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New Mexico-based band to host annual camping concert in Gaston Aug. 23. to Aug. 25.

COURTESY PHOTO - Naomi Sparrow and Rob Stroup of Moody Little Sister are based in New Mexico but frequently play shows in the Pacific Northwest. The musical duo behind Moody Little Sister loves to frequent the Pacific Northwest. From the deserts of New Mexico, they are back in town for their annual camping concert.

At Dundee Lodge, 50845 S.W. Dundee Road, Gaston, Naomi Sparrow and Rob Stroup will share music from their newest album, "Great Big Mama Sunshine."

The concert, "Moody Little Sister's Annual Camping Concert," starts on Friday, Aug. 23, and runs until Sunday, Aug. 25. This is the sixth year the pair have come out to share their music in campout style.

"It's very laidback and more of a campout than a festival," Sparrow said. "It's an intimate show on Friday and a lot of free time on Saturday, with five bands performing. There is a lot of free time on purpose, and we ask people to arrive early so they can submerge into the weekend and not leave the property or be on their cell phones. We want them to have the experience and meet someone new and create community. It always feels like a fan-family reunion."

Sparrow moved to Portland from Alaska several years ago and remembers performing at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove in the basement, gaining fans that still come to watch her perform with Stroup today, she said.

"My fans are beautiful, big-hearted people," Sparrow said. "That's why I started the campout. I could have dinner with every single one I met, and I just love the people who are drawn to our music. That's why we have special, intimate shows, because I truly feel that special connection. I always say we have the best fans in the universe."

After traveling to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Sparrow discovered her love for the area and decided to put down some roots.

COURTESY PHOTO - The concert, "Moody Little Sister's Annual Camping Concert," starts on Friday, Aug. 23, and runs until Sunday, Aug. 25 in Gaston. "We got sucked into this little, quirky desert town, two hours from anywhere," Sparrow said.

Sparrow and Stroup co-write Moody Little Sister's songs and both play guitar as a duo with the occasional extra players. Describing themselves as "Southwestern Americana soul," the newest album includes 13 tracks, covering "the cacti and tumbleweeds, as well as the sunshine and heat of the desert."

For those who can't make it to the campout, a couple of shows in Oregon are on their schedule, including stops in Portland, Lincoln City and Tigard.

Catch them on Spotify and YouTube to hear their tracks. To learn more about Moody Little Sister, visit moodylittlesister.com/shows. Tickets for the "Annual Camping Concert" range from $15 to $40, and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.



By Janae Easlon
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