Paul McCartney Returns To Portland

PAUL MCCARTNEY MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO PORTLAND AFTER 11 YEARS
WITH “ONE ON ONE” TOUR

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016. Moda Center – Portland, Ore.

Tickets on sale Monday, March 14 at 10 a.m.

mccartneyAs with the launch of every new Paul McCartney tour, One On One promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle – and no shortage of surprises.

One On One is the first new Paul McCartney tour since the juggernaut that was Out There came to its stunning conclusion on October 22, 2015 with Paul’s first ever concert in Buffalo, NY. Out There’s finale capped off an incredible 2015, in which the tour played 27 shows in 22 cities throughout the world, with highlights including Paul’s historic debut in South Korea—where the crowd at Seoul Olympic Stadium’s refusal to stop singing the refrain to “Hey Jude” literally forced Paul to reprise the song in the first encore, playing that signature bassline live for the first time—three nights at the Tokyo Dome and one at Budokan, a sold out stand at Paris’ majestic Stade de France, more than a dozen packed arena shows across the U.S., UK and Europe, and triumphant headlines at festivals such as Firefly, Roskilde, and Lollapalooza in Chicago—the latter a tour de force performance for a 100,000-strong crowd featuring a guest appearance from Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard on “Get Back.”

The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show – and so much more: Nearly three hours worth of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert 1966, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – the show is never anything short of life-changing.

The One On One Tour will debut a brand new production, as always utilizing state of the art audio and video technology and to ensure an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house. Employing massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed, every Paul McCartney show promises a once in a lifetime evening that transcends and elevates the potential of live music.

TICKETS

Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 14 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are $250, $165, $99, $65 and $49.50. Prices do not include service charges.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, March 13 at 10 p.m. Fans should keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

Since July 1, 2014, Ticketmaster has provided fans of all Rose Quarter events with a comprehensive online ticketing destination with all available ticket options. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Rose Quarter Box Office (M-F, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), by calling 800.745.3000 or online at rosequarter.com.

LAMB OF GOD Unleashes New Track – 512

Brand New Album “VII: Sturm Und Drang”
To Be Released July 24, 2015 via Epic Records

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Richmond, VA based heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, on July 24, 2015 via Epic Records.

Today, LAMB OF GOD has unleashed the brand new track “512”, cut from VII: Sturm Und Drang. Listen now via the band’s YouTube page and Spotify, and stay tuned for the official music video for the track, directed by Jorge Torres-Torres, coming soon.

Finally, make sure to read the exclusive “512” track description interview with vocalist Randy Blythe via RollingStone.com here.

VII: Sturm Und Drang is now available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon, which include “Still Echoes” and “512” as instant-grat tracks. In addition, the album is available for pre-order in connection with several exclusive bundles at http://smarturl.it/vii-preorder.

VII: Sturm Und Drang is once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA. LAMB OF GOD’s last album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated Resolution, debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #1 on the US Top Hard Rock and Rock Album charts, #2 on the Canadian albums chart, and #3 on the Australian albums chart.

Catch LAMB OF GOD on tour this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White:

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: 

LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White

  • 7/24 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
  • 7/25 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • 7/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  • 7/28 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy MusicTheatre
  • 7/29 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
  • 7/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • 8/1 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • 8/2 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
  • 8/4 – Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center
  • 8/5 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
  • 8/8 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
  • 8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal
  • 8/11 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
  • 8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
  • 8/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
  • 8/15 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
  • 8/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • 8/19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • 8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
  • 8/23 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
  • 8/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
  • 8/26 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
  • 8/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds
  • 8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
  • 8/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
  • 9/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
  • 9/4 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • 9/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

ABOUT LAMB OF GOD:

Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD originally formed in 1994 as Burn The Priest while in college together at Virginia Commonwealth University, initially performing in meagre venues and hocking rough demos amongst the local scene. In 1998, the band changed their moniker to LAMB OF GOD, which would mark their impending ascension to top-tier status, as well as one of the only tangible career deviations that the band would ever undertake – having consistently released chart-topper after chart-topper while maintaining a true and constant line-up of members and increasingly growing fanbase; a rarity in modern music. The band’s first major release, 2000’s New American Gospel, was immediately touted as an instant metal classic. AllMusic stated it best, “The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.”

