About the Bands

MMF Band Bios – 2017


Paul Chesne Band   Paul is an American country & soul singer-songwriter & guitarist. He has traveled throughout the United States & played well over 1200 shows since 1999 including cutting his teeth playing upwards of 150 times at the infamous Kibitz Room in Canter’s Deli.  He has written over 200 songs & released 5 full length albums and an EP featuring (here comes some name dropping): Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Louvin Brothers), Mitch Marine (Smash Mouth,Tripping Daisy), Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lana Del Rey, Ray Lamontagne), Keith Gattis (Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Chesney), Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam, Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams), The Webb Sisters (Leonard Cohen), Elvis Perkins & Willie Chambers of The Chambers Brothers.


Don’t miss the wildly entertaining Strange Tones who have blended a unique concoction of original blues, rockabilly, surf, & vintage R&B, & finished it off with a private eye twist.  They’ve shaken & stirred these elements into their own original sound and style known as Crime-A-Billy. Well-crafted songwriting, top-notch musicianship, & a playful, engaging stage show have contributed to the band’s induction into the Hall of Fame & a multitude of awards from the Cascade Blues Association. Led by the husband & wife team of Guitar Julie & bassist Andy Strange, & fortified by longtime partners guitarist Suburban Slim & drummer Andy Gauthier, this group forms “ one of Portland’s most original and accomplished bands.”- Oregonian


Leslie Mendelson is a singer/songwriter from New York with influences ranging from Carole King to Laura Nyro. Influenced by her father, a trumpet player & music teacher, Leslie became passionate about music during her early childhood. She starting singing some of her original music with Mother Freedom, a Long Island funk-rock combo with whom she recorded an album. Then, in the Spring of 2002, Leslie relocated to New York City beginning her songwriting career. There, she became a part of Manhattan’s downtown music scene & participated in the New York Songwriters Circle.  In 2005, she self-released her first solo CD Take It As You Will, attracting the help of jazz and R&B producer Joel Dorn, who helped record her win her current recording deal with Rykodisc.  Additionally, Leslie was iTunes’ featured artist for the Discovery Download program the week of June 30, 2009


Roots Americana musician, Lauren Sheehan, launched her recording & performing career in 2002 and has been sailing on to critical acclaim,  national/international radio charts & ‘encores’ at festivals, concerts & venues across the country & in Canada ever since.  This vivacious ‘songster’ delights audiences with the breadth of her material, evocative artistry & musicianship.  Her gifted guitar work, stylistic breadth & vocals are inspired by her study with elders, oral tradition & scholarship.  Lauren began playing guitar at 10, discovered traditional, social & dance music in her early 20’s, then jumped into living acoustic blues up at Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival in her 30’s,  picking up mandolin and banjo along the way.  Recent appearances on NPR, four CDs that charted in the top 20 on folk radio, a 2012 Portland Music Award for outstanding achievement in Folk, inclusion in the Library of Congress


Patrick Lamb   His last three singles recently made top 5 nationally on the Billboard Charts on his independent label.  Recently given the Independent Spirit Award by the city of Portland Patrick regularly tours the the world or performs as the ‘saxophonist to the stars’ with with Grammy winners and luminaries like Gino Vannelli, Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Tommy Thayer, Diane Schuur, Bobby Kimball, Alice Cooper & Smokey Robinson, showing that Patrick is comfortable wherever music may take him.  Patrick has been honored with numerous awards starting with an acclaimed best soloist performance at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, resulting in a performance with Lionel Hampton. In 1996 and 1997 Patrick was invited to perform at the White House during the holiday. Patrick has been solidly and consistently recognized by his peers & community as a world class talent.& is sure to delight festival attendees!


A refreshing & innovative classically-trained female vocalist; a colorful, energetic, & soulful keyboardist; & the intuitive trumpeter of Pink Martini, make up the trio Kate and the Crocodiles.  They perform stunning originals & re-creations from Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nat Cole, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong, Pat Benetar, April Smith, Yves Montand & more!  Kate Morrison studied vocal training throughout high school & college & placed in the top 10 vocalists in the State of Oregon.  Gavin Bondy began  studying trumpet at the age of nine. Years later, amidst doubts of his peers, he began to quietly prove he could make his entire living as a freelance musician in the city of Portland.  Craig Bidondo studied piano & music  composition in Los Angeles before moving to the Portland area as a soloist & group artist, exploring jazz, classical, rock, new age & gospel music & an award winning musical!


Since  2000, Tony Smiley has captured audiences with raw rhythms of all live looping. This musical savant loops his way through a unique genre of music that you won’t find anywhere else.  All with a witty, engaging & energetic stage presence. His cosmic dance of electric melodies range from rock, hip hop, reggae, tribal fusion, 80’s & everything in between, with a dash of Mongolian throat singing & beat-boxing have earned the loop ninja a cult like following that repeatedly embarks on his musical journey. The songs of Tony Smiley are a tantalizing ride through electro acoustic music that will cause your musical senses to rise. His songs are original, groove-laden works of art.


