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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Anderson School - Haynes' Hall
Noon - 10 pm
$28 for pint glass and 12 tokens
All ages welcome21+ to sample
Noon - 10 pm$28 for pint glass and 12 tokensAll ages welcome21+ to sample
Head to school for
this education in local brews!
The Mighty Dreadful • 1 - 3 pm
The Hasslers • 4 - 6 pm
Kasey Anderson • 7- 10 pm
Tickets will be available at the door!
Thomas Edison once said, "Discontent is the first necessity of progress." Kasey Anderson's new album, Nowhere Nights, available Feb. 16 on Red River Records, is hard evidence that Edison wasn't just pontificating.
"Nowhere Nights is shorthand for whatever it is people get lost in, or sink into," Anderson says. The album, which he describes as "equal parts charge, benediction, apology and indictment," finds the gifted writer chronicling his own personal and artistic coming of age, conveyed with grace and gravity over the course of 11 songs about, as Anderson says, "the things people carry and the things they leave behind."
Nowhere Nights marks a shift in the direction of Anderson's songwriting. His debut album, Dead Roses (2004), was, he says, "an album of stories. It was me learning how to write songs while tape rolled." For the followup, The Reckoning (2007), Anderson applied what he'd learned during his maiden recording experience. The album confronted the miasma of the Bush era-"the deterioration of civil rights in America," as Anderson explains-and earned Anderson raves from Paste, No Depression, and The Onion A/V Club, among others. His third release, Way Out West, was an all-covers set recorded while on tour in Europe and released in digital format only.
On Nowhere Nights, Anderson turns his gaze inward, laying out in song the circumstances behind, and the reasons for, his personal renewal. "For almost a decade I lived in this insulated little community," Anderson says of Bellingham, Washington, where he spent eight years before moving back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon in 2007. "I woke up one morning and just knew it was time. I was numb all over. I was just a perpetual fuckup, y'know? Burning everything around me and then wondering why I smelled like smoke. I had to get out."
In the end, the fires Kasey Anderson set may have been the genesis of his stunning, cathartic song-cycle, but it is Anderson's journey through those fires that makes Nowhere Nights an album of raw, redemptive beauty.
The Hasslers are a five piece Folk-Rock/ Americana group from Missoula, Montana, currently based out of Seattle, WA. Since their formation in 2012, they've become known in the Northwest for their high-energy, air-tight performances, intricate instrumental arrangements, and catchy, yet powerful lyrics and vocal melodies. Built around Matt Hassler's songwriting, the group has become a staple of their genre, providing support for acts like Robert Earl Keen, Blitzen Trapper, the Cave Singers, the Heartless Bastards, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, and many more.Horn players, weeping pedal steel, electrifying guitar solos and 3 part vocal harmonies abound. Genuine, hard-hittin', MT folk-rock, erudite pool-hall rock, doesn't matter what you call it, it's fun to watch and it's good to listen to. Northwest Music Scene of Seattle, WA writes:"If you hold strong, personal lyrics in high regard, but also like the sound of muscular folk and alt-country, The Hasslers aren’t to be skipped out on. We recommend picking up a copy of State Center and keeping it in steady rotation for a long, long time." Independent Clauses of Raleigh, North Carolina writes:"Even though the songwriting and instrumentals are brilliant, Matt Hassler’s vocal performances are even more stellar. He has the sort of lithe, evocative voice that can sell any line, whether it’s a wisecrack, a confession, or an observation."
There aren't many musical conglomerates that can boast like The Mighty Dreadful. Through hard work and determination, they have established themselves as one of Washington's most prolific and dynamic bluegrass groups. Founders Kelly and Clayton first crossed paths through craigslist and a mutual enthusiasm for all things country music. They immediately began hunting for gigs and other folks to play with. Their living-room recordings earned them a slot at the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival, after which they were praised for their vocal harmonies and instrumental prowess. Their dedication to art landed them a premier spot at the Ocean Shores-based ABC Fest in February of 2016. March brought the inclusion of Andy Lowe and Nick Mclean on the upright bass and lead guitar, respectively. Both are longtime friends and troublemaking companions of Clay, and as such, a natural fit. The newly arranged stringband has since recorded eight original songs, and a variety of covers. When not in the studio, the Dreadful combine to form a musical juggernaut on stage, captivating audiences with strong vocal harmonies and self-deprecating humor.
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