2014 New Year's Eve at Kennedy School
Urban Sub All Stars with MOsley WOtta
Free Music by
Freak Mountain Ramblers
- Kennedy School |
- Tuesday, December 31, 2013
- 9 p.m. |
- Free Music by Freak Mountain Ramblers; Theater music $15 advance, $20 day of show; Lodging packages with music start at $370 per couple |
- 21 and over
Tickets on sale now!
About 2014 New Year's Eve at Kennedy School
Make it a night to remember by booking one of our exclusive overnight packages and partying in the Kennedy School Theater to Urban Sub All Stars with MOsley WOtta, Tony Smiley & Redwood Son.
Tickets to just the Theater music are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
Free music in the Kennedy School Gym by the Freak Mountain Ramblers.
About Urban Sub All Stars with MOsley WOtta
Urban Subs blend a fresh mix of funk, Soul, R&B, reggae, and hip-hop to achieve a universally friendly sound. Their vibe creates a fun positive energy that music lovers from all backgrounds can appreciate.
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 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 Freak Mountain Ramblers
Portland's own Freak Mountain Ramblers bring a rollicking brand of rock 'n' roll, bluegrass, alternative country and country-blues to every show they play.
With a lineup including three members of the inimitable and notorious Holy Modal Rounders / Clamtones amalgamation of the '70s and '80s, Freak Mountain Ramblers has its roots in the underbelly of the alternative music scene that existed at that time, both in Portland and across the country. The Freaks have accumulated a loyal following in the Portland area by dependably creating beauty and bedlam at their live shows, and by producing CDs that successfully translate that energy and excitement to disc. Four lead singer/songwriters, each with a distinct character and approach to life and music, provide a dynamic show that packs the rooms with some of the most interesting music fans around.
The Freak Mountain Ramblers are veteran performers packing decades of experience. FMR members have been core musicians of the Holy Modal Rounders, Golden Delicious, the Clamtones, Richard Cranium and the Phoreheads, Prairie Dogs, Swingline Cubs, The Trail Band, and The Fly By Night Jass Band.
"... Freak Mountain Ramblers aren't your typical country western band. Not only have they chucked the slick yippie-ki-yay good looks of contemporary C&W singers for the haggard couture of mountain men, their lyrics have bizarrely warped the genre's storytelling. One song starts as a fable about two fighting neighbors and picks up speed until they have doused each other with gasoline. Strangely addictive and disturbingly fun, the song is sung in sweet tones and set to a galloping swing." - Portland Mercury