5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. / Portland, OR, 97211
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Kennedy School - Gymnasium
7 p.m. til 9 p.m
All ages welcome
7 p.m. til 9 p.m FreeAll ages welcome
Referred to as "shoegazer country" or "a singer-songwriter with a druggy, psychedelic backing band," Portland, Oregon's Hearts of Oak, the mastermind of front man/songwriter Nate Wallace. Their songs owe as much to the Americana forefathers as it does Crazy Horse, Velvet Underground, and even Spiritualized, Hearts of Oak breaks free of the standard confines of traditional alt. country, adding a hazy, acid-laced trip to the mix.
Sarah Gwen's music is a remarkably direct, honest, and bold
form of Americana and her first person tales of love and longing draw
comparisons to P.J. Harvey, Lucinda Williams, and Liz Phair.
Sarah started writing songs as a teenager in her native
Idaho, where she and a close childhood friend shared a mutual interest in
songwriting and the music on the radio. When Sarah relocated to Portland in
2001, she all but stopped performing or writing music. In the years that
followed, however, she rediscovered her writing talent as a way to process the
difficult challenges that her life presented.
In recent years, Sarah had been making home recordings and
playing occasionally around Portland, largely flying under the radar of the
music community at large. This changed in 2010 when she caught the ear of some
top-shelf local musicians and supporters who helped her put the pieces in place
to record a debut CD of her stunning material.
This self-titled debut CD, to be released in April of 2012,
includes the rhythm section from Ray LaMontagne's Prairie Dogs, Jay Bellerose
and Jennifer Condos, as well as Portland guitarist Scott Weddle (Storm Large,
Amelia, The Flatirons), and multi-instrumentalist Mark Orton (Tin Hat Trio).
Bellerose is one of the most in-demand drummers in the business, and has recently
worked with T-Bone Burnett, Robert Plant / Alison Krauss, Joe Henry and many
Sarah's presence as a live performer is striking and the
songs never fail to elicit a passionate reaction from those who hear them. The
sky is the limit for Sarah Gwen as an artist, one should not miss the
opportunity to experience a singer and songwriter of this talent at such a
Sarah is doing a residency stint at the White Eagle in
Portland on Monday evenings in February to prepare for a busy year promoting
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