In 2007, just a short time after putting out monumentally successful releases Ashes of the Wake (Album, 2004, #27 of 200 debut), Killadelphia (DVD, 2004, RIAA Platinum), and Sacrament(Album, 2006, #8 of 200 debut), LAMB OF GOD was honored with a Grammy nomination for the track “Redneck”. This would mark the first of four Grammy nominations for the band. After the release of Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008), the second and third Grammy nominations came in 2010 and 2011 for tracks “Set to Fail” and “In Your Words”, both cut from Wrath(CD, 2009, #2 of 200 debut). The fourth nomination arrived for the band’s track “Ghost Walking”, cut from their 2012 album Resolution (CD, #3 of 200 debut). Now, on the cusp of releasing their seventh full-length album VII: Sturm Und Drang, the five-piece is poised to prove their lasting consistency by offering another blistering contribution of the highest quality heavy metal – a record that no one other than LAMB OF GOD could truly execute.

Having amassed the globe with countless world tours and millions of albums sold, all-the-while overcoming countless hurdles ranging from personal demons to vocalist Randy Blythe’s 2013 trial in Prague (which resulted in the acclaimed 2014 full-length feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, and upcoming book, Dark Days: A Memoir, authored by the frontman and releasing in July), LAMB OF GOD stands the test of time as the biggest, most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium.

LAMB OF GOD is:

  • Randy Blythe – vocals
  • Mark Morton – guitar
  • Willie Adler – guitar
  • John Campbell – bass
  • Chris Adler – drums

For more information about LAMB OF GOD, please visit:

Vegas Shock Rockers I.D.S.F.A. Pay Homage to Orderus Urungus

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Vegas Shock Rockers I.D.S.F.A. Pay Homage to Orderus Urungus with “The Genius That Was Oderus”

Check Out a New Track “The Genius That Was Oderus”

I.D.S.F.A. Announce IndieGoGo Campaign for Upcoming Concept Production, Including Album, Short Film, and Live Performance Aspects. Read More via IndieGoGo Here.

Las Vegas-based shock rockers I.D.S.F.A. – winners of the 2011 “Best Shock Rock” and 2013 “Best of Vegas” Vegas Rocks Magazine Awards – released their first full-length self-titled album in 2013, including tracks about revenge, death, mayhem, zombies and all things gruesome. Pairing the audio with a chaotic live show featuring drum beating zombies, an 8-foot anti-aircraft gun, washed up sea creatures from the Japan tsunami and other surprises, the group has amassed an assembly of fans who are rabid for what’s coming next!

The group aims to continue the carnage with their upcoming concept project Bodies In The Basement, which will include a new album, as well as short film and live, interactive performance aspects. In addition, the new music will feature an overhauled sound and demented new vocalist, Knuckletooth. In celebration of the upcoming release, the band is paying homage to their main musical and theatrical inspiration, GWAR, as well as late vocalist Dave Brockie, with a new track “The Genius That Was Oderus”.

The track can be streamed here via the band’s official YouTube page: https://youtu.be/pUWkKKzpoiU. Fans can also download the track via Amazon now, or receive the track as a hard copy single (only 100 signed, numbered copies available) by donating to the IndieGoGo campaign below. Please note that this track is only available via single and will not be part of the Bodies In The Basement album.

Bassist Travesty comments, “We wrote “The Genius That Was Oderus” in memoriam of one of the most influential musicians to us. We have attended GWAR shows since we were teenagers. Oderus showed us that you can mix music, horror, gore and theatrics into one. He is the reason that I.D.S.F.A. is the band that is today. We wanted to show our appreciation to everything Oderus did in the Shock Rock scene and we figured what better way to do that than in song – the way he would appreciate the most. He Will Be Missed, So Raise Your Fist!”

As mentioned above, the Bodies In The Basement full musical and theatrical production is almost complete, but I.D.S.F.A. is reaching out to their fans to help finalize the process! The band is hosting an IndieGoGo campaign with the goal of funding the upcoming three-part production, which if reached, will include live performances that include interactive personifications of each track’s concept, in addition to live airings of an accompanying short film in segments between tracks.

