Sunday, March 18th, 5:30 PM (Cocktail hour at 4:30)

The Peninsula Arts Center and the Water Music Society Present

Something to Talk About:
A Tribute to Bonnie Raitt

Inn at Harbour Village, Ilwaco

Something to Talk About is a musical collaboration between some of Portland’s finest singers and players joining together to pay tribute to the queen of the bottleneck blues.

Bonnie Raitt has not only infused the world with incredible music, but she has also deeply inspired generations of performers and songwriters. She showed women that they could rock just as hard as any man and proved to all people that female players should be taken seriously. Simply put, she changed the face of music.

With a combined number of 100 years of performance experience, this is truly an all-star cast of musicians, all of whom site Raitt as an important musical influence in their life. This rich pallet of singers and players from different genres are joining forces to pay tribute to someone they feel changed the direction of their life – this is a powerful show.

Tickets are $28 through Brown Paper Tickets:

Lisa Mann has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award for her mighty skills on the bass guitar, an award which she also took home in 2015. Her first award win fell hot on the heels of her win for Blues Blast’s Sean Costello Rising Star Award, as well as three Muddy Waters Awards from the Cascade Blues Association for Contemporary Blues Act of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, and Northwest Recording of the Year. Her latest release, Hard Times, Bad Decisions debuted on the Living Blues radio chart at #7, and on the International Blues Broadcasters Association chart at #10, and can be heard burning up the airwaves worldwide.

Bre Gregg is a powerhouse singer who has performed around the world and has quite the eclectic musical stage education from opera to the blues. Although her red hair and freckles remind you of a sweet Irish lass, if you close your eyes and change your expectations, you will hear strong influences from Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, and maybe even a dash of Patsy Cline. Bre has spent her years in the Northwest performing with outstanding musicians and releasing her first album, “On the Wind.” She can now be heard setting harmonies aflame with her soul sister Shelly Rudolph in the wildly soulful, sultry and joyful band called Midnight Honey.

Anne Weiss is an outstanding multi-genre singer/songwriter and poet with diverse influences, including Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell. Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk and gospel, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, funk ukulele, great songwriting and striking stage presence. She has performed nationally with everyone from Dar Williams to Taj Mahal. She has 6 CDs to her credit, including one produced by rock great Kenny Passarelli (bassist for Elton John, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh). Her latest double CD is aptly titled “Where Folk Gets the Blues”.

With an upbringing split between the hills of Appalachia and the heart of New York City, Ara Lee’s dichotomous childhood made for a unique musical education. Ara cut her teeth fiddling and singing in the folk and gospel traditions of Tennessee, and then lived a second life in New York as a highly sought after R&B and blues soloist, studio vocalist, and back-up singer (Arrested Development, Wycliff Jean). In her current incarnation as a singer-songwriter based in Portland, Ara’s powerful, soul-infused vocals combined with the simplicity of acoustic folk create a style uniquely her own—one that has been perhaps best described as “Soul-folk-tribal-funk-heathen-gospel butter.” 

David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon.  He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.  It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne.  “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.”  His new album, “Geneseo,” speaks of open roads, longing hearts and flashbacks of Oregon– a record of emotions big and small.

PDX based Guitarist/Producer/Songwriter Mark Bowden has played on and/or produced over 20 full length CDs including many national releases. His recent credits include Blues Rock artist Miriams Well, Indie Rock Chanteuse Kris Deelane, Folktronic artist Laura Ivancie, Roots Rockers Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind and Singer/Songwriters Michael Dean Damron and Josh Malm. His writing credits include penning tunes with the likes of Lee Garrett (Stevie Wonder). Having toured from NYC’s The Bitter End to LA’s The Troubadour, Mark has shared the stage with artists such as Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Janeva Magness, Angie Aparo, and Debra Dobkin.

Jean-Pierre Garau enjoys an active artistic vocation playing piano, keyboards and singing – among other music related endeavors. He’s performed as a soloist and with many acts over many years – currently performing in various ensembles with singer Ellen Whyte (including Ellen, Gene & Jean with bassist/vocalist Gene Houck), Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer, guitarist/producer Tim Ellis and with more than a few regional singer/songwriters. JP’s played keyboards on many album projects, documentaries, industrials, regional and national TV and radio spots. In addition, he’s a composer, music adaptor, chart writer and music educator.

Dan Stueber (drums, percussion) attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he specialized in jazz and classical percussion.  Dan has toured and performed on Broadway with The Flying Karamazov Brothers.  Some of the current projects Dan’s involved with include The Trail Band, The Cal Scott Band, and Portland jazz, blues vocalist Bre Gregg.