Al’s Den (All ages welcome ‘til 5 p.m.; then 21 & over) 3 p.m. · History tour ends; grab a drink at the bar while you wait for… 3:30 p.m. · “Showtime! At the Crystal” – Joe Kregal, a native Portlander, talks about the powerful, incendiary R&B performances (and great behind-scenes details) he witnessed at the Crystal in the early 1960s, by such legendary artists as James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Ike & Tina Turner. 5 p.m. · (21 & over) Performance by Portland’s finest (and funniest) drag star, Poison Waters 7 p.m. · (21 & over) Mimi Naja (of Fruition) with Brad Parsons
Lola’s Room (21 & over) 4 p.m. ’til 7 p.m. · McMenamins ales, wines and spirits tastings 4 p.m. ’til 6 p.m. · Floating Pointe 6 p.m. · Limited-Edition Beer Tasting 7 p.m. · Interview with the Tour Band 7:30 p.m. · Great NW Music Tour presents… Red Wanting Blue
Hot Buttered Rum
Initially formed as an acoustic string band, seven years of constant touring has transformed Hot Buttered Rum into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. Their left-coast rock reveals an access to jazz, country, and world music that few groups can match. While the band's music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delights listeners at every turn.
Hot Buttered Rum's story is one of evolution. The "high altitude bluegrass" era captured on their first studio album, In These Parts, found the band enjoying success at such diverse stages as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Along the way, the group shared the stage with some of today's most accomplished artists, including Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile. In 2006, acoustic pioneer Mike Marshall produced Hot Buttered Rum's second studio album, Well-Oiled Machine, and captured the sound of a hard-touring band charting its course along the highways and byways of American music.
The continued expansion of Hot Buttered Rum's sound and writing found a home in Live in the Northeast. More electric pickups made their way to the stage, along with an increased focus on songwriting. As the band developed a heavier sound, fans and press began to describe them as a rock band with acoustic instruments. It therefore came as no surprise when, following the departure of mandolinist Zac Matthews, the other founding members Aaron Redner (fiddle and mandolin), Bryan Horne (upright bass), Nat Keefe (guitar), and Erik Yates (banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and resophonic guitar) joined forces with Everyone Orchestra conductor and drummer Matt Butler.
The new lineup has recently emerged from San Francisco's Mission Bells Studios, where they recorded Limbs Akimbo under the watchful eye of producer Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips). Featuring guest appearances by Jackie Greene (Skinny Singers, Phil Lesh and Friends) and Zach Gill (ALO, Jack Johnson), the album marks the beginning of a new creative phase. Limbs Akimbo now signals the arrival of a highly matured, impressively listenable, stirringly rocking, and pleasantly poppy sound. Proving himself a forceful producer, Bluhm has struck an impressive balance between highlighting the multi-instrumental, cross-genre elements of the band's sound while avoiding the contemporary trappings of music that is complex and different merely for the sake of complexity and difference. The result is beautifully paradoxical: a tremendous, minimalist pop album full of hints, teases, and cameos of the band's complex musical personality.
In "Something New," Keefe recites the familiar wedding adage "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." And right there, in a nutshell, is Limbs Akimbo: an album that is both an elegy and reincarnation of Hot Buttered Rum's past sound, that borrows heavily from the rock pantheon while sprinkling in just a little of everything else.
Sassparilla was fermented in the bold-dank regions of Chicago and Pittsburgh and spewed onto the sidewalk of Portland's 24th & Alberta from the mouth of a 5-gallon bucket, with homemade instruments in their clutches: a cigar-box guitar made from Granny's old jewelry box, a washtub bass given a severe beating with a stick, a polka dotted bucket drum kit with rusty break-drum & a hat-box bass. Adding to the mix is a smooth, lulling washboard's rat-tatting - articulated by a man named "Sweet Pea'" and a melodic and blustery fiddle/harmonica duo that dances and interjects like a muscular horn section. With passion, fury, speed, hustle and emotion, the whiskey rains like hellfire, the fingers fly over resonators, and this sextet muster their collective will to never play like cowards.
The result is a one-of-a-kind concoction of homemade, punk-infused, Portland blood-jug holler music.
Ashleigh Flynn's finest album, American Dream, is alive with stories about down-and-outers, young and old, all still hopeful, as is Flynn, that they can achieve the American Dream.
From Kentucky, Ashleigh Flynn grew up foot stomping along the Ohio River as the steamboats and barges made their way to the muddy Mississippi. An electrifying performer blessed with unbridled charisma and the voice of angel, Flynn has released two previous full-length studio efforts, Chokecherry (2002) and Ashleigh Flynn, self-titled (1999). The Village Voice regards Ashleigh as "A darling of the NW Americana scene", writing: "Flynn adds a smoky soulful voice ... marrying styles such as bluegrass to pop."
