836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Echo Pearl Varsity
9 p.m.$5 in advance, $5 day of show21 and over
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Echo Pearl Varsity is an exciting new blend of jazz-fusion and post-rock from Portland, Oregon. The band began taking shape in the summer of 2012 with the joining of guitarist / singer and lead songwriter Sam Luna and drummer, Ian Taylor. The later additions of bassist Nolan Henderson and saxophonist Levi Downey completed the band, and what started as a project on Luna's computer became what it was intended to be.Their first release was a five song EP titled Tragic Bronson, a sample of what their sound would evolve into, with an original music video to go with it. Now, after years of writing and performing locally the first studio album, 'Fires,' is available on Bandcamp, CDbaby, iTunes and streaming on Spotify and Tidal.
Portland-based duo Ellis Pink paints a pop landscape that feels impossibly full for its two members, especially when created live from only vocals, keyboards, and drums with no use of backing tracks or loops.The lifelong musicians compliment one another partially due to their stylistic differences: while keyboardist/vocalist Simon-Muir Filene was learning jazz piano and singing along to Sam Cooke records, drummer Connor Acott was playing afro-cuban hand percussion and discovering math rock. By the time the pair met, both had immersed themselves in the world of electronic music; yet they each held a deep desire to create those sounds in a live setting from scratch, feeling and improvising in the moment rather than meticulously programming. When they realized that collaborating with one another was the key to this shared fantasy, Ellis Pink was born.
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