Back to full calendar Event Info Thursday, June 14, 2018 Will WestWorthGroovy Wallpaper 7 p.m. Free 21 and over Share this event Add to Calendar Free 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/willsmusicFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlystrangers/Video:https://vimeo.com/195249689 Worth From the downbeat of the title track on WORTH's Pardon Me, the listener is in for a magical ride. This 3rd album fuses the depth and dynamic impact of modern sound with the soulful rawness of the old school. The music is both haunting and familiar, and touches the addictive vitality of that new thing you can't stop playing in your stereo. Pardon Me is WORTH in full stride. The first thing you notice when listening to Christopher Worth is the undeniable quality of his voice: it is thick, sensual, raw, and honest. At times he expresses with the buttery richness of John Legend ("I Need You," "Tides"); at others with the feral range and force of Paul McCartney ("Care", "Bayou"). There are delicate moments, too, in which his singing is reminiscent of Amos Lee ("Glory") and even D'Angelo ("Lo and Behold"). At it's core, however, his voice is steeped in the spirit of the blues. Christopher Worth grew up in the hip hop and r&b of the 90's and you can feel these always in the backbeat of Pardon Me. The performances are also laced with the freedom and expressiveness of rock and roll: drums hit aggressively and are consistently placed hot in the mix. Rhythmic pockets stay deep, vital, and at times delve into a more roots or folk vibe. The instrumental tones themselves are luscious and expansive. Through the course of the record the band explores mellow acoustic valleys, groovy backroads, and electrifying peaks culminating in the anthemic "Fallen Leaves." It is the sweet spot between these genres and dynamics that defines Worth's sound. The quality of the performances is second only to the seasoned songwriting. "This record is the culmination of almost 10 years of work," says Worth, and this is readily apparent even on a first listen. The songs are tight and timeless while provocative and philosophical. From the lilting rise of "Stay Here With Me," to the smooth invitation of "Tides," to the jazzy hook of "I Need You," Worth's melodic construction entices and never feels imposed. The voices find their wings in soaring melodies and lyrics that resonate as organic and real. These compositions have come from a vast well of emotion and experience. Led by an accomplished musician and songwriter, Pardon Me exemplifies the living journey. It is a fresh, undeniable work from a consummate artist. Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/weareworthWebsite:http://www.worth-music.com/ 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/songsWebsite:http://skipvonkuske.com/projects/ Upcoming Events Similar Events Upcoming Events at Al's Den Pretty Gritty Monday, June 25 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Tuesday, June 26 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Wednesday, June 27 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Thursday, June 28 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Friday, June 29 Al's Den Comedy Night at Al's Den hosted by Jon Washington and Brandon Lyons Friday, June 29 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Saturday, June 30 Al's Den Comedy Night at Al's Den hosted by Jon Washington and Brandon Lyons Saturday, June 30 Al's Den Similar Events at Al's Den Pretty Gritty Monday, June 25 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Tuesday, June 26 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Wednesday, June 27 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Thursday, June 28 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Friday, June 29 Al's Den Comedy Night at Al's Den hosted by Jon Washington and Brandon Lyons Friday, June 29 Al's Den Pretty Gritty Saturday, June 30 Al's Den Comedy Night at Al's Den hosted by Jon Washington and Brandon Lyons Saturday, June 30 Al's Den Movie Showtimes Select Showtime Select Showtime Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Property Name Choose date above and click showtimes on the right for online ticket purchases... 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