CANNON BEACH - Local musical duo Spud & Joel perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 29, as part of the Cannon Beach History Center's Acoustic Folk! Historic Music Series. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Gourmet coffee will be available from Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters.
Peter "Spud" Siegel has lived on the Oregon Coast for more than 20 years, and has shared his passion for music with thousands of musicians and listeners in that time. He started his music career as a youngster playing keyboard in a New Jersey rock band, moved on to guitar, and eventually found his calling as a mandolin player after seeing a young David Grisman perform in a small neighborhood tavern in Weiser, Idaho.
Joel Marshall has been living on the "upper left edge" for the past 11 years, and has played the flat-top guitar for eight of those years. Though his interest in music has been lifelong, it was piqued after discovering a local jam session of acoustic musicians that played old-timey, bluegrass, country, rock and folk music. The jam took place Thursday nights in the old Bill's Tavern. Though Marshall was not old enough to attend, he would order take-out burgers as an excuse to go in and catch the acoustic bug.
The Cannon Beach American Legion eventually became home to the weekly jam session Monday nights while Bill's Tavern was being rebuilt, and it was there that Spud and Joel first met. Years later, they took the music back to Bill's with a core of five musicians who eventually called themselves The Floating Glass Balls, and went on to record two albums.
As a duo, Spud and Joel have played in barrooms as far away as the Czech Republic and East Berlin, and have performed house concerts on the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington. The two share a passion for music and have spent the last eight years playing together, building a lifelong friendship.
The Cannon Beach History Center is located at the corner of Spruce and Sunset streets in Cannon Beach. For information, call (503) 436-9301.