The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance is pleased to announce the 15th season of Tunesmith Night, a showcase of original music. Last season’s program was cut short by COVID-19 restrictions, and the Music Alliance is now ready to jump into the arena of livestreaming concerts. In partnership with the historic OK Theatre in downtown Enterprise. The unique appeal of presenting three songwriters, sharing their original work in an intimate a round-robin format will remain core to the program, as the musicians will be performing live, safely distanced, on the beautiful stage of the old OK. The show will be streamed live to YouTube and the Music Alliance website, also shared on other social media. Since there will be no in-person audience permitted at this time, viewers will be encouraged to show their support for the program via online donations.
The season opens Saturday, October 10 with Toney Rocks, An American Forrest, and Margo Cilker, broadcast live at 7pm PDT at wvmusicalliance.org.
Toney Rocks is an artist caught up in the vortex of erratic cross-country tours, using a pen to dig for a not-so self-evident truth, chasing an unheard sound and rubbing a match against a brick wall looking for a spark. There doesn’t seem to be another way for him. He’s crossed the great barrier into the realms of a chaotic maelstrom where his obsession has taken over all reason. Ask him what his style or genre is and Toney Rocks will probably say, “#$%! I dunno… you tell me. You just gotta listen to it”.
The Las Vegas Weekly has named Toney Rocks as one of the top 10 Acts to Watch in 2017. With his new single, “Run to the Night”, making waves around the country, Toney Rocks sits between folk, blues and rock with engaging songwriting. His show is rich in diversity featuring his soulful singing supported by acoustic guitars, ukulele and piano. Kathy Forste, Music Director of KC Cafe Radio said, “Toney Rocks voice is cool and sweet, rocking and lyrical. His songs are thoughtful and hummable…”. Toney Rocks has shared the stage with folk music legend, David Bromberg, as well as opened for artists such as Corey Harris, Jarekus Singleton and Freekbass in addition to his own headlining concerts around the U.S.
An American Forrest is Western music. Country and folk. Ragged-voiced tales and wild, hybrid style, finger-picked and strummed guitar. Poetic incantations that conjure images: a lone rider silhouetted against a sunset, the days fading light, the unspoken bond between horses and people. Songs as detailed as tooled leather about old love, and new frontiers. An American Forrest is the words and music of Forrest Van Tuyl. Lyrics fly upwards from his songs like sparks from a fire. Verses come delivered with the humor of cowboy poets. His riffs have the wood-and-wire wrangling prowess of the folk singers of the second revival. The sensation of his songs hang around like smoke long after the night is gone.” – Sean Jewell, American Standard Time.
“Voice inviting and grainy, Margo Cilker sings about love in acute compositions feeding off hard work, understanding, and obscure locales like Bilbao and Tehachapi; she hails from the town of Enterprise, OR.” – Austin Chronicle