Portland-based Shook Twins come back to Central Oregon Friday, February 8 to perform their original and quirky folk music for the first time at Bend’s premiere venue, the Tower Theatre. Identical sisters Katelyn (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Laurie Shook (vocals, banjo, percussion and beatbox) are joined by Kyle Volkman on bass.
“Touring in the Northwest in the winter is awesome! Its snowy glory is so wonderful to see,” said Katelyn Shook. “We really love Bend and the mountain shredder energy.”
The Shook Twins intertwine sibling harmonies with an eclectic, often eccentric, yet always refreshing blend of folk, roots, pop and fun. Plus, they have several tricks up their sleeves: Katelyn sings into a telephone and bocks like a chicken, while Laurie plays wah-wah banjo and loops various melodies and beats. They’ve shared the stage with Ryan Adams, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Laura Veirs, The Head and The Heart and Blitzen Trapper. Their song Rose was featured in NPR’s Muse Mix, and an exclusive audio track debuted on MTV Hive.
Opening for Shook Twins are students from Sisters High School Americana Project. A collaboration between the Sisters Folk Festival, the Sisters School District and Creative Educational Resources LLC, the Americana Project inspires area young people to learn roots music. For more than a decade, the Project has taught the historical and cultural significance of American music through guitar-making and performing classes.