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A year ago St. Patrick's Day was about the time it felt like the world fell apart. Not only did we have to cancel festivities, we shut down entirely and it was heartbreaking in many regards - which is why this year is extra-special, and we are delighted to celebrate with you again, carefully.
You'll find McMenamins Irish Stout, Irish food & drink specials and live music. May the luck of the Irish be with us all in 2021. Sláinte!
Devils Bit Whiskey will be on sale in the Gift Shop at 8am. 200ml flask, limit 2 per customer. Devils Bit is our annual St. Patrick's Day whiskey. This year's spirit is a true Irish-style whiskey aged six years in Spanish sherry barrels.
Irish StoutIrish CoffeeIrish ReubenIrish Fries Are SmilingMacSleyne Irish StewColcannonWorkingman's Corned Beef & Cabbage
Julia McCarl * World Celtic * 5:30pm Billy D * Blues rock * 8pmBagpipers * Roaming
A recent "Best New Act" winner, Billy Desmond (Billy D) melds blues, rock, and at times nuances of country to create an "Original Backbeat Roots" style of music that has fueled timeless rock icons like ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones. Billy was born on the south side of Chicago where he grew up surrounded by the Blues, and being a child of the early Rock 'n' Roll era, the two influences blended into a powerful potion. He started playing professionally at teen dances and parties at the age of fourteen. By the age of eighteen, he was sneaking into the blues clubs of Chicago to hear such greats as Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and James Cotton. Over the next ten years, he would work as a guitarist for Junior Wells, Big Time Sarah, and Detroit Junior.
In the mid '70s, he formed his first band, Skid City Blues Band, which featured Billy as singer, guitarist, and songwriter. After fifteen years of touring the midwest, Billy moved to Los Angeles in 1988. He spent that year studying with Blues great Tony Matthews, guitarist for Little Richard and Ray Charles and spent half of the next year playing behind, Don "Sugar Cane" Harris, perhaps the world's greatest blues violinist. Los Angeles is where he truly started focusing on writing his own material.
In the mid '90s, Billy moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and began playing his original songs at local clubs and concerts to great acclaim. Within the next year, Billy D and the Hoodoos had formed. In August of 2002, with the help of some of the best musicians in New Mexico, he released his first CD, Tales From Hollywood (Real and Imagined). In 2003, She's The One from his first release was voted the number one song by a regional artist, at KTAO,the world's largest solar powered radio station. KTAO hosted the Annual Solar Fest in New Mexico where Billy D and the HooDoos appeared that year, opening for Los Lonely Boys and Robert Cray.
After his second CD, Rokdablu!, and several more successful years in New Mexico, Billy left the Southwest for the Northwest, arriving in Oregon around Christmas 2009. He released his newest CD "Somethin's Wrong," which was embraced by the Portland music community and received outstanding reviews.
So long as this life keeps lifin'...I'll keep rockin' --Billy D.
"Ain't nothin' wrong with Somethin's Wrong...this fine collection alternates between soulful blues ballads ("Somethin's Wrong," "Blue," and "Love Makes You Cry") and gritty slide guitar rave-ups such as the Thorogoodesque "50," and the stomper, "Crazy Little Dancin' Queen." --P. Vaughn Shaver, The Oregon Music News
"Many of the songs draw upon that gut-bucket punch that makes your body want to groove ("Crazy Little Dancin' Queen," "Charlene"), ballads that can make you tear up, ("Blue," "Love Makes You Cry"), swampy-sounding slide ("50"), or numbers that could easily cross over and find favor between blues and rock genres ("Miss The Love," "Save My Life"). --Greg Johnson, president of the Cascade Blues Association in Blues Notes
"The blues are steeped in tradition and, in many cases, arbitrary song structure. Rarely do blues-types successfully deviate from the formula with original material. But Billy D (Billy Desmond) not only pulls it off, but may have unknowingly created his own genre." --Archer, Production DIrector, KINK.FM
McCarl has worked as a professional musician wearing many hats
since age 18. Starting her career at the
top, of a mountain that is...Timberline Lodge...she sang with a jazz group for many
years and also formed many "folk groups" throughout the years. Her mentor, Mr. Richard Kohnstamm produced an
album called simply "Julie" and it was sold at Timberline. She has self-produced other albums..."Sweet
Dreams and Lullabies".. and co-produced with Pat Schweibert a project called
"Momma". She wrote several of the songs
on that album.
She had the wonderful opportunity to go to Japan and sing there
for 3 months in Toyonaka, outside Osaka and then to travel to Okinawa for a two
month stint at the Manza Beach Resort with her daughter Shannon, who joined her
in singing and experiencing the culture!
She has taught music lessons....and studied music....the whole time,
feeling that music is definitely a gift to be shared in as many ways as
possible....the world seems to need more harmony than ever!!! Currently she works at the Portland Waldorf
School accompanying the Eurhythmy classes and teaches private lessons and plays
with a wonderful group called "Bodacious"....an eclectic blues/Cajun/anything
goes group! They have just finished
producing their first CD called "Love's De' Bottom Line"
She also continues to work as a single, playing piano and
guitar, singing...and writing tunes and hoping for a more peaceful world!
Doug Stickler has been playing accordion for 34 yrs. He studied with Don Bottari and Eileen Hagen and made his professional debut as a strolling musician at the Black Angus Steak House. Throughout high school, he also performed at The Rheinlander, The Little Blarney Castle, and The Chateau La France.
After 10 yrs playing The Matterhorn Restaurant, he began working with other musicians in various combos. These have included Zydeco music with the band Bodacious; Italian opera and Neapolitan love songs with tenor, Tim Tommaso; as an accompanist for Joan Szymco's Veriditas Choir; and with Cliff Farley's Swiss Choir. He also plays in a Duo setting with violinist Frank Holman or guitarist Rouke Vanderveen. He has also been a studio musician, appearing on various CD's.
Most of his work these days is with Bodacious. Band members include Julie McCarl, Rouke Vanderveen, (who is lead guitarist with Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts), and Marvella McPartland. This versatile band is mostly a blues/boogie band that plays anything from Clifton Chenier Zydeco to Chuck Berry and rock and roll.
Bodacious has also worked together in other settings including becoming an Irish band for McMenamin's St. Patrick's Day celebrations, and a German band for the Polkafest at the Paesano Club in Cedarville Park.
His repertoire includes German, Swiss, Scandinavian, Irish, Italian, French, Zydeco/Blues, and Jazz Standards, primarily from the 1930's and 40's.
He is comfortable playing in most ethnic settings as a soloist, in a band, or any combination of the two. He plays acoustically as a soloist, but uses amplification when he plays in a band.
Marvella is a Portland area singer/songwriter.
Born in Chicago and raised on the West Coast, she settled in Portland in
1982. Over the years she has performed in opening acts for many well
known talents...such as Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company,
Jesse Collin Young and the Youngbloods, the Smothers Brothers, Otis
Redding, Ricky Nelson, Bo Diddley, Kenny Rogers, Randy Newman, Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band, and many others. She has worked with the musicians of Bodacious
in various combinations for over 10 years. With a background in music
that ranges from classical to rock and roll, from folk to jazz over many years,
she plans to continue in music forever....and loves to perform with Bodacious!!
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