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The Better Halves with special guest John-Pierre Garau
Artichoke Music
Portland, OR
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The Better Halves with special guest John-Pierre Garau
Jean-Pierre Garau

Jean-Pierre Garau enjoys an active artistic vocation playing piano, keyboards and singing. He has performed with many acts over many years - currently with violinist Aaron Meyer, soul chanteuse Ellen Whyte, singer/songwriter/slide guy David Jacobs-Strain, Radio Stranger, in Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt tribute bands, and an ever-evolving number of regional singer/songwriters. JP also performs as a soloist, where, in his troubadorian style, he invites his listeners on a musical constitutional. In addition to performing live, JPs played on many albums, documentaries, industrials, regional and national TV and radio spots. Hes also a composer, adaptor, chart preparer, music director and educator. JP loves his wife, cats and fish, his family and friends, good food and drink, good beer and wine, the natural wonders of Oregon and digressing.

Find Jean-Pierre Garau on Facebook and SoundCloud, and check out his 2016 PRP interview at: https://soundcloud.com/pdxradio/jp-prp

The Better Halves

The Better Halves are an Austin, TX-based husband-wife musical duo.  They met when Jimmy Joe was booking music at the local farmers market, and Chrissie was looking for a gig that included fresh veggies.  A decade later, they have just released their third CD, a really fun and creative childrens CD called Playing in the Dirt (under their alter ego, Mr. Bus Driver Man Sir and Her).  They have toured the west coast 6 years consecutively and Mexico for 3 years.  They always entertain audiences with a song that they learned to play with four hands on one guitar!  Their music inspires and amuses, with clever lyrics and outstanding instrumentation (usually on two guitars).  Their onstage banter is reminiscent of Johnny Cash and June Carter.

They each have some fine accomplishments, including Jimmy Joe having one of his songs played on NPRs Car Talk, and Chrissie performing live on Garrison Keillors A Prairie Home Companion.  Jimmy Joe is also a school bus driver, which is where many of their childrens songs begin their existence.  Chrissie is an acupuncturist who believes in many forms of healing, including the power of music to soothe and bring joy.  Together, they continue writing Texas swing, bluegrass, and Brazilian flavored tunes, sing sweet vocal harmonies, and tour from Alaska to Mexico, with one of their favorite stops along the way being Artichoke Music in Portland!


Artichoke Music (View)
2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Artichoke Community Music
On BPT Since: Sep 12, 2016

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