It’ s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall means cooler temperatures, duck football, and Oktoberfests!

This year, Encore Brass is playing a new to us event in Battleground at Shorty’s Garden center. This will be our first Oktoberfest gig of the year, and we are part of a long lineup of great music.

More details here: http://www.shortysgardencenter.com/events/shortys-wiesn/

Saturday, September 21st 4:30PM – Shorty’s Garden Center

WTF September

We love hosting our monthly event, but we decided we would love it more if instead of playing separate sets from our guests, we got to play with them.

For September, we’re doing an open jam at Waffle Taco and Friends! The music from the show will be completely improvised. With the great friends we have, it’s going to be a wonderful evening of music.

Sunday, September 1st 6PM – Jade Lounge
Waffle Taco and Friends, Jamming out!


I’ve been working to bring back loopfest for a couple months, and though all the details are out there on Facebook, I have to share them here as well.


Annie Sea 
The Exosphere Project
Top Shelf Low Down
TwentyThree Suns

Sunday, August 25th 3:00PM – Bithouse Saloon
NW Loopfest

SMU back at No Fun

After taking the bulk of the summer off while working on some recording, Stochastic Mettle Union is back in action, playing with some other great acts. We just rehearsed for the first time in a while, and it was so much fun to be back improvising with those guys.

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30PM –No Fun
Sonnet & Jones Duo • Stochastic Mettle Union • Patrick McCulley

WTF August

Another month of Waffle Taco fun is heading your way. In August, we share the evening with Gnostic Evolution, an amazing beatboxer I shared a bill with at the Bithouse a few months ago.

Sunday, August 4th 6PM – Jade Lounge
WTF with Gnostic Evolution

Gig count: 18

Showdown at the Cactus

Waffle Taco is returning to the outdoor spot behind the Cactus for a third year of fun! This year, our show lines up with the Montavilla Street fair, so there will be a whole bunch of extra fun going on. See you out there!

Sunday, July 28th 2:30PM – Cactus Records
Waffle Taco, The Cedars, and Sandals

Gig count: 17

Make It Happen

In order to push myself to keep working on new material for my live performances, I am posting these videos of songs as I work them up. I’m shooting for a new song every month.

I missed out on that cadence recently for the best of reasons. My wonderful wife bought me an RC-505 looper for my birthday as an upgrade from my RC-1. I am stoked to have the huge upgrade, and took my time figuring out all of the additional functionality, and programming it for the tracks I’ve already been performing. This is my first video with the new loopstation.

Make It Happen is a tune I’ve had for a while, but wasn’t too happy with my performance with my old set up. Having more loopers and the ability to add a beat make it so much nicer. I’m excited to see how far I grow and push the limits of my new toy.

Conductor Kyle

I’ve been playing music for a long time, but conducted for the first time last year. Being the leader of a group was an educational experience, and I only felt like I was getting the hang of it right at the end of the gig I conducted.

This year, the Encore Brass board asked me to come back to conduct at the group’s annual gig at the Milwaukie Farmers Market. I am humbled that they want me to come back and conduct.

We’ll be playing some Americana and Pops music. The weather is looking like its going to be great, and the food at that market is always delicious. Come down to shop, listen, eat, and enjoy!

Sunday, June 30th 10AM – Milwaukie Farmers Market
Encore Brass with conductor Kyle Linneman

Gig count: 16

WTF July

It was a little sad to not have WTF in June, but it worked out that I went on a trip instead. Part of the cancellation was that there were some changes at the Jade. As a result, we are doing our shows at 6 instead of 7.

We’re back in action with West Side Soul, a great jazz duo comprised of Scott Eave and Jerry Soya. I met Scott at show that both SMU and his other duo, Code Talkers, were playing.

Sunday, July 7th 6PM – Jade Lounge
WTF with West Side Soul

Gig count: 15

Make Music Day PDX

Montavilla Brass Quintet is going to be a part of Make Music Day PDX, an annual celebration of local music. The whole day, various groups will be performing around town. It will definitely be sunny, and hopefully not too hot. Elizabeth Caruthers park is in the South Waterfront, a block south from the bottom of the Arial Tram. Come enjoys the sounds and sunshine!

Sunday, June 30th 3PM – Elizabeth Caruthers Park
Montavilla Brass Quintet at Make Music Day PDX

Gig count: 14