SPAF's 2013 Stevenson Guest Artist Series includes 3 Leg Torso, Groove for Thought, Karla Bonoff and the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet!

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3 Leg Torso March 29th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson WA

3 Leg Torso creates charming, elegant and daring modern chamber pop music infused with equal parts tradition and innovation. Since the ensemble's humble start in 1996 with spontaneous street performances -- called Meestering by co-founders Béla Balogh and Courtney Von Drehle -- they have been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, successfully toured the east and west coasts, released four CDs (two with New York spoken word artist, NPR contributor and Duplex Planet founder David Greenberger), composed and recorded film and documentary scores as well as licensing music for film and television both in the US and internationally, written new evening length works commissioned by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and performed both their original compositions and their arrangements of traditional music with several symphony orchestras.
Influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan musical style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful musical arrangements.

Groove For Thought April 26th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson WA

The seven singers of Groove For Thought have been blowing audiences away for over ten years. Performing classic tunes in a jazz style unlike anything you’ve ever heard, the group combines the swinging style of The Manhattan Transfer with the smooth sounds of Take 6. Groove for Thought is proud to announce the release of their latest full length album Inspired. “On this album we wanted to pay tribute to the artists and songs that have inspired us over the years,” explains founding member James Niles. “From Sting to Stevie Wonder, we love a lot of different types of music and for this project we wanted to put our own spin on some of our favorites.”

Together since 2000, Groove for Thought began as a group of friends that got together weekly in their living rooms to sing a style of music that went above and beyond what was possible in their college jazz choirs. “Their arrangements are stunning representations of the possibilities of vocal harmonies,” according to a review from the Contemporary A Cappella Society. Written primarily by founding member Kelly Kunz, these creative explorations of jazz and classic pop tunes are the backbone of Groove’s unique sound.



Karla Bonoff  June 14th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson WA

Karla Bonoff (born December 27, 1951[1]) is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known for her songwriting.
  As a songwriter, Bonoff's songs have been interpreted by other artists such as "Home" by Bonnie Raitt, "Tell Me Why" by Wynonna Judd, and "Isn't It Always Love" by Lynn Anderson. Linda Ronstadt has recorded a number of her songs, notably three tracks on the 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind – "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me," "Lose Again," and "If He's Ever Near"--which introduced the then-unknown Bonoff to a mass audience.
  In her early career, Bonoff sang background vocals for Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff (1977). Her other albums include Restless Nights (1979), Wild Heart of the Young (1982), New World (1988), and All My Life (a greatest hits collection) in 1999. Bonoff is best known as a songwriter, but she is also noted for her hit recording of "Personally", which became a #19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the summer of 1982. She also recorded "Somebody's Eyes" for the Footloose (1984) soundtrack and "Standing Right Next To Me" on the 8 Seconds (1994) soundtrack.
  She is also a member of the currently inactive group Bryndle, which includes Wendy Waldman and the late Kenny Edwards (Edwards also produced Bonoff's first three albums). The band has also included Andrew Gold, who left the band in 1996. The group first formed in the late 1960s, but did not release any albums until twenty years later with two studio albums and a live album between 1995 and 2002.
Bonoff continues to tour throughout America and Japan.



Gonzalo Bergara Quartet  September 20th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson WA

His all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound.

 As His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a “masterpiece.” TheGonzalo Bergara Quartet consists of Gonzalo Bergara on lead guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, and Brian Netzley on upright bass. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara’s true home, Buenos Aires.

 “Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious...and deeply moving.”

2013 Guest Artist Series Sponsored in part by our friends at:


The Port of Cascade Locks ~ Lacamas Community Credit Union ~ Bloomsbury of Kanaka Creek Farm ~ Jim Joseph Glenn Taylor Windermere Real Estate ~ Riverview Bank

 Columbia Gorge Magazine


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Past Guest Artists

Kairos Quartet    St. James Gate   Rouge

Tingstad & Rumbel    The N-E-W Piano Trio    Moira Smiley & VOCO

Ringering Wheeler Piano Duo    David Lanz    Julio Elizalde & Micheal Brown

The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra    Orchestra Zarabanda   

Karla Bonoff    Janis Ian    California Guitar Trio

Stolen Sweets    3 Leg Torso   Thomas Pandolfi   Al Stewart   John Ford Coley

Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts   Gonzalo Bergara   Firefall

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