As for the album portion of the project, I.D.S.F.A. plans to present the same short film broken up between tracks on their actual album (the concept is for fans to experience the album via multimedia player to hear tracks and view the short film in segments between each track, in sequence).

The short film concept will follow the story of one victim and their journey through the macabre world of I.D.S.F.A. This film, combined with the album and live aspect of Bodies In The Basement, will take the audience through the horrors one might experience if “Chosen” by I.D.S.F.A. Who are “The Chosen”, you ask? To understand that, one must understand who I.D.S.F.A. are at their core.

Drummer Dr. Skum tells the tale, “We’re a group of miscreants who met in hell many lifetimes ago, eventually becoming one of the most popular and influential bands in the underworld. After getting carried away at an after party one night, we happened to roofie Satan with a dose of our own concocted drug called “Demon Puss” and things got… X-rated. After that fateful night, we were banished to the Town Of EEV-Ville, a town located 66.6 miles south of hell. This is the place where the ones who are too evil for hell are sent. Once we arrived in the town of EEV-Ville, we got a bit of cabin fever and decided to get busy, forming what is now known as The Dept. Of Death. The Dept.’s mission is to tour the world and spread our infection to all! Once infected, those will then follow alongside the Dept. on their tirade of Death. Those infected are called “The Chosen” and they will not stop till death has reached every corner of the globe! *evil laugh*”

The Bodies In The Basement IndieGoGo campaign will feature some great incentives, such as two incredible custom I.D.S.F.A. guitars by Evolution Guitars. These guitars feature a new innovative guitar design with interchangeable face plates and are valued between $1400-1800 each. These will be available for a discounted price via the IndieGoGo campaign with a $1000 donation. You will be given the opportunity to work personally with the design team and customize your guitar with them – truly be one of a kind! Learn more about Evolution Guitars here: https://www.theevolutionguitar.com/

Other incentives include a limited-to-100-copies hard copy of the “The Genius That Was Oderus” single (mentioned above), drum sticks, custom skateboards, and more.

I.D.S.F.A. is endorsed/sponsored by Evolution Guitars, SIT strings, Zombie Apocalypse Vodka, and Clayton Picks, and have performed with groups such as MushroomheadD.R.I., Anvil, Spineshank, and more.

Learn More about I.D.S.F.A.:  

I.D.S.F.A. are:

  • Travesty – bass
  • R.I.P. – guitar
  • Dr. Skum – drums
  • Knuckletooth – vocals
  • The Rigor Mortis Twins – side drums, props
  • Skab – production, lighting, samples, props, video

Buko’s iChronicles #1

This is the pilot for my new column. Hope you like it.

Its a short focus on the Analog Cafe, I will be doing short videos on various things in Portland’s music community. If you would like to be part of this let me know.

Special thanks to Donnie Rife and Smoochknob for letting use “Meet Me Half the Way” from their CD Drive By High Five.

In Memoriam – Billy Triplett


Billy Triplett Aka Trip’s Pdx Celebration of Life


Billy Triplett died of a heart attack on Sunday, August 11th. Anyone who knew Billy knew him to be in every way a gentle giant of a man. He was physically massive—tall and very heavy. But he was the friendliest guy you are ever likely to meet. Exceptionally helpful. Incredibly kind. A real sweet man.

Billy where he was most at home, at the Board
Billy where he was most at home, at the Board.

Billy was a sound engineer of the highest order. He was so good at his craft that he wasn’t around Portland very much after the mid-90s. He ended up touring with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Prince, Paul McCartney, Pat Benatar and Joe Walsh and the James Gang, as well as working on projects with countless other musical acts over the years.

But pretty much any musician playing in town prior to the mid-90s has a Billy Triplett tale to tell.

The first time I met Billy was at Luis’ La Bamba club in 1982, when my band opened for Billy Rancher and the Unreal Gods during the height of the Rose Festival. That was our very first gig and we were excited to be opening for the Unreal Gods, the city’s most popular band, but completely disorganized. Billy was the first person I met when we were setting up. His aura of unruffled tranquility becalmed those around him. He calmed us right down and got us set-up on stage in front of the Gods’ gear and all mic’ed up, hooked up and dialed in without a care.

