Pa’lante! Fiery Salsa and Latin Jazz

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Pa’lante Live! This Saturday, June 24, from 4 to 7 pm.

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Come out and dance! 
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Pa’lante at the Streets of Tanasbourne‘s 

Family Game Night. 
19350 NW Emma Way, in Hillsboro (Off Cornell west of 185th) at the fountain plaza. 

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More Pa’lante dates:

Friday July 21, 6:30 pm  Get out of town! Pa’lante at Dayton Friday Nights in the town square of rural Dayton, Oregon, about 45 to 60 minutes from Portland. 

They loved us last year and we’re thrilled they invited us back again this year.  Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs.

Monday July 31, 6:30  Portland Urban Parks Concert! 

Holladay Park, at NE 11th and NE Holladay Street, near Lloyd Center

Thursday, August 17, 7 pm

Ardenwald Park, 3667 SE Roswell St, in the north end of Milwaukie, a little south of Johnson Creek Blvd.The park is across the street from the new Ardenwald Elementary school in the heart of the Ardenwald Neighborhood.

Family friendly park setting.

Saturday September 16, 6 pm

Benefit for Rafiki Village Project

House concert setting in a large and wonderful space in the Hawthorne area.  Mumbo Jumbo opens. 

More to be announced. 

For details for all events, and to keep up with newly added performances, 

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Event Rescheduled!


CREATE COMMUNITY–Gathering empowers us.

I’m hosting a cozy gathering at my Hawthorne storefront office near 15th and SE Hawthorne, tentatively rescheduled for sometime in January. 

In these times, being in community and spending time together with new and old friends is more important than ever. Along with live music, we’ll have a chance to vision a bit about how we would like to build stronger communities, and stay empowered, and we’ll play with other inspirations for the coming year too.

Masterful blues and folk guitarist Howard Wade will play. We’ll have hot cider, coffee, beer from John Harris’ wonderful Ecliptic Brewery and lots of snacks. Please stop in if you can and stay for part or all of the evening. Anandi is co-hosting with me and will bring warm and fun items available from her store up the street, Karuna Contemplative Living. Gathering can help empower us. I hope to see you!

Address: 1465 SE Hawthorne, Portland OR 97214

Time: 7 to 9 pm

I have found that parking is easier just south of Hawthorne in Ladd’s on Maple or Holly streets.

**Rescheduled to sometime in January!



Pa’lante at The Pink Rose for Cinco de Mayo! Please join me…

This Thursday! Please join me for Latin Jazz. Let’s hang out!

5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday May 5.

Pa’lante’s Latin Jazz Quintet will play

at the sweet outdoor patio at Pink Rose Restaurant**

1300 NW Lovejoy (the streetcar stops next door!)

There is room to dance and a special Cinco de Mayo menu.

Pa’lante is my husband Nick Gefroh’s 9 piece salsa, Afro Cuban and Latin jazz band. This is the quintet version which is also highly danceable. More at this link. And scroll down for upcoming Pa’lante gigs.

 Pa’lante Latin Jazz Quintet at Pink Rose Restaurant’s Grand Opening.  

**Pink Rose is a cause related business supporting Discoveries of Hope Foundation, which donates to work on autism and breast cancer.


Saturday June 4, 6:30-7:30, Rose Festival Rose City Stage

Friday August 5, National Night Out & Downtown Neighborhood Association in the South Park Blocks

Friday August 26, Dayton Friday Nights series finale

Sunday August 28, Hawthorne Street Fair

and more on the way!

This weekend: Singing Activists, Community Radio, and Native Plants

Emma’s Revolution, one of my favorite progressive political folk music groups is performing at a House Concert in Garden Home Friday night April 15th, where seating is limited. But I’m honored and pleased that they will also be performing live on my folk music program on Portland’s Community Radio Station, KBOO 90.7 fm on Friday the 15th. We’ll be streaming live here.  My program, called “Movin On” airs from 12:05 pm to 1:30 pm and Emma’s Revolution will join me between 12:15 and 12:30 for about 40 minutes of talk and live music. They are funny, feminist, fervent, and a joy to listen to and they share a lot of information and at the core of there songs you find optimism and empowerment. Think rousing musical activist anthems, like Pete Seeger or Holly Near. Tune in and join us.




Oak Grove! Park Ave Fest for Orange Line Opening!

Pa’lante is one of the featured bands at Oak Grove’s light rail celebration at Park Ave Station Saturday 9/12.

What happens when you ride to the last stop on the new MAX Orange Line?

On Saturday 9/12, you’ll find a huge community celebration of Oak Grove and the Orange line opening! Music all day from 11 am to 6 pm. Beer Garden, food booths,

community booths and a community council in the Oak Grove Village area. It all happens on top of the new parking structure at Mcloughlin (99E) and Park Ave.

