The Dance Til Ya Drop Rock and ROll Band From THe Pacific Northwest
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We are Probable Cause, an award winning, 5 piece band from Portland Oregon. 2018 marks our 31st year entertaining audiences all around the Pacific Northwest! While the band enjoys a long established history, we are sure to keep our members and our material fresh and relevant.

When it comes to Rockin' your special event and keeping your guest out on the dance floor, groovin' in their seats, or just keeping everyone well entertained, nobody does it better than Probable Cause!

We have a very diverse repertoire including, but not limited to:

  • Favorite dance tunes (Doobie Brothers, Santana, Van Morrison, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Supertramp, Journey, AC/DC, John Mellencamp, REO Speedwagon, The Outfield, Loggins & Messina, Queen, The Romantics, , Jimmy Buffett, The Kingsmen)
  • Meaty classic rock (Heart, Kansas, The Who, Pink Floyd, Bad Company, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, James Gang, Eagles, Golden Earring, Men At Work, Talking Heads, Spirit, Steve Miller, Boston, 3 Doors Down.)
  • Blues & Soul (Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Wild Cherry, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett)
  • Country (Confederate Railroad, Conway Twitty, Dwight Yokum, Garth Brooks)
  • Oldies (Roy Orbison, The Searchers, Bill Haley and his Comets, The Boxtops, The Drifters)
  • Rock-style Originals
We have a long list of very happy clients from Seattle to Medford, Seaside to Boise, Idaho and many points in between. We've played:
  • The Portland Rose Festival
  • Multiple County fairs in Oregon and Washington
  • Corporate Events for the likes of: Xerox, American Cancer Society, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OOPSLA (Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications organization) USA Softball of Oregon (formerly ASA Oregon), Multnomah County, Clackamas County, The National University of Natural Medicine (Portland), American Legion, Elks Clubs, various industry conferences, and more
  • Several go-to bars around town
  • Countless private parties and weddings

Notable quotes:

  • "The music was great & I hadn't danced like that in years."
  • "One of the best bands ever to play Mt. Hood Village"
  • "Thanks for the guys rocked!"
  • "The little that I saw of your show was sooo cool!"
  • "You guys ROCK as usual!"
  • "I have never been disappointed at any of your performances"
  • "You guys are the best Rock'N'Roll dance band in the Portland (Oregon) Area"
A Probable Cause performance is both entertaining and at times mesmerizing. The wide variety of music we play along with the level of complexity puts Probable Cause in a class of it's own.

Band members include:
Kenny Bratz (Percussion)
Phil Susan (Bass and Vocals)
Melinda Carlson (Keyboards and Vocals)
Gary Savage (Lead Guitar and Vocals)
and founding member Greg Dawson (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar).

Past Members include:
Marvin Slifman
Manuel "Silky" Mayar
Evan Oulashin
Brad Lund
Dana Watson
Mike Smith
Craig Dickson
Craig Jahne
Mark F. McDermott

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