Misty Mamas

Misty Mamas

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Home Sweet Home - Oldtime Bluegrass, Gospel & Folk

PO Box 33142
Portland, OR 97292
503 780 9770

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Misty Mamas band

HOME-STYLE BLUEGRASS – Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel & Folk

This band – together since 2005 – has made a real name for itself in the Vancouver/Portland acoustic music scene. Collectively these women (plus Tony Rocci since Oct. 2014) have decades of experience playing and singing in harmony. MISTY MAMAS serve up Home-Style bluegrass filled with powerful harmonies, traditional and original songs as well as tasty instrumentals combining the American genres of bluegrass, old time, gospel, folk and country music. Family friendly, the band can include interactive songs that engage the younger set. The MISTY MAMAS are Katherine Nitsch (vocals & guitar), April Parker (vocals, mandolin, accordion) Eileen Rocci (vocals & upright bass) and Tony Rocci (guitar, mandolin & vocals).The band got its name from Carol Harley, founding member of the Misty Mamas and the very popular local Americana Band, Misty River. Carol Harley has retired from the band and is enjoying being a grandma!
Eager to connect with their audience, the Misty Mamas tailor performances that not only entertain but educate as well. You might hear historical secrets and local lore woven into the music. Timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics are laced tightly together creating a musical experience rich with history, steeped in tradition and performed with character and exuberance! Released March 2009, Misty Mamas’ CD, Wild Rose of the Mountain, genuinely captures the essence of these musicians on stage. Please see our calendar and bios page for information on guest artist(s)with whom we will be performing.

July 2005, Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass Band Contest, 2nd Place
July 2007, Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival, Songwriting Contest, 3rd Place (Katherine Nitsch)

Wintergrass Music Festival, Bellevue, WA; 2016
Wenatchee Bluegrass Festival, Cashmere,WA; 2015
Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, OR; 2015
Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival, Clatskanie, OR; 2008, 2014
Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival, Fossil, OR; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016
Birdfest & Bluegrass Festival, Ridgefield, WA; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014
High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, Bend, OR; 2009, 2010, 2013
Winlock Bluegrass Festival, Winlock, WA; 2009, 2013
Fiddlin' Under the Stars Bluegrass Festival, Goldendale, WA; 2013
Traditions Cafe Concert - Olympia, WA; 2013
NW Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA; 2009, 2013
OBA Gospel Show, Salem, OR; 2006, OBA Gospel Show, Portland, OR; 2013
Great Western Community Concert Series, Auburn and Burien, WA; 2012 - Opened
for Chad & Jeremy
BiZi Farms Harvest Festival, Vancouver, WA; 2006 - 2116
Tygh Valley Bluegrass Festival, Tygh Valley, OR; 2008, 2011, 2012
World Beat Festival, Salem, OR; 2006, 2007, 2012
Camas Park and Recreation Concert Series, Camas, WA; 2012
Lunch Box Concert Series, Portland, OR; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Vancouver Parks Esther Short Noon Concerts; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Tumbleweed Folk Festival, Richland, WA; 2010
Emerald Valley Opry, Eugene, OR; 2006, 2009, 2010
Eastside Bluegrass Concert Series, Portland, OR; 2010
Cartwright's Music Series, Stayton, OR; 2009, 2010
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival, Bainbridge Island, WA; 2010
Long Beach Bluegrass Festival, Long Beach, WA; 2010
McMenamin's Edgefield Lodge, Troutdale, OR; 2010
Turkey Rama Festival, McMinnville, OR; 2010
Fries Auditorium Lions Benefit, Vancouver, WA; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Canby Library Concert Series, Canby,OR; 2010
Lewelling Park Concert Series; Milwaukie, OR; 2010
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Fest., Stevenson, WA; 2006, 2007, 2009
Portland FolkMusic Society, Portland, OR; 2006, 2007, 2009
Artichoke Music, Portland, OR; 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Robin Hood Festival, Sherwood, OR; 2009
Ledding Library Concert Series, Milwaukie, OR; 2007, 2009
Lake Oswego Millenium Park Concert Series, Lake Oswego, OR; 2009
Portland Parks Concert Series, Portland, OR; 2007, 2008
Gresham Little Theater, Gresham, OR; 2007, 2008
Ardenwald Park Concert Series, Milwaukie, OR; 2007
Moograss Bluegrass Festival, Tillamook, OR; 2007
Amboy Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, Amboy, WA; 2007
Troutdale Bite & Bluegrass, Troutdale, OR; 2006
National Old Time Fiddlers Contest, Weiser, ID; 2006
Olalla Bluegrass Festival, Olalla, WA; 2006


• “Misty Mamas Sweetly heartfelt vocal harmonies are this bluegrass/oldtime string music band’s highlight.” – Luciana Lopez, Arts & Entertainment, The Oregonian
• “Wild Rose of the Mountain is an album that could resonate across the country, as all-female Americana bands as good as the Misty Mamas are few and far between. These ladies, like the music they play, are worth celebrating.” – Ossie Bladine, Editor The Vancouver Voice
• "The real strengths of this recording are the great sound, well chosen material, terrific vocal harmonies, and sense of humor… This is timeless music that you’ll enjoy for a long time. ” – Jack Bohl, Local Lore, Portland FolkMusic Society
• “…one of the most exciting and delightful releases of any bluegrass or folk band in a long time…you can see the Misty Mamas live and they are just as good as the record,…don’t listen unless you’re ready to fall in love.” – Katie Naylor, Positively Entertainment
• “I love songs that create word images and evoke real feelings, and I especially appreciate fantastic, true to pitch harmonies that tell those stories. …'Wild Rose of the Mountain' is one of those CD’s that do all of the above… This CD would be a lovely addition to anyone’s collection.” – Sharon Sandgren, Bluegrass Event Producer
• “The popular band [Misty Mamas] is becoming a favorite on the Portland acoustic music scene. The women play bluegrass, traditional and original songs, as well as combinations of country and gospel and folk music.” – Thelma Savage, Special to The Oregonian

"Misty Morning" artwork by Birgitta Lapides
Band photos by Lisa DiMarco