Looking for an intimate place to go and get up close to the music without
a lot of noise and distraction? You'll find it at Annie's Coffeehouse,
1728 SW Broadway. First Fridays at Annie's offers honest original songs
sung from the heart, sans amplifiers, sans artifice, and sans smoke.
Every First Friday of the month, Doug and Dana Fulton host a Songwriters-in-the-round
night that is more than just entertainment. These accomplished songwriters
bridge the gap between performer and listener, creating a place where
a deeper connection is possible. Wayne Richards, President of the Portland
Songwriters Association says, "When you see Doug and Dana perform you
see joy that spreads across their audience like a warm wave. Even if
you see them for the very first time, their songs make you feel like
they have known you personally your whole life, and you're better for
Doug and Dana also bring talented singer/songwriters to Annie's each
month. Doug says, "We want this to be a venue for sincere artists to
be heard and appreciated. We've discovered some amazingly inspired and
heart-centered songwriters who don't play out much because they dislike
the club atmosphere. Also, there are a lot of folks like us who don't
go out to hear local music very often because of what you have to put
up with in nightclubs and noisy bars. Not that that isn't fun sometimes,
but at Annie's we want to create something different and perhaps more
profound. We call it Naked Music because it's about stripping away the
blocks and barriers between people and allowing a certain kind of intimacy
instead. I sang in nightclubs for years and I just refuse to do that
kind of gig anymore."
The atmosphere at Annie's is right for something a little more magical.
Walk in and you'll see a fireplace and several musicians gathered in
a semi-circle trading songs and encouraging listeners to get involved.
Songwriters and audience converse. There is attentive silence when a
And there are some great songs to be heard. Local folk-guru Connie
Cohen appeared in April along with poet-sage Doyle Marvin. Upcoming
performers include powerhouse singer/songwriter Anne Weiss and also
Southern Nights, featuring the wonderful story-songs of Wayne Richards
with Karolyn Laster's sweet, intuitive harmonies.
Plus you'll here the magic of Doug and Dana. Dana's songs are passionate,
sensitive reflections on real life. Doug is receiving high praise for
his first solo album "Take A Look At Your Shoes," an eclectic blend
of songs reflecting the influences of James Taylor, Neil Young, Paul
Simon and The Beatles.
Music starts at 8:00 p.m. every First Friday of the month. Annie's
is at 1728 SW Broadway, across from Portland State University. Lattes,
teas, and sandwiches are available and children are welcome.