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EOCenes returns for a pair of Round-Up week performances at Pendleton Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are highly recommended.

Ron Emmons of Hermiston is rounding up several of his old college buddies for a pair of upcoming bluegrass concerts.

What has become a Pendleton Round-Up week tradition, EOCenes will perform Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to Emmons, EOCenes features Hugh McClellan, Duane Boyer and Hal Spence. Also, Alan Feves will join the group on bass and National Oldtime Fiddle champion Dan Emert on fiddle.

Emmons and Boyer met during freshman orientation week at what was then known as Eastern Oregon College. They hooked up with Spence and McClellan through their involvement in the EOC Ambassadors, a musical touring group that played throughout the region.

Roberta Lavadour, arts center executive director, said each of the men went on to have great musical success. Over the past five decades, members of EOCenes have performed with a variety of groups and ensembles.

Emmons, frontman for the bluegrass group Cabbage Hill, has played mandolin and sung lead tenor and baritone with the Blue Mountain Crested Wheatgrass Boys, the Muddy Bottom Boys, Blue Heat and The Thatchmasters.

Boyer, who now hails from Haines, plays banjo and guitar, and sings lead, tenor and baritone. After graduating with a degree in music education, he taught banjo and guitar at his alma mater.

McClellan resides in Oregon City and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and is known for his low, lonesome bass voice. He’s also fronted a country-swing band and sang in a gospel quartet.

Spence of Dallas, Oregon, played guitar and sang tenor for 27 years with The Sawtooth Mountain Boys. Known across the nation, they released several albums and toured Europe.

Tickets are $12 each and are available at or by calling 541-278-9201. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.

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