Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Jackstraw is one of the most popular names in the Portland music scene, and for good reason. Blending traditional bluegrass music with a hint of jamming provides the perfect mix.
Jackstraw is comprised of four young guys who appear to get along like childhood friends. David Pugh plays the mandolin with such ferocity it's amazing the instrument doesn't occasionally spring loose and sail across the room. Pugh leads the majority of the time though all four members are capable of doing so and often take turns at the helm. Jon Neufeld and Darrin Craig both play guitar, and Jesse Whithers plays the standup bass. Everybody sings, and their voices together are a treat to behold.
Quite possibly the busiest band in Portland, it's not uncommon for them to play three or four gigs in a week. Recently they put on a show at one of Portland's favorite neighborhood joints, the Snake and Weasel.
On Saturday, the music continues at River City Saloon with Freewillinsoul, a Portland based funky, upbeat, acoustic/electric fusion of blues, bluegrass and rock. Original songs propelled by infectious grooves create a melting pot for the six piece ensemble which includes two guitars, bass, drums and male and female vocals. This is their second performance here at the River City and this will prove to be a jammin’ good time.