Saddle up, music lovers, because Dark Horse is riding into North Portland to take the stage at Mock Crest Tavern!
Dark Horse comes to us from Salem, where band founders and guitarists Steven Hormann and Mike Reynolds first formed the band over twenty years ago. Today, the six-piece group has grown to include mandolin player Ben Wiebe, violinist Ruth Ames, drummer Bill Dye, and Kurt Beeken on bass.
The band crosses genres, playing covers and their own folk/rock music. “For us, it’s less about the genre that we are playing and more about a specific song. We all have our own backgrounds that affects what style of songs we are attracted to, especially when it comes to choosing a cover. But we just love making music together, and we love making emotional, moving, fun music!” Ruth explains.
With such a wide embrace of all musical genres, it’s not surprising that Dark Horse pulls inspiration from sources as different as Andre Segovia to Led Zeppelin, or traditional Celtic tunes to Pink Floyd. Add in the jazz and classical influences found in a lifetime of music lessons and you get a performance that is perfect for an intimate venue like Mock Crest Tavern.
Come out to Mock Crest Tavern on Saturday, June 24th to listen to Salem’s Dark Horse. The show starts at 9am, and check our calendar for more great bands playing this summer!