Live Music

We bring the community together by hosting a wide variety of live music events that celebrate our heritage and expose us to new perspectives. From Celtic and bluegrass to jazz and rock & roll, the Pendleton Center for the Arts is a great spot to experience the power of live music. You can keep up with all our Facebook events HERE.



John Storie + Nikos Syropoulos




You may know John Storie from his work with the New West Guitar Group, a trio that is always a crowd favorite at PCA. This summer John’s visiting Pendleton with Nikos Syropoulos, and we couldn’t be more excited. 

For almost 20 years, John Storie has been an active contributor to the jazz and classical music scenes of Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. 

Over the years, he has been recognized by the Downbeat Student Music Awards, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Jazz Society of Oregon, Cascade Festival of Music, Guitar Foundation of America, and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. 

His performances with the New West Guitar Group have taken him to Japan, Canada, and Germany. The band continues to be a driving force in the Los Angeles music scene. 

You may not have known that John Storie not only tours with New West Guitar Group and other notable musicians, but is also a member of The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Jeff Goldblum’s jazz band. The project has kept a mostly low profile by performing at small jazz clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, but with the release of a debut studio jazz album, jazz and Jeff fans can now enjoy the music of the iconic actor. Check out John on guitar during this performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live HERE. 

Nikos Syropoulos is an award-winning pianist, composer, and teacher based in Portland and Los Angeles. A three-time recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, Nikos has gained national recognition for his original music and has toured internationally. He is the leader of the jazz chamber ensemble, Rozalía, and has independently released three self-produced albums. Named in honor of his late Greek grandmother, Rozalía features Nikos’ original compositions written for piano and strings, drawing upon his main musical influences, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Keith Jarrett, and Egberto Gismonti. You can see a cool video of Nikos in a collaboration with dancer Melinda Sullivan HERE

You are NOT going to want to miss this performance. 

We’re proud to partner with Steve and the staff at Hill Law Office to bring John and Nikos to Pendleton. 






Greg Blake Trio

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019 – 7:00 PM



West Virginia native Greg Blake’s powerful vocals are steeped in country heritage, developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Blake was twice nominated for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) 

“Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award and his phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. He’s joined by Isaac Callendar and Ellie Hakanson to perform as the Greg Blake Trio. Hakanson, an Oregon native, was a 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion, a 2016 Arizona State Fiddle Champion, and a 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee on fiddle and vocals. Callendar has toured across the country and internationally with musicians like April Verch and Jeff Scroggins.




The EOcenes – two big nights!

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 & 13, 2019 – 7:00 PM



Just as Round Up comes around every year, so does first-rate bluegrass with The EOcenes. With the fluid grace that comes only with musicians who’ve played together for more than 50 years, this group puts on a show that will delight both you and your Round Up guests. Reserve seats early! Made possible, once again, through the generous support of Dr. Cynthia Holmes.






Molly’s Revenge

TUESDAY, OCT. 15, 2019 – 7:00 PM



Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music.

Molly’s Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more. This show WILL sell out, so get your tickets early!

We’re proud to be working once again with Lindell Auto / Blue Mountain Towing to bring these musicians to town.