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Through this series we bring a wide variety of musicians and performers to an intimate space. Named for the elegant Great Blue Herons living on the Umatilla River, this series will surprise you with everything from alt-country to bluegrass to jazz and everything in between.



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Thirteen Moons


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

7 pm –Doors open at 6:30 pm


Made possible through the generous support of Dickey and Tremper, LLC


Thirteen Moons is a first-of-its-kind collaboration bringing together a Native American language and chants with modern progressive jazz from France. It's been hundreds of years since the French first met Native Americans here in the 'new world', and GrayHawk Perkins and the Mazcal Jazz Unit bring the two cultures together again through music.



Born in New Orleans to parents from the Choctaw and Houma Native Nations. GrayHawk Perkins grew up with his grandmother, a Native American naturalist and storyteller from theTerrebonne Parish of New Orleans.


At an early age he became an activist for the rights of Native Americans and was elected to a seat on the tribal council of the United Houma Nation when he was 18 years old. He’s worked as a cultural naturalist, and has taught American history, Native American storytelling and history, music, creative writing and visual arts. He’s also trained as a professional percussionist and musical composer, and has performed in many different bands in the greater New Orleans area.


The Mezcal Jazz Unit, led by the composer and bassist, Emmanuel de Gouvello was founded in 1986 in the south of France, near Montpellier. The music is defined by the Mediterranean temperament of its musicians, the reminiscences of traditional melodies, an unabashed attraction for the Orient, a rock like energy, a sense of humor, and a mix of held back emotions and overflowing generosity.


The group has performed over 500 concerts in 180 countries, including France, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Romania, Moldavia, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China, USA, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.


At the heart of this collaboration is a unique collection of chants in the Mobilian trade language, which was used as a lingua franca among Native American groups living along the Gulf of Mexico around the time of the European settlement of the region. It facilitated trade between tribes speaking different languages as well as with European settlers.


The compositions by GrayHawk Perkins and based on traditional songs, refer to the thirteen moons of the Native American calendar. Emmanuel de Gouvello, bass player and composer arranged the pieces using harmonies and rhythms from the world of jazz.

The musicians will also be doing outreach with school groups while in Pendleton.


The performance is made possible through the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication’s National Center for Jazz, and Dickey and Tremper, LLC

Tickets are available by calling 541-278-9201 and more information is available at pendletonarts.org.

Three musicians who repeatedly pack the house are returning to the Pendleton Center for the Arts for a concert of lively Scottish music. Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer and Peter Willis will perform Friday, June 5th at 7 pm.

The event features Lomnicky and Brewer’s new CD, The Fire, which is marked by traditional roots, vast diversity and innovative spirit. Rebecca Lomnicky is the only non-Scottish-born musician to ever win the Scottish National Fiddle Championship, something she accomplished as a teenager. Davd Brewer brings energetic expertise on bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, and whistle to the performance.   Peter Willis accompanies on the guitar.

The release of The Fire marks Lomnicky and Brewer’s second album together and fully showcases every aspect of their stylistic expertise, technical prowess, and musical passion. Combining the aesthetic elements of all their past recordings into a newer finely crafted sound, this album features the diversity of Scotland’s traditional regional styles with an added contemporary flare.

Both Lomnicky and Brewer have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, living and studying in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland.

The Fire contains one of Peter Willis’ original compositions and he plays guitar on other tracks as well.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door or by calling 541-278-9201. More information is available at pendletonarts.org. More information about The Fire can be found at firescottishband.com

Rebecca Lomnicky and

David Brewer,

The Fire!


Friday, June 5, 2015

7 pm –Doors open at 6:30 pm


Tickets $20

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00 pm

Reserve a seat by calling 541-278-9201


Josh Gracin (!) is coming to the Pendleton Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 5th for a one-night-only intimate acoustic show. The American Idol star, accompanied by his guitarist, will perform top songs from Gracin's repertoire including the #1 country music single "Nothin' To Lose" and the top country hits "Stay With Me" and "I Want To Live". Gracin, a former U.S. Marine, is hitting the road throughout the Pacific Northwest in November to re-connect with audiences and to celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps' birthday (Nov 10) and Veteran's Day (Nov 11).
This event is made possible through the generous support of
Travel Pendleton.


Take a listen to some of Josh’s hits:


Nothin’ to Lose            Stay With Me           I Want to Live


You won’t want to miss this show!

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Sept 17 & 18, 2015


The 1960's are synonymous with hippies, counterculture and psychedelic sound, but in the small rural town of La Grande, a group of Eastern Oregon College students was experimenting with a different form of music: bluegrass.


Ron Emmons, well known as the front man for the popular Cabbage Hill bluegrass band, worked to bring his classmates Hugh McClellan, Duane Boyer and Hal Spence back to eastern Oregon for Round Up week. The group will be joined by Alan Feves on bass and National Oldtime Fiddle Champion Dan Emert on fiddle.


Emmons and Boyer met during freshmen orientation week at Eastern Oregon College and connected with Spence and McClellan through their involvement in the Eastern Oregon College Ambassadors, a musical touring group that performed high school assemblies all over the Northwest. Each man went on to have great success over the past five decades on the national bluegrass scene, performing with a wide range of groups and ensembles.


Bluegrass musicians tend to mix and match themselves into different arrangements for each performance. The name EOscenes, chosen for the Round Up week performances, is a play on the college’s monogram, EOC (which later became EOU) and the Eocene epoch, a period on the geological time scale that occurred 55-34 million years ago.  


Emmons lives in Hermiston and has played mandolin and sung lead tenor and baritone with the Blue Mountain Crested Wheatgrass Boys, the Muddy Bottom Boys, Blue Heat and The Thatchmasters, as well as Cabbage Hill.  


Boyer now lives in Haines, Oregon and plays banjo and guitar, and sings lead, tenor and baritone. He taught banjo and guitar at EOC and played a major role in bringing national Bluegrass acts to that part of the state.


McClellan resides in Oregon City and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and is known for is low, lonesome bass voice. He’s also fronted a country-swing band and sang in a gospel quartet.


Hal Spence of Dallas, Oregon played guitar and sang tenor for 27 years with The Sawtooth Mountain Boys, one of the northwest’s best known bluegrass bands, whose travels included three tours of Europe.


The performance is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Cynthia Holmes