Rollicking pirate band show rewards summer readers

See our favorite pirate rock band – Captain Bogg & Salty – welcomed back by a throng of admirers, at this unusual library show – and see where the 2nd Annual PIRATE FESTIVAL will be THIS weekend …

While First Mate McGraw sings a solo, Captain Bogg gives us the “secret pirate sign” – the hook!

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Judging by the giggling, laughing, singing and dancing of hundreds of kids at Sellwood Park a few weeks ago, Sellwood Branch Library’s choice of Captain Bogg & Salty’s Pirate Band for this event was a good one.

“Capt. Bogg and Salty have had wonderful, long partnership with the library,” said Sellwood Branch children’s librarian Marci Davis. “They’re the perfect ones to help us celebrate the conclusion of our summer reading program, ‘Get a Clue’.”

Davis said that kids who have participated in the summer reading program can win prizes. “This program keeps them coming in and asking about new books to read.”

So popular is this local band, Captain Bogg lets members of the audience sing verses of the songs they’ve come to know well.

Pirates as music stars
“It’s an honor to be asked back to the celebration again this year,” lead guitarist and singer First Mate McGraw (AKA Kevin Hender) told us. “With the reception we get, it’s become one of my favorite shows. To this audience, we’re stars!”

First Mate McGraw asked us to mention that the 2nd Portland Pirate Festival returns to Cathedral Park in St. Johns – under the bridge – this weekend, September 22 and 23.

No one croons a pirate tune like The Captain!

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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