Vocalist and guitarist Jen Ambrose plays as a solo acoustic act and as leader of a rock band. - Photo by Ginger Ravencroft

Jen Ambrose at Bear Creek

Grants Pass artist Jen Ambrose marries agile vocals and poetic lyrics in her all-original album, "Remembering." The album, released in 2008, is Ambrose's third in eight years, preceded by "Nectar of Your Dreams" and "nonconfusion." "Remembering" features a spectrum of sounds from blues and Americana to world and rock, as well as an a cappella track.

The singer and songwriter, whose music career is rooted primarily in Southern Oregon, will perform originals from her albums, in addition to Led Zeppelin, Kansas, Police and Pink Floyd covers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, in the Bear Creek Amphitheater.

While Ambrose's music dances through a variety of genres, her lyrics are based — one way or another — on human empowerment.

"All the songs are essentially about human empowerment, touching on that creative spark," says Ambrose.

Besides vocals, Ambrose plays acoustic guitar, flute and piano and has also experimented with American Indian and Middle Eastern drumming.

"I must have some ADHD because I like flitting around to all these different facets," she says. "These different sounds inspire me, and when I hear different sounds, I want to reflect those in my writing."

Ambrose's own musical influences include early 20th-century Delta blues, as well as jazz standards from that era coupled with classic rock 'n' roll. She appreciates genres that lend themselves to full, expressive vocals.

"I like to play with my voice and make it interesting and textured," she says.

Ambrose plays all-original tunes both solo and with The Jen Ambrose Band, as well as a medley of covers and originals with the Rock Project. Both bands comprise members Andy Pimentel on keyboard and saxophone, Abe Perea on drums, Richard Cole on bass and Rob Gunderson on electric guitar. Vocalist Ann Pimentel will join the band for its park performance.

This free concert in the park is part of the State Farm Summer Concert Series. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show from Bear Creek's grassy knoll.

Share This Story