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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.



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 Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour, which celebrates the release of Davy’s book of personal essays, My Heart is an Idiot, Peter’s 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 (FOUND’s plucky point guard) will share the latest magnificent and mesmerizing finds that’ve landed in the mailbox here at FOUND HQ, plus outrageous tales from his new book, while Peter (FOUND’s 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 country’s 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.




Mon. November 24, 2014

West My Friend

Back by popular demand!

This group’s 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.


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.

More great past performances here.

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


Eleni Mandell plays to a sell-out crowds everywhere she goes. This singer/songwriter was picked "Artist of the year" in the "best of L.A." issue of LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE a couple years ago and a feature article in The Times of London said, “..she has a voice that should be heard by millions.” Her cool cover of Cole Porter’s song “I Love Paris” provided the background music for the controversial Carl’s Jr. television commercials featuring Paris Hilton. The list goes on an on. She was even featured as a clue in the Jan. 26 NY Times Crossword puzzle, The clue: "Singer/songwriter _____ Mandell", The answer: "Eleni".


Brought to the Arts Center through the generous
support of Dr. Cynthia Holmes.

September 11 & 12, 2014 - 7 pm

Eleni Mandell

Select past performances...

This amazing trio set a record for attendance here at the Arts Center (It’s amazing how many people will stand to hear truly great music), and we expect tickets to go quickly this time too, so reserve your seats early!


Rebecca Lemnicky is the only non-Scottish born musician to win the Scottish National Fiddle Championship - something she did at the age of 16. And her playing has only gotten better since. Peter Willis and David Brewer are fantastic on their own, but together, this trio provides a peak music experience.





 Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7 pm

Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer, Peter Willis

Next up...


Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 - 7 pm

Molly’s Revenge


David Brewer is best known to regional fans as the side-kick to Scottish fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky, but his work playing Highland bagpipes, border and uillean pipes, and whistles spans a wide range of projects.

His most acclaimed is as a
founding member of the popular west coast Celtic band Molly's Revenge, which was voted Best Band of 2005 at the Live Oak Music Festival. The group has performed nationally and internationally with highlight appearances at the Chicago Irish Festival, the University of Hawaii Concert Series, the Ballarat Federation Tattoo in Australia, the Tamar Valley Folk Festival in Tasmania, twice at the Shanghai International Music Festival in China and at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brewer is joined by John Weed, a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He hones his skills annually by attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O'Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin.

Rounding out the trio is
Stuart Mason, who has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association.


Tickets are just $10 each, thanks to generous underwriting by Sterns Home Loans of Pendleton.  


Made possible through the generous support of:

Call 541-278-9201 to reserve your seat!

The New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has developed a wide spread reputation as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Founded over ten years ago by guitarists Perry Smith and John Storie, NWGG performs classic pop covers, jazz standards and exciting originals. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity with the acoustic and electric guitar. Based in Los Angeles and New York, the ensemble tours extensively through the United States and abroad giving a variety of concert programs and educational masterclasses.


Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, New West Guitar Group infuses its latest disc 'Big City' with its signature blend of laid-back virtuosity and expert arrangements that “sometimes verge on the orchestral” (All Music Guide).

More information is available by calling 541-278-9201 . Doors open at 6:30. Audio files are available HERE


The Pendleton Center for the Arts is located at 214 North Main, in the renovated Carnegie Library building.

'Big City' is the group's second release on Summit Records and the music is regularly featured on NPR and jazz/americana radio stations all over the country. Graduates of USC’s Thornton School of Music, the trio’s versatility as players and composers have given them the reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble.


Beautiful acoustic rhythms, vibrant classically infused single note lines and jazzy arpeggios cover the magnificent  musical landscape these three players create. - Metronome Magazine

Shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords...tight cracking interplay and complementary playing.” - Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Magazine


The group’s creativity in not being afraid to stretch boundaries is helping to forge a new area of music that should inspire other guitarists...” - Vintage Guitar Magazine

Visit their website HERE