303 SW 12th Avenue Portland, OR, 97204
Friday, November 19, 2021
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
6pm - 9pm
$5 cover fee
21 and over
6pm - 9pm$5 cover fee21 and over
William Topley's lyrics are subtle vignettes of life that take in universal themes that are filtered through the lens of late night performances, morning after black coffees and too many cigarettes. They are songs that deliver more with each listening and give you a real sense of the journey and the feelings that affect each and everyone of us. Dire Straits guitar legend Mark Knopfler, says of Topley: "He's big-hearted, emotional and strictly legit."
William Topley has developed a dedicated fan base in the U.S. ever since the release of Prince of the Deep Water in 1991, his first album with his band The Blessing. Producer Neil Dorfsman (Sting, Dire Straits) described him as "the most original songwriter I've heard for years." The influences, still recognisable in his music, were already there - The Stones, Van Morrison, the best of soul and southern rock. The album catapulted The Blessing into a world tour, videos in Jamaica, TV stations in Paris and soccer stadiums in Germany with Simply Red and Level 42.
Based out of Bend, OR, Pete Kartsounes is an award-winning singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso that has been bringing his eclectic style and smokey soulful voice to stages all around the world for over two decades. As an artistic renaissance man, Pete has an eye for beauty in sound and sight, and is also a master behind the lens in both photography and videography.
A lover of life and beauty, a champion of the power of human-spirit to overcome life's challenges and celebrate the good in life and in us all, Pete's music instills a sense of hope and courage to rise up, make the best of life, and become our all.
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