Misty Mamas

Columbia Gorge photo courtesy of Ian McRae Photography

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Home Sweet Home - Bluegrass, Gospel, Country & Folk

PO Box 33142
Portland, OR 97292
503 780 9770

Sun, Jul 28, 2024


Misty Mamas at 2024 Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival

Skamania County Fairgrounds

710 SW Rock Creek Dr.

Stevenson, WA [Map]


$40 Fri or Sat, free Sun

$75 weekend pass - camping available

Sat, Aug 3, 2024


Misty Mamas at the Kruz-In Car Show

Glenwood Community Church

12201 NE 72nd Ave.

Vancouver, WA [Map]


free for spectators

BBQ lunch available for purchase - included in $20 showcar entry fee

Sun, Sep 15, 2024


Misty Mamas at Friends of Clark County Auction Dinner

Coyote Ridge Ranch

2404 NW Coyote Ridge Rd.

La Center, WA [Map]



Fundraising Auction & dinner buffet

Misty Mamas band

HOME-STYLE BLUEGRASS - Bluegrass, Gospel, Country & Folk

This band - together since 2005 - has made a real name for itself in the Vancouver/Portland acoustic music scene. Collectively these women 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 kids as well as adults. The MISTY MAMAS are Katherine Nitsch (vocals & guitar), April Parker (vocals, mandolin, accordion) and Eileen Rocci (vocals & upright bass).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. Misty Mamas released their 2nd cd, Come On Home in May 2018. Please see our calendar and bios page for information on guest artist(s)with whom we will be performing.

Birdfest & Bluegrass Festival, Ridgefield, WA; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2023
Winlock Bluegrass Festival, Winlock, WA; 2009, 2013, 2023
Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival 2023
Vancouver Master Choral Concert, Vancouver, WA; 2020, 2022
Peace and Justice Fair, Vancouver, WA 2021
Vancouver Summer Parks Concert Series, Vancouver, WA 2021
Multnomah Grange Live Bluegrass Show, Gresham, OR; 2020
Tygh Valley Bluegrass Festival, Tygh Valley, OR; 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019
Vancouver Parks Esther Short Noon Concerts; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2019
Portland Parks Concert Series, Portland, OR; 2007, 2018
Portland FolkMusic Society, Portland, OR; 2006, 2007, 2009, 2018
Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival, Fossil, OR; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016
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
High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, Bend, OR; 2009, 2010, 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
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
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
Lewelling Park Concert Series; Milwaukie, OR; 2010
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Fest., Stevenson, WA; 2006, 2007, 2009
Artichoke Music, Portland, OR; 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Ledding Library Concert Series, Milwaukie, OR; 2007, 2009
Lake Oswego Millenium Park Concert Series, Lake Oswego, OR; 2009
National Old Time Fiddlers Contest, Weiser, ID; 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