- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Wednesday, December 26, 2012
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Redwood Son
Whether or not the name and music of Redwood Son has yet hit the big radar, this year's "Best New Artist" of the Portland Music Awards is on the rise. Their 20 Song double-disc debut, The Lion's Inside, boasts a dynamic versatility that crosses the borders of their West Coast Americana with hook-laden roots-rock and alt.country, while maintaining an authentic Universal "Pop" vibe.
Led by singer-songwriter Josh Malm, Redwood Son's long anticipated release of The Lion's Inside signifies a culmination of Malm's tireless persistence as a performer and live music presenter throughout the Pacific Northwest since 2005. Though making an initial mark under his previous moniker J*Malem, he birthed the concept of Redwood Son in 2009 searching for an honest sound representative of his childhood in the California Redwoods. The first incarnation of the band was making way towards this very album while establishing a local presence when an unexpected catastrophe struck. On November 4th, 2009 Redwood Son's original drummer and Malm's long-time friend Kipp Crawford was killed in a tragic event that remains partly unsolved. Though Redwood Son experienced a state of dismantle with uncertain destiny, Malm did not lose sight of their shared vision alongside the standing support of the group's original guitarist Chance Hayden. The project was resurrected in the spring of 2010 to nobly move forward, recording The Lion's Inside in Crawford's honor along with an unreleased dedication track titled "Because of You".
The rawness of Redwood Son's beginning is nostalgically captured on Disc One: Summer of '77, focused on the band's sound as a unit along with guest instrumentalists who compliment Malm's friendly lead vocals. Known for bringing the right guys together, trusty engineer Rob Stroup fostered Malm's connection to the authentic sounds of roots-rock and alt. country. The disc was then mixed with a warm analog approach by Rian Lewis, bringing the presence of a laid-back summer day to the ears. Less than a mile away, Disc Two: New Beautiful Day was recorded and produced simultaneously by Dean Kattari to beckon the band's mainstream viability. Here the band's core shows an even greater expansiveness shouldering a more lyrically focused sound, with guest vocals on nine of the ten tracks from singers including Gretchen Mitchell and Ray Frazier. Though the two discs stand tall individually, together they represent a full circle of Malm's musical journey thus far. His thoughfully told stories are the focal point throughout, binding his many musical influences into Redwood Son's distinctive brand of West Coast Americana.
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About Tony Smiley
Since 2000, Tony Smiley has captured audiences with his unique beats. This musical savant loops his way through a unique genre of music that you won't find anywhere else. All with witty, engaging, and energetic stage presence. His cosmic dance of electric melodies mixed with world beats, Mongolian throat singing and beat-boxing have earned the Loop Ninja a cult like following who repeatedly embark on his musical journey. Creating each track with a raw, primal and pulsating connection between rich sounds and passionate lyrics.
The songs of Tony Smiley are a tantalizing ride through electro acoustic music that will cause your musical senses to rise. During the experience you can expect original soul bearing songs, improv crowd pleasers, and creative cover mixes. As he loops his way through a set he builds the audience's anticipation by using, keyboards, drum machines, guitars, tambourine, cowbell, vocals and beat box sounds through Boss Loop pedals. His songs are original, groove-laden works of art. The loop ninja will "completely make you a believer." (Andy Summers, guitar player for the Police)
In 2010, Smiley joined the ranks of his fellow loop artists, winning 3rd place in the National Boss Loop Contest in Hollywood. Judges included: Paul Youngblood (Boss US Director), Frank Gambale (Guitar player for Chick Corea), Andy Summers (Guitar player for The Police), Derek Murdock (Bass player for Kevin Eubanks, Tonight Show Band), Michael Molenda (Editor of Guitar Player Magazine). He continues to work with Roland/Boss running pedal clinics and performing for international ad campaigns.
Currently, Smiley can often be found composing and laying down progressive loops with hip hop roots in the Pacific Northwest; flying solo or playing with musical friends such as Redwood Son, Keegan Smith and MOsley WOtta. If you would like to experience the sounds of Tony Smiley follow him on FaceBook, YouTube, MySpace and Reverbnation or schedule a show.
About Laura Ivancie
Soul touching and truth telling - Laura Ivancie is seducing hearts and minds of fans in the Portland community with a blend of musical stylings, lyrics and vocal deliveries that are frequently breathtaking. Laura's music is a mix of many genres, including elements of electronic, alternative, folk, rock, country, jazz, blues, and soul. Most often found wrapped around an acoustic guitar, Laura's soulful voice and captivating smile turn her performance venues into a communal living room. A Portland native, Laura has distilled the passions and travels of her 28 years into a seemingly effortless powerful presence that is captivating and infinitely approachable. Attending college in both Southern California and Oregon, her spirit blossomed playing college basketball, fighting fires with the US Forest Service, and song writing, while pursuing her academic program. After earning her degree in Applied Psychology and Organizational Development she hit the road with her guitar, immersing herself in Spanish culture in South America and working briefly in Buenos Aires. Returning to Portland in 2008 music became her focus - and the gift she shares with the world. Her song writing has excelled, and the number of local gigs have grown beyond count. Growing up in a conservative catholic political family has contributed to many of her songs. Her song, "Little Girl" held the #1 spot for 3 weeks straight in the Portland Lilith Fair 2010 songwriting contest. Laura takes from her life experience to create songs that paint images and stir the emotions of those who listen. For one who has only been performing professionally since 2008, this remarkable woman shows a poise and level of skill that is just begging for a larger stage.
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