(Hillsboro, Oregon) – Nationally acclaimed, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kristin Andreassen returns to her hometown of Hillsboro joined by Black Prairie / Decemberists’ guitarist Jon Neufield. The performance will take place at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro – 527 East Main St. – on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Andreassen is a truly authentic artist and performer deeply rooted in American traditional music crossing many genres. Her beautiful voice and award winning songwriting have garnered her a following since her days with groundbreaking string band, Uncle Earl, and her most recent album, Gondolier was described as “a beautiful piece of art” by Sirius XM Radio and “sublime” by The Boston Globe. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show and are available at https://kristinandreassen.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 503-615-3485. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available in the lobby before the show and during intermission from local favorite Longbottom Coffee and Tea. More information about the artist can be found at www.kristinandreassen.com.
Andreassen had this to say about growing up in Hillsboro:
“I was a Brookwood Bobcat. I’m actually a 5th generation Oregonian! I loved growing up in Hillsboro. We had a big garden and a short walk to school. My sisters and I would put on productions of major Broadway musicals in our driveway (with the electric garage door as the curtain). Thinking about how Hillsboro might have uniquely shaped me, and one thing that sticks out was this amazing grade school teacher and this particularly wonderful program I got to be a part of called CLUE (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment). Ms. Sue Novotny was the pure magic behind CLUE in Hillsboro. My recollection is that she took a pretty motley crew of nerdy misfits and sent us back out into the regular school system valuing our own intelligence and curiosity. We were ready to take initiative in our own learning, practicing tools for better communication, and basically starting to think like ‘artists,’ by which I simply mean a person who identifies and pursues a passion out of a genuine love for the creative work involved.”
Now based in Nashville, Kristin has become a respected voice in songwriter circles, with music recently heard on Showtime’s The Affair and ABC’s Nashville. She has co-written with or covered songs by Elephant Revival, Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, Caitlin Canty, Michaela Anne, Joy Kills Sorrow, The Sweetback Sisters, Laura Cortese and Peter Stampfel. Her song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes” was #1 on the kids’ music radio charts and has been covered by dozens of artists ranging from Tyne Daly to high school marching bands. Kristin has been a featured performer on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion; her dancing feet have been heard in the film Cedar Rapids; and NPR’s Mountain Stage chose her 2015 performance as one of year’s ten best.
Andreassen is currently working on an album of children’s songs about emotions. The songs address common emotions kids face, like anger, sadness, bullying, divorce, moving to a new school and being afraid of the dark. “This project feels incredibly relevant to me right now and I’m excited to finish it for summer 2018,” she says.
A Portland, Oregon native, Kristin made her way to Tennessee via Montreal, Cape Breton Island, the Canadian arctic, Maryland, and Brooklyn. As a founding Artistic Director of the popular all-ages Miles of Music Camp, she facilitates life-long learning and community, enjoying nothing more than teaching a pile of square dance beginners how to do a Grand Chain.
The Walters is a ground-breaking home for creativity and culture providing expanded opportunities for the entire metro area community, including increased access to exceptional performing and fine arts experiences located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line in historic downtown Hillsboro. Many thanks go to Walters Concert series Sponsor, The Orenco Hotel and First Tuesday sponsor, Decadent Creations Bakery — whose generosity and support have made it possible to enhance the Arts Center’s offerings and services.
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The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts and performance facility. Part of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department, the Walters is home to a 200 seat state-of-the-art performance and event space, art galleries and studio space dedicated to workshops and classes representing a wide variety of art forms. Each season the Walters’ eclectic concert series grows, featuring local, national and international artists. The Walters also hosts free events including First Tuesday Gallery Openings, Open Mic Poetry Night and the Spoken Word Series.