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Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday Noon - 4:00 pm
214 North Main, Pendleton, OR  97801

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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.



Next up...

Friday, May 6, 2016  - Thomas Paul Album Release Show  $12
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Boise who’s adept in a diverse range of musical genres spanning from garage rock to lounge blues to folk. He'll be sharing pieces from his brand new album, "Singalong"


Tuesday, May 17, 2016    -  Jeff Scroggins & Colorado   $12
Fusion of second and third wave bluegrass featuring  world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals.


Saturday, June 18, 2016    -  Louis Romanos Jazz Quartet  $12
Eclectic mix of jazz, world music, New Orleans street beat, and Latin.


Friday, July 22, 2016     -  The Fire Scottish Quartet with guest Peter Willis  $15
Featuring Rebecca Lomnicky, the only non-Scottish born fiddler to ever win the Scottish National Fiddle Championship, David Brewer and Adam Hendey.


Friday, August 26, 2016    -  Molly’s Revenge $15
This dynamic acoustic Celtic band combines bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran and a hard-edged accent.


Thursday AND Friday, Sept. 15 & 16, 2016     -  The EOscenes (formerly Cabbage Hill)  $12
Some of the best bluegrass and roots music to come out of the region. A crowd favorite!


Saturday, September 24, 2016    -  Bing Futch LIVE in Concert  $12

Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums and electronic effects, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion and wit.


Friday, November 11, 2016  New West Guitar Group  $12
One of the nation’s premier guitar ensembles.


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About our Round Up Performers...

Sept 15 & 16, 2016


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

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!
Call 541-278-9201 to reserve a seat.


Thomas Paul LIVE in concert
Friday May 6, 2016

Thomas Paul will take the stage at the Pendleton Center for the Arts of Friday, May 6 at 7:00 pm as part of an album release tour for his new project, “Singalongs.” The winkingly-titled piece is Paul’s first full instrumental album and was captured in Room 242 of The Modern Hotel in his hometown of Boise, Idaho on May 7, 2015 amid the hustle and bustle of Modern Art, the annual art happening where Boise artists and musicians transform rooms into galleries, installations, performance spaces or, in Paul’s case, a recording studio. “East River Road,” the album’s opening track and first single, is streaming now via Bandcamp.com.



In baseball terms, some players are the big bat carrying the team and some are the utility players, contributing everywhere on the field. When it comes to music, Paul fulfills both roles. As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, he is regarded as one of the region’s most versatile, gifted musicians. His output as a bandleader/solo artist and in-demand sideman and session performer covers a wide range of genres, including garage rock, lounge blues, alt-country and folk.


Paul has a long history with the Pendleton music scene, performing with local talent as well as serving as an instructor for the popular Rock and Roll Camp that is a mainstay of PCA’s Art Rocks Teen Program since its inception eleven years ago. When he’s not touring and leading his own band, Paul adds sounds to several established Northwest outfits, including Nick Jaina, aka Belle, New Transit, Andy Byron Band, The Country Club, eLDopamine, LarkSpur, Ryan Bayne, SFM-Steve Fulton Music, Tracy Morrison and others.


Tickets are $12 and available at the door or by calling 541-278-9201. The show is made possible through the support of Donna and George Murdock. More information about the Thomas Paul show, as well as PCA’s entire 2016 Blue Heron Live Music Series line-up, is available at pendletonarts.org.