836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8 p.m.$7 in advance, $10 day of show21 and over
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Known in the Bay Area for their often raucous shows, Whiskerman has taken to lush string arrangements framing bold prophetic lyricism in their most recent effort. Fronted by Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Patzner, Whiskerman utilizes the structure of a classic rock band to convey a timeless familiarity, luring the listener into a new mythological landscape with a story for our time. The songs of NOMAD were written through the anxiety and uncertainty constantly revealing itself in our society towards the collapse of industrial civilization. Somehow they manage to make it all sound so catchy.
Whiskerman has gone through basically all of the growing pains a band can go through from their folkier self titled first album to their soul driven EP, BAD NEWS Produced by Tony Berg. They have maintained a working man's band approach the whole time from playing dives to dance halls, festivals and grocery stores (don't ask). Drummer Nick Cobbett, Lead Guitarist/Sitarist Charles Lloyd and Bass player Will Lawrence, all active members of this growing machine for 5 years, bring a tight groove, powerful dynamics and virtuosic chops to the landscape of Patzner's songs.
They finally found a match in Jeff Saltzman, who worked closely with the band to push them from their rock and roll backbone into a grander more symphonic sound. Working with their new label, OIM (Oaktown Indie Mayhem), the momentum and ambition keeps growing for this humble quartet.
When not recording and performing melodic, jangling rock with his band The Parson Red Heads, Evan Way has spent the past 10 years building a catalog of slow-burning folk songs that he performs under his own name. Earnest and melancholy, in the vein of classic songwriters such as Nick Drake, Damien Jurado, and Richard Buckner, his lyrics paint simple pictures of hope & hopelessness, love & loss, joy & pain. Songs about growing up and living life.
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