Multi-instrumentalist Jen Bernard was born into a fertile maelstrom of family
musicianship, and is now a sought-after collaborator and event planner, best
known for her creation of the annual Night of the Murder Ballad.
Jen balances teaching, a kids’ music duo, wedding ensemble The Ariel Consort, and various
club gigs. She has shared bills with such illustrious acts as Emmylou Harris,
McKinley, Patty Griffin and the Decemberists.
Keith Brush began his professional music career in Montana with the
Billings Symphony while performing with multiple cross-genre groups and working
alongside the varied likes of Bernadette Peters, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,
Green Day and The Offspring.
Since moving to Portland in 1995, Keith has had
the opportunity to meet, study, play and record with a wide array of local musicians.
In addition to being an on-call bassist, he performs regularly with The Blue
Cranes and Caña Son.
Pete Krebs has been a solid fixture on the NW music scene for almost two
An in-demand teacher and performer, he has dozens of recordings to
his credit and has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Nirvana, Elliott
Smith and the Holy Modal Rounders.
His band credits include Hazel, Golden
Delicious, The Kung Pao Chickens, and Django’s Tigers.
Guitarist David Langenes nurtured an ear for music
from the age of five, exploring the violin, guitar,
mandola, and electric bass. He learned rock,
Classical and fingerstyle guitar before studying jazz
composition at the Berklee College of Music
Incredibly versatile, he has lent his skill to a
number of diverse projects, from The Decemberists to
Funk Shui. As of late, he spends much of his time
performing around the Northwest. David
charts all the Boswell Sisters’ arrangements for The
Lara Michell first appeared on the Portland music scene in 1996 as Carmina
Piranha’s flamenco-inspired acoustic guitarist.
Since then, she has released
three critically acclaimed solo records and works industriously as a supporting
musician in both live and studio settings. She currently performs with Piranha
spin-off Carmina Luna and pop collective Dirty Martini.
Since the age of 12, Erin Sutherland’s voice has journeyed across the U.S. and
overseas, through operas, solo competitions, and rock bands alike. Of course,
this all happened about 70 years too late.
As an old time radio enthusiast and
an avid collector and performer of pre-war vocal jazz, Erin really belongs to
an entirely different era. The group’s assiduous gumshoe, she is always
searching out old sheet music and 78s of such greats as The Mills Brothers,
Annette Hanshaw, and the inimitable Boswell Sisters.
When the Sweets first began performing, they asked their good friend Leah to
kindly peddle their wares at a few shows.
Going above and beyond the call of
duty, Leah showed up at the first show donning fancy vintage duds, perfectly
coifed hair, and a cigarette box.
Soon after, the band was playing every week,
and Leah (who happens to be a busy medical student) decided to invite a few of
her friends to share in the duties.
Her friend, Meredith, had the idea to name this gaggle of ladies
The Yowzas - and it stuck! These five
ladies have been supporting and inspiring the Sweets and their audience members
ever since. Yowza!