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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.


Thanks to our series sponsors Drs. Dan Marier & Connie Umphred, all our event sponsors, and Red Lion of Pendleton, the official hospitality provider for all our musicians and artists.†

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My Heart is an Idiot

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 7 pm


This fall, road warriors Davy and Peter Rothbart are hurtling your way on FOUND Magazineís 10th Anniversary Tour, which celebrates the release of Davyís book of personal essays, My Heart is an Idiot, Peterís new album, and a brand-new issue of FOUND. The Rothbart Brothers are hopping back in the tour van, FOUND treasures in tow, for an epic cross-country romp, with stops in 37 states and 75 cities, and Pendleton Center for the Arts is one of them!


At this exhilarating show, Davy (FOUNDís plucky point guard) will share the latest magnificent and mesmerizing finds thatíve landed in the mailbox here at FOUND HQ, plus outrageous tales from his new book, while Peter (FOUNDís international heartthrob) will dazzle with beautiful, haunting, and hilarious songs based on FOUND notes.



Davy and Peter collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, receipts, doodles-- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life.


Check out their website at Found Magazine.

Round-Up Favorites - Cabbage Hill!

Thursday AND Friday, Sept. 13 & 14, 2012


World-class bluegrass has been a long standing tradition at the Arts Center during Round-Up. Pendleton is home to some of the countryís finest national old-time fiddle champions and other versatile musicians who bring both the spirit and the high bar for excellent musicianship that bluegrass embodies to the stage.




West My Friend

Saturday, August 3, 2013


This groupís songs are created through a collaborative process: well-crafted and clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines, and richly textured accordion combine as every member brings forward their own ideas and experiences. The wealth of musical experience and classical training in the group creates an interesting backdrop for their songwriting, allowing for levels of detail, intricacy, and counterpoint balanced with moments of simplicity. This sonically adventurous approach to music defines West My Friend as a key part of a growing movement of the new generation of grass-roots folk music taking place in Victoria, Vancouver and across British Columbia. Made possible through the generous support of Gail and Al Plute.


Thurs., Aug. 22, 2013

Seffarine is a duo formed by Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player/flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their repertoire varies from classical Arabic and Andalusian music to original compositions influenced by the music of widely varying cultures, such as Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music, and American jazz. Seffarine takes its name from the ancient metalworking square in Lamiae's home city of Fes, Morocco. Listen to clips of their music here.

Made possible by the great folks at Hill Law Office.

Rebecca Lomnicky - David Brewer - Peter Willis

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Just back from living in Scotland, duo performers Rebecca Lomnicky (International Fiddle Champion) & David Brewer (of the popular Celtic band Mollyís Revenge) will be performing captivating music which bridges the gap between the fiddle & bagpipe music of Scotland ótwo worlds united. Each have spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, living and studying in the highlands of Scotland, and have forged their music in the spirit of merging these two similar but very different worlds to create a new seamless sound† which is both kinetic, and full of passion. They will be augmented into a trio by master guitar accompanist, Peter Willis.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the great crew at Wtechlink - the fastest internet provider in Oregon.



More great past performances here.

Past performance highlights Ö.

Yep, we did it. We got the Portland Cello Project to book a show in the up close and personal space of the Arts Center's Pearson Auditorium. These amazing and amazingly versatile musicians have received acclaim from a diverse bunch of reviewers, from Spin Magazine to the New York Times to National Public Radio - everyone agrees, they are fabulous.



The Portland Cello Project

Thursday, January 23, 2014