Island Accents - Steel Drum Music - Randal Larson

Now based in Eugene and Las Cruces!

541-343-3122   or   send an email

NEW - 2018 UPCOMING PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:

Saturday July 28th - Florence Market on the Boardwalk 11-1 (or so)

August 3 - Eugene 1ST FRIDAY ARTWALK - Keesey Square time TBA

Tuesday Nights thru July - PRINCE PUCKLERS!  7-9pm (or so)

August 11 - Eugene SATURDAY MARKET - 10am Main Stage

September 1 & 2 - Hatch Chile Festival - times TBA

This was FUN - maybe again next year...

 
June 29, 2018 - Opening Ceremony of Oregon Bach Festival

Just imagine your next party or event - your guests talking and laughing and feeling totally relaxed - the sounds of live steel drum music in the background. You might close your eyes and think you are in the Caribbean...

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    Could be casual...                                or very formal...                                  whatever fits your event


Island Accents can transform your event with Caribbean, light jazz, and pop music that is fun to listen to,
but not too loud.  Everyone can still enjoy their conversations, or wander over and watch up close.




also available without video: Song Samples
this is a link to AFM Local 689 Featured Members page with a short compilation of:
The Hammer / Dayo / Margaritaville / Market Jam / Girl from Ipanema




"The Hammer"








Sue H, Eugene - "Thanks so much for playing by our pool - our guests loved it - you make me look good"



I can provide live steel drum music most anywhere - in your backyard, your living room, your school's classroom, even on the beach or isolated picnic site.  Wherever you want to entertain guests, you can have "island" music!



Charlene F,  Eugene - "Your steel drum music was wonderful for my daughter's
graduation party - I'm sure I'll soon be hearing you at other local parties!"




Since 1980, I've been performing as a "classical" percussionist/timpanist with the Eugene Symphony,
Portland Opera, and other regional orchestras, and teaching private students in my home studio.



"I Can See Clearly Now"







Marilyn S,  Eugene Symphony Guild - "Once again you have really helped with our
fund raising for the Eugene Symphony
- Many thanks!"



At one point I also fell in love with the sound of the steel drum, or "pan" as it's called on it's home islands
of Trinidad and Tobago.  I was amazed at the exciting sounds of expert players performing
 "island" tunes, jazz, popular songs, and even classical music on their pans.   



  
June M, Creekside Village, Portland - "I know you just played here a few weeks ago, but can you possibly come back next month? It was so much fun!  My family will be visiting and I really want them to hear you."



  After much research, I ordered an excellent pan made by Guppy Brown - it took almost a year to arrive,
but he is one of the best pan builders in Trinidad...and it was worth the wait!  



"About The Drums"






Eugene Hotel 'Island Dinner' Guest - "I've lived in the islands but I've never heard 
steel drums sound this good - I loved your playing
."



Soon I began performing live on steel drums, sometimes with other local musicians, but mostly as a soloist with a Bose PA system playing the backgrounds (bass, drums, guitars, etc.) made with my Mac Powerbook G4.



Brian B, Music Director of all Bahama Breeze Restaurants -
"We would be proud to have you playing in any of our 35 locations."



My new interest in steel drums has became another way to share my love of music with many people in
Oregon, as well as Arizona, California, and New Mexico who had never seen a steel drum up close - and it seems many of my new listeners also loved these sounds - as I have now played for hundreds of parties and events!



"Misty"







Shelter Products,  Portland - "You brought a wonderful ambiance to the room that had us groovin' all night!
Thank you also for talking with everyone who came by with questions...you are truly a professional!"





In 2006 I bought a motorhome and took all my equipment to Phoenix for the winter.  I was able to play frequently at the Tommy Bahamas Café and Lounge in Scottsdale where they provided live Steel Drum Music every night of the week and also for lunch on the weekends!




Martin M,  Rogue Valley Country Club - "You did a wonderful job for us at our Luau Party
and everyone very much enjoyed it - Thanks again!"




I got to hang out with some of the local pan players – J.T. and Sean and Paul and Peter were all really great and helped me in my journey to become a better pan player.  They were happy to help me find gigs, as there was plenty of work for all!

  


"Under The Sea"







Heidi, Lane Arts Council - "It was so cool having you play steel drums for our
First Friday ArtWalk - We hope to have you back again!
"


 

Then the Great Recession hit – for me, and lots of other independent musicians life got very tough very fast.  Phoenix was especially hit hard and the 9 shifts of live Steel Drum Music at Tommy Bahamas was cut to 4 – and most of the private parties just disappeared!




Paradise Media,  Eugene -"Your music was perfect for our open house...
just what we wanted for an island atmosphere."




Luckily, for those of us who have managed to hang on, things are improving.  I was able to buy a 2nd Guppy Lead Pan, and just recently upgraded my PA by getting the new Bose S1.  Now I can leave one setup in Oregon and also have one in my new winter base in New Mexico!




"Kokomo"







Capt. Paul , Portland - "This was great - such 'happy' music - I hope to
have you playing on the Sternwheeler again soon
."



In addition to playing background music for many parties and business venues, I also enjoy performing "lecture-demonstrations" for schools and retirement communities.  It's fun to answer questions about the origins of the steel drums and their music and to let people see them up close!


 
Karen H, West Tualitin Valley Elementary - "Everyone is really enjoying this -
thanks for playing for our 5th graders
."



During the summer, I live in Eugene, Oregon, but often travel as far as Portland, Newport, Medford, or Bend to perform.  From October thru March you might find me playing in Southern California, Arizona, or my new "Southern Base" in Las Cruces, New Mexico!



"Yellow Bird"







Legends Condos,   Portland - "You were great! We want you back again - easy to listen to, but not too loud."



 Contact me  with any questions, or for more information.  You can email me at randlarson@gmail.com (the link above), or call my cell at:

541-343-3122


"Dayo"







Turella W, Portland - "Thank you so much for making my surprise birthday party the best!  
You are so very talented and we felt like we had invited a long-time friend to play."



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Demo for Roosevelt Middle School:

RMS demo


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Current Update - June of 2018:  Back in Eugene after a wonderful winter in Las Cruces playing at the Fabulous Saturday Markets and passing out over 500 cards.  Now the calls are coming in for both Oregon and New Mexico - see the  "Upcoming Public Events" at the top of the page!




If you are planning an event and would like an "Island" atmosphere,
now is the time to reserve the live steel drum music!



©2018, Randal Larson - Island Accents