310 N.E. Evans Street / McMinnville, OR, 97128
Saturday, January 28, 2017
7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m. Free21 and over
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Packing houses since 2006 with soulful sounds and vintage covers, Merrill will have you up off your feet and moving to the beat. Whether it's with their high energy full band shows, or stripped down, intimate acoustic sets, these guys are full of energy and pure positive vibes.
The great grandson of Alcatraz inmate Leo Craney, lead singer Chris Merrill knows a thing or two about hard times. Merrill grew up in poverty in Rockwood, Oregon, with his mom and three brothers in a small apartment. Constantly struggling, it was those hard times that led to his love of music. Used as an escape from menacing bullies, or the lack of resources, Merrill was moved at a young age by the emotion and passion of soul and rhythm and blues music. It was that same emotion and passion that would drive Merrill in his own pursuits as a musician, songwriter, and entertainer.
In addition to playing regular shows throughout the great northwest, they've opened for bands such as Maroon 5, John Legend, Counting Crows, The Flaming Lips, played the 2007 Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle among artists like Crowded House and Kings Of Leon, and have received regional airplay for their song "The One Thing" off their first album Evolutions.
In fact, "The One Thing" was selected as the "2010 Portland Song of the Year" by West Coast Songwriters (WCS), while Fox Sports showed the love when they signed a licensing agreement with Merrill for the use of their song, "Back 4 More". In addition to Fox Sports, Merrill's songs have been heard on MTV, CBS, HGTV, E! News, and BET, as well as on select advertisements.
In January of 2016, Chris made his professional acting debut in the season 6 premiere of IFC's Emmy nominated show "Portlandia", portraying the character Shawn Devino, the new lead singer for The Flaming Lips.
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