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Day: August 5, 2014

Oregon native ready to rock RIVERfair

Brady Goss will be the featured music act at RIVERfair at Keizer Rapids Park. (Submitted)
Brady Goss will be the featured music act at RIVERfair at Keizer Rapids Park. (Submitted)

Of the Keizertimes

Brady Goss knows a thing or two about performing outdoors during the summer.

The 24-year-old Oregon native will do so again from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 as the headline musical act during the seventh annual RIVERfair at Keizer Rapids Park.

By the time Goss comes to Keizer, he will have performed at a number of county fairs – including in Tillamook the two nights before – and other outdoor events throughout the summer. His RIVERfair performance will mark the ninth straight day of performing, with an event in Portland the following day.

“I picture RIVERfair as people will be gathered around, anticipating my songs and my show,” Goss said between sets recently at the Washington County Fair in Hillsboro. “People are going to be paying attention. When I ask them to clap along, they’ll be on it. I like to have people’s focused attention. Energy is a two-way street. You build off the crowd.”

As an example, Goss points to live performances of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, who was killed in a plane crash when Goss was barely a year old.

“You watch Stevie do something amazing, then you see the crowd noise,” Goss said. “If there’s no energy, you have to build it. It feels a little forced. When it’s natural, you can do superhuman things and it doesn’t even feel superhuman.”

Goss was 5 when he started playing piano. He progressed musically from there and has since added vocals and guitar playing to his skill set.

Early on, his biggest influence was a great ball of fire.

“It was Jerry Lee Lewis initially,” Goss said. “I know every one of his songs and his recordings. As I learned more about music, I ventured out and started listening to bands like the Eagles and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I developed an ear for all types of music.”

Goss set about emulating the musicians he admired.

“Everybody steals licks,” he said. “I was stealing licks and playing to the best of my ability. I think John Mayer said it best when he said you develop your sound by failing to sound like your peers. Then you develop your own style that others can’t copy. As performers we always think we’re not good enough, but we are in the eyes of the viewers.”

Goss recalls one of his best performances taking place four years ago in McMinnville.

“The crowd was rocking, just loud for every song,” he said. “I played for four hours straight. It was just me. It was awesome. I’ve done several shows since then equal to that. Most shows entertainers play are not their dream show. But once in a while you get your dream concert.

“RIVERfair is going to be pretty damn good,” Goss added. “You just always put your best foot forward.”

Goss, who has put out two albums and hopes to have additional albums in the future with more original work, doesn’t necessarily have a set list of songs he plays on any given night.

“Usually I wing it,” he said. “I’ll make a smooth transition from song to song. It’s like hosting a live radio show. I try to make things flow right into the next song. I take on a different personality at a show, which requires two hours of me being an extreme extrovert. I’m pretty quiet in day-to-day life, but not when performing.”

Goss likes to perform Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and likes playing his own songs, but mainly goes by his audience.

“I like whatever the crowd likes,” he said. “If they like it, I like it. I really do love all kinds of music. I’m not capable of playing it all, but I do appreciate it all.”

So how far does Goss want to go?

“It’s whatever I can get,” he said. “How far up can you go? I’m not looking for fame. People tell me all the time I need to do a show like ‘American Idol’ or ‘America’s Got Talent.’ I’m flattered, but I don’t know how well I could do. I know I have the know-how and stage presence to be a lot higher than I am. It’s just the climb. Maybe I will have that hit song. I’ll just take what I can get.”

RIVERfair is a one-day event at KRP on Aug. 9, starting at 10 a.m. Activities include a pie-eating contest, water balloon toss, face painting, a beer and wine garden, a pet parade with a costume contest, booths and performances by groups such as Ballet Folklorico, Buddy Paprock, Cherry City Cloggers, The Great Jazz Band and Pele I Moana Dancers. New this year is a junior archaeology dig.

There is also a Cruz-In car show at Schoolhouse Square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cars can be entered by calling 503-949-8751. Proceeds from that event help fund the Jerry Bigler Memorial Scholarship, for those planning a career in the field of automotive mechanics.

Making Keizer Better Foundation puts on RIVERfair. More information is available at

Councilors do some housecleaning


Of the Keizertimes

Keizer City Councilors repealed two pieces of legislation from 1988 during their July 21 meeting.

City Attorney Shannon Johnson noted staff has been going through past ordinances and resolutions recently and found a few that needed to be repealed since they had been replaced or updated.

One dealt with a 1988 resolution establishing parking permit fees for temporary RV parking. The fee was amended several times before a 2005 ordinance removed the fee entirely. Johnson said it was appropriate to repeal the 1988 resolution “to reduce confusion relating to fees for issuance of a parking permit.”

Another fee dealt with a 1988 ordinance establishing water service connection fees. In 2006, councilors adopted a water meter set fee. While apparent the 2006 resolution was meant to replace the 1988 ordinance, Johnson said the older one was never officially repealed.

“Ordinance No. 88-124 should be repealed to reduce confusion as to which fees are valid,” Johnson said.

A change was made to a resolution from June dealing with fees for public record searches. The Transportation System Development Charge Improvement fee structure was also clarified.

In other business July 21:

• Tanya Hamilton, giving the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board update, noted the first application had been submitted for that board’s new matching grant program: a request from Keizer Homegrown Theater for microphones at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater in Keizer Rapids Park, where KHT put on Julius Caesar last weekend.

“It could be used for all events and it would be city-owned,” Hamilton said of such a system.

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, said the request covered mics and speakers.

“I didn’t expect that, but that is a dang good idea,” said mayor Lore Christopher.

Hamilton agreed.

“Isn’t it exciting?” she said. “We’ll make the decision.”

The next Parks Board meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 12 in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center.

• Dave Bauer noted construction on Shoreline Drive went later into the night than he expected one night recently. He sent an e-mail to councilors when construction wasn’t done until 10 p.m. and came to share his thoughts.

“I don’t want other neighborhoods to have the same experiences,” he said. “Bill (Lawyer) has given me information that work is starting at 7 (a.m.) and ending at 7 (p.m.). I understand there are times when things take a little longer. It was just a communication issue. I’m just sharing so we don’t have that at other places.”

• Councilors unanimously approved a liquor license application request for Tequila Nights Bar and Grill at 3393 River Road North, the former DJ Bar and Grill.

Cesar Vallejo spoke on behalf of owners Ernesto Anaya and Yesenio Anaya-Vallejo and noted the family has had a small grocery store next door to the bar for the past six years.

“All we know to do is work hard,” he said.

• Councilors also unanimously approved a request from Clint Holland to give $2,000 to the KRA for its Concerts in the Parks Series. Holland had made the request during the July 7 council meeting.

Once the season is over, Holland will be asked to submit a report showing expenses in excess of revenue. Up to $2,000 in the excess will be paid.

“Clint’s group down there does an awful lot of work,” councilor Jim Taylor said. “Bands are more expensive now, but they are better and draw in bigger crowds. We’ll know at the end of the year. I can assure you Clint puts a lot of his own effort and finances into it.”

City Manager Chris Eppley noted the KRA operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit.

“To date they have not shown any profits,” Eppley said. “Clearly they are putting a lot of their own funding into it.”