888 Liberty St. N.E. / Salem, OR, 97301
Friday, February 24, 2017
8 p.m.Free21 and over
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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
Will West & The
Friendly Strangers are cruising along after the release of their 2nd album
called "Sunshine" in July 2012. Performing in various
Northwest Festivals & Outdoor Concert Series during the Summer of
2012. Songs have been featured on KNRK 94.7, KINK fm 101.9 and KZME 107.1
in the Portland area.
They released their debut album called
"Take this Moment" in January of 2011. The song
"Understand" was featured on the KINK FM Local's Only CD
Volume 4 in the summer of 2011. The album was nominated for "Album
of the Year" by the 2012 Portland Music Awards and it has recently
launched as a 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
also released 3 solo albums and several limited press EP's.
"to inspire" by Will West (live & lo-fi) ~ April 2009. A
collection of live studio recordings and home studio work by Will West and
guest bandmates. (limited press)
"Shine" by Will West ~ April 2007. Will's debut studio album.
Recorded with Rob Stroup at 8 Ball Studio in Portland, Oregon.
"Reconstruction" by Will West ~ Jan 2004. A collection of
intimate acoustic recording of Will West at Ethos Studio in Portland, Oregon.
Their 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. Each show
is an experience and it's all about the vibe...
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