A perfect evening of West Coast pop rock
Bear & Moose, The Lower 48
Rin Tin Tiger, Summer Cannibals
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Bear & Moose
A couple years ago Eric put down his bass, picked up a guitar, broke his own heart, and began writing songs. He began playing shows with another drummer under a different band name, and at one of the shows Eric recognized Simon, a great drummer he'd met while on exchange at Humboldt State University. The first drummer left shortly after and Eric recruited Simon to form Bear & Moose. During the first rehearsal, it was clearly evident the two had a natural musical connection. Since then Bear & Moose has honed it’s unique sound through hundreds of hours rehearsing and playing shows.
The Lower 48
The Lower 48 are a 3 piece rock and roll band from the West Coast of America. The trio consists of multi instrumentalists Ben Braden, Sarah Parson, and Nicky Sadler, who all share the lead singing role. They are a powerful trio that focuses heavily on rhythm, three part harmony, and classic pop hooks. Over the last year of extensive touring The Lower 48 has played on NYLON magazines summer tour, had their song Come Awake air in a Super Bowl Ad, graced the stage at Summer Fest in Wisconsin and played a sold out show at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. They have also opened for many artists, including Chk Chk Chk and Mason Jennings.
“If the Beatles and Jack White gave birth to a musical baby, it would sound something like The Lower 48 – and yes, the band is just as ferocious as one would imagine, as we discovered in our interview. The trio’s multi-instrumental thick wall of sound is marvelous because the lead singer isn’t just a lead singer, the bassist doesn’t only play bass, and the drummer doesn’t only drum; they all carry the weight of at least two players effortlessly…”
When the three members were 18 years old, back in 2009, they moved from Minneapolis to Portland together to play music on the west coast. Being under aged and having never lived anywhere but with their folks, they became semi isolated for several years in Portland’s bar driven music culture. Ben, Sarah and Nicky all write songs and began doing so obsessively, racking up literally hundreds and hundreds of songs and recordings in the first few years on the coast. Releasing one full length and one EP brought moderate success, and they toured the country and especially the coast, countless times over the next few years. Sarah became known for her distinct smoky warble and dynamic stage presence, Ben for his characteristically catchy songwriting and 60’s bass tone, and Nicky for his imaginative drumming and classically beautiful voice and energy. After years of touring, and hundreds of songs later, the band has crafted a seasoned and powerful sound that ranges well beyond their young years and has now recorded their latest full length album, Hot Fool.
This album is a culmination of all the songs and tours and rehearsals and studio experience The Lower 48 has racked up being a professional band for 7 years. It's sound is diverse and fleshed out, displaying an understanding and awareness of itself. It genre jumps from song to song but throughout has the unmistakable consistent ring of a band that has worked hard to find their sound. There's something for everybody on this LP. Now in their mid 20’s, this is an amazingly dedicated and rehearsed band that is making major moves and turning lots of heads in early 2016.
Rin Tin Tiger
Rin Tin Tiger is an alternative folk rock trio from San Francisco, CA. High energy, lyric heavy, acoustic guitar lead songs about life in contemporary society. The sound is often described as a blend between early Bob Dylan, Violent Femmes, and Tupac. They have shared the stage with Minus the Bear, Young the Giant, Manchester Orchestra, Max Bemis of Say Anything, The Lumineers, Fences, Los Amigos Invisibles, Mike Coykendall, Ida, Hey Marseilles, and many more along the West Coast.
Their music has been featured on Live 105, 107.7 The Bone, ESPN.com, Save Alternative, KSFS, KSJS, KSCU (top 30 Nov 2011), KALX, KDVS, KALW, Alabama Public Radio, Radio Valencia, Palo Alto based television show "American Songwriter", Mevio.com's "Mevio Underground", Covermesongs.com, KOFY TV's Creepy KOFY Movie Time, and more. They have also been written about by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Bay Bridged, The Bay Guardian, Performer Magazine, East Bay Express, The Owl Mag, The Deli SF, and many more.
Their new album "Toxic Pocketbook", released July 24 2012, was recorded entirely live to two inch tape at Tiny Telephone Studios without the use of computers or any modern editing techniques. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, eMusic, and many more online retailers, including this website.
"Uptempo Dylanesque tunes…these guys bear watching" – SF WEEKLY
"An acoustic guitar and their three sweet voices…you will not be disappointed" – Indiemusicreviewer.com
"Genuine, unadulterated folk alternative. It's the kind of album you might get a craving for at the end of your night when only that one song will really hit the spot."
– The Bay Bridged
Every now and again, someone will start proclaiming a band or an artist as the ones to "save" rock 'n' roll. But what they tend to forget is that rock music never needs resuscitating. The sound of ragged guitars, vocals with the right amount of snarl and wit, and unforgiving drums are never going to leave us, not as long as young people have something to shout about. And right now, the band making the most emphatic noise is Summer Cannibals.
This new outfit follows in the grand tradition of fellow fearless rockers from their hometown of Portland, Oregon like The Wipers, Dead Moon, and The Thermals. Vocalist/guitarist Jessica Boudreaux and guitarist Marc Swart grew the project out of their collaboration as members of well-regarded indie pop outfit Your Canvas. But where that band used fluttering keyboards and Boudreaux's expressive voice to get their collective point across, Summer Cannibals do as their name would suggest: tear into the meaty parts with fangs exposed.