music at the market
Astoria Sunday Market features fresh and locally grown artists each week performing on its Music Stage located in the Food Court. Our music is a fresh and original as the market! Musicians perform all original or public domain music.
2019 Music Schedule
Floating Glass Balls
Richie Bean & The Midnight Travelers
Wayward Ones Trio
Double J & The Boys
Bar K Buckaroos
Dave Quinton & Brad Griswold Duo
SWINGCATS of Astoria
Ian & Maia Clemens
About the Bands
Locally, fresh and colorful! We take pride in the music booked at Astoria Sunday Market with all bands playing 100% original music!
Bar-K Buckaroos (July 21)
The Bar-K Buckaroos play traditional western swing dance music in the style of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. The band is made up of north coast musicians, featuring Brad Griswold on Rhythm guitar, Dave Quinton on bass, Richard Thomasian on lead guitar, Tom Peake on drums and John Orr on pedal steel. Collectively these musicians have played in such notable north coast bands as The Floating Glass Balls, The Bond Street Blues Band, The Swingcats, Acoustica, and Ma'Barley. Together they bring their love of Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Blues and Reggae' to form a great evening of western swing and 20's-40's era swing music.
Brownsmead Flats (July 7, September 1)
The Brownsmead Flats play acoustic music that may be best described as “Crabgrass” which they liken to a folk/bluegrass style with a maritime flavor. The band has a strong focus on vocal harmonies and many of their songs are composed by members of the group and reflect on living in the Pacific Northwest. A variety of instruments are played by the quintet. Dan Sutherland is featured on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mandolin. Ray Raihala picks the banjo, guitar and mandolin. Ned Heavenrich plays harmonica and guitar. John Fenton keeps the band together rhythmically with the bass, and Larry Moore rounds out the group with his expertise on mandolin and occasional flashes of fancy foot work.
The Brownsmead Flats create a festive atmosphere where audiences are encouraged to participate by singing along, doing hand motions, and participating in dances taught by the band. The versatility of the group allows them to generate music for audiences of all ages. Their tight harmonies and enjoyment of making music together translate into an event guaranteed to fill audiences with song and mirth.
Ron Burghard of CM Riders (July 28, September 15)
Ron has lived throughout the Western US (WA, MT, NM, CA, ID and Oregon for 35 years). He currently lives along the Nehalem River with his dog Cricket and horses Maria and Ruby. Although he has moved around a lot, he has maintained a place in Seaside for over 35 years, keeping his connection to Clatsop County. Thus, his music tends to reflect the West with emphasis on Western Folk and Classic Country Music.
Castletown (July 14)
Portland based "Castletown" has a sound best described as "AmeriCeltic," blending the heart and soul of traditional Irish reels with modern folk, blues, jazz and country influences with singer/songwriter Heidi Beth Sadler on violin and vocals and singer/songwriter Robert Richter on guitar and vocals. They are known for their engaging and high energy live performances. Castletown’s new CD is titled “Traditions” and features 15 songs.
Dave Quinton & Brad Griswold Duo (August 18)
This entertaining duo plays folk, country, bluegrass and swing on guitar, banjo and mandolin.
Desdemona Jazz (June 2)
“The North Coast's very own 'Desdemona Jazz' features a world-class front-line of saxophone and guitar performing an array of styles ranging from traditional to complex, inspired by the major jazz composers from the '40s through '70s.”
Double J and the Boys (June 23)
Everyone loves this foot-stomping folk/country band, with a mix of classics and funny originals, energetic fiddle tunes and real live yodeling. Look for Double J and the Boys on Facebook.
Floating Glass Balls (May 12)
The Floating Glass Balls is a lively string band that jumped the fence, ran off to unlikely places and brought music back for their coastal friends. This is a happy mix of Appalachia and Bayou Tech by way of Jamaica, Amsterdam and Astoria. They call it Beachgrass.
Greg Parke (May 19, June 30, September 8 & October 6)
Bringing his popular mix of soulful ballads and feet-tapping dance music to the Market again this season! He features his own original tunes.
Ray Prestegard (August 4, September 29)
Ray Prestegard of "Giants in the Trees" and "Spar Pole" is pleased to announce he will be
performing original songs this year at the Astoria Sunday Market. Featuring Banjo, Ukulele, Dobro, Slide Guitar and a Box Guitar made by a ASM vender Allan Matta.
Rhythm Method (August 11)
We’re excited to join the Astoria Market and the fine list of North Coast musicians you present.
The Merlins – Ian & Maia Clemons (October 13)
The Merlins are Ian (Button Accordion and singing) and Maia Clemons (Fiddle), Western Oregon's premier father-and-daughter folk music duo. With a wide palette of musical influences from Quebecois dance tunes, English farming songs, Irish reels, to French sailor shanties, the Merlins take you exploring through some unusual and unforgettable folk music traditions. Based in Gaston, The Merlins delight in performing across the Willamette Valley, Portland, and the Oregon Coast...as long as they're not out too late on a school night! We look forward to entertaining you!
Richie Bean & The Midnight Travelers (May 26)
Richie Bean & the Midnight Riders is a talented group of musicians that play Folk-Rock with a twist. They have a great time playing and entertaining the audience everywhere.
SWINGCATS of Astoria (September 22)
"SWINGCATS of Astoria" Is a 5 piece band that plays Jazz in the style of all eras. Swing from the 30's, Gypsy Jazz, Standards , Bossa Nova, Fusion, Blues, Western Swing. This year, Richard Thomasian, founder/leader of "SWINGCATS of Astoria" and member of, Maggie and the KATZ---The Bar-K-Buckaroos---T&T, is proud to be accompanied by Ted Brainard on bass, Larry Aldred on drums, Bob (Bobcat) Rice on guitar and Jeffery Reynolds on violin. SWINGCATS of Astoria was formed and has been playing in the Astoria area for roughly 12 years. the band has gone through 3 incarnations and this is the 4th. "ONE MORE TIME" RT
Wayward Ones (June 9)
Rob Larkin & The Wayward Ones bring a fresh, edgy twist to vintage bluesy rock, flavored with funky soul and sweet Americana. Deeply influenced by the soulful vibe of 70s music, the band’s music is a mix of earthy grooves, sweet harmonies, and catchy hooks. Live shows feature soulful vocal harmonies and righteous guitar interplay, riding on a solid foundation of infectious grooves. Check out live videos and more at:
Elena Welch (June 16, August 25 )
Elena Welch currently lives and performs in Portland, Oregon. Elena is a jazz and blues vocalist greatly influenced by her 10 fun and formative years of living in the music city of Chicago, Illinois. She has a degree in voice from Columbia College Chicago where she studied under the direction of William Russo (Stan Kenton’s musical director.) Elena is pleased to have four CDs to her credit. “Catnip Cafe” a swinging compilation with an all-star 6-piece band produced in 2003 and “Talk to Me” an intimate and soulful work completed in 2008. “Live at the Blue Dragon” recorded live at a wonderful club in Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island in 2011 and “Eastside Sessions” recorded in 2012, which is a tribute to and features the late great bassist, John Parker.