And on the '4th' there was music
Big Yellow Taxi
Ken Brewer, Margot Kelly and Steve Kelly are all veterans of the Portland music scene and have played in a number of local bands, including Return Flight, Deep Blue Soul Revue, The Eric Larsen Band and others.
Wanting to do something that was in contrast to these projects, the three got together to create an acoustic based, intimate musical experience.
The idea was to take songs from a variety of musical genres including, but not limited to, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and blues; rearrange them to fit the stripped down instrumentation of an acoustic trio and give these songs a new and interesting interpretation.
With an extensive and evolving list of songs, they can create just the right mood you're looking for.
Return Flight was the brainchild of one John Parman. After playing successive years in a number of hard rock and heavy metal bands, he decided it was time to play the type of music his young daughter would want to hear.
After presenting the idea to Steve Kelly, who was also in a number of the aforementioned bands, and finding he was on board with the idea (as were his kids), the both of them then called people they knew who might work out in such a large production. To their surprise, there was a lot of interest, and so it was that a meeting of sorts was set up at a local watering hole in late April of 2007 and Return Flight was officially born.
Return Flight mixes great vocals; sizzling horns and a ripping rhythm section with unforgettable songs that will not only bring back great memories but also help to create new ones.
Cool Change PDX
This is a 3 to 6 piece band specializing in high energy music and prides itself on havnig a "cooler than average" song list that is never cheesy and focuses squarely on filling the dance floor.
The band is Andree' Yost-Melzer (vocals/percussion), Kim Beyers (electric guitar/vocals), Terry Fredrickson (drums/vocals), Randal Beyers-Bass (vocals), and Brian Kamisoto (keyboards).