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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Will West

Moody Little Sister
Groovy Wallpaper

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

Moody Little Sister

Moody Little Sister

Moody Little Sister is the next great band to emerge from Portland. Their songwriting is emotionally moving and beautifully structured...a rare combination of moment-by-moment inspiration.
- Mike Meyer, concert producer, KRVM-fm

Some things are just meant to be. When Naomi Hooley moved 3000 miles, from a small town in Alaska, the chances of meeting Rob Stroup, from a small town in Oregon, were pretty slim. But it happened... and from the moment they met it was clear they were destined to combine their abundant musical talents. Rob is the producer, co-writer and band mate for Naomi's energetic, emotional and evolutionary vintage piano-pop.

A prolific writer with a unique style and vocal signature, Naomi has been praised by the media for a voice both "soulful and bold." She recalls 70's folk legends from Jim Croce to Carole King but is informed by the modern vocal prowess of Adele or Annie Lennox.

A founding member of Portland's famed roots rockers, The Baseboard Heaters, Rob's musical background draws on 60's rock and classic country and is informed by the "Oklahoma sound" of JJ Cale and the bluesy sides of Dylan.

The two have released their masterwork "Wild Places" produced by Pete Droge ("If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)") and features the haunting drums of Jay Bellerose (Alison Krauss/Robert Plant "Rainsing Sand," Elton John/Leon Russell "Union") and the bass playing of Jennifer Condos (Ray LaMontagne, Stevie Nicks). Naomi says: "This record is truly the best work of my life. I wrote songs from my honest soul; Rob and I co-wrote for the first time in our careers. I think the results are a fusion of energies. It's a combination of beauty and hardship, just like life."

Together they cover a lot of ground and meld powerful piano and acoustic guitar to support their dazzling harmonies and profound story telling. Naomi and Rob have taken this act up and down the West Coast - from rock clubs to camp grounds to the Grand Canyon - and continue to be lovingly received by a diverse and growing audience.

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

Website:
http://moodylittlesister.com/

Groovy Wallpaper

Groovy Wallpaper

Groovy Wallpaper is Skip vonKuske (Portland Cello Project, Vagabond Opera, Cellotronik) and Don Henson (Sneakin Out, The Adequates, The Druthers, Kathryn Claire). Skip is Portland's foremost cellist and Don is known for his Rube Goldberg-like percussion set up and performance. To call them a cello and percussion duo would fall far short of the mark.

Myspace:
https://myspace.com/groovywallpaper/music/songs

Website:
http://skipvonkuske.com/projects/

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