The EOCenes to Perform at Pendelton Center for the Arts on April 5

The EOCenes will perform next month at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. (PCA photo)

The bluegrass musicians who make up the band The EOCenes typically take to the stage in Pendleton in September, but they’re playing a special show at the Pendleton Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 5 this year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

“We have so many people who have to miss the Round Up week show because of conflicting events, so we’re thrilled to have the band here for a spring performance,” said PCA Executive Director Roberta Lavadour.

Ron Emmons, well known as the front man for the popular Cabbage Hill bluegrass band, will bring his classmates Hugh McClellan, Duane Boyer and Hal Spence back to eastern Oregon for Round-Up week. The group will be joined by Alan Feves on bass and champion performer Doug Jenkins on fiddle.

Emmons lives in Hermiston and has played mandolin and sung lead tenor and baritone with the Blue Mountain Crested Wheatgrass Boys, the Muddy Bottom Boys, Blue Heat and The Thatchmasters, as well as Cabbage Hill.

Boyer now lives in Haines and plays banjo and guitar, and sings lead, tenor and baritone.

McClellan resides in Oregon City and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and is known for is low, lonesome bass voice.

Spence of Dallas played guitar and sang tenor for 27 years with The Sawtooth Mountain Boys.

Jenkins has won many titles with his fiddle, earning the nickname “Lightning.”

The performance is made possible through the generous support of Drs. Connie and Dan Marier and is part of the Blue Heron Live Music Series of the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 and available at or by calling 541-278-9201. Early ticket purchases are recommended.