Sunday, July 24, 2022

The Silent Comedy

Michael Dean Damron

7 p.m.

$18 in advance, $20 day of show

21 and over

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The Silent Comedy

Rock infused Americana

The Silent Comedy

Rough-hewn, expansive American rock & roll, the music of The Silent Comedy channels the blues, Honky- Tonk, and punk into a euphoric declaration that, when trouble arises, we lift our voices high. The brothers Zimmerman spent their formative years traveling the world with missionary parents. The family returned to the U.S. and wandered before settling in San Diego, California, in a house bare to the bones apart from an upright piano. In search of catharsis, the teens found solace in songwriting.

Soon enough that songwriting became a pile of songs, and the call of the stage became too much to ignore. The young band proved capable of throwing wild, raucous shows and word began to spread. This led to years of touring, performing with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford and Sons, Arctic Monkeys, and Vampire Weekend, as well as gracing stages at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Kaaboo, Summer Meltdown and more.

The band recorded and self-released a series of albums for their growing fan base: Sunset Stables (2007), The Silent Comedy EP (2008), Common Faults (2010), and the Cruelty & Clemency EP (2011). Their reputation continued to grow, and soon the brothers’ music had sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been streamed in the millions, despite no label support. Studio collaborations with Kris Kristofferson and members of Dave Matthews Band followed.

Still, the brothers weren’t fully satisfied. They had yet to capture the elusive, incorporeal magic of their live show on tape. They found the answer in Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Jet, The Darkness). The resulting studio sessions led to a body of work that includes the EP Friends Divide and LP Enemies Multiply.

While their lyrics are often focused on the darker side of humanity, they also bring catharsis and comfort to people who find themselves in difficult times. After a hiatus, The Silent Comedy is ready once again to bring their medicine to the masses. Writing and recording, cracking knuckles and shining up the live show. the music of The Silent Comedy has always served their fans – and the band themselves - as a source of comfort in the face of uncertainty, chaos, and despair. “If our music continues to have that effect on people, then we will be here, making more of it.” says Joshua. “Dark songs for dark days.” 



Michael Dean Damron


Michael Dean Damron

Michael Dean Damron... "Michael is one full grown walking bad ass song writing son of a bitch with grit, groove, tone, taste and high coolness." ~ Ray Wylie Hubbard

Michael Dean Damron is one of the strongest flag-bearers for the old guard of Portland country-punkers whose songwriting remains as sharp as it was 10 years ago. As leader of the explosive band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Damron's songs have struck a thematic balance of angry  diatribes and nostalgia for '50s pop culture, all while railing against a broken system. A former boxer who also served with the Army's 101st Airborne, Damron's wellspring of material comes to the forefront on his new solo LP, When the Darkness Come. Produced by Fernando Viciconte, When the Darkness Come posits earnest tunes confronting aging, alcoholism, womanizing, and disability ("Diabetes Blues") in new sonic avenues for Damron. Ambient instrumentation decorates Damron's typically story-driven vignettes of underdogs, and puts this debut solo effort in a new class for the longtime singer/songwriter.


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