Saturday, April 13, 2024


with special guest, Kris Stuart

8 pm

$13 in advance, $13 at the doors
Limited seating; advanced tickets do not guarantee seats. Standing room available.

21 and over

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Hi-energy delta blues-rock

Woodbrain Recently signed to prominent Memphis Roots/Blues label Yellow Dog Records, Woodbrain (formerly the Joe McMurrian Quartet) brings a unique brand of high energy, modern delta blues rock jam sound to every show. Woodbrain features Joe McMurrian (guitar, banjo, vocal), Jimi Bott (drums), David Lipkind (harmonica) and Jason Honl (bass). The guitar-harmonica-bass-drums line-up might be mistaken for a typical blues collective -- at least until this fiery foursome begins to play, when it quickly becomes apparent they are potentially an evolutionary force in the genre. Or several genres at once. Woodbrain's energy is incendiary; their music deeply rooted in tradition. And yet their songwriting and improvisation pull those roots in all kinds of directions informed by the generations of Son House, Jimi Hendrix, and John Coltrane. Without sacrificing an iota of heart or soul, their sound effortlessly skirts boundaries to reach blues, rock, Americana, and jam scene listeners alike. Like fellow roots-based new music trailblazers Derek Trucks, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Widespread Panic, it is the exhilaration of making music within a profound tradition, and yet without boundaries, that keeps Woodbrain?s creative fires blazing. ?(new album)establishes this band as all that's right about the contemporary blues scene ....skillful, intrepid and full of more well-worn grooves than an old 78-rpm record. Woodbrain, for all its old-school, slow-smoked flavor, has definitely moved the genre forward in a fresh way. The band is..seamless, fearless and telepathic, laying miles of roots pavement over which McMurrian plies his gritty stories with a rough-and-tumble voice and monstrous guitar chops.? ~Don Campbell, Oregonian 2009 ?They?re extremely innovative with a sound completely their own... This quartet should be viewed as sculptors, or painters. They?re creating a new dimension of the blues within our dreams.? ~Cascade Blues Association

with special guest, Kris Stuart

with special guest, Kris Stuart Kris Stuart, singer/guitarist of Wanderlodge and Root Jack, is a traveling troubadour wandering the west. Folk music, blues and country melt together in songs of sin and salvation written and gathered from a lifetime of mining for music.


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