Tuesday, October 30, 2012

White Eagle

    • "Add Love Showcase" w/ Will West, The Druthers, The Sale & Special Guests

    8:30 p.m.

    21 and over


"Add Love Showcase" w/ Will West, The Druthers, The Sale & Special Guests

A new monthly showcase hosted by Will West.  On the Last Tuesday of the month, join Will West and friends for a lively night of fun music, positive vibes and cool collaborations.

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.

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 nominated for Album of the Year by the 2012 Portland Music Awards and has 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