Jelly Roll Ramblers at noon and Nick Gefroh’s 10 piece band Pa’lante plays fiery salsa, Latin jazz and Afro Cuban rhythms at 4 pm.

p.s. Ride the Orange Line free from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday.

Come to the Joanne Rand concert at Bamboo Grove

“Rand’s voice raises your hair, elegance and fierceness in the same deep breath” Gary Snyder

 Joanne’s music brings an uplifting sense of possibility and community. Here’s what another fan had to say:

“this woman changed how i listen to music. her voice filled my soul like no instrument ever. and every time i see her it is the same. ….brave, and full of passion and joy….and a great musician as well….if you ever get the chance to see her….DO SO…”

Come celebrate the release of Joanne’s 13th CD, The Nashville Sessions, in an intimate setting at Bamboo Grove. Friday April 26, 7:30 pm., SE 2nd and Taylor with entrance on 2nd.  See videos of Joanne below!

Dubbed “Psychedelic-Folk-Revival,” California singer-songwriter Joanne Rand comes to Portland, OR for a Concert on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM, celebrating the release of her 13th CD, “Stories from the Inside Out, The Nashville Sessions.” Her music spans environmental activism, earth-based spirituality, traditional folk, and more.

Details here and reserve your spot here or contact me at 503-750-1630. Videos below.

Donation, sliding scale $10 to $15. No one turned away.




John McCutcheon, live on KBOO 11/11/11

John McCutcheon will be playing live on my show on KBOO this Friday, 11/11/11.

Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts John McCutcheon live on KBOO
Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, John McCutcheon

John writes a lot of activist songs, leaning fully to the left, though he has also been a prolific singer and songwriter of kids songs and spiritually tinged songs of the seasons.  “Christmas in the Trenches” (from his 1984 album Winter Solstice) tells the story of the Christmas truce of 1914.  Hail to the Chief is made up entirely of malapropisms from George W. Bush. I especially love his rhythmic and inspiring “Step by Step” (the longest march, can be won).

John appears live on the 11th at the Alberta Rose Theater.

Movin’ On runs from noon to 1:30 every Friday and features live and recorded folk, political, and women’s music on Portland’s only community radio station: KBOO, at 90.7 fm or streaming live at www.KBOO.FM

Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts most first and third Fridays and Don Jacobson hosts on most 2nd and 4th Fridays.

Singing into Being: Vocal workshop June 18

We still have some spots open in Joanne Rand’s vocal workshop this Saturday June 18, from noon to 1:30, called Singing Into Being. It promises to be fun and inspiring.

I am hosting it at my place in SE Portland off Hawthorne. Details follow.

From Joanne:    I’ve been leading these “Singing into Being” groups since 1991 for groups young & old, numbering from 1-100.
No experience necessary.
Free up your voice!

Samples of Joanne’s music. If you’re interested, please call or email me to reserve a spot. If the Sliding scale $15 – $20 is a barrier please contact me about attending at reduced cost. 503-750-1630.

You can hear Joanne with Jim Page on KBOO today on my folk show (Friday June 17). I’ll be interviewing them and they’ll play live!

And then, Jim Page and Joanne Rand in concert at Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont, Friday 6/17, 7 to 10 pm.

Howard Wade, Trad Blues, Folk, Live on Portland’s KBOO

Lots of live in-studio folk music performances

Coming up in April on my KBOO Folk Music Show, Movin’ On

Fridays from noon to 1:30 pm.

Tune in to KBOO 90.7 fm or listen live on the web

Friday April 1st  — I welcome Howard Wade, a guitarist of nearly half a century, who shares his traditional fingerstyle blues, folk and ragtime. His influences include Rev. Gary Davis, Misssissippi John Hurt and Jorma Kaukonen. “The music we make tells the story of America. It’s not the story we were told in school. … It carries the hope, despair, love, hate, triumphs and tragedies of us all. It’s our job as musicians to honor the story and carry it forward.” –from

Howard Wade live on KBOO. Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts.
Live on KBOO Friday April 1

Howard performs Friday night April 1st at Artichoke Music’s Friday coffeehouse. For those of you who don’t know, Artichoke is a non-profit dedicated to acoustic music. They have a store, offer workshops and lessons and have a live performance space.  Every Friday they host a coffeehouse with 5 or 6 up and coming musicians.

Friday April 15 — OMG It’s Peggy Seeger, in person, herself. Interview live by Michael O’Rourke and my co-host Don Jacobson (filling in for me that day). Friday night she’ll perform at the Folk Music Society Third Friday concert at St. Phillip Neri on SE Division. Saturday a workshop opportunity with the Folk Music Society. More later on this.

Peggy Seeger on Portland's KBOO April 15
Peggy Seeger live on KBOO April 15

Friday April 29 — Nancy Curtin and Nancy Conescu bring a riveting program of live Irish music.