GRANTS PASS MUSEUM OF ART
229 SW G STREEET - DOWNTOWN GRANTS PASS
Concerts for 2023 are sponsored by Welch Investment Group
Heather Pierson Duo
May 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
Heather Pierson is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk. Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart. In over twenty years on her own record label, Vessel Recordings, she has released fourteen albums and several singles of original music.
June 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
Back by popular demand: Residing in Los Angeles and travelling the world from Japan, Kurosawa is a musician armed with Honey Beast (his guitar), Lucky8 (his amp), fresh original songs, electrifying soundscapes, and stunning arrangements of familiar global melodies.
”This year once again, please take me for who I am.” =「 今年も、よろしくお願いします。」
Referred to by many as the Bicultural Music Samurai, all throughout his life, Goh has been working to share honest stories and life connections though music, and his current tour is called Lovetap Tour (previously known as Broken Tour).
Kray Van Kirk
A fine finger-style guitarist with a precise baritone, Van Kirk has a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska. After five years of living in his van and playing music across the US and Canada, he thought that a career in the sciences might be a bit more secure than playing music for a living, especially as a single parent. Eventually, however, he realized that he liked writing songs more than statistical models, and he put aside his computer, picked up his guitar, and set out again.
July 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
He’s not your average crying-in-your-coffee singer-songwriter. "We are driven by myth and the seasons of the heart” he says. “Science comes later. We need new stories and new myths for a very complex 21st century so that everyone, absolutely everyone, regardless of creed, color, gender, sexuality or anything else, can listen and look and see themselves on the Hero's Quest.
Of this charming, Quixotic, and decidedly eclectic performer, the Borderline Folk Club in New York wrote “it is what every singer-songwriter should aspire to.
August 10, 7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
He has released eleven full-length CDs. Each has received outstandingly good reviews, and has been played regularly by radio stations in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Australia. In 2015-2016 alone, over twenty of his songs were recorded by other performers, and 2 tribute albums to his material have been recorded by independent artists in Nashville and Los Angeles (see COVERS page of this website).
Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows per year, for audiences totaling around 3,500 annually, in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. Everyone whohearshim responds to his brand of acoustic, melodic art/folk: haunting songs that ring true.
September 28, 7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
It was after Wallace’s return to her birth state of California 12 years ago that she fully embraced her calling as a singer-songwriter. Her musical family had relocated to rural St. Cloud, Florida, when she was a child. She grew up around the sounds of her parents playing guitars and singing, with “Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, their favorite,” she recalls. She also absorbed the country rock of ‘70s-era Linda Ronstadt on the turntable. “I really taught myself to sing by mimicking their styles,” she says. “The powerful belt that Linda has. The emotive lilt to Emmylou’s voice. Trying to navigate those different elements helped me find my own voice nestled in between all that.” She first picked up guitar at age 10, with her dad teaching her to finger-pick at 15, and by senior year in high school, Wallace was performing original compositions at the local Borders bookstore.
Michael Reno Harrell
October 26, 7:00pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, a published author, a nationally known storyteller and a visual artist. And he’s from the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where all those things are as much a part of life as breathing.
One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well worn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience.
His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.