Take Action Happy Hour

June 19, 2017 // 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Thank you for your interest! We have reached capacity. If you would like to join us, you are welcome to stand in line outside of the Action Center and we will welcome guests as space permits.

On the eve of World Refugee Day, Mercy Corps is hosting a Take Action happy hour with special musical guest Portland Cello Project.

We are asking for your help with two activities: writing letters to legislators in support of refugees and foreign aid, and writing/distributing refugee messages.

To reinforce community and keep us inspired and productive, we are providing snacks, drinks and jovial camaraderie. Make no mistake, it’s a working happy hour! We expect work that extends beyond the event itself with a little delivery task on your way home.

We will all be justly rewarded with inspired and energizing live music by the indie classical music group Portland Cello Project.

Keith Luse

About Portland Cello Project

In the fall of 2006 a group of 10 cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting. Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.

But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, playing Portland's most popular clubs (Holocene, Mississippi Studios), and by 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally recognized performance and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists, releasing full-length albums, performing everywhere from punk rock clubs to, loading dock street parties, to exclusive private events, and symphony halls all over North America, spending more than a quarter of the year touring, and featuring a diverse repertoire of well over 1,000 pieces of music.

While the group changed and evolved in a hundred different ways over the last decade, the one consistent focus has always been building bridges between different musical communities through collaboration with myriad artists to educational and community outreach at schools and universities around the country. The group absorbed an all-star team of Portland Cellists (including folks like Skip vonKuske, Diane Chaplin, Nancy Ives, and Kevin Jackson). Musical collaborators have included everyone from The Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Trampled By Turtles to Corin Tucker to Laura Veirs to Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and cellists Maya Beiser, Ben Sollee and Zoe Keating.