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McMenamins Grand Lodge Music Galore!
Saturday 22 April 2017   —   Category: Outings
Welcome to part four of a six-​article series in which I share the details about my visit to the McMenamins Grand Lodge, in the western Portland metro suburb of Forest Grove, during the grand opening celebration of 22 new attic hotel rooms on February 11, 2017.

If you missed them, you might want to check out the first three articles, and two photos albums, before continuing here: During the festivities there was music galore! Nine groups or solo musicians performed throughout the day at a number of locations on the property. As is the case with concerts at the vast majority of McMenamins venues, they were all free!

I was able to capture short videos of six of the nine, the best of which I am sharing with you in the eight clips below, in no particular order.
Starting us off is the Transcendental Brass Band performing in the Magic Flute Room on the second floor of the main Grand Lodge building.
The following five videos were recorded on the Garage Door stage, part of Bob’s Bar in the basement of the main building.
The next clip is of The Junebugs performing Neil Young’s Comes A Time.
I also recorded The Junebugs performing Mama Told Me Not To Come, written by Randy Newman and made famous by Three Dog Night.
After The Junebugs, Bigfoot Mojo took the Garage Door stage. Although this group has only two members, Josiah Payne on mandolin and Belinda Underwood on bass create a big sound with high-​energy music. This first clip is an instrumental piece.
The next Bigfoot Mojo song adds their vocal talents and stirring harmonies to the mix. This duo is a pleasure to watch and listen to ... I hope I get to enjoy one of their concerts in the future.
The last group I recorded at the Garage Door was Biddy On The Bench performing Celtic music.
Over at Pat’s Corner I captured a solo performance by Dan Haley.
I already included this last video in a previous article, but it belongs here as well with the other musical performers. In one of the new attic hotel rooms, opera singer Sadie Gregg of Opera On Tap Portland gave an impromptu sample of her stunning vocal abilities and acting talent.
Next time, in part five of this six-​article series, I share with you some of the amazing McMenamins artwork found on pipes all over the Grand Lodge building.
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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