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Friday Night Coffeehouse
Featured Local Songwriters


Join us every Friday night for an evening of live, eclectic music hosted by Richard Colombo. Our treasure trove of local talent brings you music from the folk and world music traditions. The format alternates weekly between showcases of typically 4 to 6 performers, and "Songwriters in the Round" which features 4 players trading licks. Magic always happens on Friday nights at Cafe Artichoke!

And once each month, the nationally syndicated radio show, River City Folk with Tom May, tapes live at Cafe Artichoke! See below for details.

7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
Admission: $5.00 - $10.00 (Sliding Scale)

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Beer, wine, coffee, tea and light snacks are available at every show!

River City Folk
with Tom May


Come be part of a nationally broadcast radio program taped LIVE from Artichoke Music once a month! Each taping is followed by a song circle. Come early, because space is limited!

2013-2014 River City Folk Taping Schedule:

November 15 - Whisky Minstrels

Bruce Coughlin and Nolan Murray are the "Whisky Minstrels". They are performing a new repertoire encompassing original, celtic, and bluegrass, played with uncommon virtuosity and style.

December 20 - Cole Carr

A talented young man from Portlandís own singer songwriter community, Cole brings his own spin and passion to his traditionally based music. Think Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village, before anyone knew who he was!

January 24 - The Rite of Spring

For almost 50 years, Terry Prohaska, Lynn Attwood and Michael Attwood have been choosing the best acoustic songs out there, leavening them with their folk revival ethos, and performing them for thousands.

February 21 - Cal Scott

The musical director for Portland's legendary "Trail Band", Cal's music and production are heard by hundreds of thousands each week on OPB television broadcasts. He is a heck of a songwriter too; and you won't want to miss this RCF taping!

March 21 - Loren Shulte / Elizabeth Cristina

This great guitar maker and gifted fingerpicker is joined by musical parner, Elizabeth Cristina, presents with humor, country blues, and fine songs.

April 26 - Hank Cramer/ Mark Iler

Hank Cramer has been one of the hardest working folk musicians in the NW and beyond this past decade, playing hundreds of museums, festivals, and schools. Accompanied by Mark Iler, their songs focus on the cowboys, seamen, loggers, and pioneers who settled in these parts.

May 16 - Jaspar Lepak

A young, talented folk artist hailing from Minneapolis. Jaspar's songs arebeautiful, thoughtful, contemporary compositions that reflect her passion for the environment and music.

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