Performing Arts: Rand Bishop, TREK on Stage

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for a very special Second Wednesday Performing Arts event, TREK on StageTREK on Stage is a one-man musical performance piece in two acts, written and performed by Rand Bishop. Stories and original songs based upon Rand’s memoir TREK: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America. Refreshments will be served. 

On May 1, 2017, with bad knees, arthritic feet, minimal camping experience and zero knowledge about long-distance hiking, 67-year-old Rand Bishop returned a rental car in Thousand Oaks, California and started walking home — to the Central Oregon Coast, 900 miles away. TREK on Stage recalls Rand’s challenging, life-affirming journey in selected stories and original songs. Drawing on his memoir, TREK: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America, the veteran writer/performer blends some of that unforgettable spring and summer’s most meaningful encounters, events, and life lessons with a suite of original compositions inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

“My goal with TREK on Stage,” Rand shares, “is to give the audience a memorable, soul-stirring, emotionally dynamic experience, from laughter to tears.”


Oregon native Rand Bishop grew up in the suburbs of Portland fixated on two equally impractical career paths: stage actor or rock star. Between attending Oberlin College and the University of Washington, a season of bit parts at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival made his choice obvious. Rand ran away with the Rock ’n’ Roll Circus. During the 1970s and ’80s, Rand recorded for Elektra, A&M, Sony, and MCA and shared stages with The Doors, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, Rod Stewart, and Credence Clearwater, while honing his tune-smithing craft. Tiring of the road, he transitioned to “the other side of the desk,” to earn his stripes as a platinum record producer, talent-development executive, and music publisher. An in-demand studio singer, Rand harmonized with the Beach Boys, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo, Graham Nash, Tim Curry, and Quiet Riot. In 2012, after four decades in Los Angeles and Nashville, Rand returned to his home state to be of assistance to his aging parents. He resides in Newport, where he serves as music director for the Central Oregon Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.


This free performance is made possible by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. It takes place at the library: 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. For more information, please call or email librarian Shannon Sedell at 503-534-5663 /