He handled the main soundboard at the back of the room, while Mick Boyt manned the monitor board. Billy and Mick made doing a sound check seem so simple that we naively assumed it was how all sound checks were supposed to go. Ha! A musician should be so lucky. By all accounts our gig that night was the best sounding we ever had. That was the only time Billy Triplett was our man at the board. It was three years downhill from there. And we had a damn good sound man of our own.

Billy and the Gods were that lucky. They had Billy Triplett doing their sound for every one of their gigs. Most certainly he was a key component in the Gods’ success. He played the board and the attending rack of effects as expertly as any musician plays his instrument. He was an artist. And that was thirty years ago! He only got better at his craft with every one of the thousands of gigs he engineered since that time.

B3 Kickin' it in Cabo '96
B3 Kickin’ it in Cabo ’96

He often did sound at Key Largo in the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s. I played there with two different bands with him doing the sound, and the whole gig was like butter. Everything was just warm and toasty and copacetic. It was Billy Triplett’s world of sound engineering and we were welcome to it.

Troy Williver and Billy Triplett Christmas 2010
Troy Williver and Billy Triplett Christmas 2010

Billy began working with Troy Williver and his band Bombay when they played at Key Largo around 1995. Not long after that he signed a contract with Williver, and headed with Bombay to LA in search of gigs that would lead to a recording contract. Williver is a true professional musician, and while in LA, he introduced Billy to many influential musicians, technicians and industry contacts.

Billy Triplett at the Holiday Music Motel
Billy Triplett at the Holiday Music Motel

Billy ended up staying in LA circa 1997 and he lived there for over ten years. In 2009 he moved to Sturgeon Bay,Wisconsin, where he stayed at the Holiday Music Motel—Jackson Browne’s recording studio/motel complex—working on numerous projects from there. By the end of 2010 his health had begun to deteriorate and he was hospitalized for a time, in critical condition.

Billy Triplett Christmas 2010
Billy Triplett Christmas 2010

Unbeknownst to most local musicians, Billy returned to Portland at Christmas 2010, staying with Troy Williver and his family. Billy convalesced there for many months. He returned to Sturgeon Bay where he worked at the annual Steel Bridge Songfest last June.

Every time I met with Billy over the years I was continually struck by his benign demeanor, his reverential humility. I will always remember those qualities in him. But most of all I will remember the countless live music gigs I attended around town where the sound was absolutely perfect. You’d look around to see who was doing sound—and sure enough—it would be Billy Triplett. Hopefully Billy is even now reunited with his old friend Billy Rancher, creating music in the great hereafter.

by SP Clarke

Editors Note: Please share your memories of Billy with us and everyone, and he will always be with us.

Anny Celsi Back in Portland Aug 14th -17th.

Wednesday, August 14th, 8:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW/PORTLAND
Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, 97214
(Full lineup at International Pop Overthrow)

Thursday, August 15th, 7:00 p.m.
HOUSE CONCERT/featuring Ivan Pyzow!
Historic Irvington, Portland

(seating is limited – please RSVP to ragazza@annycelsi.com
with the number in your party & for the address)

Saturday, August 17th, 3:00 p.m.
MUSIC MILLENIUM
3158 E. Burnside St., Portland, 97214
503-231-8926

anny_celsi-januaryJanuary – produced by Anny Celsi & Kevin Jarvis (Ragazza Music, 2013)
Featuring Carl Byron, Jason Chesney, Kirk Swan, Ivan Pyzow, Doug Freeman, Adam Marsland, Teresa Cowles, Evie Sands, Nelson Bragg, Stan Behrens, Rich McCulley, Kiara Perico, Paul Lacques, Bobby MacDonald and Kevin Jarvis

“These are pop songs for which the phrase ‘perfect pop song’ was invented.” – Freddy Celis, Rootstime

“…familiar styles -sunshine pop, country flavored rock -but done with a fresh approach and melodies that sound like instant hits.” – Cabin Essence

