Michelle Van Handel performs at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Michelle Van Handel grew up immersed in the fabulous music scene of metropolitan Portland, Oregon. She played piano, sang, and danced. Michelle began composing when she was about 10 years old. She began learning the standard jazz repertoire when she was 18 and started singing in clubs a few years later. Michelle spent several years directing the vocal jazz ensembles at the University of Oregon and won the Oregon Jazz Society’s scholarship for Outstanding New Jazz Vocalist. She recorded her first CD, Watercolor Music, a few years ago, which is a showcase of instrumental tunes featuring Steve Prazak on flute and Jeff Leonard on bass. She is currently working on a new CD that has a groovy feel that lives under the jazz umbrella with a cool mix of light rock, jazz harmonies, and Latinesque motifs.
Allan Byer performs at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
Redmond-based singer-songwriter Allan Byer started writing songs and singing more than 25 years ago in Tillamook when he informally managed two garage bands. During the past 10 years he’s performed all over Central Oregon with the Byer Band, as a solo artist, or in duo form with various band members. Byer also claims to be the “world's second best” musical spoon player, behind only his master, Seattle's Artis the Spoonman. Allan's debut CD, Sometimes It Works, was released in January 2000. It features Dean Prescott on lead guitar and harmony vocals. His second CD, Your Voice, was released January 2004. Allan's most recent CD is Money Talks Too Much. He is an active member and past officer of the Central Oregon Songwriters Association, and has won 18 COSA song-of-the-month awards. He also won COSA Folk Song of the year 2001 with “Storm,” and Unique Song of the year with “Song of the Nations” in 2003. He served as Music Director at Bend’s Community Center in 2002.
Lindy Gravelle performs at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
Lindy Gravelle is a singer-songwriter-pianist who began her musical career in Tillamook, Oregon, at the age of 3, singing (and “playing” the ukulele) in the Leonnig Family Band. By the age of 8, Lindy was playing piano and singing as a regular member of the band at the Wagon Wheel, Heppner’s preeminent restaurant and watering hole. Among recording artists who were major influences for Lindy at that time were Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Buck Owens, Hank Williams, Sr., Connie Smith, Bob Wills, and a multitude of others, in all genres of music. During her high school years, she began writing and recording her own music and gained notoriety around the Northwest as an “up-and-coming” star on the country music horizon. In 1985 she moved to Nashville where she was gainfully employed as a singer, songwriter and performer for 15 years. While there she wrote “A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline,” which was recorded by Marsha Thornton on MCA Records and reached the Billboard magazine Country Top 40 chart. Another of her songs, “Exit 99,” was featured on Lorrie Morgan’s RCA Records' gold-selling album Warpaint. She moved to Central Oregon in 2000, where she continues to reside today. She's still writing and recording music, and performs regularly at venues throughout the Northwest. She currently has eight CDs in her discography.
Dan Leonardo performs at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
As a founding member of the Smooth Jazz group Avenue H, saxophonist Dan Leonardo has been writing and recording music and entertaining audiences for more than a decade. After the release of the band's first album last year, Dan is excited to have the opportunity to share his own solo material with audiences this year. Dan's contemporary, passionate sound blends his soprano sax and flute with elements of R&B, jazz, world beat, and instrumental pop. The result is a smooth, relaxing listening experience that goes especially well with a glass of wine and good company.
Karaoke at The Café & Bistro in the Horse Barn Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Morning Coffee Hour, located near the Daytime Entertainment Stage Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., courtesy of Roadmaster, Inc., C2952, an FMCA Five Star sponsor and FMCA.
Each morning, early birds will be treated to an FMCA convention tradition -- doughnuts, coffee, and hot chocolate, while supplies last. While enjoying your morning treats, make sure to pick up a complimentary copy of the “Bend Bulletin,” sponsored by GMAC Insurance, C10328, an FMCA Three Star sponsor, along with the official FMCA “Redmond Rocks!” newsletter to keep abreast of all the convention happenings.
The Frustrated Maestros perform at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Composed of members from FMCA's 10 Frustrated Maestros chapters, this eclectic band presents a playful session of song, humor, sing-alongs, and dancing. Clad in their red-and-white outfits, the Maestros play numerous instruments, including tubas, guitars, trumpets, keyboards -- even washboards, concertinas, and kazoos. They'll also feature solos by singers who know a variety of old standards and funny tunes.
Bean Bag Baseball at the Daytime Entertainment Stage, Thursday at 9:45 a.m.
Laughing Bird performs at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Entertainers, performing songwriters, and recording artists Tupelo Kenyon and Janey Wing Kenyon are a contemporary folk-rock duo. These singer-songwriters are acoustic-based multi-instrumentalists who excel at upbeat, positive, original songs. Their music spans many genres including progressive folk, light rock, new country, instrumental, fingerpicking acoustic guitar, new age, meditative, relaxation music, mood music, novelty, ballads, duets, and love songs.
Mr. Magic performs at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Friday at 11:00 a.m.
Be amazed by the prestidigitation of Mr. Magic, also known as Roger Smith. A member of the Society of America Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Roger has been making things disappear for more than 25 years. His fun-filled comedy magic show includes quite a bit of audience participation, so don't be surprised when you're called upon to assist him during one of his tricks.
Bob's Cats perform at Daytime Entertainment Stage Friday 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This select group of Frustrated Maestros will play Dixieland and other favorites before and during the Ice Cream Social.
Ice Cream Social at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Friday at 1:00 p.m., courtesy of Miller RV Insurance Agency, C3045, an FMCA Two Star sponsor.
Refreshing ice cream enjoyed in the company of friends -- can you think of anything more enticing? Come and enjoy this traditional convention treat while supplies last.
Also, have a chance to soak FMCA’s national president Charlie Schrenkel and some other lucky FMCAers in a dunk tank located near the Daytime Entertainment Stage.
Bernie & Red perform at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the musical comedy of Bernie & Red as this dynamic duo from Vancouver, British Columbia, takes the stage. You won't be able to control your laughter as the couple digs into their collection of hilarious stories, parody songs, and original comedy tunes. But the talents of Bernie & Red aren't limited to comedy; both are fine singers, with Bernie accompanying on guitar.
Tony Graham performs at the Daytime Entertainment Stage Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Singer-songwriter Tony Graham from Oregon's Willamette Valley was inspired at an early age by 1970s singer-songwriter Jim Croce. He began performing as a front man for several rock 'n roll bands before he decided to buy a guitar and write the kind of music he enjoyed singing. In 2003 he recorded his first solo album, Kick The Can, and more recently he released his second album, The Writing's On The Wall.
Card Bingo in Middle Sister, Seminar 1, Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Come out and enjoy Bingo with a bit of a twist and with plenty of prizes to be won. There, convention-goers can have an enjoyable evening socializing with fellow FMCA members.
Wet T-Shirt Competition at the Daytime Entertainment Stage
Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Keep the good times rolling by enjoying a wet t-shirt throwing competition.