Oregon singer and songwriter John Baumann and the band, Satori Bob, will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum as part of the museum’s annual acoustic series.
Satori Bob is an acoustic ensemble that features composer, vocalist and guitarist John Baumann; Devin Newman on banjo, Russ Wilbanks on guitars and sound tapestries, and Jeff Langston on bass. Based in Eugene, Satori Bob has toured throughout the East Coast, Colorado and Wisconsin. The band has played a wide array of bars, outdoor venues, private parties, coffeehouses and benefits. Its first CD, Strangely Familiar, brings together influences ranging from John Prine to Tom Waits.
Baumann has been performing for over 20 years, fronting bands, duos, trios and traveling widely as a solo singer/songwriter. He writes and performs original compositions and draws from a collection of eclectic cover material, including writers and performers like Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, John Prine and Jerry Garcia. Baumann’s original music ranges from slow, intimate ballads to gypsy-inflected fast waltzes and upbeat country/folk melodies. He formed Satori Bob in the wilds of northern New York state and has shepherded its evolution through the years.
Newman began playing various instruments at an early age, enjoying percussion, saxophone and stringed instruments. He has played guitar and banjo with Baumann for the greater part of 20 years. His banjo playing is nonbluegrass and unconventional and inspired by Tony Furtado, Tom Waits and Bela Fleck.
Wilbanks has been writing and performing music professionally for 30 years. A singer, songwriter, guitarist and instrument builder, Wilbanks started with clubs at age 17 and progressed to concerts, festivals and shows. He plays with Satori Bob, The Last Drags, Japple monkey and as a solo act under his own name.
Langston, who has played bass and guitar for over 20 years, studied bass as a performance major at Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the group, Antony and the Johnsons. Both with the Johnsons and as a freelance bass player, Jeff has recorded and/or performed with artists including Lou Reed, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright, Marc Almond, Shawn Colvin, Phoebe Snow and Roger McGuinn.
Tickets are $12 adults and $2 children; complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund the museum’s seasonal exhibits, field trip program and free events.