The Oregon Story Sessions: Stories. Poems. Songs.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, Yachats Farm Store 6:00-7:00 p.m. Free.
Featuring Matt Love, Tim Sproul and Crooked Five Oregonians. Two literary genres published by an Oregon publisher. An emerging musical trio from Siletz with a new album out. And Newport binds them all together. Join author Matt Love, poet Tim Sproul and the acoustic music trio Crooked for a unique evening of words and song at the Yachats Farm Store.
Do you want be hurled by a rollicking poem about fishermen drinking Fireball in a dive Newport bar, or a detective story that features a washed-up private eye and writer trying to prevent the privatization of Oregon’s sacred publicly-owned beaches, or some sweet acoustic reggae from some coastal lads just breaking into the Oregon music scene?
If you do, then the Oregon Story Sessions in Yachats is your literary event. Join author and publisher Matt Love, poet Tim Sproul and Siletz’s Crooked for an evening of uniquely Oregon-themed words and music.
In his debut novel, The Great Birthright, Love sends up the detective genre. The novel’s premise is that a shady Los Angeles developer is trying to have the US Supreme Court overthrow Oregon’s 1967 Beach Bill and only one detective and writer can stop this nefarious plan. Set on the Oregon Coast, the novel unfolds a hard boiled tale of what happens when someone tries to mess with Oregonians and their beaches.
Tim Sproul’s “Newported,” a Poetic Field Guide to the Pacific Coast, goes where most poetry fears to go — to the heart of the real characters, dark bars and magically dangerous beaches of the Pacific Coast.
“Newported” is Sproul’s third book of poems and he celebrates what it means to get ‘Newported’ — formally defined in the book’s first poem as…“…to experience a slighting…or unexpected joy….brought on by cultural and geographical isolation….born of provincialism, rain, rugged individualism and Walmart.”
“Newported” is a practical and lyrical guide to the most magical places on the Pacific Coast, alight with hope and compassion, drunk with the joy and pain of real people trying to make it in hard places.
Crooked features Brett Lane on guitar and vocals, Casee Case on bass guitar and Dakota Burgins providing percussion. The band recently released a four-song CD called Crooked EP and they describe their sound as “Northwest acoustic reggae.” It’s home-grown music guaranteed to make you smile.
The Newport vibe for this installment of the Sessions is strong. Sproul graduated from Newport High School in 1984, Love taught there for five years, and two of his students were Lane and Case. Lane and Case were featured performers at Love’s classroom open mic called the Friday Lunch Jam. “It’s going to be great to gig with Brett and Casee again,” said Love. “It’s been way too long and it’s fun to see them about ready to take off.”
The event is free and begins at 6:00 p.m at the Yachats Farm Store in Yachats, Oregon. The Yachats Farm Store was recently named one of the seven wonders of the Oregon Coast by Travel Oregon and its new brewer is Charlie Van Meter, an award-winning brewer from Logsdon Brewery.