“Fans of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon will find much to enjoy … the tracks on January turn back the clock to a time when pop music was taken seriously” – Kevin Mathews, Today Online

“Anny Celsi…has been churning out first-class handmade music with songs that run deep enough to appeal to the folk & roots crowd while the arrangements are a far cry from morose traditionalism.  With her mellifluous, well-tempered voice with a subtle hint of melancholia, Celsi draws us in while her poetic lyrics touch upon travel experiences, relationships and personal matters…What I’m trying to say: Anny Celsi is an original artist with a unique sound.”  – Chill@Blue Rose

“A classy and enduring slice of laid-back pop” – Steve Ferra, Absolute Powerpop

Hear  January on Soundcloud
Buy January online through CD Baby , Kool Kat Muzik
or 
Blue Rose Records
Download January from iTunes
Follow Anny on Facebook and Twitter

www.annycelsi.com

SMOOCHKNOB CD RELEASE FOR “DRIVE BY HIGH FIVE”, AT ANALOG CAFE & LITTLE THEATER March 23rd

On March 23, 2013, Portland, Oregon-based pop-punk band Smoochknob will celebrate the release of their seventh full-length, Drive By High Five (DRD Records), at DRD Records’ new restaurant, bar, and theater, The Analog Cafe & Little Theater (720 SE Hawthorne, Portland, Oregon), for their grand opening weekend.
Doors are at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance via Tickets West and $16.00 day of show, or free with the purchase of Drive By High Five via the band’s website, www.smoochknob.com.  Also on the bill: Crown Point’s Jon Davidson, Cellar Door, and Elora.
Late in 2012, Smoochknob released Drive By High Five’s first single, “Meet Me Half Way,” a song that featured a growth in songwriting and a more pop leaning, accompanying it’s release with a video:

 

Written by Smoochknob front man/drummer, Donnie Rife, the song was conceived when Rife’s wife was eight months pregnant with their first child, who is now four years old.  Although the single showcases a deeper dimension to Smoochknob, one listen to Drive By High Five will prove that the band still has bite and doesn’t let go of their hard-hitting, feral sound.  Instead, choosing to focus on stronger pop hooks with a wider pop span.
“Our philosophy with the album was to just record the best songs we had, regardless of them fitting into our normal style,” says Rife.  “I had a back log of pop songs and song ideas that Javier Canteras [the band’s lead guitarist] and I just started working on.”
The end result is what many have described as Smoochknob’s most sonic-sounding album to date.
“We wanted to record an album without worrying about sounding like the previous albums,” continues Rife.  “We all love and write so many different types of music.  We wanted to showcase this on our new record.  Javi and I – and I think most artists are in the the same boat – have tons of songs that we put into that, ‘someday I will do a side project with these songs’ folder.  This release allowed us to explore that folder, and be true to ourselves as songwriters.”

