Live Americana Music Featuring Portland’s Scratchdog Stringband


Join the Hoppy Brewer for a pint of beer and live Americana music featuring Portland’s own  Scratchdog Stringband. You can look forward to some classic and contemporary Americana music with plenty of room for improvisation. The mix of Rock, Folk, Country, and Jazz makes for the unique “scratchdog” sound. The music starts at 7 pm and goes until 10 pm at the Hoppy Brewer in downtown Gresham. Get an idea of what this band is all about below.


Since early 2015, Scratchdog Stringband has been touring throughout the West Coast and Midwest with their fresh amalgamation of classic and contemporary Americana music. Based in Portland, OR, the dogs have blasted through over three-hundred shows in two years, all the while honing their technical finesse through careful craftsmanship and intuitive improvisation. The sound that emerges is uniquely “Scratchdog,” deriving from influences in Rock, Folk, Country and Jazz.

Scratchdog began as a serendipitous convergence in Arcata, CA, where both Andrew DeRossett (guitar/banjo) and James Rossi (fiddle/guitar/mandolin) were setting out in pursuit of that essential and ever-elusive magic: music. In taking the classic California trip from the cold of New England, James stumbled upon a man as tired of the daily grind as he was; Andrew was embarking on a solo busking adventure from Mt. Shasta to Austin and New Orleans, but the first stop proved to be the determinative one. Posted up one afternoon at his usual performance spot on H Street, the fiddler had been forewarned by the local shop-keep that another busker had called ahead to see about working their alcove, but when the picker arrived there was no hesitation before the two future-Scratchdogs were filling the place with tunes and their cases with cash. A band was soon formed and plans were made to play fulltime in the booming town of Portland, OR.

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