Swansea & Lara Michell- Feb 1st @9pm + 2nd @8pm
Original NW songs from a trio of PDX scene fixtures Rebecca Sanborn (composer, vocals, guitars, keys), Ji Tanzer (drums) and Kyleen King (bass). Highly narrative lyrics lurk within dynamic musical arrangements. Elements of rock, jazz and cinematic drama are blended confidently by seasoned players.
Betty and the Boy- Feb 8th @9pm + 9th @7pm
Commentators who like to keep things neatly slotted into place have struggled with Betty and The Boy, precisely because they defy simple categorization. Though the quintet’s string-laden melodies occasionally anchor them in the territories of folk, bluegrass, or minimalist rock, they’re more at home in the cracks in-between. It’s from these quirky, deeper, sometimes darker places that Betty Jaeger’s voice reaches up, takes you by the hand, and sweeps you along on an entrancing musical journey. Hailing from Kalispell, Montana, her lyrics play with imagery from nature and are almost fairy tale in style with ever so delicate presentation.The journey all started in Montana when Betty met Josh Harvey (from Portland, Oregon) a few years back and they started to collaborate. Josh is a multi-instrumentalist, has a writing style that is entirely at home alongside his musical partner and was the reason for the band’s name which emerged when they began to play together as a duo. Now based out of Eugene, Oregon, the band that grew around them like an all-embracing vine, features violinist Michelle Whitlock who likes to play her instrument in a lower register to add an intriguing layer or colour; classically-trained cellist Nanci McDonald who also plays ukulele and guitar, and Jon Conlon on bass, a deft hand in the studio from working on the garage rock and punk scene.
Robin Bacior with Grand Lake Islands-Feb 10th, 11th+12th @7pm
Robin Bacior’s voice speaks of a much older soul. With well-crafted folk vignettes softly painted in waltz timing, her songs reveal honest pictures with instrumentation as a medium to illuminate her lyrics.
Grand Lake Islands, the musical undertaking of Connecticut-born, Oregon songwriter, Erik Emanuelson and his humble compatriots. They crafts songs that can erupt in twangy free-for-alls, but at times stand bare-boned on a thin guitar line and a shaky voice.
The Harmed Brothers-Feb 13th @7pm + 14th @9pm
Fate is a very frightening word with far reaching implications. It contends there is a grand design moving you by forces you can’t comprehend. For The Harmed Brothers, fate stepped in and allowed them to embrace conviction much like a young Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar once did. Although the communion between those two may have dissolved, The Harmed Brothers’ Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido have created a similar dynamic fueled by many of Uncle Tupelo’s early offerings to the Americana movement.
Moody Little Sister- Feb 17th,18th+19th @7pm
"One is a smoky-voiced, piano-playing, 70's-inspired vixen; the other a dusty blues guitarist and singer"..
Naomi and Rob have taken this act all up and down the West Coast and are coming to you soon!
Sara Jackson-Holman- Feb 20th @7pm + 21st @9pm
It is literally from out of the blue that pianist/singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman was launched onto the national music scene. For the then 20 year-old Whitworth University piano and writing student from Bend, Oregon, nothing could have prepared her for the trajectory her life was about to take.
Left Coast Country-Feb 27th @7pm + 28th @9pm
Left Coast Country is a northwest bluegrass and country band based in Portland, OR; who deliver both high-energy original compositions and an authentic take on traditional sounds stemming from Bill Monroe to Towns van Zandt. The live Left Coast Country experience encompasses a varied display of hard driving melodies coupled with five part harmonizing vocals that appeals to a wide ranging audience.