Will West

  • 9 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • 21 and over

About Will West


Carolina-born songwriter Will West performs with a rotation of acoustic musicians called The Friendly Strangers, featuring an array of fantastic Portland players on banjo, cello, mandolin, horns, percussion and other surprises. Together they create a signature acoustic sound blending Old Time Roots and Folk Influences with Modern Inspirations & Positive Vibes. They tend to improvise and experiment, and they have a great time doing it.

One the 2nd Wednesday of each Month, Will West joins us with a guest member of The Friendly Strangers Band. Music starts at 8pm with a fun blend of original songs and cover tunes in a fun, casual setting.

Will West & The Friendly Strangers released their debut album called "Take this Moment" in January of 2011. Songs have been featured on KINK FM101.9 & KZME FM107.1 in the greater Portland area. The song "Understand" was featured on the KINK FM Local's Only Sampler Volume 4 in the summer of 2011. The album was recently launched as a new station on Pandora Radio.

The son of a fiddle player, West cites Old-Time Bluegrass, Blues and Heavy Metal music as some of his early influences. West moved to Portland in the summertime of 2002 and began cutting his teeth as a performer at Open-Mics and busking in Northwest Portland. He picked up his first formal gigs in 2004 and has been on a steady rise in the vibrant Northwest Music scene.

Will West has released 2 solo albums. A collection of live studio recordings called "Reconstruction" in 2004. As well as a full length studio album called "Shine" in 2007.

His live performances continue to evolve and change. As a solo performer or with variations of a band, West pulls off fantastic acoustic guitar playing with smoothly delivered vocals and harmonica. Every show is an experience and it's all about the vibe...


"The Friendly Strangers are a formidable ensemble, boasting fiddles, banjos and mandolins, all guided by West's casual ringleading" - The Portland Mercury ~ Up&Coming

"He incorporates rootsy, acoustic folk with a bluesy, almost hip-hop-like sense of rhythm. West is a funky, acoustic pop songsmith with a flare for lyricism and rich melodies." - Post & Courier (Charleston, SC)

"West's clean guitar and polished voice feel like warm sunshine through a car window." - Independent Weekly (Raleigh, NC)

"A favorite of those Delta Blues/Folk lovin' Types. Never performing a song the same way twice. This crooner is a storyteller with a soft touch. Check him out. " - Willamette Week


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