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2017 Trout Lake Fair


Community Concert

Sponsored by the Trout Lake Fair Board & the Presbyterian Church

Sunday 1:00-2:00 PM at the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church


 Featuring renowned vocalist & pianist - John Nilsen

John Nilsen is a pianist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter and one of the Pacific Northwest’s most successful performance and recording artists.  Nilsen is a prolific performer.  Over the past thirty-five years, he has averaged 225 shows a year, performing as a solo pianist, solo guitarist and as a member of his two bands: John Nilsen and SWIMFISH, and The John Nilsen Trio.  Magic Wing, the record label Nilsen founded thirty years ago, has a catalogue of nineteen titles.  Three of Nilsen’s CDs have charted nationally: Where Rivers Run (1996), As Far As Near (2000), and Across Oregon (2002) which reached #8 nationally.

Nilsen is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Seattle and raised primarily in Portland, where he has been a resident for many years.  Nilsen began studying piano at age six and guitar at age twelve.   He attended Southern Oregon University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  In 1995, in recognition of his achievement and leadership in the performing arts, Nilsen was honored by his alma mater with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the most prestigious award bestowed by Southern Oregon University on graduates.  He loves to get out on the rivers, into the forests and onto the mountains of the region.  The people, landscapes, weather, and tenor of life in the Pacific Northwest frequently influence Nilsen’s musical themes.

 Followed by an Ice Cream and Cookie Social in the Fellowship Hall

After the concert we will have an ice cream and cookie social.  The ice cream will be provided by the Trout Lake Fair Board.  Please bring some of your favorite cookies to share.