Jersey Rising West


Relocated East Coasters spearhead Sandy relief effort at Mt. Tabor Dec. 28


WHAT: “JERSEY RISING WEST – A Benefit Concert for Sandy Survivors”

WHERE: Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne St., Portland.

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 28.  Doors open at 8 p.m.


  • Mystic Canyon – acoustic newgrass, innovative Americana
  • Jimi Hardin and Friends – blues-rock trio with special guests
  • Ninja Hippie – classic rock in a modern jamband style

PRICE: $10 donation benefits a disaster relief center in Eatontown NJ (

The weather outside is frightful, but it can’t compare to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy just a few weeks ago. Residents of the areas that felt the hardest impact of the unprecedented winds are picking up the pieces and rebuilding. In the spirit of this season of giving, some local musicians with East Coast roots are getting together for a benefit show that will give some help to those affected most by the storm.

 “JERSEY RISING WEST – A Benefit Concert for Sandy Survivors” is the second concert presented by Jersey Rising, ( an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created in the days following the devastating storm to raise funds for those in need.  The Portland show follows on the heels of a successful effort on December 8 in Belmar, NJ. Proceeds from both events will benefit the Center for Vocational Rehabilitation’s Disaster Relief and Distribution Center in Eatontown, NJ (

The event is being organized locally by Jersey-born Mike Lambe, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who moved to Portland 12 years ago. “I’ve met and jammed with so many musicians who come from the East Coast, so when the storm hit, I knew this was something we could do to help out.” Lambe has assembled a triple bill of bands that have connections to New Jersey and New England.

Mystic Canyon will open the show with their acoustic blend of familiar Americana and thoughtful original songs. Connecticut-native Jimi Hardin follows with a blues-rock power-trio that will feature some special guests. The show will close with Ninja Hippie, a relatively new band on the Portland live scene that plays an uncommon mix of classic and modern rock with a heavy dose of improvisation.

Tickets are available for a $10 donation at the Mt. Tabor website ( or the Jersey Rising online merchandise store ( where you can purchase a t-shirt or make a donation even if you can’t make the show. The event will also feature a raffle of valuable prizes donated by local businesses and supporters.


That Extra Something

You’re almost finished with a new song, but you feel like it’s missing a finishing touch. Or maybe you want to add some extra punch to make your next gig stand out. Or that Happy Hour acoustic jam could use a little rhythm and harmony. I have been playing percussion in Portland for nearly 12 years in acoustic and electric bands, and can customize my setup to best fit your needs. I play a wide variety of styles and covers, love to develop new material and absolutely live for improvisation and spontaneous creation.

If you are looking to add that extra something to your next recording or performance, please contact me for a very reasonable quote. You’ll be getting a percussionist who is first and foremost a musician with 32 years of experience. In addition to my playing, I can contribute as much (vocal harmonies, arrangement ideas) or as little (just play the part, dude) as you would like. I play with several bands but can always find time for the right professional opportunity.

Mike Lambe

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