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PPF Press Release August 2012 (Downloadable)
Portland Pirate Festival 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ Portland, OR – August, 2012
PORTLAND PIRATE FESTIVAL “LAYS SIEGE” TO ST HELENS, OR WITH NEW ENTERTAINMENT, MERMAID LAGOON, CANNON SHOWS &. . .PIRATE SANTA
When: Labor Day Weekend:
Saturday, September 1st, 10AM to Midnight
Sunday, September 2nd, 10 AM to 11 PM
Where: St Helens, OR on the Historic Waterfront
Information: www.portlandpiratefestival.com and (503) 292-3418
The adventure continues as the 7th annual Portland Pirate Festival sets sail for two exciting days of piratical mischief and family fun when pirates lay siege to the historic waterfront of St. Helens, OR. The Festival weekend begins on Saturday, September 1st and ends on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012.
The new location in St Helens, OR (Portland’s nearest escape and film location for the first Twilight movie) was a huge success and everyone raved about how much the change in scenery breathed new life into this staple NW festival. A beautiful spot on the Columbia River, an Old Towne setting and ample moorage for boats at the city docks and on Sand Island created a real sense of an old-world port town that will be filled to the brim with historic enactments and excitement provided by NW Mercenaries, Academia Duellatoria, The King’s Navy, PDXYar, Red Troll Forge Blacksmithing and the local artisans of the new ST Helens Merchant Village, etc.
This year’s musical line-up of excellent entertainment will include new acts such as guitar great Roy Mette, from London, England; Seattle based “folk punk bone-rattlers”, The Wages of Sin; and from local waters, Alligator vs. Crocodile, Sons of Malarkey and kid performer Rick Huddle. Chervona, Chata Addy, Sam Bam Boo and BilgeRats & Pyrettes will continue thrilling audiences with a wide variety of musical mayhem!
For the kids this year’s lineup includes a host of family friendly entertainment, including Let’s Pretend Theater’s interactive high energy children’s shows, Dragon Theater Puppet Shows, scavenger hunts and interactive games with The Pirates of Puget Sound; giant inflatable rides such as The Kraken and free balloons and face painting by beautiful mermaids! New this year is Nymbol Troupe’s Secret Garden & Gypsy Wagon full of unsavory and slightly creepy creatures to delight young and old alike!
The Order of The Leviathan shall descend upon this years festivities from around the country to swear-in 2012’s newly elected members including two more NW Pirate Lords: Kelly Farrah (Longshot) and Shuhe Hawkins (Luc the Lucky) who join the ranks of NW Pirate Lords Margot la Mechante, Capt. Quicksilver, and The Mackay hosted by Captain Slappy (co-creator of International Talk Like a Pirate Day) and Talderoy of Mutiny Magazine. Now, both founders of PPF are among the most esteemed pirates in the country.
Music Sailing in from Afar
The Wages of Sin – playing traditional music for non-traditionalists. They mix Celtic with Country with Appalachian with Rockabilly with Tex-Mex with Bluegrass, and follow the whole mess with a bracing shot of Punk Rock. Alternately rowdy and mournful, they’re sure to get your feet tapping, your heart palpitating, and your liver crying for mercy. Repent, ye sinners, and be saved!
Roy Mette – A little bit Sean Connery, a little bit Roger Moore, handsome, kind, generous and sweet are just some of the words never used to describe Roy Mette. Playing his original pirate music (calypso, reggae, acoustic, blues and country styles) about events and characters of the Golden Age of Piracy with a few invented tunes along the way. Roy is a masterful songwriter and musician from England not to be missed.
Music From Local Shores
Chervona – Mixing together taste and passion of the best Gypsy, Russian, Ukrainian, Klezmer and Balkan musical traditions, Chervona brings the fire of Eastern European carnivals to the land of America. With their authenticity and genuine fire Chervona has stolen many hearts. Shining with their brass section and capturing soul with the traditional sounds of the old world and new interpretations, Chervona transforms a celebration into an ultimate party www.starbugs.com/chervona .
BilgeRats & Pyrettes – “Music to plunder by!” These local rogues perform an acoustic collection of pirate-themed music featuring traditional sea shanties, original compositions and familiar contemporary sounds, which tell the tale of a renegade life on the sea. Their shows delight audiences of all ages with their eclectic mix of musical mayhem www.margotproductions.com
Alligator vs. Crocodile – A swampy, bluesy, Mardi Gras inspired party band with horns and harmonies that will keep you dancing to your heart’s delight.
Sons of Malarkey – With much malarkey building in the Portland, Oregon area over the last 20 years the Sons of Malarkey are set to bring it to the rest of the world. Coming from Scappoose, OR their rocked-up versions of Celtic songs are blended with a wide variety of other world music genres and instruments.
Rick Huddle / “Pirates have Feelings Too” – Combining improvisation, storytelling, and music, Rick Huddle puts on variety shows that go beyond mere entertainment. Parents and children will laugh, sing, and perform their way to a deeper understanding of each other.
Sam Bam Boo’s Caribbean sounds, Beltaine’s traditional Celtic music, West African rhythms of Chata Addy & Shi Dah, hypnotic vibes of Hurgalya and the thundering beats of The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers and Oregon Defense Force Pipe Band will round out a full house of incredible music.
Other performers at the festival will include the spectacular fire shows of Fire & Steel, and PDX Yar, Chris Harder Hypnotist, Curtis Carlyle Seriously Funny Juggling, Shakesprov Comedy Theater, dance troupes Deviant Dance, Bellissimonde, Gypsy Heart, Bridgetown Pirate Morris Dancers, Renegade Rose, The Tiger Lillies and more.
Oberon’s Tavern will feature Kraken Rum, Ninkasi brews, Barefoot wines and lots of wandering entertainers.
For more information, schedule updates, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.portlandpiratefestival.com.
NOTE: Portland Pirate Festival is proud to have helped move a Tall Ship into the waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The beautiful 63’ Square Tops’l Ketch “Royaliste” is now in Portland and has been undergoing an amazing restoration in preparation for her appearance at PPF 7. Sadly, she will be unable to attend this year due to an unfortunate accident with the Sternwheeler Portland on July 13th. Follow the story, restoration, and adventure at www.facebook.com/TallShipRoyaliste all brought to us by Margot Productions LLC, www.margotproductions.com. This beautiful vessel will be back in 2013!