Gypsy swing with James Mason & The Gypsy Hicks
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 6:00 PM (event ends at 7:45 PM)
This event is all ages
James Mason & The Gypsy Hicks
James Mason - Violin
James has played and recorded Bluegrass, Country, Swing and Jazz. In 2014 James won the National Swing Fiddle Championship in Weiser Idaho and The Bob Wills Fiddle Championship in Greenville Texas.
James regularly performs in Portland with Pete Krebs and The Portland Playboys, The Djangophiles, Rebecca Kilgore and various others.
Pete Krebs - guitar and vocals
Two-time Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee, Pete Krebs has been a fixture on the Portland music scene since 1987. His musical pursuits have spanned several decades and genres, including punk rock, Western swing, old-time, jazz and folk. His bands have included Thrillhammer, Hazel, Golden Delicious, Pete Krebs and The Gossamer Wings, The Stolen Sweets and Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys.
He's shared the stage with a broad range of world-class musicians including Nirvana, Elliott Smith, Peter Rowan and The Hot Club of Cowtown. He's performed at venues and festivals large and small, legendary and infamous, including CBGBs, Preservation Hall, Pickathon and Lollapalooza. He's received mostly good press from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin, Magnet and No Depression.
Pete Lampe - bass
Holding down the rhythm on upright bass, and giving you those tempos you love to swing to, is Pete Lampe (Midnight Serenaders, The Libertine Belles, The Hot Lovin' Jazz Babies, Becky Kilgore and the Cowhands, The Barn Door Slammers, Djangophiles)... and you'd better believe there's a damn good reason all those great swing bands rely on Pete! Pete literally knows the bass inside and out, and is one of the most respected bass luthiers on the west coast, operating Pete's Upright Bass Shop in Portland, Oregon.
Tracy Kim - guitar
Tracy is a member of The 12th Avenue Hot Club, and The Kung Pao Chickens, and has been involved in many other bands and endeavors over the years including teaching, composing, and producing music, as well as projects in film and commercial scoring. Not only is Tracy well versed in many styles, he is a strong rhythm player, and a very inventive and colorful soloist. He is a co-founder of the Happy Valley School of Music.
July 20, 2019 lineup
Pete Krebs will not perform on July 20, but joining The Gypsy Hicks will be:
Doug Stickler - Accordion
Doug Stickler has been playing accordion for 34 yrs. He studied with Don Bottari and Eileen Hagen and made his professional debut as a strolling musician at the Black Angus Steak House. After 10 yrs playing The Matterhorn Restaurant, he began working with other musicians in various combos. These have included Zydeco music with the band Bodacious; Italian opera and Neapolitan love songs with tenor, Tim Tommaso; as an accompanist for Joan Szymco's Veriditas Choir; and with Cliff Farley's Swiss Choir. He also plays in a Duo setting with violinist Frank Holman or guitarist Rouke Vanderveen.
Russell Gores - Drums
A multi-instrumentalist most recognized for his work on bass and drums, Russell also plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, lap steel, mandolin, spoons, & saw. Russell leads his own band, The Hot Club Time Machine, on guitar, saw and vocals. He's also performed with Everything's Jake, The Libertine Belles, The Ground, The Ben Macy Trio, Well Swung, Jackstraw, The Pagan Jug Band, The Marten's Combination, The Rocky Butte Wranglers, Jobo Shakins, Smut City Jelly Roll Society, The Shark Skin Revue, Swingtown Vipers, The Tony Starlight Show, Mother Bunch, Fast Rattler, The Strangled Darlings, and Professor Gall. Russell's also made music with Jeff Coffin (of Bela Fleck), Utah Phillips (Ani DiFranco), and shared the stage with Dave Holland (Miles Davis) and Jolie Holland (of the Be Good Tanyas).