“Since early 2015, Scratchdog Stringband has been touring throughout the West Coast & beyond with their fresh amalgamation of classic & contemporary Americana/Bluegrass music. Based in Portland, OR, the dogs have played over four-hundred shows in two & a half years, all the while honing their technical finesse through careful craftsmanship & intuitive improvisation. The sound that emerges is uniquely “Scratchdog,” not just a Bluegrass experience but also deriving from influences in Rock, Folk, Country and Jazz.”


The Early Stuff really started back in 1992, when Rich Reece & Nathan Jr. started playing music together in the mid-Willamette Valley.  Rich & Nate moved to Portland at the dawning of the new millennium & started a weird proggy instrumental band with Ryan Thomas, who was also playing in a weird proggy instrumental band with Bret Malmquist. After years of playing as sidemen in other bands, we’re doing our best to play what comes naturally & evolves slowly, with about as much commercial optimism as you’d expect from dudes in midlife. We try to keep in mind why we started doing this in the first place, fun, comradery & ritual. Also, we like mash-ups. “


The son of a fiddle player, Will West, of Will West & the Friendly Strangers Inspired by his parents vast record collection, he began playing guitar when he was 11 years old. First finding a love for Old-Time Blues & Heavy Metal music. From his humble beginnings busking on downtown sidewalks & exploring open-mics, Will West has been on a steady rise in this rich Northwest music scene.  Together they create a signature blend of Modern Folk, Bluegrass, Pop & Groove elements. The band is known for their easygoing vibes & fun audience participation. Whether they’re performing for 1000’s at summer festivals or for a handful of listeners at an intimate house concert, the band connects with the audience & they have a wonderful time doing it.  


From Eugene, Oregon, Anton Cole on Guitars and Vocals, Craig Stempniak – Bass & Jon Hudock on drums make up this 3 piece band Rainwalkers that will delight festival goers Saturday evening for Rockin/Blues Night at Rex Champ Field.   We’re a band from Eugene, Oregon that plays all original music.  Our genre is a mix of rock, funk, blues, reggae & even a bit of bluegrass.  We love to play music that grooves and gets people tapping their feet & dancing in their seats or dancing on the dance floor.


Before crossing paths, Adams and Costello each spent years of their lives in music,

learning to play various instruments, songwriting, singing & performing. As a duo, their passion for making music together is palpable in their songwriting, and their meshing of sounds is a musical force.  Soulful, visceral music is what we like to deliver. From the inspiration behind the songwriting all the way to the live performance, Adams & Costello brings truth and authenticity into center stage. Songs from the heart with a rock edge.


Like honky tonk country?  Check out Countryside Ride who’s playing Sunday, July 23rd downtown Manzanita.  They play good ole Honky Tonk, Hard-core Country & Western, Hillbilly, and Western Swing music, in & around, the great city of Portland, Or., & is all the rage in Amboy.


From Cannon Beach area, the band Blue Jug features Mike Corry, Bill Gaylord, Mark Dove,Joshua Corry & Will Gunn.  They play a collection of all originals from blues to   old time spirituals & some jazz.. Mike Corry, the band leader has been dusting off some oldies that he wrote throughout the years, rewriting them & also some new ones.


Jazzatti-tude hails from Wheeler, Or. A jazz trio with keyboards guitar & bass plays a smooth & jazzy sound.  They do a mixed bag of standards, bossa, other latin & some fusion .from Charlie Parker to the Crusaders.


The Sedona Fire Band is a world folk fusion group that features rich vocal harmony, guitar, flute, trumpet, cello, keyboard, & hand percussion.  They cover a broad range from jazz standards, to blues, to rock, to pop, to folk classics.  The group’s members are Sedona Torres-vocals, Michael Dinan, on guitar-vocals, Bob La Torre-trumpet with wife Renee-cello, Chuck & Barb McLaughlin, who make a dynamic hand percussion duo together & Fred Lackaff completes this eclectic musical stew with his classy keyboard mastery.


Crackpot Babies Guitarist and vocalist Beth Basile, former member of the Crackpots, regional favorite & mainstay of the Laurelthirst & little darlings of the Portland rock scene throughout the 90s, along with Danny Joe Davis, veteran of the Portland music scene- playing with Paul Delay, Duffy Bishop, Curtis Salgado, Patrick Lamb to name a few) on bass. Michael Dunlap, son of Portland blues singer Jimmy Dunlap will supply the backbeat, along with the next generation of Crackpots.  Chase Basile-lead guitar, Seneca Siegel-keyboard plus up-&-coming rockers Iris- bass and Maisie-guitar Siegel, joined by Madeline Lowery-vocals, Alek Tonjes-keys and Milton Hoffman-lead guitar. Cream, Nirvana, and the Pixies influences will rock the field!


From the lower Nehalem valley, Rhythm Method, an instrumental African rhythm band, performing blues, rock and roll and a touch of jazz, African rhythm style  Drums, bass, guitars, djembes and more djembes add to the flavor of this ambient percussion band. The band likes to trade off between the drummers starting an African rhythm and the guitarists starting an “American” rhythm – but it’s really all African – right?  The band’s main mission is to have fun – learn and grow together – seeking a sound which is healing, astral, and transcendent and danceable!!!


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