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Monday, June 5, 2017

Will West

Nathan Earle
Tanner Cundy

7 p.m.

Free

21 and over

Will West

Will West

Carolina-born 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 it.

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...

Website:
http://www.willwestmusic.com/

MySpace page:
http://www.myspace.com/willsmusic

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlystrangers/

Video:
https://vimeo.com/195249689

Nathan Earle

Nathan Earle

A son of the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas, Nathan Earle has now made a home in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. Earle's ties to Midwestern folk and gospel traditions are interwoven with the soulful and verdant hues of the Northwest. His impassioned vocal delivery and introspective story-telling can break into the most well-guarded hearts without setting off the alarms. Catch him with NW Americana Soul Outfit The Get Ahead or out doing his own thing.

Tanner Cundy

Tanner Cundy

When you happen across a Tanner Cundy show, you get the feeling from the moment he picks up his guitar that you're in for a unique experience - and you'd be spot-on, as the Cornish-born Cundy might say.

It wouldn't be out of place to assume that this guy has a novel approach to music; he's a self-described "hardcore lefty" who slings a right-handed guitar upside down, lays claim to having played a German bass lute on a pop record and has filled many a role for a wide variety of acts from Portland and beyond.   Check his journal and you'd come across entries like engineering a score for the 48 Hour Film Festival and fronting an Irish rock band.  Browse his setlist and you'd find gems from every decade - Floyd fans, those whose favorite band is The Band, even Tool aficionados would take note of familiar titles amongst the dozens of original tunes he's penned. 

This variety of experience gets blended on high to create some truly memorable sets, and it's clear that Cundy's time playing live with many local groups (Will West and the Friendly Strangers, The Druthers) has had the perfect seasoning effect.  If you enjoy a skillful, authentic performance, coupled with rapid-fire humour and a couple pints of local fare, then you would do well to catch the next Cundy performance.

website:
http://www.tannercundy.com/

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