Jack McMahon & John Bunzow presented by Rainshadow Concerts
Tickets $20, $25 at the door. Doors at 7pm.
Rainshadow Recording and Concerts welcomes long-time Portland-based singer-songwriters Jack McMahon and John Bunzow, Saturday June 24 at 7:30pm, to The Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Rd. in Port Townsend. This event is generously sponsored by Strait Floors and Robin’s Nest Bed and Breakfast. Media sponsor is KPTZ Radio.
While Jack McMahon and John Bunzow have been long-time local headliners in and around Portland, each has a unique history far beyond Oregon’s borders.
Jack McMahon has been a performing singer-songwriter for all of his adult life. From his teenage years, as leader of ’60s New Jersey rock band, The Night Watch, and his early work as a demo singer for renowned Brill Building songwriters, Jack’s colorful voice, and his penchant for writing smart, tuneful hooks, soon brought him to the attention of Columbia and Epic Records, and New York nightclubs where he opened for rising stars Bruce Springsteen and Steely Dan. Jack moved to Portland in the mid 1970s, and quickly established himself as one of the city’s premiere musical talents. Equally at home in genres ranging from folk and rock, to country and R&B, his unique, soulful voice, and journeyman guitar chops combine to create an indelible signature sound. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan are big influences, but creatively, Jack is his own man. With five studio albums to his credit, and a sixth in the works as of this writing, Jack McMahon is a veteran artist, who delights listeners – a seasoned performer, who continues to thrill live audiences everywhere.
John Bunzow’s mix of eclectic musical influences – melding blues, country, rock and even jazz – have helped establish him as an original artist of heartfelt depth, substance and style. He’s as likely to draw on his love of the music of scuffling barroom bard Tom Waits as he is the smooth R&B and soul of Marvin Gaye, the iconic folk wisdom of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Ry Cooder or the blues of Albert King.
After beginning his musical career in the Northwest scene playing in popular all-original bands for over two decades, John set his sights on songwriter heaven – Nashville – scoring a songwriting contract with EMI Nashville/Famous Music and a recording contract with Liberty/Capitol Records. He quickly found his services in big demand with Nashville recording artists and had the opportunity to write for and perform with some of country and rock music’s biggest names.
As Nashville and country-music trends shifted away from salt-of-the-earth working singer-songwriters in favor of flavor-of-the-month cover models and green-behind-the-ears young guns in Stetsons, Bunzow packed up his guitars and music notebooks and brought himself home to Portland, Oregon where he continues to hone his sizable talents. He found old fans and new ones as he tirelessly tours Northwest nightclubs, concert halls, festival stages, casinos, wineries and resorts, playing original cuts from his most recent CDs, and creating music that touches the heart of anybody who’s ever raised a little hell on a Saturday night, or felt the pangs of a love gone bad.
More information from Matt Miner at 503-484-8196.