Community Day/Songwriters Circle: Jeff “JD” Dawson, Jaime Leopold, Jack McMahon
Monday, February 4th - 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
FREE LIVE PERFORMANCE 7:00 PM and FREE REFRESHMENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY!
Record stores were the community centers for many cities and towns around the country, especially in the late ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. They were a place where community in the love of music brought people together. Friendships were made and partners in life were found as people shared their interest and love of music. On Community Day, there will be free refreshments, special one-day deals, live music, and a variety of unique events throughout the year. Monday, February 4th will be the next Community Day and will include the Songwriters’ Circle at 7:00 PM.
Jeff “JD” Dawson has performed his music for the last forty years in nightclubs, universities, coffee houses, restaurants, state parks and music bars from Oregon to Mexico and New York to California. He has opened shows for Pete Seeger, Dave Bromberg, Bukka White, and jazzman Jeremy Steig. He was also one of the few acoustic blues guitar acts to play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1979. Jeff has just completed his new CD, Hearts & Highways.
Jaime Leopold is now fronting his own cracker-jack band, The Short Stories featuring violinist Sid Page. On Jaime Leopold and the Short Stories’ debut self-titled release, every tune’s a tale, every tale’s a journey, and every journey’s a one way street to soulsville, where you’ll find Jaime, once more, casting off the devil’s voice and hoping for angels. Or something like that.
Jack McMahon is a performing songwriter as well host and organizer of the Music Millennium Songwriters’ Showcase. McMahon has been a working musician for all of his adult life and over the years has fronted some of Portland's more notable bands (Tracks, The Chameleons, Jack McMahon & Friends). From his early days in New Jersey and New York to his residency in the Rose City, Jack's penchant for catchy hooks and emotionally charged lyrics have made him a favorite of long time fans and neophytes alike. He has released three CDs to date; Better Late (1982), Toe The Line (2000) and The Man That Love Forgot (2007). He performs regularly with his four-piece band (Jack McMahon Band) and does solo acoustic shows as well.