“It takes an audience to raise a musician,” notes local singer songwriter Ellen Whyte. And to have the chance to reach out to new fans takes a fresh approach. Knowing that many Oregon musicians have struggled to make the next step in their careers a “second season” may be the answer.
Second Season Productions is the brainchild of Ellen Whyte and John Mullin. It all started about 8 years ago at an outdoor concert on a warm summer evening for about 150 people in West Linn, Oregon. Ellen and her band at that time were performing all original music. The audience was loving it–hanging on every lyric sung and every note played. There was a special magical connection that Ellen had with this audience. While this had happened before and since, something clicked that night.
John and Ellen talked after the show and continued the discussion over the years about the idea of Portland having a concert series called, “Second Season Concerts.” The idea is to capture the attention of a demographic that enjoys a variety of styles of music, some of whom don’t get out to hear live music very often.
How then to connect the love of music with a passion for performing? Organizing this kind of a concert series with the artists who have paid their dues and want to share what they have learned with new fans is what’s in the works. Starting February 1, 2015, three bands will perform at each concert on the second Sunday of each month. The location will be at The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR. starting at 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Tickets will be very affordable. We encourage all ages to attend–think “Austin City Limits” meets Portland.
Here’s the thing though: We can’t do it without you. We need your help to make it happen. Please consider donating to: Second Season Productions, PO Box 356, Oregon City, OR 97045. Thank you!
The Second Season Productions Concert Series is sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association.