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Josephine County Cultural grant recipient: Cave Junction Farmers Market

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Over the past week, the Messenger has been highlighting some of the recipients from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition grant process. We caught up with the Cave Junction Farmers Market Manager Alisa Ocean.

RVM: In particular, the support from JCCC is local music at the market. Can you describe one of the recent musicians? 

Alisa Ocean:

Recently we have had Chad Micheal Sweeley, Conner Flowe, and teenager Ryan Sevryn. This is a good example of how different each week’s music can be. Chad uses a loop pedal and has a jazzy style to his music, Conner has an amazing powerful voice and writes profound lyrics to stir your soul, if you know what I mean, and Ryan is a local youth who is a very talented keyboard player. Each adds something different, unique and wonderful to our Friday evenings.

RVM: Who picks who plays? Or, what is that process for selecting the musicians?

AO: At the moment that would be me, the market manager. The process of  selecting musicians involves both inviting back local musicians who have played in the past, as well as searching out new local talent. I get a lot of recommendations for new artists from vendors, friends, phone calls from people I don’t know and many times musicians will show up at the market and give their info, requesting to play. I think word of mouth is actually pretty powerful and since we’ve been doing this for a number of years, many people are aware that we are always looking to feature local musicians.

RVM: What does having music at the market add? 

AO: The mission of the Cave Junction Farmers Market is to support our local community of farmers and families by providing a vibrant marketplace for all to gather around in support of healthy food, meaningful arts and continuing education.

Having live local musicians at the market creates a beautiful mood, and definitely makes the market more vibrant! Musicians we know and love adds to our community building experience. It also gives musicians a chance to get their music out in the community, and gives people exposure to new music.


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