MARQUEE - Portland Cello Project to play the Marcus Whitman


*A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the day of the concert as Saturday. PCP will play at Marcus Whitman tonight at 8 p.m.

WALLA WALLA -- "File under Rochastra:" That is how the Portland Cello Project requests to be labeled, instead of classical, the genre under which cellos are often filed.

This group of cellists will travel to Walla Walla to play at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Convention Center 8 p.m. Friday*. Tickets are $15 inadvance and

$20 at the door and can be purchased at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Hot Poop. The concert is open to all ages, and a dinner menu and full bar will be available at the show.

A group of 2

5 classically trained cellists make up what they affectionately call PCP, a band that plays rock, hip-hop, jazz, heavy metal and anything else you can imagine.

"We thought it would be kind of funny if we tried to play classical music in bars," Douglas Jenkins, the director and creator of the group, said. "We like to bring cellos where you wouldn't normally see them."

This idea is what began PCP in 2007. The group now plays with various other musicians when they travel. In Walla Walla, PCP will collaborate with Laurel Braun, a singer and songwriter from Bend, Ore., and Shaindel Beers, a poet from Pendleton. Jenkins has composed music to accompany Beers' poetry in their debut.

Though there are 25 in the group, they never perform together. Based on who is available and the size of the stage, anywhere from four to 16 cellists go on the road. For the show in Walla Walla, six members will be pe

rforming. The cellists include Jenkins, Megan Mathew, Anna Fritz, Kevin Jackson and Emma K. Wood. Amy Mitchell, Brauns' cellist, will be joining them.

PCP prides itself on the one-of-a-kind performances it gives in each town. Jenkins composes many new pieces, which allows the group to have different musical selections each time. The group can often be found playing at clubs and bars in the Portland area with fans calling out, "We love PCP!"

Their fourth album, released Tuesday, is their first all instrumental album. For more information, visit their website at

Jennifer Jorgenson can be reached at


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