Welcome to the GAIA Project website where we celebrate the absolute best in American Roots music. From veteran performers to emerging singer-songwriters and groups who are just starting to test their wings, it is our goal to help bring these outstanding performers to the people of the Greater Northwest.
We seek to promote any genre of music that has its roots in the Americas. This includes a variety of musical styles, including folk, country, blues, zydeco, bluegrass, traditional jazz, jug band and Latin. If you are interested in seeing live music performed by entertaining and talented people who have something to say, then I encourage you to check out our upcoming concerts.
Welcome to the GAIA Project’s second full season of American Roots Music concerts in Oregon. We have several exciting shows already listed on the Concerts page; I encourage you to check them all out.
Our ﬁrst shows of the season feature two veteran musicians and two exciting young artists. Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur have been playing American roots music for nearly ﬁfty years. The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, a major inﬂuence on John Sebastian and the Lovin Spoonful as well as the early Grateful Dead, was probably the original Americana band. "Rock historian Alex Ward of the New York Times went so far as to place the Kweskin Band alongside the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Byrds as that period's most inﬂuential groups." Geoff Muldaur, an original member of the Jug Band, as well as a longtime member of the Paul Butterﬁeld Blues Band, is a musical star in his own right. English folk-rocker Richard Thompson has said: "There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.”
Opening for Jim and Geoff will be the exciting young duo of Phoebe Hunt & Conor Forsyth. Originally having met while playing for the Austin Americana band, The Belleville Outﬁt, ﬁddle player and sultry singer Hunt is the perfect match to Forsyth’s keyboard stylings as they seamlessly blend country, swing, jazz, folk and pop music.
Come join us for one of these concerts as we kick off our new music season. Thursday, September 11th at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland and Saturday, September 13th the Rogue Valley Unitarian Church in Ashland. For further info and to purchase tickets, please visit our Concerts page.
True music appreciators
At The GAIA Project, bringing great American roots music to the masses isn’t just a business, it’s a passion. We scour the radio, music stores, and Internet in search of great performers who bring a unique perspective to the stage.
Come check out one of our concerts and find out for yourself how American music is not only alive and well, but also providing audiences with different ways of listening to, understanding, and experiencing creativity.
I firmly believe that music is an essential component to the human condition. It is not merely a diversion with which to fill our leisure hours. Music provides us with solace in difficult times, reinforces our happiest moments, and helps us makes sense out of an increasingly chaotic world.
Perhaps the musical style that best satisfies these claims is the broad category known as Roots music. The GAIA Project is dedicated to bringing the best American Roots music available to the people of Oregon. In a time where synthesized sounds, sampling, and nursery rhyme quality lyrics populate the airwaves, we strive to bring intelligent, articulate music to our audience.
We have been lucky at The GAIA Project to be able to bring together likeminded music appreciators who can look beyond the pop tunes that dominate the airwaves and find true gems of American music. It is our pleasure to give music fans a new outlet where they can find the best that American music has to offer.