Jazz, Americana styles on tap at Walla Faces

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Americana musicians Michael O'Connor and Tyler Fortier will play this week at Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St.

Americana is a mixture of American folk, country, blues, and rock and roll music.

On Sunday, the Ben Macy Trio will play jazz.

O'Conner will play tonight, Fortier will play Saturday. Both performances will be 7-9 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

O'Connor grew up playing blues, jazz and rock 'n roll in Corpus Christi, Texas. He played for many years in shrimper and biker bars.

These experiences are the subjects of many of his songs. A recognized and accomplished songwriter, Michael has recently produced two acclaimed albums, "Hard Times," and "Devil Stole the Moon."

Recently inducted to the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, he joins fellow songwriters and legends like Kris Kristofferson, Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender.

Fortier graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010. Since then he has been constantly on the road performing one-night stands throughout the West.

He has been writing songs since he was in the sixth grade and considers himself a writer rather than a musician.

Last year he wrote, performed, produced and recorded three albums.

For jazz lovers, the Ben Macy Trio will perform 3-6 p.m. Sunday.

Macy is known for complex compositions with a modern sound.

The group will showcase Macy's unique brand of jazz music from his new album "of scars and permanence." The album will be released Aug. 31 in Portland on 12-inch vinyl as well as digital formats.

Other members of the group are Jon Shaw on bass and Chaz Mortimer on drums.

For more information, call 877-301-1181.

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