Fat Man & Little Boy: the Atomic Duo

Thursday, July 22nd
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Fat Man & Little Boy: the Atomic Duo is the latest project from Bad Livers founder Mark Rubin featuring the hot mandolin and plaintive vocals of young Silas Lowe. This release marks Rubin’s first foray into American folk music since the last Bad Livers CD almost a decade ago, and is the first recording he has made as a singer and guitarist. Inspired by the great “Brother” vocal duets and string bands of the Depression era and formed on a dare, Rubin and Lowe have in a very short time risen to the vanguard of the emerging re-interest in acoustic roots Americana in their home of Austin TX.
Their debut CD was recorded live and without overdubs in the course of 3 hours on lovely spring afternoon, their new CD features instrumental rags and waltzes, breakdowns, blues and ballads marked by hot picking and tight vocal harmonies that harkens back to the rough and ready sounds of both urban and rural songsters. It was a common interest, nay obsession with, pioneer Texas musical acts like the Dallas String Band, the East Texas Serenaders, western swing crooner Floyd Tillman and others that brought Rubin and Lowe together initially. Playing a guitar and mandolin graciously provided the National Resophonic Guitar Company; they are most comfortable performing entirely acoustically, without microphones, much in the same way their musical forefathers found perfectly acceptable.

And unlike many acts today mining a similar vein, they strive to present their music devoid of hokey trappings of nostalgia, infusing the wise old parables of American Song with the intimacy and urgency of the modern era. Relying on material whose content speaks to the ages, they include in their live sets numbers penned by contemporary songwriters, many of whom they known personally and have worked with such as Don Walser, Danny Barnes, Steve James and others.



Blackberry Bushes

Sunday, July 11th
8pm No Cover

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband is a high energy, soulful, Americana quartet. The “Bushes” are a band of songwriters with a strong Bluegrass and old-time bend. They have remained loyal to their Ozark, Appalachian, and Mississippi River roots and added just a twist of West coast indie-rock. Second place winners of the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband formed in Olympia, WA in 2004. They tour nationally, and feature quick pickin’ banjo songstress Kendl Winter, singer-songwriter-strummer-stomper Jes Raymond on guitar, rattlesnake fiddler Jakob Breitbach and lowdown songsmith Joe Capoccia on the upright bass. They are often noted for their sweet harmonies, darling lyrics, and near virtuosic musicianship. Their songs are instant classics, and their performances are guaranteed to turn heads and move an audience.



Liberate the Ales BBQ

2:00 pm till the Fireworks
Sunday, July 4th
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Live music and BBQ in the Fort George Brewery parking lot celebrating our nation's Independence Day. The patio will be open for awesome outdoor seating and view of the bands.

Los Comatosos warms up the evening with their latin folk stylings from 4-6pm.

Local reggae favorites Ma Barley keep the party rocking from 7:00 till the fireworks.
Spencer will have on tap outside our Vortex IPA, Divinity, Spruce Budd Ale, and North 3.
Dana will be BBQing baby back ribs, and serving them with coleslaw and watermelon!


Flock to the Dock and then Trek to the deck!

We Need YOU! To make this an Outstanding Downtown event!
The Astoria Downtown Historical District Association (ADHDA), Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce (AWCC), Astoria Sunday Market (ASM), Astor Street Opry Co. (ASOC), Baked Alaska Restaurant, FOG, Fort George Brewery, Mise en Place Kitchenware, Old Town Framing Co. and Purple Cow Toys, have teamed up to sponsor the
4th Of July Party in Downtown Astoria on Sunday July 4th!

This event is an expansion of the Annual Independence Day Party on 12th Street dock in downtown Astoria created by Baked Alaska owners, Jennifer and Chris Holen. This year’s celebration marks the 10th year for this fun frivolity and in honor of this significant anniversary local businesses (listed above) have come together to cultivate this wonderful FREE downtown annual event!

Activities at the 12th Street dock include: musical performances by Jesse Lee Falls & The Distractions along with Ms. Ann Tierney on acoustic guitar, food & drink offered by the Baked Alaska and other local restaurant vendors, children’s games provided by Purple Cow Toys, the creation of a masterpiece chalk art doodle lead by Ms. Dulcye Taylor (Open to participation by all!), photo booth fun from ASOC & the ADHDA along with the 2010 Cast of Classic and Junior Shanghaied In Astoria leading the 2nd annual “River Walk Parade”.

Then to keep the party happening, there will a brilliant “Party Hop” CHALK PATH connecting the celebration on the 12th Street Dock to the Fort George Brewery right through downtown Astoria! At Fort George you will find their 3rd Annual Liberate the Ales Festival celebration which features their notorious beer garden on their fantastic new outdoor deck, delicious barbeque, and music by Local Latin-folk band Los Comatosos and local Astoria reggae group, Ma Barley.

The Downtown Parties begin just as the Sunday Market closes (right around 3:00pm) to encourage all locals and visitors alike to stay in downtown and enjoy the evening!

The “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” River Walk Community Parade starts At 6:00pm when walkers will gather at the Old Train Station in Downtown Astoria (look for signs!) ending at the12th Street Dock Party. This 2010 Independence Day parade theme is “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” based on the World War II campaign which called on average citizens to become extraordinary as they combine efforts towards one goal of freedom and independence. As the slogan says “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” and we as Americans, community members and Astorians, can hold together even when times are tough… if we stick together!

Remember the theme (Independence Day and everything but the kitchen sink!) and don’t forget to dress appropriately! Prizes will be provided by the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Astor Street Opry Company, Baked Alaska, Old Town Framing Co., Mise en Place, Fort George and Purple Cow Toys and will be awarded for: Best in Kid, Dog (you read right…DOG) and Adult Costumes, Best Group, (independence day), Best umbrella, Best decorated Bike (or other moving object) and (for Dulcye) Best Sturgeon costume.

It is our hope that this 4th of July, through our combined energy we can create a vibrate, artistic, fun and safe atmosphere for all community members to gather, relax, celebrate and enjoy a safe place to enjoy our city’s fabulous AWCC fireworks display together in Downtown Astoria!

So do not forget to:
“Flock to the Dock and then Trek to the deck”
So you can: chalk, shock, rock, gawk, talk and PARTY HOP in downtown Astoria on the 4th of July!”

For more information call Jennifer at 503-298-0682. See you there!