The Not-So-Secret Family Show:  Jessa Campbell & The Saplings Album/Video Release, w/Kelli Welli!

The Not-So-Secret Family Show: Jessa Campbell & The Saplings Album/Video Release, w/Kelli Welli!

Sun, June 9, 2019

Doors: 3:45 pm / Show: 4:00 pm (event ends at 4:00 pm)

$8 advance ● $8 cash at the door

This event is all ages

"Can You Feel It"? New family music band Jessa Campbell & the Saplings can! Come help us celebrate the launch of their debut album and two new music videos featuring some local Portland kiddos! Be sure to bring your curiosity, faces in need of painting and dancing feet! With a background in science education and performing with the National tour of Dragon Tales Live, Jessa Campbell & The Saplings play a mixture of old favorites as well as original music that will get us moving and educate us about the plants and animals in the Pacific Northwest! You are encouraged to bring your flapping wings, marching ant feet and fox walking tiptoes! Kelli Welli will be starting the show off for us and we can't be more excited! Can YOU feel it?

Free admission for those too young to walk!

The Not-So-Secret Family Show! - (Set time: 4:00 PM)
The Not-So-Secret Family Show!
Introducing The Not-So Secret Family Show every Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6PM at the Secret Society!

Featuring a rotating lineup of Portland's finest family performers for the kids & showcasing Portland's best singer/songwriters for the grown-ups! Full bar& menu available!

$8 per walking human, all ages welcome.
Jessa Campbell & The Saplings
Jessa Campbell & The Saplings
Jessa Campbell is an Oregon-based performer who bridges the worlds of music and ecology by enchanting young audiences with the wonders of nature through her songs. Caregivers can expect a blend of familiar folk children's songs mixed with original tunes written about what it's like to grow up in the Pacific Northwest!

With a background performing with the national touring production of hit television show, "Dragon Tales Live," she's no stranger to child entertainment! She’s also experienced as a world cruise ship performer, vocalist for Wayne Newton, and member of some of Portland’s prominent bands. Weaving theatrical elements with her song and dance numbers, she encourages kiddos to groove along. Jessa starting writing ecology-based songs with her students for a "Wonders of Nature" class for 5-8 year olds through the local learning center, Village Home. With songs like "The Waltz of Trillium & Ant", children are educated about simple science concepts like seed dispersal through the living creatures in their neck of the woods!

As a mama herself, she values throwing the better party by encouraging kiddos to step into their wilder selves, glimpsing the magic in the world around them.
Kelli Welli
Kelli Welli
Kelli Welli is a silly name... Yes, it is! "One of the most important people in my life used to call me 'Kelli Welli'"... so what better way to celebrate the launch of Kelli's Kid's songs and stories.

Maybe due to her unconventional upbringing, Kelli has always danced to her own beat. She is the daughter of two fine artists—her mother, an award-winning wearable artist and illustrator, who has created props for movies and children's author promotion; and her father, a successful oil painter, who has painted local cultures throughout the world, as well as creating music and producing community concerts.

As a child, Kelli did a stint as a French clown named Rosebud; started kindergarten from a tent; lived in an octagon-shaped house on stilts with her one-eyed cat named Mighty Mouse; had a best friend named Summer Wind O'Redwoods; and had 50+ hamsters at one point. She has raised angel fish from eggs and kittens with a bottle, plays ice hockey, and (with lots of trial and error) has developed a fairly green thumb.

Kelli grew up in Northern California and small-town Oregon, with summers in the creeks of Idaho, and has spent time living solo in Finland, Tokyo, Vancouver B.C., and at the corner of 1st Street and 1st Avenue in New York City.

Kelli has a Master of Publishing degree and a B.A. in Speech Communication with minors in Japanese and German. After working in public relations for Harper's Magazine in NYC, she returned to Portland, Oregon, where she started a corporate publishing business in 2004. Kelli has studied speech-level singing with The Voice Project and spent 8+ years as a key member of the Portland Songwriters Association board of directors.

Kelli is now the lucky mom of twin toddlers, a boy and a girl. She's been writing songs and stories for a long time—find more at Kelli Caldwell - Songwriter—but some of her first songs were kid's songs, written long before she had kids of her own.

"I remember a lot about being a kid. I remember the details, what mattered to me, and what it felt like to be a kid in a big world. I have a lot of respect for kids and I want them to feel believed in."

Kelli Welli - Writing songs and stories for kids and the people who love them.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212