Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lukas Borsten

Ryan Oxford (engineer/producer behind Y La Bamba's latest, w/ a band feat. Jacob Miller)

7 p.m.


21 and over

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Lukas Borsten

Lukas Borsten

Lukas Borsten is a songwriter/saxophone/guitar man in Portland, OR. After playing with Amanda Palmer, touring nationally, releasing an album at the Wonder Ballroom, producing a series of monthly living room concerts (HAUS Shows), impersonating Bob Dylan and writing for three bands simultaneously, he has now sharpened his focus.

His new and primary band is a six-piece outfit called Ghost Towns. The project was born when Lukas received a grant to spend a week writing/recording in a cabin on the coast of Longview, WA. After five days of solitary work, five musical friends came up to record the new songs and play them through for a caravan of vacationing NW folks. After the performance it was apparent that everyone was jazzed to keep the project going as a regularly performing band back in Portland! Featuring six players on instruments like trumpet, violin, saxophone, accordion, and banjo in addition to the rhythm section, the group is capable of a widely diverse array of sounds.

Lukas is obsessed with both Bob Dylan and Neutral Milk Hotel. Consequently, you can often see him on street corners dressed up as Dylan, busking with songs from the ‘63-'66 catalog. Ghost Towns is capable of performing many Dylan tunes, and can play Neutral Milk Hotel's seminal album In The Aeroplane Over the Sea in its entirety.
The Bottlecap Boys and Lefty & the Twin are Lukas' two other bands, both of which will be performing sets during the upcoming Al's Den residency.





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