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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 $10

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

Reserve a seat by calling 541-278-9201


The City of Tomorrow is a woodwind quintet with unusual ambition. The group of five world class musicians seeks to give voice to emotions of people living in the world today. They make music to provide an outlet for our reactions to environmental destruction, endless war, the pixelization of our memories, the overwhelming mass of information collected on humanity every day, and other contemporary issues.


The quintet is making its way to Pendleton to perform in the Pearson Auditorium at the Pendleton Center for the Arts on Friday, October 9th at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.


The group is the first woodwind quintet to win a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in over ten years and in 2014 was awarded a Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America. 


The City of Tomorrow is comprised of Elise Blatchford on flute, Stuart Breczinski on oboe, Rane Moore on clarinet, Nanci Belmont on Bassoon and Leander Star on horn. The touring ensemble has performed across the U.S. and Canada in venues ranging from concert halls to the Mayo Clinic.

Seeking to forge a new identity for the wind quintet in the same way that Kronos Quartet did for strings, the City of Tomorrow commissions new works, seeks relevancy for older compositions from the 20th century, and continues to shatter expectations for a concert of wind chamber music. This frequently means unexpected sounds: conch shell horns, strange timbres coming from double-reed instruments, wails from the French horn, improvisation in the clarinet, and a flute that can whisper, spit, talk, and sigh. 


Seating is limited to 100 guests. Tickets are $10 and available by calling 541-278-9201. Some tickets may be available at the door, but reservations by phone are recommended.

More information and audio clips are available HERE.



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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