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Groovy Wallpaper performs at Peninsula Arts Center

Multi-instrumentalist duo plays Nov. 4

Published on November 1, 2017 12:01AM

Groovy Wallpaper

COURTESY BILL SVENDSEN

Groovy Wallpaper

Don Henson

COURTESY BILL SVENDSEN

Don Henson

Skip VonKuske

COURTESY BILL SVENDSEN

Skip VonKuske


LONG BEACH, WASH. — Groovy Wallpaper, a duo of amazing multi-instrumentalists, will play 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Peninsula Arts Center in Long Beach, Washington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Groovy Wallpaper is Skip VonKuske (Portland Cello Project, Vagabond Opera, Cellotronik) and Don Henson (Sneakin Out, The Adequates, The Druthers, Kathryn Claire).

VonKuske is Portland’s foremost cellist, and Henson is known for his Rube Goldberg-like percussion set-up and performance. To call them a cello and percussion duo would not do them justice.

Oregon Arts Watch recently referred to VonKuske as “one of Oregon’s finest and most adventurous musicians.”A co-founder of the Portland Cello Project, a genre-defying ensemble, VonKuske continues to perform and collaborate with other artists. His solo project is “cellotronik,” in which he incorporates a rich array of cello, guitar, mandolin, vocals, software instruments and live looping.

The result is a unique blend of classical virtuosity, rock’n’roll heart and folksy charm wrapped in a cloak of inspired originals, improvisations and unexpected cover songs.

Henson — in addition to a set of percussion instruments that has to be seen to be believed — is also known for his proficiency on keyboards, glockenspiel, vibraphone and synthesizer. He has played various stages with Pink Martini, “The Tonight Show (With Jay Leno)” and has also opened for k.d. lang and played Carnegie Hall with his own band.

The Peninsula Arts Center (peninsulaartscenter.org) is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N., Long Beach, Washington.

Tickets are $15 and are available on Brown Paper Tickets, by emailing events@peninsulaartscenter.org, or by calling 360-901-0962.

Wine, beer and other refreshments are available for purchase.


Open mic


The arts center holds an open mic the Friday night before each concert. Sign-ups start around 6:30 p.m.; the music begins at 7 p.m.

Singers, instrumentalists, poets, spoken-word artists, stand-up comedians and dramatists are all welcome. Or, just come to listen, and be amazed by the breadth of talent in the region.



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