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Joyride is a contra dance band of friends from Portland, Oregon, playing for contra dances, dance camps, weekends and festivals.  Known for tight ensemble work, skilled play, inventively arranged tune sets and fun energy, Joyride features great melodies and harmonies over strong, sweet rhythms.  George Penk's propulsive, soaring fiddle joins Erik Weberg's deft flute, harmonica, & bombarde, Sue Songer's heartbeat piano and Jeff Kerssen-Griep's muscular guitar and percussion to play dance tunes from the British Isles, New England, Appalachia, and French Canada, as well as close to home and surprising points beyond.  For nearly a decade now, Joyride hosts excellent regional and national callers at their own monthly “First Wednesdays” contra dance at Portland’s historic Polish Library Association Dance Hall.  The band works hard to create a great experience for everyone, every time; and smiles while doing it.  Come catch a lift with Joyride at home or on the road!

                                    Photo by Anita Mortimer

Here are some Youtube links to video of Joyride playing at Balance the Bay dance weekend in July, 2012.  Video shot by David Pokorney:
Miss Mohaghan's/Dancing Bear/Music for a Found Harmonium
Tana/Fly and Dodger
Farewell to the Taliban/Asturian Way
Lament of the First Generation by Liz Carroll

Check out our calendar below and join your friends in a fun ride-along soon!

Click HERE for a current Joyride schedule flier as a printable pdf.

2015-2016 Season
Joyride First Wednesday Contra Dances!

Where?  The Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Ave. (use side door, on Failing Street)
1-1/2 blocks north of Kaiser Medical Center
Across Interstate Ave. from the Palms motel (bright neon sign)
MAX (yellow): exit at the Overlook Park station, walk 1 block North
When?  First Wednesdays (September - June), 7:30 - 10:00pm
Admission: $7 / $6 students
This is a fragrance-free event.  Please avoid using perfumes, colognes, etc.  Thank you.
This is also a weapons-free event.  Please do not bring weapons into the dance hall during any Joyride event.

Upcoming Gigs:
Location: Caller:
September 7, 2016
The Polish Hall, Portland, OR Noah Grunzweig
October 5, 2016
The Polish Hall, Portland, OR Woody Lane
October 7-9, 2016
Lady of the Lake Fall Weekend
Susan Petrick
November 2, 2016
The Polish Hall, Portland, OR Susan Petrick
December 7, 2016
The Polish Hall, Portland, OR Jeremy Korr
January 4, 2017
The Polish Hall, Portland, OR TBD
January 13-15
Contra Carnivale, St. Luis Obispo, CA
Bev Bernbaum, Erik Hoffman

Click Here for Gig History

Click here for stage setup

Band Contact:
Sue Songer - Songer            Joyride plate    Joyride artwork by Hector J. Garponius