310 N.E. Evans Street / McMinnville, OR, 97128
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Hotel Oregon - Cellar Bar
7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.
21 and over
7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m. Free21 and over
Musically, Jason O’Neill-Butler is a renaissance man: equally deft on bass,
flute, and piano, regardless of whether he is writing original music or working
as a sideman. His musical journey has been eclectic, culminating in his most
recent project, The Green Mountain Guild. The name “Green Mountain Guild” was
passed down by his parents, who in the early seventies struck out for rural
Vermont to create a back-to- the-land theater company. This flourished for
almost three decades under the same name. It was there, as a young child that
Jason would first fall in love with his lifelong passion, music. Patiently
waiting for rehearsals to end, he would slip in and experiment on the piano for
hours on end.
piano, although important for composing, has always played an accompanying role
to his voice. Singing is what gives him a sense of joy, calm and focus. He
began his performing career at the age of nine and quit theater when he turned
16, focusing solely on music. Folk, jazz, art rock, gospel, classical,
minimalism, indie pop, experimental, ambient, he has wandered through a
menagerie of genres and come out the other side still holding true to his own
sound yet carrying a treasure chest of identifiable sonic elements gleaned from
his journey. He has been performing in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years and
has a catalogue of fifteen recordings both as a sideman and composer.
captivating compositions hold just as much for listeners as they do for the
composer. Floating over his electric piano, Jason’s soothing voice creates a
warm, cozy ambiance that lulls listeners into the world of the songs; gentle,
soothing folk and soul inspired pop ballads in the vein of Rufus Wainwright, or
Nick Drake. It is music that evokes roaring fireplaces, intimate conversations
with close friends, and the dizzying haze of love, and would seem equally at
home humming from the car stereo on wistful night drives, or serenading lovers
in an intimate dinner setting.
Green Mountain Guild was launched with a full band in Portland, Jason recently
relocated south to the Rogue Valley with his family to complete a new album,
and a clean stripped-down performance style.
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