Brownsmead Flats

Brownsmead Flats performs a free concert Nov. 17 in Ilwaco.

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A free “coffeehouse-style” concert featuring the acoustic group Brownsmead Flats takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 S.E. Lake St., Ilwaco.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations are suggested.

The event accompanies Flashback: Remembering the ‘60s, an exhibit at the museum that explores the Long Beach Peninsula’s transformation during the 1960s.

Brownsmead Flats is a five-member primarily string band, who like to play traditional, popular and original songs, according to a press release from the musuem. Members include John Fenton, Ned Heavenrich, Ray Rahihala, Larry Moore and Dan Sutherland. Their instruments include the guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonic, fiddle and the hammerhead dulcimer.

The group began performing together in the 1970s when the band members converged on Brownsmead, Oregon, as what Raihala called “young marrieds” who wanted to try the rural Oregon experience, according to the press release. They came from California, Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska, building homes and starting families.

Frequent potlucks were held in the community and music played a big part in them. Potlucks still are held today and music still is a part of them.

Each band member played in a band before joining together, but none had performed what is listed on their website as “crabgrass,” a folk/bluegrass style with a maritime flavor.

To make a reservation, call 360-642-3346.

The event is made possible by a grant from Humanities Washington.


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