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Pickin' On Sundays: Olivia Awbrey

Free on the Doug Fir Patio!

Pickin' On Sundays: Olivia Awbrey

Clara Baker, Tara Velarde

Sun, August 12

3:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR


This event is 21 and over

Olivia Awbrey
Olivia Awbrey
Since releasing her debut studio EP, Fight or Fight (2017), Olivia Awbrey has has made a home for herself in the folk-punk and psych-rock communities in the Pacific Northwest and England. Unafraid to blur lines between folk, psych and punk, her style has been likened to Esme Patterson, Liz Phair and Courtney Barnett. Awbrey and her band took her songs on the road throughout the West Coast and to FAI 2017, FAR-West 2017, and the Spokane Folk Festival last year.

Before setting out as a solo artist, Awbrey played in the Eugene-based folk-rock band Small Joys from 2011-2014. The band achieved local success and released one fan-funded album. In 2015 Awbrey decided to tour the US to hone her songwriting and her live performance, managing to stay afloat with self-booked and self-promoted tours. In 2016 she moved home to Portland, Oregon gathered some friends, and recorded her debut studio EP.

Whether performing solo or with a band, whether she's singing about earthquakes, border patrol, survivor recovery, or hit 90s movies like Thelma & Louise, Awbrey has a way of framing the world with a voice that is distinctly her own: with wit, emotion, and a heavy dose of reality.

Awbrey released her latest single, Don't Be Alarmed, on June 19th 2018. While intermittently recording her debut LP with producer Hutch Harris (The Thermals), due out 2019, she is on tour in the US this spring and summer and the UK this September.
Clara Baker
Clara Baker
Clara Baker's music is "medicine for the heart, mind and psyche," (No Depression)-- full of honest and thoughtful lyrics, soulful singing, impressive instrumentation, and an energetic groove. Clara’s clear, strong voice and heartfelt songwriting is often compared to that of young Joni Mitchell, though you can tell that she spent her formative years in the bluegrass world when you hear her driving rhythm guitar or her creative flatpicking leads.

Clara’s debut album, Temporary Things, was released to critical acclaim, as well as widespread radio play in the US and internationally. The album charted as top-played for two months in a row on national folk DJ charts.

On stage Clara is charismatic, sincere and at ease while performing, and clearly finds great joy in sharing her music. Her honest, poetic observations draw you close, and her powerful vocals and guitar playing show a striking level of mastery of her instruments and confidence in her approach to playing them. Clara is based in Portland, OR and tours nationally.
Tara Velarde
Tara Velarde
Diva Folk artist Tara Velarde combines commanding vocals and thought-provoking lyrics into a genre distinctly her own. Part soul, part singer-songwriter, part blues-rock, and with a splash of the theater, Velarde takes the stage with charm, sass, and a quest to find the far reaches of her vocal abilities.

Listeners liken her performance to Brandi Carlile, Regina Spektor, and Carole King - great female powerhouses with a lot to say. Kelsey Anne Rankin (Eugene Weekly) states that “Velarde maneuvers her voice from feathery to spine-tingling...She fuses a mixture of blunt and angelic vocals to express lyrics that sound like a soul put to melody”.

With 2 album releases (“The Tara Novellas” in 2014, “Get Out and Walk” in 2016) and 2 recent singles (“Willow Baby” in 2017, “Touch You” in 2018), Velarde stays active on the road and in the studio. She tours both solo and with her full band throughout the Western US and Europe.