303 S.W. 12th Ave. / Portland, OR, 97205
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
21 and over
7 p.m.Free21 and over
The downright truth about Alexander and Jenke Records is that it is an expression of rebellion in a society that is trapped
within institutional conformities and down-the-road retirement plans.
Filled with an introspective and strikingly truthful style of
songwriting, his music can be downright mind-bending -- especially for
those of us who have grown used to Pandora's corporate jukebox and the
cultural clichs that run with it. - Huffington Post
Tommy Alexander is an American born singer-songwriter and Folk Artist based out of Portland, Oregon.
Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Alexander had never written or played music until he got a guitar as a gift for his 21st birthday. A highly ranked amateur baseball player at the time, Tommy quit the sport, dropped out of college, and threw himself into writing and performing music full time.
He released his debut full-length solo album Basement Soul in April of 2014. He has also released music as Quiet Lion, Set Up City, and Agent Slacker.
Alexander focuses on a stripped-down "basement indie" sound with influences from American folk music that reflects his personal songwriting style. "I focus on poetry and music and my inspiration, and from there I just let it all flow through me." In the era of synthetic electro-pop, audiences from across the country have connected with Alexander's intimate sound..
Over the past two years alone, Tommy has been fortunate to share the stage with acts such as Michael McDonald, Kevin Devine, Rising Appalachia, People Under the Stairs, Milo Greene, Johnnyswim, Night Beds, Spirit Family Reunion.
"A few years later I received Basement Soul (Self-Produced, 2014) and it's like Alexander must have sold his soul to the Devil because these 12 tracks are gorgeous and soft, using guitar, bass, and drums with light-hearted focus, and Tommy's voice has altered into a mesmerizing, deep tenor, articulate and sincere. Basement Soul is a country/folk/americana beauty."- John Powell // Cider Mag
Lewi Longmire has built a reputation as Portland's
multi-instrumentalist "go to guy." In the years since relocating to
Portland from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he's been included on shows and
recordings by many of the Northwest's finest bands and songwriters. He's played
with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Dolorean, AgesandAges,
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Blue Giant/Viva Voce/The Robinsons,
Dolorean, the Minus 5, Breathe Owl Breathe and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as
local luminaries Denver, The Portland Country Underground, Midlo/Pancake
Breakfast, Quiet Life, Fernando, James Low, Perhapst, Electric Ill, Little Sue,
Casey Neill, Michael Jodell, the Freak Mountain Ramblers, and is an anchor
member of Portland's all-star tribute to the Allman Brothers, Brothers and
Recently, though, Lewi has taken all the things he learned from
working with these fine performers and has been spending his time leading a
roots rock/americana band of his own, singing his own compositions. This group owes
much to the American tradition of good songs played with high energy, deep
roots, and an unpretentious sense of fun. Their sound finds the connection
between the basement feel of The Band, the raspy blue-eyed soul of Joe Cocker,
the desert space of Giant Sand, the "without a net" deep space
improvisations of the San Francisco ballrooms, the punk abandon of The Stooges
and the quiet contemplation of Neil Young playing solo.
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