PETE KREBS MEDICAL BENEFIT CONCERTS SCHEDULED FOR 2/20, 2/21 and 3/15

petekrebscropA few weeks ago, Portland stalwart musician Pete Krebs was diagnosed with cancer.  Pete had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his early 20s, and through radiation and removal of some lymph nodes, he beat it. However, Pete has now been diagnosed with another type of cancer known as desmoplastic melanoma.    Pete goes into surgery next week and will have a second biopsy taken from his neck.  From this surgery, we will know how far the cancer has spread and what Pete’s chances are for survival.
This sad news has rocked the local music community. Pete has inspired so many of us over the years, through his direct musical partnerships and his ever-evolving, Herculean contribution to the music scene that is Portland.  Portland’s musicians have swiftly rallied around Pete to help his family offset some of the immense costs of medical care and lost wages incurred while Pete is in recovery mode.
Three separate benefit shows have been scheduled, with donations administrated by the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps provide a safety net for musicians in times of medical crisis.
As many of you know, Pete has genre-hopped over the years, with his past bands Thrillhammer, Hazel, Golden Delicious, The Gossamer Wings, The Kung Pao Chickens, and current projects The Stolen Sweets and The Portland Playboys .  He may be the only person alive to have headlined both CBGB’s and Preservation Hall.  Not surprisingly, Pete’s benefit shows reflect the divergence of his musical paths, and there’s something for everyone.
SWING FOR PETE
Wednesday, February 20, 2013    Doors at 4:30 pm; Show 5:00-11:00 p.m.
The Secret Society  www.secretsociety.net
Featuring: Brent Martens Combination, Boy & Bean, The Stolen Sweets, Swingtime PDX, Itty Bitty Bang Bang!, Nina Nightshade, Pink Lady, Hai Fleisch, Everything’s Jake, The Jenny Finn Orchestra, The Midnight Serenaders
Sliding scale donations starting at $20.00.  All donations are tax-deductible.
ROCK FOR PETE
Thursday, February 21, 2013   Doors at 5:30 pm; Show 5:30 pm-12:30 am
The Wonder Ballroom  www.wonderballroom.com
Featuring:  The Dharma Bums, Black Prairie, Colin Meloy, Sean Croghan, Casey Neill, Lewi Longmire, James Low
Sliding scale donations starting at $25.00.  All donations are tax-deductible.
SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE!  Those interested in donating to the raffle/auction, contact Alex Steininger below.
FOR PETE’S SAKE
Friday, March 15, 2013  The Laurelthirst Pub  www.laurelthirst.com/    More info TBD.  Contact Bill Leeds below.
In Pete’s own words today:  “My family and I are immensely honored by and grateful for the support we’re receiving.   We can’t even begin to express our humility and thankfulness.” 

Esperanza Spalding and Thara Memory Grammy Winners!

Portland’s own Esperanza Spalding has secured two coveted prizes at the 55th Annual Grammy Award ceremonies—one of which she shares with longtime local musical treasure, Thara Memory. Spalding’s fourth studio album, Radio Music Society was selected as “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Sunday night in Los Angeles. In addition a track from that album, “City of Roses,” a composition she produced with Memory, won a Grammy accolade for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist.” Memory was also in attendance at the ceremony.

 

Esperanza Spalding first came to light as a teenager in a November 2001 Two Louies review by SP Clarke, wherein he praised her first band, Noise For Pretend, and made prominent note of her auspicious talent. Again in June of 2002 SP predicted that she would one day “accrue widespread recognition,” which eleven years hence seems prophetic to say the least.

 

These are Spalding’s second and third Grammy victories. In 2011 she won the award for “Best New Artist,” defeating Justin Bieber, among several other very noteworthy candidates. She is the only jazz artist ever to win the honor. All of this for a brilliant young woman still only twenty-eight years old, with a portentous future ahead of her! The best is yet to come for Esperanza Spalding. We are fortunate to be able to claim her as one of our own.

 

Video— “City of Roses” 

 

 

Pete Krebs needs our help. with update from Birdie.

Pete still needs our help so here is a link to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation Pete Krebs Grant Fund.
 A fixture in the Portland music scene for the past twenty years, singer/guitarist Pete Krebs has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, desmoplastic melanoma. It is known to appear in the head and neck regions of individuals with sun-damaged skin. Pete’s doctors have determined the extent of his illness to be at Stage II, which means that (for now) the cancer appears to be localized. Because this form of cancer does not respond to chemo or radiation therapies, surgery is the only alternative. In an effort to quell the advance and to ascertain the extent of the disease, tissue in his neck is to be removed and a biopsy is due to be performed.
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Pete Krebs first appeared on the local radar screen in 1992 with Hazel—one of Portland’s most influential alternative bands. Since Hazel’s disbanding in 1997, Pete has explored a variety of musical styles with bands such as Golden Delicious, Gossamer Wings, Kung Pao Chickens, Stolen Sweets and Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys.
For the past several years, Pete has been working full time as a musician, while his wife Rebecca attends grad school. Together they were buying a house, which they are now forced to sell in order to contend with the mounting medical bills. The family is already experiencing severe financial strain and they haven’t even received a diagnosis for Pete’s illness yet.
It is in times such as these when all of us within the local community need to pull together to help a fellow musician in dire straits. Anyone who remembers the plight of Billy Rancher can certainly sympathize with the position that Pete Krebs and his family are in.
Those interested in contributing to Pete Krebs’ cause, should click here:
All of us wish Pete a rapid and complete recovery.