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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Will West

Robert Wynia

Groovy Wallpaper

7 pm

Free

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Will West

Modern folk & blues

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

Robert Wynia

Robert Wynia

Robert Wynia is a native son of the Western US. Born in Oregon, he has been performing and writing all his life. He has been voted Best Male Performer, Best New Artist, and Performer of the Year in Eugene and Portland, and received two preliminary Grammy nominations for his work with his band "Floater." He has appeared in numerous radio, television and web-based shows and has traveled extensively on tour. With his debut solo release "Iron by Water," Wynia created an atmosphere of open plains, shadowed woods and remote towns, and filled those landscapes with hook-laden melodies of obsession, love and  hope for redemption. "Iron by Water" weaves a tapestry in rhythms and film-score style music, with enough pop sensibility to keep the listener wanting more. The fusion of alt-country, pop, blues and rock is hard to pigeonhole, but easy to lose yourself in from the first listen.

?His newest release, "Brave the Strange" is a lush, cinematic musical journey through songs of lost love, addiction, and the struggle to find your way. It represents the bold collaboration of Wynia as producer with co-producer Daniel Riddle (King Black Acid), who brings his illustrious career with movie soundtrack production to the album's sonic palette. Recruiting the talents of some of the Northwest's best known and most talented musicians, "Brave the Strange" features a rich array of organic instruments and layers of sound that pull the listener in. The deeply personal and heartfelt vocals move effortlessly from sparse guitar and voice passages to grand orchestral tidal waves of sound, all the while drawing you further and further in. The drums and electric guitar often times sitting back and simply providing a comfortable canvas for the voice and other gathered instruments to paint.

?Robert Wynia currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where is a musician, producer, and performer in numerous projects. Learn more at robertwynia.com or email management@typhonrecords.com.

Groovy Wallpaper

Creative & eclectic cello

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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