with special guest Allison Ponthier
Recently, those good-time bootscooters known as Lord Huron booked the live room in Whispering Pines for a recordin’ spell. Those boys know what they’re doin’, having made a few records with us. But the live room, this was a first, If you’ve ever recorded at the Pines, then you know nothing’ is off limits. Guitars, cymbals, pianos, pedal steel, mandolins, microphones, saxophones – I was glad to see their hands on all of it. I even heard ‘em talk about recordin’ a gigantic string and woodwind orchestra in some dang place like Sweden.
The boys filled the air – and my own soul – with those tales of hard luck, heartbreak and redemption, as if they had become conduits for the spirits of the room and were usin’ them to tap into that cosmic eternal. It was like some long, lost dream come to life, a forgotten classic from a parallel dimension, the echo of a memory that wasn’t mine. But the feelin’ was real.
I must have drifted off in a cosmic slumber with the tunes janglin’ heavy and happy in my heart. When I woke, the light from the next day was easin’ into the Pines and I was alone. But somethin’ caught my eye: a hand-scratched note bound to a faded vinyl record called “Long Lost.” I brushed off the dust of the cover and saw that the artist was none other than Lord Huron. Say Tubbs, the note read. Time washes away what man creates but “Long Lost” might convince you that a note can live on. Be good now. And just like that, they were gone.
A Message from McMenamins
As we look to summer 2021, we’re working with state and local government officials on how and when we can bring concerts back to the lawn. Following the trend across the country, we are hopeful that the Governor’s Office will soon provide guidance to allow us to host shows at or near full capacity, with specific safety guidelines in place. While this guidance is pending, bands are booking their summer tour dates, and in order to have any chance at hosting concerts for fans this year, we must begin planning now.
It’s important to note that for our shows to take place, we will need to operate our outdoor concerts as close to full capacity as possible. Given the fact that our first concert is scheduled to take place months after every American 16 and older will have been eligible for vaccination, and the low risk for outdoor transmission, we are confident that we can do so. As we have for over a year now, we will adhere to any state-mandated COVID precautions in place at the time of each show to ensure the safety of our patrons and our employees.
We will continue to keep our ticketholders updated on any requirements or restrictions that are in place at the time of each show. If a show must be cancelled or rescheduled, customers will receive a full refund or have their tickets honored for the new date. All information regarding our events will be emailed to ticketholders as it comes in and our website will be updated regularly.
We greatly appreciate the support and patience of our fans, who are eager to join us on the Edgefield lawn again. The summer is looking bright, and we look forward to normal operations, with the necessary safety measures.
Jimi Biron, McMenamins Music Director
Jamie McKillop, GM of Monqui Presents