Vinyl Gold at Biddy McGraw’s on 12-6-14

Vinyl Gold had a fun show tonight at Biddy McGraw’s in Portland, OR! We tried out putting the band in a “U” shape, instead of the usual front facing doorsandwindowsthing that we, and most bands, usually use. I stole the idea from Charlie Hunter and Omaha Diner, who sat in the “U” shape for their show. I felt like they had great communication on stage, and they were able to really see each other and the audience. I think it worked the same way for us, and we’ll probably go to this setup for future shows. Cam, Mark and I (Sarah..hi!) all took various kinds of recordings at this show – I think two audio and one video – so hopefully we’ll have something cool to share with you in the next few days. I know we’re all anxious to take a look at how the “U” worked, and also just hear how we’re evolving from an outside perspective.

We had quite a few brand new audience members there tonight, who we had no previous connection to. We love that! They also seemed really into it. I saw people shake hands with our bass player, John Pounds, and give the guys in the band props for their playing prowess. There were also quite a few tips with nods and smiles attached to them. I talked with a couple of guys from the neighborhood following the show, and they were asking lots of questions about how we develop the songs, and “how do people end up in jazz bands, anyway, and not like punk or rock bands?” To each their own, I guess! It’s great to feel like people are enjoying the music and connecting with us.

The guys were so ON tonight! I feel like we’re finding new pathways through the tunes, and tightening up as a group. It’s a great feeling. Thanks to all who have been part of it, and continue along the way with us. We really appreciate you.

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Vinyl Gold and Space Leech at McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon

Vinyl Gold was pleased to have Jarred Venti sit in with us tonight on bass. Between a couple of early tunes, an audience member yelled out “that bass player is funky as SH*T!” So I guess we all know where Jarred stands with our fans! We really appreciated how quickly he picked up the material, his super friendly and professional attitude, and his funky and fantastic playing. I’m sure we’ll be seeing him again. (That’s him on the right)


Another crazy surprise was that Sarah’s sister Kim brought her a huge floral crown to wear during the show. Kim just opened her own floral design business called Hardcore Florist, and totally lives up to the name. If you can imagine it made of flowers, Kim can make it. There was talk of maybe doing a whole set design for us in flowers. Summer festival nostalgia, anyone?


After Vinyl Gold wrapped up, our friends Space Leech took the stage. They are a band that’s new to Portland, and really fun. Two Space Leech members are also in Vinyl Gold – Mark and Cam. We had a great time putting the two bands on one bill, and hopefully we’ll do it again, soon!

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Vinyl Gold shows coming up!

We have a few shows coming up that will close out 2014! If you haven’t seen us yet, it’s a good time to come out and maybe bring those out of town visitors for a night of great music. We have a show this Friday, November 21st at The Thirsty Lion in downtown Portland. Then next week on the Friday night after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday, aka November 28th, we’ll be lighting up The White Eagle Saloon with our crazy friends Space Leech! Then one last show of 2014 at Biddy McGraw’s on Saturday, December 6th! You can find all of these shows on our calendar here, or at Bring some friends and family along! Happy Holidays everyone, and thanks for your support.


We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve got an upcoming show at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland, OR! We’ll be opening for The Mel Brown Septet on Tuesday, January 20th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. That’s one hour of our greatest hits on our dream stage! Whoever thought that little old us would get to play at Jimmy Mak’s? I hope you’ll plan to come have dinner and drinks, and stay to hear Mel Brown, while we soak in the golden glow of our dreams coming true…

The Birth of Vinyl Gold

Vinyl Gold is an original funk and soul band from Portland, OR.

Founders and songwriters Mark Bennett and Sarah Tollefson  are long-time friends and bandmates who have been playing music together in other bands for almost 10 years.  Their dream is to fill dancefloors with sweaty, exuberant new friends, and to bring their brand of funky soul music to the people. And it’s about to come true.

Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, but he loves the keys. He has been playing jazz since he was a kid, and it shows in his writing and playing style. He has been in giant swing bands, and tiny jazz trios, and has even played solo for payment in delicious soup. In Vinyl Gold, you’ll see him on keyboard, Rhodes electric piano, and the Hammond organ.

Sarah got her start in theatre arts, where she shined as a singer and performer.  She’s been in choirs of all shapes and sizes, jazz ensembles, and a 14-piece blues and funk band. You can often find her sitting in with other local musicians around town.  She is a powerful vocalist ranging the styles of funk, soul, blues and jazz.  Her range of styles and raw power are what have set her apart. She is totally in love with the music of Vinyl Gold, and would marry it.

Stay tuned for upcoming shows this fall – we can’t wait to party with you!