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Wide awake ‘n’ dreaming

Founded by guitarists Eric Schultheis and Abe Wirth in 2003 in Portland, Key of Dreams plays music that sounds like an acoustic guitar lover’s letter to Santa, asking the red-suited sleigh-master to load up his big bad bag with traditional and new jazz, rock, classical, Flamenco, world beat and funk music. They’re the type of act that could play quietly and elegantly as you enjoy a sunset dinner or hold a couple thousand folks’ collective attention at a festival.

Key of Dreams 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, Heathman Restaurant and Bar, 1001 S.W. Broadway St. Free. Info: 503-790-7752

 

A jazzy new year with Key of Dreams
A performance at The Heathman Hotel's Tea Court this week offers a snapshot of the eclectic charm and excellent musicianship that keep Portland's music scene green and outside the mainstream. 
On Wednesday, Key of Dreams will present acoustic fusion rock that is as smooth and pretty as it is unpredictable. Guitarists Eric Schultheis and Abe Wirth (their usual trio shrinks to a duo for this performance) have added to their bluesy fingerpicking roots a touch of flamenco and other techniques for a more expansive sound. That's allowed them to range from jazz to acoustic music venues and to achieve a fusion feel on their latest CD, "Mile-9." 
Key of Dreams, 7 p.m. Wednesday, www.keyofdreams.com. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar, 1001 S.W. Broadway, 503-241-4100; no cover charge

A jazzy new year with Key of Dreams

A performance at The Heathman Hotel's Tea Court this week offers a snapshot of the eclectic charm and excellent musicianship that keep Portland's music scene green and outside the mainstream. 

On Wednesday, Key of Dreams will present acoustic fusion rock that is as smooth and pretty as it is unpredictable. Guitarists Eric Schultheis and Abe Wirth (their usual trio shrinks to a duo for this performance) have added to their bluesy fingerpicking roots a touch of flamenco and other techniques for a more expansive sound. That's allowed them to range from jazz to acoustic music venues and to achieve a fusion feel on their latest CD, "Mile-9." 

Key of Dreams, 7 p.m. Wednesday, www.keyofdreams.com. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar, 1001 S.W. Broadway, 503-241-4100; no cover charge

-- Lynn Darroch, Special to The Oregonian 

 

Lynn Darroch - The Oregonian (Dec 31, 2009)
Sip into Summer with Hip Chicks do Wine

Is there a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer in Portland? Join the gals for a little seasonal sipping while the gorgeous guys of Key of Dreams lay down the soundtrack for your summer dreams.
Hip Chicks do Wine (Apr 4, 2008)
Seemingly imported straight from Spain, Key of Dreams strummed feathery notes tailored for a Pedro Almodovar film.
Mark Stock - PDX Live.com (Feb 2, 2008)
A match made in heaven: the acoustic Latin jazz stylings of Key of Dreams performing in the intimate setting of The Camellia Lounge, the Pearl District's premier spot for jazz listening.  This silky-smooth trio, with guitarists Eric Schultheis and Abe Wirth and percussionist Doug Narry, play original tunes that sound as if they've been hiding in the Latin traditional songbooks for centuries.  Don't miss this chance to catch the highly-professional group in our laid-back Lounge.
Noah Bernstein - KMHD.org (Apr 1, 2008)
I have no words to describe how beautiful I think your music is. I can't wait to see the three of you play the next time I'm in Portland.
Susan Hendricks-Bourn (Jun 8, 2007)
Wow, I love you guys. My friends and I saw you at Ava, my God you guys are so good. All we do is listen to you now in the car. Keep it up!
Cole (Nov 14, 2007)
Simply put, this is an excellent CD of the highest caliber. Key of Dreams is comprised of top notch musicians and you can tell they put a lot of time and energy into the recording - the quality just sparkles. I'm very impressed with this CD and highly recommend it. I have played it over and over again and continue to be moved by it!
Sheila Kirsten Hughes (Jan 11, 2008)
If you’re looking for great music, uplifting melodies and fabulous guitar, you’d be wise to wake up and listen to Key of Dreams.
Steve Rodin - Positively Entertainment (Oct 23, 2007)
I’ve booked Key of Dreams on Friday and Saturday nights here at Dessert Noir about a dozen times. They consistently deliver exactly what our customers have come to expect; a lively, fun evening with class. The guys are a pleasure to work with and their music sets a cool mood for an enjoyable evening, not only for our guests but for our wait staff as well. We’re always happy to have them back. I highly recommend Key of Dreams’ superb musical entertainment for any stylish event or show.
Ian Farquhar - Manager/Executive Chef - Dessert Noir (Mar 12, 2006)
A musical gem. If this band is an indicator as to what level of quality instrumental music in Portland has to offer, singers beware!
Craig Marquardo - Music Spectator (Nov 1, 2007)
Key of Dreams has always been a delightful group to work with. They have played at several of my events over the last 4 years. They have done a great job of being entertaining, engaging and making these events a huge success. They always show up ready to perform at the top of their game with no sideline drama (something I often see with other musicians.) Key of Dreams are talented and perfect for an upscale environment like a wine bar
Erin Marie Palmer - Owner - Vino Vixens & The Wine Cellar (May 4, 2006)
Kudo's to Key of Dreams!

I sent a link to your page to a friend of ours, Buddy Reed. Buddy has been around a long time and has played with some of greatest Blues folks. Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton, George "Harmonica" Smith, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins and more. He's rough around the edges, but had this to say, "That's a great sound. There're really f***in' good!"
David - One happy fan (Aug 1, 2007)
Our Artist You Should Know this month is a group I stumbled upon accidentally. Once I did, I was contemplating how to break them up and steel them for my own band. Key of Dreams is a stunning local group you must hear to know what I’m talking about.
Craig Marquardo - Music Spectator (Nov 1, 2007)