A special evening of PNW Americana-Stompgrass madness
World's Finest (Duo)
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Formed in Bellingham, Washington in March 2010, Polecat has quickly established itself in the Northwest, with two records and over 200 shows in two years. Their unique instrumentation is comprised of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12 string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, and world music into their sound. "The core audience of Polecat is, well, everybody. There is a sense of mass appeal attached to Polecat for it's unique take on bluegrass, as well as an acknowledged respect for their honest approach to their genre" (H. Nightbert, What's Up! Magazine, June 2010)
Aside from their self-titled E.P. and full length album 'Fire on the Hill', one of the best aspects of Polecat is their live show. Their music celebrates life, love, and good times, and it reflects on the faces of the players and their audience. Polecat has shared the stage with several nationally acclaimed acts, including The Infamous Stringdusters, The Hackensaw Boys, The Moondoogies, and Trampled by Turtles.
World's Finest (Duo)
Creating what could best be described as Neo-Americana, World's Finest has bridged the gap between ska, Americana, dub and bluegrass. Hailing from all over the country, the band is comprised of five members: Chris Couch (acoustic guitar, vocals), Dan Hurley (electric banjo, vocals), Sean McLean (sax, electric guitar, vocals), Evan Malfer (electric + upright bass), and Mike Apodaca (drums). Even with their very different musical and geographical backgrounds, they have undoubtedly found inspiration in each others' taste, talents, and sensibilities.
Much has happened for the boys of World's Finest since the release of their last full length album, 33. The new album, Headwaters, runs like a journal of the last few years touring, maintaining relationships, and the tenuous nature of trying to hold it all together. The fun from 33 is still there, but the sound has matured and the themes have gotten more serious.
With the help of engineer Justin Phelps (Cake, Galactic, The Mars Volta), World's Finest has finally hit the nail on the head in creating an album that captures their sound and vibe.
Strong songwriting, beautiful vocal harmonies, engaging band interplay and improvisation are only a handful of the many reasons why the band has garnered critical acclaim, and an ever-growing regional and national fan base.
World's Finest has shared the stage with Steel Pulse, The Motet, Rusted Root, Pert Near Sandstone, Fruition, The Skatalites, and Anthony B and have been fortunate enough to perform at North West String Summit, What The Festival?! and Symbiosis Gathering, as well as many local and regional festivals.