Flynn has traveled near and far, touting her tunes, and amassing new fans in markets all over the US & Europe - including month long "up and comers" residencies at The Living Room and Pianos in New York City, and Toad in Cambridge, and a few trips across the pond.
Led by singer-songwriter Scott
Terry, Red Wanting Blue is proudly based in Columbus, Ohio, but might as well
be America's local band. For years, the group had been hiding in plain sight as
Terry went about logging thousands of miles on the road throughout the nation's
heartland, making fans the hard way - one at a time.
With only the aid of word of mouth,
hard work and perseverance, Red Wanting Blue has established an exceedingly
loyal following in and around the Midwest where the band regularly fills clubs
normally reserved for bigger names.
Terry's passionate and poetic songs,
anchored by his powerful baritone, are the kind of tunes that could only have
been written by a man who has lived this kind of life on the road. It's these
songs and Terry's moving delivery of them that knocks 'em dead, but leaves 'em
talking. Most importantly, it keeps 'em coming back for more. Traveling with
Terry are band mates Mark McCullough (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Greg Rahm (Keys,
Guitars, Organ, Vocals), Eric Hall Jr. (Guitars, Lap Steel, Mandolin, Banjo,
Vocals) and Dean Anshutz (Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel), who together build
the unshakable rock powerhouse that has helped bring Red Wanting Blue to
nationwide attention after all of this time.
Red Wanting Blue's upcoming studio
recording From The Vanishing Point (Jan. 10th, Fanatic Records) is a
coming-of-age album for the band and its first to be recorded for a label after
several self-released records. Picking up where its autobiographical previous
release These Magnificent Miles left off, From The Vanishing Point is the
answer to those whose heads have been turning to ask, "Who is this
band?" The album sheds some of Red Wanting Blue's small-town sensibilities
as it evolves into the world-class rock n' roll outfit that audiences have
believed in for years and marks an official move to the national stage for a
band that will always remember where it's from.
"...enduringly bright, promising
and wonderful." - Blurt
"...delivered with such
conviction that you don't doubt it for a second." - Performing Songwriter
"...sums up everything anyone is
trying to say in pop music today..." - The Aquarian
"...often stunning, always
inviting, and shows a band you can trust in full flower." - Foxy Digitalis
"I've already played it seven
times in a row, and it looks like it'll go an eighth... ninth, and most likely
fifteenth time before I'm done here." - The Front Loader
"We're talking some seriously
high caliber musicians folks. One song in and I was hooked. They proceeded to
blow me away song by song." - Quirky New York Chick
"I've made them an exception to
my no-majors rule because this album is damn good." - Berkeley Place
The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band. The Bushes'
innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional
music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian
Welch and David Rawlings, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still. Jes Raymond's joyful
singing and songwriting and is supported by carefully constructed soundscapes
that feature the virtuosic fiddle of Jakob Breitbach. A longtime
Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent
tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with
an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats.
Jes Raymond first started singing in a church children's choir in her
hometown of White River Junction, Vermont. Her parents were avid bluegrass
fans, but it was in North Carolina where she was a music major at UNC that she
found her own love for the "mountain sound". She picked up a used guitar, and
has followed it wherever it has led. She is the recipient of the Jackstraw
Productions Artist Award and the Seattle City Artist Award.
Jakob Breitbach first learned to play the fiddle when he was 3 years old
with a paperback copy of "The Hobbit" and a wooden spoon. At 8 years old he was
called onstage to play a tune with the grandfather of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
Jakob earned his degree in Jazz Violin from Cornish College of the Arts and
continues to study with his mentor Paul Anastasio. In 2008 he toured with The
Asylum Street Spankers out of Austin, TX.
"Their blend of traditional Bluegrass and Folk elements with more
contemporary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good
Tanyas." (Joseph Kyle; The Big Takeover)
The Blackberry Bushes Stringband has performed at The Wintergrass Festival
in Bellevue, WA; The Oregon Country Fair; Northwest Folklife; Swallow Hill
Music Association, Yosemite's Strawberry Music Festival, North Carolina's
Shakori Hills Festival, Berkley's Freight and Salvage and hundreds of other
venues across the United States and Europe. It is a rare magic to
artfully fuse elements from many genres into a sound that retains distinct
threads of sonic color.
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Poison Waters is not just a personality, Poison Waters is an
experience. Hundreds of thousands have enjoyed the one of a kind entertainment
and dynamic presence that only Poison Waters can provide. Over two decades
young, the Poison Waters experience continues to grow and update itself with
our ever changing times, while holding tight the unique qualities that this
Community Leader has become synonymous with: Dedication, Passion, Humor, Joy
and Positive Light!
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