Excitement is building throughout Astoria, Oregon as we approach the start of this year’s Tenor Guitar Gathering 4. TGG founder and director, Mark Josephs’ and I met recently at Coffee Girl Cafe to talk about this year’s gathering, and expressed his excitement and appreciation for all who have worked so tirelessly to make this year’s gathering of tenor guitar musicians and enthusiasts the best gathering ever. TGG4 will be four days this year, beginning with a meet and greet jam at Coffee Girl Cafe on Pier 39 Thursday, May 31 from 9:00-11:30 AM.
When I asked Josephs what he was most excited about for this year’s gathering, his answer had to do with all those whose support have made the annual gathering an annual event, making Astoria the ‘unofficial’ Tenor Guitar capitol of the word. One of the people Josephs credits with there being a tenor guitar gathering at all is Gordon Styler. Tenor Guitar Gathering 4 is dedicated to the late Gordon (Gordo) Styler who Josephs credits with providing the inspiration, help and support for getting the Tenor Guitar Gathering started in the first place. Gordon Styler’s brother, Bill Styler, will be attending this year’s event, and will be on hand at the Luthier’s Exhibit during the TGG. Bill Styler had donated a custom tenor guitar to be sold to benefit the TGG Foundation.
This year’s lineup of musicians and events includes: the music of Jean Mann and The Quiet American at Clemente’s Restaurant on Thursday, May 31, from noon to two. Get your reservations by calling Clemente’s at 503.325.1067.
Between 2-4 on Thursday, there will be a jam session at RiversZen Yoga Studio right on the Riverwalk at 399 31st St.. Thursday at McMenamin’s Sand Trap in Gearhart, Douglas Fraser and EZ Marc Poschman will be performing.
On Friday, May 31 the annual Tenor Guitars on the Trolley event will occur at 10:5 along the riverfront. From noon to two Banana will be performing at the Bridgewater Bistro, 50 Basin St.. Make your reservations for lunch, and enjoy Banana’s performance.
Also on Friday, Carol Newman, KMUN Radio, will be interviewing a number of the tenor guitar musicians on her show, “Arts: Live and Local”.
It’s not too late to get your tickets for the Friday and Saturday night performances, A Evening of Tenor Guitars being held this year at the Astoria Street Opry Company from 7:00 to 9:30. A portion of the proceeds from both performances, help go to support both the Astoria Street Opry Company and our local public radio station, KMUN.
On Saturday, there will be another jam at Coffee Girl Cafe between 9:00-11:30 AM. There will be a lunch at the Rogue Ale Public House from 12-1:30, adjacent the Luthier’s Exhibit Hall. Saturday afternoon you have the opportunity to attend three tenor guitar workshops, conducted by tenor guitar festival founder and musician, Mark Josephs, Banana, and John Lawlor. Workshops will be held from 2:00-5:00, and the cost is $30 each or 3 fro $75.
On Sunday between from 9-11:30, there will be a jam session at Coffee Girl, and then from 11:30 AM and 3:00PM, the Renegade String Band and Guests, will perform at the Sunday Market. On Sunday, from 3:30-7:30 you’re invited to Jam and Dinner at the Rogue Ale Public House. Come on out for a late lunch/early supper, and then join the jam session in the banquet room. Finally, on Sunday evening, from 8-10, the Renegade String Band will be performing at the Ft. George Brewery. The four-day Tenor Guitar Gathering is packed many opportunities to enjoy some great music, meet some fine musicians, and support music and the arts in Astoria, Oregon. Guests will be coming from all around to enjoy this year’s festival of tenor guitar music. Make your plans now to be a part of this year’s music, festivities, and fun.