836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Friday, March 24, 2017
9 p.m.$8 in advance, $8 day of show21 and over
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The Don of Division Street delivers Americana-soaked pop
songs with heart, integrity, and plenty of wisdom and is the musical project
led by longtime Portland, OR musician Matt Cadenelli. Weaving together musical
styles from Wilco to Nick Lowe to The Kinks to Neil Young, the Don of Division
Street's sounds feature song-centric, melodious vistas aligned with insightful
Cadenelli came of age on the Jersey Shore, steeped in
Springsteen, The Smithereens, and the artistic inspiration of New York City. A
short train ride to Manhattan brought the greatest music in the world to his
ears as a youngster, leaving an indelible mark on his teenage soul. He began
drumming in 4th grade and received his first drumkit that same year from his
dad, a former drummer himself. Matt played in various rock bands throughout
high school, and soon after headed west to Boulder, CO. After a year of rocking
Boulder's University party scene, Cadenelli lived briefly in Athens, GA. and
soon landed in Eugene, Oregon. It was during this time where he began to play
guitar as well as drums professionally.
Settling in Portland, Oregon in 1998, Marcus Ginther,
bestowed upon Cadenelli the title of The Don of Division Street, because he
lived and worked and hung out on this up-and-coming, soon-to-be hip street in
Portland. Cadenelli became immersed in Portland's music scene as one of the
most sought after drummers in the city, playing with notable acts Fernando, Dr.
Theopolis, Celilo, Lewi Longmire Band, and Portland Country Underground. In
2007, founding member of The Decemberists, Ezra Holbrook and Cadenelli recorded
the album Animals In Love, playing most of the instruments between them.The
album was released in 2009 to great critical acclaim, and earned the Don of
Division Street a place in the Portland music scene.
Lowlight's music is rooted in the blues. Gospel, soul, rock, folk, country are ancestors of the same song, and it's a blues.
Lowlight is the monicker under which songwriter Nick Foltz performs. Foltz, a product of Kentucky, spent most of his life in the south, the region where so much of what is American music was born. While living in New York City in his early 20s and trying to figure out what to do with himself he started writing songs and busking in the NYC subways to make rent. After several months deciding to head to North Carolina to put together a band and see the country. This first band, The Delta Drift, was "where I learned what it really was to be in a band. How to perform live, how to really play with other musicians in a way that excited me. And how to travel with a band, like a van full of sleep-deprived pirates."
His travels eventually led him to Portland,OR and its fruitful music scene. In 2013 he began work on a new project, Lowlight. Lowlight started as a recording project.
"I had always wanted to go into the studio and make an album playing as many of the instruments as I could. It's probably hubris but also it's a way to stay mentally involved through the recording process and a way to develop songs and just have fun trying things. A way to keep things fresh. It can also be a humbling experience, like when I heard myself drumming. So I brought in a drummer, James Pearson, for a good chunk of the record."
With the release of After Sundown, Foltz has put together a band consisting of Pearson, guitarist Chris Viola, bassist Carmen Paradise and other Portland aces to bring his songs to life.
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