Past Concerts at the Walters

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2016-17 Concert Series

Image of Skybound Blue Skybound Blue

Friday, September 23 | 7:30 pm


Americana. Skybound Blue opens the season with Americana at its finest—the dig-deep-and-tell-the-story-in-your-bones kind.  Skybound Blue’s beautiful harmony-driven sound feels intimate and familiar.  Jenny and Matt Behnke own the stage with chemistry and authenticity, and Jenny’s stunning vocals are reminiscent of Patty Griffin with a Northwest influence.   They have created a devoted following of fans who crave that rare and magical combination of sincere connection, inspired presence and exceptional music.

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Acoustic Guitar Summit
Featuring Mark Hanson, Terry Robb and Doug Smith

Friday, October 7 | 7:30 pm


Fingerstyle Guitar. Grammy Award winners Doug Smith and Mark Hanson join Oregon Music Hall of Fame member Terry Robb for an evening of Blues, Jazz, Hawaiian slack key, and more.  Three of the most revered guitarists in the region, AGS performances continue to enthrall audiences—a result of the fantastic camaraderie that comes with over 20 years of performing together.  Returning to the Walters, AGS promises a dynamic performance of fingerstyle guitar at its finest.

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Carrie Newcomer
Friday, October 21 | 7:30 pm


Singer + Songwriter. Carrie Newcomer has been praised as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard Magazine, a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone writes that “she asks all the right questions.” She has attracted a devoted following with her expressive voice, exquisite melodies, gifted songwriting and an irreverent yet spiritual perspective.  Newcomer’s compelling story-songs reach toward redemption while never shying away from the edge and rawness of human experience. 

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Robbie Fulks
Friday, November 4 | 7:30 pm


Folk, Bluegrass, Vintage Country. Hailed as “one of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades” (Rolling Stone), Robbie Fulks’ new album, Upland Stories is garnering some of the most effusive reviews of his long, impressive career. Fulks’s richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. As a musician whose picking is as sharp as his wit, take it from Tina Fey: “Fulks is an alt-country genius”.

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Correo Aereo
Friday, November 18 | 7:30 pm


Traditional and Modern Latin. Correo Aereo (Spanish for 'Air Mail') is an award winning multi-instrumental and vocal Latin/World music duo from Seattle. Together, Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin combine string and percussive instruments to create rich poly-rhythmic music that is also fiery, haunting and joyful.  Abel sings and plays harp, guitar and cuatro. Madeleine sings and plays violin, maracas, bombo and jarana. Performing traditional music of Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico, the duo combines a stunning array of string and percussive instruments with silken, unforgettable vocal harmonies.

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Portland Opera: Hansel & Gretel
Saturday, December 3 | 2 pm | Recommended ages: 8 & up


Family-Friendly Opera. Portland Opera To Go returns to the Walters for a special performance of the English-language adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic fairytale opera, Hansel and Gretel. One of the all-time favorite children’s stories, this lively, one-hour opera is the classic tale we all know: the curious brother and sister, the witch, and a house made of gingerbread...This colorful, accessible production is just right to introduce the kids in your life (or yourself) to the wonderful world of opera.

Image of the music group, Oregon Mandolin Orchestra Oregon Mandolin Orchestra
Friday, December 16 | 7:30 pm


Classical/Bluegrass. The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra gives eclectic and unique performances that highlight the historically-rich and dynamic sounds of the mandolin family and revive the beauty and popular impact of this turn-of-the-century art form. This community orchestra’s concerts are fun for the whole family.  The Holiday program include classic tunes and swinging holiday favorites. Music Director/Conductor Brian Oberlin and select members of the orchestra will also perform special selections as a chamber group. 

Image of Craig Carothers Craig Carothers
Friday, January 27 | 7:30 pm


Singer-Songwriter. Walters favorite, Craig Carothers’ began his career in Portland and over the decades his music and performances have been described as “truly magical.” Audiences can expect a showcase of original music  – from any-one of his ten released albums – and his equally entertaining personality, humor and riveting storytelling to have audiences jumping to their feet for an encore (or two or three).  Don’t miss the moving and melodic compositions of this Nashville based, home-grown songwriter

Image of Annalisa Tornfelt Annalisa Tornfelt
Friday, February 10 | 7:30 pm


Vintage Country, Folk. Best known as the singer and fiddler player for the roots-folk band Black Prairie (started by members of the Decemberists), Annalisa Tornfelt’s solo work is beautiful and stirring in its own right. Tornfelt’s stunning singing and presence, reminiscent of Gillian Welch or Nora Jones, make her an important new voice in the region.  Along with her talented sisters, Tornfelt presents an evening of original folk and vintage country music that may just carry you away.

Rainbow Dance Theatre Rainbow Dance Theatre: The Roots of Hip Hop
Friday, February 24 | 7:30 pm


Dance, Hip-Hop, Family Friendly. This group of virtuoso dancers transforms the stage into a world of mystery, pathos and humor. Their repertoire features modern works with roots in the traditions of many world cultures.  The Roots of Hip Hop takes audiences on an exciting and high-energy adventure that traces the popular urban African-American dance style of Hip Hop back to its roots in African dancing and drumming and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of today’s African-American community.  This program is specifically designed to appeal to all ages. 

Image of the Quebe Sisters Quebe Sisters

Friday, March 17 | 7:30 pm


Americana, Texas Fiddle. The Quebe Sisters—who have shared the stage with luminaries from Willie Nelson and Amos Lee—are fiddling virtuosos who were steeped in traditional Texas style fiddle since an early age.  These three sisters from Dallas sing gorgeous, “mesmerizing” (Washington Post) three-part harmonies and authentic, Americana music from the heart willing them legions of fans and admirers.  “The Quebe Sisters stopped me in my can they play.” – Jimmy Buffett

Image of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Friday, April 21 | 7:30 pm


Celtic. Recognized as “one of Scotland’s most valued tradition-bearers,” by BBC Radio Scotland, Alasdair Fraser is widely regarded as a master performer. His richly expressive playing transports listeners across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs to rollicking dance tunes. Cellist Natalie Haas is regarded as one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today. Together, these powerful musicians bring dynamic and lovely performances that move audiences.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Anjali Dance School

Saturday, May 13 | 2 pm | Matinee


Indian Dance, Family-Friendly. “Anjali’s “Midsummer Night” is gorgeous to look at, from its rich temple-inspired costumes to the architectural snap of its precise group formations, which suggest a singularity of movement and purpose” (Oregon Arts Watch). This exciting production brings Shakespeare’s enchanting tale of fairies and bumbling, star-crossed lovers to the stage in a fresh new light. Through classical and modern Indian dance and music—including Bollywood songs—and a sprinkling of Beethoven, this production brings pure magic to Walters audiences of all ages.

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Edna Vazquez
Friday, May 19 | 7:30 pm


Acoustic Latin, Singer + Songwriter. Edna Vasquez performs a special evening of original compositions that pay homage to her many Latin American influences. Universal in their emotional reach, Vazquez’ songs showcase an impressive vocal range and ability to stir and lift her audiences. Her genre-bending creativity in songwriting seamlessly weaves traditional music with a modern sensibility. A beloved Northwest artist with a growing national following, Vazquez performs with true grace and passion, and her live performances showcase her undeniable magnetism as a performer.