Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Youngest Member of the Band

We have so much fun playing music and Annie's grand daughter Clara Lynn has got the bug too. She loves singing songs with the band and so from time to time she will get up on stage and perform one of her favorites. It is so much fun to listen and watch Clara Lynn and the crowd always cheers her on. She seems to steal the show everytime she gets on stage with us and I am sure we will see her more often as she grows older and learns more songs.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Another Sell out Crowd at the Crab Feed

This last February was the 5th annual Habitat for Humanity Crab Feed and just as before, it was a sell out crowd. Everyone seems to love the event every year and  there are plenty of crab legs to go around so if you haven't been to one yet you should make plans to attend next year. Our band always has a great time playing for the crab feed, we enjoying seeing all the people having a good time and they really give us a great response to our music. 
It is so awesome to have a great activity for the whole family to enjoy and for a worthy cause too. Unfortunately the only the missing this year was our amazing fiddle player Linda Danielson could not be there since she had traveled to Thailand to visit her cousin. We are happy that she made it back safe & sound and she had a great trip report to tell when she got back. Be sure to come see us perform this year and you can visit and talk to Linda or anyone else in the band and learn more about us and our adventures.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fund Raising Event at Saginaw Vineyard

This past year has been another fun filled list of activities for our band. We have many functions we play each year and some gigs that pop up from time to time that are new. We always enjoy our normal Saginaw Vineyard events, but this year we were involved with a fund raising event for a local celebrity favorite, Marty Martin. Saginaw Vineyard was the host of the fund raiser and with the help and planning from Larry Barkemeyer, we helped by performing during the 4 hour show. Along with our band was Larry's group The Huckleberrys, and also a Eugene favorite, Fiddling Sue. The event was a great success and over a thousand dollars was raised to lend Marty a hand in battling his cancer. We wish the best for Marty Martin and look forward to seeing him continue singing and spreading joy around the community.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Summer Events

This past summer we had our usual busy schedule of various functions around Cottage Grove. One of the big events that we performed for was the Covered Bridge Celebration at the new park on 10th street. The festival was a big success and many people came out to enjoy the activities and shows throughout the day. While we were there, we thought it would be fun to get some new pictures of the band in the new park and so we asked Kelly's niece Amy to come down and take some photos for us. Amy is a great photographer and we really appreciate all the pictures she took. Here are just a few of our favorites.

So now that the year is near an end, we look forward to the new year coming up and more great fun we will be having around the community. Be sure to check in from time to time to see what we will have on our "performance dates" schedule located on the right side of our blog. Hope to see ya soon!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Third Annual Crab Feed

This last February we had the pleasure of performing again for the Cottage Grove Habitat for Humanity Crab Feed fund raising event. This was the third time they have held this dinner and all three times has been a huge success. It is always fun to see all the guests crack crab and get all messy and see the big smile on their faces. The dinner is so popular that they need to split up the dinner into two separate times during the evening to allow everyone a chance to get a seat at one of the many tables.

Our band played music through the whole three hour event with a break in between while they cleaned tables for the second group. Since we have been very active playing for many Habitat events, I had the privilege of writing the "Habitat For Humanity Song" for the local Cottage Grove chapter. With many people coming and going during the crab feed, our band played the song so many times, the guys could actually play it with their eyes closed. (LOL) It was very fun and we enjoyed hearing the audience learning the song too and even singing along with us.

After everyone had finished, we got a chance to dig in and finish off the last of the crab and have some fun getting ourselves all messy too. Looking forward to going back again next year and play our songs for the hungry crowd!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This past summer we were very busy with so many local events happening in Cottage Grove. One of the last big activities that we were involved with was the Cycle Oregon Bicycle Tour. They started off this year's ride in Sutherlin and made their first stop in Cottage Grove. Our band had the pleasure of performing in the downtown area where Main street was closed off'.

Many vendors set-up booths and lots of bicyclists and visitors wandered in and out all day to enjoy the food, unique shopping and of course stop and listen to our music. It was fun to see the bicycle riders come by and stop and listen and some even did a little dancing.

Another fun and unique thing we got to do was visit the famous Deathmobile from the movie Animal House. Many people stopped by to have their picture taken with the historical movie car and of course we did too.

So now we are ready to kick back for the winter season and work on more music. Now with Linda Danielson, our new fiddle player joining the band, we are looking forward to some new and exciting songs to work up. We are very happy and fortunate have Linda join our band and I will have more on that in the future, so keep checking back for more news and band performance dates!

Pictures courtesy of Sarah Craig of So Fresh == Thanks Sarah!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer Events

This year has been a very busy summer for the annie mae Rhodes band! We have played for many different events all over town and we have really enjoyed all the great response from our fans new & old.
This year our new endeavor has been the addition of drums for another variation of songs for us to play with a little more of a country rock sound. Herb Hill steps in on the drums, Kelly White takes over on the bass, Brad Markham continues to add the awesome banjo picking which gives us our unique style and flavor. Neil Fain grabs his telecaster electric guitar and gets the rocking started and with me (Annie Mae) switching back & forth on rhythm guitar & mandolin, we have a great time!

We have already played our first gig at Saginaw Vineyard with the drums and look forward to going back a second time in August. The setting there at Saginaw Vineyard is very beautiful. The people can bring their own food for picnicking and sit around in the grass or under the huge tree and relax while they enjoy the music. They also have food catered there too and of course plenty of wine & beer!

One of the last public events we played for was the Cottage Grove 3rd annual Town & Country Garden Tour of local homes. This seems to be a very popular tour now and this year we set-up and played in downtown and the backdrop was awesome! The small park is right on main street and the wall behind us has a huge mural of a beautiful historical woman in a very unique and colorful picture. We were very excited to have some new photos taken of our band with the beautiful mural behind us. Later on we will be back here to play again for the annual Bicycle Tour.

So keep an eye on our schedule listed on the right and come and have a good time while we play our selection of country/bluegrass and mixture of favorite oldies songs.