In the Beginning

 



The Pistol River concert series began with a simple concept - bringing quality musical entertainment to this unique, rural, southwestern Oregon community.  It all began on Saturday, July 17, 1982 with the performance of regionally renowned classical guitarist, Joseph Thompson

With the help of a small but dedicated group of local supporters, co-founders Les and Mary Stansell set the precedent of quality that has since become the trademark of this small concert venue.  It didn't take long for word to spread about the Pistol River Friendship Hall, with its' bright sound and warm audiences nestled along an incredible stretch of southern Oregon coastline.

Over the years, that core idea took root and has evolved into what is now The Pistol River Concert Association, a registered, non-profit, member based, Oregon corporation with an all volunteer, twelve member Board of Directors.  Concerts are presented once a month throughout the year and with enthusiastic community support, the down-home flavor of the Pistol River Friendship Hall remains as strong as ever.

 

 

Our 30th Anniversary Concert was celebrated in July  2012 with a wine & guitar tasting once again featuring Joseph Thompson.  Joseph, still an audience favorite, lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife Marcy where he currently teaches guitar privately and performs with The Dark Rose Trio.

 

Some Past Performances

Greg Brown - Bill Morrissey - Laura Love Band - James Keelaghan - Oscar Lopez - Oliver Shroer -  Marley's Ghost - Chuck Pyle - Special Consensus - Paperboys - Robin and Linda Williams - Peter Ostroushko & Dean Magraw - Dan Crary & Beppe Gambetta - Fred Eaglesmith - Garnet Rogers

Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel - Scott Cossu - Cordelia's Dad - Mike Seeger - Kevin Burke's Open House - Erica Wheeler - Bryan Bowers - Martin Simpson's Band of Angels - Silk Road - The Nudes - Vance Gilbert - Kelly Joe Phelps - Ed Gerhard - Peggy Seeger - Dar Williams

Susan McKeown and the Chanting House - Norman & Nancy Blake - Peter Rowan & Tony Rice - Spencer Bohren - Kate Power & Steve Einhorn - Brooks Williams - Small Potatoes - William Coulter - Chris Proctor - Chris Smither Louise Taylor - Norton Buffalo & Friends -    Perfect Strangers

Katy Moffatt - Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin - Jim Malcolm - Misty River - Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum - Gene Parsons & Meridian Green - Gordon Bok - Siskiyou Summit - Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Tony Trischka - David Francey - Ray Wylie Hubbard - Tom Prasada-Rao - Chaskinakuy

  Mary Jane Lamond - The Burns Sisters - Stacy Phillips & Paul Howard - Michael Manring - Rosalie Sorrels - Cosy Sheridan - Claudia Schmidt -  Utah Phillips - David Mallett - Pop Wagner - Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Slaid Cleaves - Maria Muldaur - David Friesen & Uwe Kropinski -   Alex de Grassi

Mark Taylor - Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore - Baba Ken Okulolo & The Nigerian Bothers - Tinh - Michael P. Smith -     Harry Manx & Steve Mariner - Reedy Buzzards - Laura Cortege - Earl Brothers - Goh Kurosawa & Jaxson Williams -   Nancy Curtin - Mary Flower - Lauren Sheehan

Ray Bonneville - Los Pinguos -  Sol Flamenco - Tom Russell - Hanneke Cassel - True North - Primal Mates - David Jacobs-Strain & Walker T. Ryan -  Adam del Monte  -  Eliza Jane   -   Gypsy Soul   -   3 Leg Torso  -  Tony Furtado -   Eric Taylor - Adam n Kris  -  Molly's Revenge  -   Ken Greeninger and Dayan Kai

Do Flamenco - Caroline Herring - The Mishras - George Cole & Viva La Jazz - Al Andalus - Tarish - Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh - Girlyman -  Fishtank Ensemble - Houston Jones - Kelly Joe Phelps & Corinne West - Po' Girl - Floating Glass Balls

Chris Burton Jacome - Blame Sally - Ravin'wolf - Sally Barris and Don Henry - Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack - Special Consensus - Alice DiMiCelle - The Blackberry Bushes  - Kathryn Clair and Hanz Araki - Rita Hosking Trio

Red Molly -Lauren Sheehan - Mollie O'Brian and Rich Moore - Bear Attack  - The Barn Birds - Beppe Gambetta - Colleen Raney Band  - Quiet Americans -  Lowest Pair - Smooth Hound Smith - Tim Eriksen - Time Sawyer - Betty and the Boy - Calico the Band

 

 

The Unruly Mob that Makes It Happen      

Philip Smith    

President, Byte Manager & Image Constructor
Hap Freiberg    Vice President,  former Shammes & Correspondence Coordinator
Mary Stansell     Co-founder, Secretary & Housing Facilitator
Les Stansell     Co-founder, Grandfather Figure & Cajon Smacker
Laura Middleton Board Member, Booking Agent & Member Recruitment Ambassador
Linda Elfman    Board Member & Treasurer & Governmental Liaison
Carol Brown     Board Member & Culinary Director
James Lundin   Board Member & Backup Sound Wizard
Tim Scullen    Board Member & Spiritual Advisor
Dave Manzella     Board Member & Freelance Booking and Communications Consultant
Aaron Fitch   Board Member & One of our Organic members
Maya Drudzdel   Board Member & Dept. of Clean and Green
Jordan Giovannetti   Board Member & Outreach and Poster Distributor extraordinaire

 

Contact pistolriver@pistolriver.com for Information & Booking
 
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