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Open Door Songwriters Series - Pretty Gritty

  • Ascension Episcopal Parish 1823 Southwest Spring Street Portland, OR, 97201 United States (map)

The Open Door Songwriter Series continues with a performance by Pretty Gritty. This family-friendly event begins at 5 pm with a potluck dinner and continues with a performance in Ascension Chapel's Reinhart Hall.

We love Pretty Gritty at Ascension! They’re coming back for our Mardi Gras celebration as we close down for our Lenten observances. Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both from Montgomery County, MD.

Although they originate from different rock bands, fate brought them together at local "open-mic" nights, where it became evident that they shared an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It's said that she brings the "pretty" while he brings the "gritty," combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics.

Pretty Gritty's debut album, featuring Keller Williams, won three IMC awards in 2012. Their outstanding live performance has earned them a reputation as a must-see musical act.

In September of 2013 Blaine and Sarah returned victorious from their first (completely DIY) National Tour and finished up their third recording project entitled "The River EP". This third recording project was made possible by their amazing fans and supporters via Kickstarter and is starting to get radio play in the Pacific NW. In May of 2014 the duo decided to relocate to Portland,

OR. At first they hit the streets, busking downtown at the Saturday Market but it didn't take long for folks to realize what a special act they really are.

They are busy promoting their latest EP, and they are making a stop with us! "Proving that Pretty Gritty, made their first Nashville foray with the launch of their EP 'Lonely Road'. Recorded in Nashville, and produced by the powerhouse production team of Fred Cannon and Paul Buono for the Creative and Dreams Music Network label, 'Lonely Road' showcases the duo's unique and delicate harmonies to perfection - but don't be fooled, Cannon/Buono have made sure that each track also packs a Pretty Gritty punch!"

Pretty Gritty are now playing at venues all over Portland continuing to turn heads and gain fans wherever they go. Do yourself a favor, catch a live show and experience Soulful Americana at its best! Your can find out more at

Earlier Event: March 15
Soldiers, Songs and Voices
Later Event: April 2
First Communion Class I