Lauren Sheehan in Concert Blues, Songs, Stories and Old Guitars; A program honoring Black History Month | Community

Come see Lauren Sheehan in concert

Blues, Songs, Stories and Old Guitars; A program honoring Black History Month

Saturday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bay City Arts Center: 5680 A Street, Bay City OR

pay what you can – suggested $20

Vaccination records and mandatory masks

Local musician, Lauren Sheehan, is a finger-playing guitarist and singer who has performed at major festivals, clubs, concert series and bars across the country. She began learning the blues 25 years ago from National Heritage Fellows and other players. She will perform an acoustic concert at the Bay City Arts Center in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, February 26 starting at 7 p.m. The program will feature country blues and other songs with some stories giving historical context about the music and musicians she learned from. The performance will also feature several beautiful vintage guitars dating from 1916 to 1964.

Lauren is an unusual folk musician in that she is classically trained but also enjoys learning and loving oral tradition and playing by ear. During 70s folk pop, she was influenced by Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, but after hearing New England fiddle music she began to seek out folk festivals, workshops, country dances, musical jams and song sessions all over the country. She likes social music; music that is played live – around, for and with others, creating and adding to the social fabric and community culture in the most natural and organic way. Her extensive repertoire includes: Great Grandmother’s Parlor Songs, Fiddle Tunes, Old Time & Bluegrass, Pot Lane, Old Jazz & Blues, Old Country, Stephen’s Songs Foster, modern folk and originals.

Appearances on NPR, BBC, Sirius XM, 4 top-rated CDs on national folk radio, a Portland Music Award for Outstanding Achievement in Folk, inclusion in the Library of Congress as part of the MusicBox Project, and playing 15 Gibson Banner guitars heritage for the companion CD to the history book, Kalamazoo Gals; A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII, testify to her importance as an artist, performer and teacher. She currently teaches guitar lessons privately and at the University of the Pacific in Forest Grove. You can listen to his music and find out more here

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Grace D. Erickson