reflect his unique ability to embrace the full spectrum of contemporary music.

Infamous Soul

Infamous Soul

Friday, May 29

Main Stage
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Made up of regional musicians from Portland to Albany Oregon, Infamous Soul is one of the valley's best classic rock bands. From clubs, private parties, corporate events and concerts in the park, this group of musicians loves to play great music, and it shows! This 6-piece band plays your favorite hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. Hear the hits from bands like Journey, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, John Mayer, Styx, Kansas, ZZ Top, Bruno Mars, Hall & Oates, Aerosmith, Toto, Tom Petty and so many more!

For a fun night of listening and dancing, enjoy Infamous Soul's silky-smooth vocals, rockin' guitars, heart-stopping drumming, chest thumping bass and top shelf keys. Infamous Soul is an outstanding example of what a cover band should be: experienced, passionate, and talented enough to play the great rock songs that you love to hear all night long.

Olivia Harms

Olivia Harms

Saturday, May 30

Main Stage
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Olivia has been playing traditional country music since she was young.  She grew up singing and touring with her mother, Joni Harms, who has been very successful in the country western music industry. Olivia is following in her mothers footsteps and making music her fulltime career.  She currently spends about half her time in Nashville and spends the rest of her time touring. Olivia has opened for Diamond Rio, Jerrod Niemann, Dan+Shay, Old DominionMark Chesnutt and others. In 2018 alone she played at the Denver Stockshow, Rodeo Houston, AQHA World Show, NFR, and did a tour through England, Ireland and Scotland. Olivia is always excited to come back to her home town and play music, she loves her small Canby community. Olivia has a fresh spin on traditional country music with a laid back singer/songwriter feel. To learn more about Olivia, check out her website.

Gabriel Cox

Gabriel Cox

Saturday, May 30

Main Stage
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Gabriel Cox is an American singer songwriter from Salem Oregon. Author of three critically acclaimed albums and thousands of copies sold worldwide, this independent artist and entertainer has developed a very loving fan base in the music industry. Blending elements of Rock, Blues, Country, Folk & more, his original songwriting sets him apart from the rest. With one of the best live shows in the business, he continues to captivate audiences of all ages. His music is being featured on commercial, community, and internet radio stations throughout the US, and he's had the privilege to work with many national and regional artists including Robert Cray, Baha Men, and Jelly Bread. Gabriel Cox is a multiple Muddy Award nominee, Air Force veteran, college grad, loving husband & father of two. His music videos have reached over 100,000 views worldwide, and he just released a brand-new album for 2020.

My Happy Pill

My Happy Pill

Saturday, May 30

Main Stage
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

My Happy Pill is the Northwest region’s premiere dance band, offering a fun, eclectic, and high energy mix of funk, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and more…there's truly something for everyone! With a song list spanning all decades from the 70's through today's top hits, you'll dance the night away to your favorite classics, along with today's best music, all done in a new, fresh way! "MHP" is a 7 piece band of talented, seasoned musicians who deliver an energetic and authentic show, and with multiple vocalists in the band, the variety of styles and harmonies sets MHP apart from all other bands, and keeps their performance fun and interesting!

John Nilsen

John Nilsen

Saturday, May 30

Main Pavilion
12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

John Nilsen was born in Seattle, Washington in 1956. The Nilsen family moved to Portland, Oregon, USA in 1960. Nilsen began studying classical piano from his mother at age six. Continuing his musical education, he began playing guitar at age fourteen. John moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1974 to attend Southern Oregon College (Southern Oregon University). Nilsen graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and was honored by the institution in 1995 in recognition of his outstanding achievements, dedicated efforts and leadership in the field of the performing arts with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the most prestigious award bestowed upon Southern Oregon University graduates. An accomplished pianist, guitarist, songwriter, lyricist and vocalist, Nilsen was also chosen to be a Deering Banjo Artist in 2016.

Nilsen founded the Magic Wing recording label in 1987. The label has a catalog of eighteen successful titles, each with international distribution. Before founding Magic Wing, John recorded three successful solo piano records on LA’s, Eagle Records from 1983 to 1985. He has released seventeen on his own Magic Wing label with fifteen other CDs licensed in countries including Germany, Great Britain, The Philippines, Canada, Taiwan and Singapore bringing reported total record sales to well over one million copies sold. Very few independent recording artists claim such success. Having performed in Europe, Asia and all fifty U.S. States countless times, John Nilsen has two hundred and fifty of his compositions and musical arrangements receiving BMI royalties world wide. Foreign Films, the newest and 20th Nilsen recording, was released August 23, 2019 and emphasizes Nilsen’s superb piano compositions with orchestral backing. Several piano solos sit alongside others with a string quartet providing backing. All eighteen tracks are intended to make the listener feel as though they’re listening to a motion picture soundtrack. Foreign Films is destined to be an instant classic.

Like each of the past twenty five years, John played two hundred and fifty performances in 2018, most being out of Oregon. Nilsen splits his performances between touring internationally as an in demand pianist combining elements of classical, folk and jazz, performing with the John Nilsen Trio, featuring Jeff Leonard/bass and Jason Moore/ percussion (which has toured internationally), and with John’s guitar/vocal rock band, John Nilsen & SWIMFISH, featuring Dave Captein/bass, Mike Snyder/drums, percussion, Bob Logue/guitar, vocals and Don Woodward/guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals. SWIMFISH includes John’s piano, but features his acoustic and electric guitar playing tucked into and soaring above a bed of a uniquely great supporting cast.

John has given back to his community by teaching songwriting residencies and speaking to students in schools throughout the country, and locally including every school in the West Linn/Wilsonville School District over the past twenty-five years.

 

 
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