I’m looking for something completely different these days. And here she is – Colleen R. Kitchen. She plays latin jazz on keyboard and composes and throws in some covers. I went to listen to her stuff and the first song I found was a spoof on “Girl from Ipanema” called, “The Thing from Mar-a-Lago.” Yes, it’s about Trump and it doesn’t sound like she’s a fan. That’s fine with me. But, that was all the spoofs I found. She has a cool sound and it’s definitely different than the usual fare here in Salem. Also, Casa Rojas is a new Mexican food place and has been putting on shows every Friday and Saturday night from 6-9pm with booking help from longtime local promoter, Marco Vandegraaf. He’s done an excellent job keeping talent coming through, with an emphasis on under 21 artists in town. Go get some fajitas and listen to some great music. They welcome all ages too. I like that a lot. Free.
About The Author
Julie was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She started playing bass guitar in the late 80s and played in local bands Good Question, butterMilk and the Other. She took time off the music scene in the late 90s to raise a family. She came back to bass in 2014 and once again got involved in the local music scene. She plays bass in Marc and The Horsejerks and Mr. Frederick's Production Co. She has been the music writer/editor for Salem Weekly since May 2015.