Paul Brainard's Fun Machine Big Band, Mystery Seed

Paul Brainard's Fun Machine Big Band

Multi-instrumentalist Paul Brainard is a veteran of the Alt-Country and Americana scene, playing and recording with many top names over the last decade and beyond. He specializes in all forms of Steel Guitar—pedal, non-pedal, Dobro—as well as guitar and trumpet. He is further noted for his producing skills and his instrumental arrangements of strings and horns.

Paul is currently a fixture of the local music scene in Portland, Oregon, where he is a much-in-demand sideman and session player. He also leads several ensembles of his own including a jazz organ trio, the Hawaiian-influenced Pu Pu Platters, and his Fun Machine Orchestra. His first self-released CD, Caught Steelin' was produced in 2007.

Mystery Seed

Mystery Seed is a cosmic cocktail of new music, grown from the seeds of 1970's rock, funk, jazz fusion mixed with 90's metal, hip hop & beyond. The expansive backgrounds and vast musical interests of its individual members collide to form a new sonic universe.

Influences include: Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jamiroquai, Groove Collective, Miles Davis Electric Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celia Cruz, Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, The Police, Pink Floyd.

Band Members:
Ben Medler - Bass, Vocals, Trumpet, Keyboards
“Big Sweaty” Chris Stevens - Guitar
Michelle Medler - Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Vocals, Keyboards
Mieke Bruggeman - Baritone Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals
Todd Mahan - Drums
Tyson Schmidling - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards



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