RAYMOND - With the appearance of Misty River on the stage of the Raymond Theatre at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, Sunday Afternoon Live [SAL] will close the second very successful season of bringing quality musical acts to Willapa Harbor.

SAL was formed in the summer of 2003 for the express purpose of providing reasonably priced live entertainment to a Sunday afternoon audience during the fall and winter months. The original intent was to attract primarily older concert-goers, but it has proved popular for all age groups. The first season encompassed four outstanding musical groups, and this year a fifth, special Mother's Day concert has been added to round out the season.

Since emerging on the Portland acoustic music scene in 1997, Misty River has earned a reputation for being one of the finest, most entertaining bands in the Pacific Northwest. Blending folk, bluegrass, country, Celtic and original music into a highly distinctive Americana sound, the four-woman group has captivated fans far and wide with their beautifully moving music and natural, friendly presentation. They have performed all over the United States and as far away as the Shanghai International Music Festival in China

If you're wondering how to treat mom, tickets for this exceptional Mother's Day concert are available at $5 each by calling Adella Hougan at 875-5831 or e-mailing carlson@willapabay.org

Season tickets selling for $25 will be on sale at the May 6 concert. SAL has locked the 2004-2005 concert season into place already, and it's a wowser.

The members of Misty River are: Carol Harley, formerly a Eugene, Ore. elementary teacher, plays guitar, banjo and mandolin; Chris Kokesh, who started playing violin at the age of two and sang in the choir at Pomona College, plays fiddle and guitar; Laura Quigley, who grew up singing harmony with her mother (Carol), plays acoustic bass; and Dana Able, who sang with the Oregon Children's Choir and the chamber chorale at Sanford University, plays accordion and guitar. In addition, all four women are excellent lead and harmony vocalists.

Misty River got their start at an open mic at an Irish club in Portland, and it snowballed from there. They have performed all over the United States and as far away as the Shanghai International Music Festival in China Touring mostly in the U.S. in a 37-foot motor home they have named "Annabelle" after a Gillian Welch song, the band has performed more than 100 engagements a year and has recorded four CDs which continue to receive extensive radio exposure.

When Oregon Art Beat broadcast a segment on Misty River, the response was amazing, with the phones web site being jammed by requests to know where they were playing and how to buy their CDs, according to Jeff Douglas, an executive producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting. He said, "When these four women weave their lovely harmonies, it is spine tingling."

If you're wondering how to treat mom, tickets for this exceptional Mother's Day concert are available at $5 each by calling Adella Hougan at 875-5831 or e-mailing carlson@willapabay.org

Season tickets selling for $25 will be on sale at the May 6 concert. SAL has locked the 2004-2005 concert season into place already, and it's a wowser.

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