WOW Hall Acoustic Picnic

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Sunday, July 18, 2021 - 1:00pm
Event Time: 
July 18, 2021 - 1:00pm
Free / donation

On Sunday, July 18. Eugene's Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly hosts WOW Hall Acoustic Picnic, a free outdoor event in the back parking lot of the WOW Hall.  The event runs from 1:00 to 7:00 pm and features performances by Laura Kemp Trio, Bonnie & the Boys, Kef, Eric Richardson Jazz Trio, Mood Area 52 and Dylan and Anthony.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Dylan and Anthony

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Mood Area 52

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Eric Richardson Jazz Trio

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Kef

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Bonnie & the Boys

6:00 PM - 7 PM Laura Kemp Trio


With musical influences that span from folk to bluegrass to jazz to kirtan, Laura Kemp has been captivating Northwest audiences for over 20 years. She has six studio and two live albums under her belt, and has won the Eugene Weekly reader’s poll for Best Local Singer-Songwriter too many times to keep track of. Accompanying herself on guitar, harmonica, and banjo, she is joined by seasoned musicians Jeremy Wegner on mandolin, banjo, and vocals (Sugar Beets, Bindaas, Klezmonauts) and Sean Peterson on upright bass and vocals (Eleven Eyes, U of O jazz ensembles). The trio performs an original mix of bluegrass, folk and jazz that is rich with three-part harmonies, instrumental magic, compelling lyricism, disarming humor, and an infectious musical synergy.  “A true songwriter with a voice and guitar that work together like no other… you know you’re going to be entertained with Laura Kemp.” States Ed Mellnik, Mostly Folk, KZME Portland.

Bonnie and the Boys features Eugene musicians who share a love of traditional acoustic music. Fiddle, dobro and mandolin provide the high lonesome tones alongside the upright bass and guitar, with warm vocal harmonies as old as the mountains.  

         Kef has been performing traditional East European folk music since 2006.  In 2013, they also began performing as a brass band.  Their repertoire continues to grow.  Band members are Cody Simmons (director, truba, trumpet), Alex Lowe (trumpet), Sarah Ennes (alto saxophone), Sharon Rogers (accordion, tambura, baritone horn, vocals), Nisha Calkins (cello, baritone horn) and Ken Sokolov (tupan, dumbek, drum set).           

Mood Area 52 plays Americana influenced by Latin, world and instrumental art music.  Michael Roderick founded MA52 in 1998 as a Piazzola inspired neo-tango ensemble. Since then the group has incorporated Golden Age Tango material, lounge, electronica, Eastern European influences, polyglot vocal material, Brechtian cabaret tunes, chanson, and original compositions about love, loss, genetic mutations, daring women in petticoats, and the ill-hatched crimes of ambitious charlatans.  The band performs acoustically as a duo of accordionist and vocalist Michael Roderick and cellist Amy Danziger, and expands into a quintet, incorporating the talents of guitarist Billy Barnett, bassists Dorian Crow and Jeremiah Harris, and other Oregon musicians. They perform in venues ranging from clubs to festival stages, accompanying burlesque troops and providing original soundtracks to golden age films.

Eric Richardson is probably best known as the four-term President and current Executive Director of the Eugene Springfield NAACP.  Following his father’s legacy in the 1960’s Black Arts Movement as a jazz musician, Eric enjoys playing music and is an avid purveyor of jazz history.

Eugene acoustic duo Dylan and Anthony have been entertaining audiences since 2009.  Drawing from the vast American songbook, Dylan and Anthony perform songs by artists as varied as Blind Lemon Jefferson to Hank Williams to the Grateful Dead.  Dylan Shock’s first word was guitar.  He has been playing for over half his life, approaching a musical intuition and vocabulary of one much older than his years. Anthony Forcellini (Uncle Stumbles, Cap’n Trips) studied saxophone for years before switching to guitar in the late 1980’s. Anthony cut his teeth in the Detroit area band Resurgency under the tutelage of David Simon and Brian Forbes when he was 20 yrs old.  The guitar interplay between Forcellini and Shock is like old friends conversing, often knowing exactly what the other is saying and adding accordingly. This interplay is what makes the music of Dylan and Anthony unique -- whether playing originals or an Appalachian ballad, they are bringing their own “tradition” to the traditional.

            This is a free event to welcome the community back to the WOW Hall (but donations are appreciated).  Food vendors will be on hand but the public is invited to bring a picnic meal of their own.  The WOW Hall is located at the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene and is always open for all ages.  For more information please call 541-687-2746 or visit www.

The W.O.W. Hall will comply with all COVID-19 Guidelines issued by the State of Oregon and the CDC at the time of the event. This may entail limitations on capacity that might be lower than the number of tickets sold and/or event cancellation.

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