Paul Evansmith

Paul Evansmith is an experienced multi-instrumentalist specializing in composition for film/dance and improvised music. His main backgrounds are from American Jazz, Classical, an eclectic mix of international styles as well as “just everyday soundscapes.” A writer as well, Paul breaths poetry into whatever instrument he touches. Paul majored in classical oboe and saxophone performance, as well as studying flute, percussion and music composition first in a commercial music degree at CalState Long Beach and continuing at Arizona State University. In Arizona he worked as a staff composer and accompanist for ASU’s dance department and professional theaters companies. Currently he works for the Lewis and Clark dance department accompanying classes as well as performing with various projects around Portland. Some of those associations are Vagabond Opera & Hungry Opera Machine, AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady, Wanderlust Circus Orchestra, Klezmocracy, Three for Silver, Baksana, The Cedar Project, and many more.

Jesse C. Dienner

Jesse C. Dienner, born outside Chicago, Illinois, to two music-loving, rock-and-rollers, has made his home in Oakland, California to the tune(s) of over 6,000 songs. Prolific in his songwriting and performing, he is known to travel around the Bay Area with his 1970s Kay parlor acoustic guitar—“Kayla”— crooning his love songs on the streets and in the venues. As he says, “All my songs are love songs… of some hue or another!” He is currently working on two new albums, to be released in late summer/ early fall 2022.

Melanie DeMore

Melanie DeMore : Vocal Activist ( 3 time Grammy Nominee) is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. She was the subject of a documentary called ‘Stick and Pound which showcases this tradition.She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada and Chorus America.
She is sought after as a song/ prayer facilitator, creating spontaneous choirs for The Trinity Institute, The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Powell Foundation as well as many varied spiritual and faith based organizations.She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, Master teaching artist for CalPerformances at UC Berkeley, a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change and was the Artistic Conductor of The Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Living Jazz for nine years.
She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir, MUSE Cincinatti Women’s Chorus and many others.
Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer ,conductor and vocal activist, who believes in the power of voices raised together.
She says:
‘A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you”.

Steve & Erin Mae

Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis are accomplished performers and music educators who play an active role in sharing Americana folk music with audiences of all ages.
Performing across the US, the duo has delighted audiences in participatory musical celebrations.
Both are prize winners in the National Mountain Dulcimer contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas and both are also cancer survivors for whom music has been a source of healing and a path to wholeness. In their most recent pre-pandemic tour they provided online pop-up rest-stop concerts in their drive across the middle of the USA.

Erin Mae focuses on the chromatic and diatonic mountain dulcimers. Steve adds dulci-bro (resonator dulcimer), hammered dulcimer and guitar to his mountain dulcimer stable of instruments. They mine and polish the treasures of American folk music as well as creating new treasures of original songs and tunes.

Old Yellow Dog (Terre Haute, Indiana):

Mississippi Sawyer (Ohio):

Going to Boston (LaGrange, Kentucky):

Soaring (Kentucky RestStop):

Ode to Joy, Holy Manna (Illinois RestStop):

Music Under the Trees

Music Under the Trees is a small indie music festival, held annually in the cool green shade of the Wildpine Summer Stage, a backyard stone amphitheater. Our performers play original music that runs the gamut from bardic folk to celtic to looped cello to folk rock to string improv (with a classical/folk flavor). The event will be held virtually again this year. After the past few years’ isolation, we’re thrilled to be able to perform together on this beautiful outdoor stage — and just as excited to be able to share that music with you, wherever you are!

Music Under the Trees 2022 will be presented as two virtual sessions:

Saturday, August 7 from 1 PM – 3 PM PT:

Betsy Tinney (cello storyteller — solo looped cello)

The Vixy & Tony band (original acoustic folk/rock — Vixy Dockrey, Tony Fabris, Sunnie Larsen & Betsy Tinney)

Sunday, August 7 from 12 PM – 2 PM PT:

We are still confirming our Sunday performers. There will be two sets on Sunday — most likely a solo artist followed by a small group/band.

Tickets are $25 (suggested); as with all Music Under the Trees events, a single ticket covers admission to all the event’s concerts. If you pay $35 or more, you’ll also receive a video download of all four concert sets.

Visit for more details about Music Under the Trees and this year’s performers.

Meren King

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Meren King is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist out of Ocala, Florida. Her originals and covers share what is most dear to her heart – her family, her faith and her passions. From folk to blues to rock and roll, the songs she sings and the stories she tells will take you on a journey of the mind and heart.

Ben Deschamps

Ben – yes, that’s AdminBen for those of you who hang out in the chat at OCT events – has been a composer and performer since his early teens. He combines a Renaissance approach to life (in addition to performing music, he coded as well as several other artists’ websites, and co-runs Amphis Music, a Canadian independent record label) with a dry wit.

His compositions with Heather Dale have become internet-famous and most people who know of him do so because of his association with the Mordred’s Lullaby singer, but he has performed in scores of ensembles, from space rock to bluegrass to orchestras and string quartets.

His current musical interests revolve around ambient, Celtic and folk music, attempting to synthesise something new out of old materials.