The final night of Stumpfest VIII, headlined by the Oakland psychedelic throwback heavy-prog masters
STUMPFEST VIII: Once & Future Band
Carlton Melton, Kinski, Danny Carey Trio, Terry Gross, The Lavender Flu
3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR, 97227
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Once & Future Band
Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer), Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) and Raze Regal (guitar) have been confidantes and conspirators for greater part of two decades, collaborating in Drunk Horse, Howlin’ Rain, East Bay Grease and many other projects. They have convened as "Once & Future Band" with the purpose of performing and recording Joel's massive library of songs before they are lost to the ages after the “Great Hard Drive Crash of '12”.
"In the vapor trail of “How Does It Make You Feel” you can smell the burnt ozone of a seventies-full-orchestra-nebula-pop-odyssey, the flakes floating down and landing on you like snow and giving you the grave-chills...the ash of a masterpiece pop song. Once and Future Band: this incredibly accomplished cabal of total prog wizards has cir- cled the earth, but then, these are the accomplished gentlemen of many former pur- suits (the formidable Drunk Horse among them) and all of them comets themselves. The very mid 70s vibe at work here surpasses pastiche, and crests that lovely anachro nistic conceptual peak: a fully realized and meticulously arranged psych record, meant to be listened to from top to bottom, with the lights down low and in a comfy chair perhaps, or while gazing out the window of your life pod. A Dark Side of the Moon feel, with shades of early Yes’s technicality, a dash of Steely Dan’s vocal prowess and effort- less sheen, and some seriously outsized hooks that call to mind the mighty ELO, Le Orme and yes, even the unsinkable Queen powered on Brian May’s tape echo jet fuel and sequined power cells...this is a head record in the classic sense but we swear to The Dark One that you will be trapped and infected by the pop-parasite. That it is largely self-produced (with tracking/engineering on three of the songs by Phil Manley at El Studio) makes it all the more jaw dropping. We didn’t realize how much we needed Once and Future Band in our life, but now that they’re here we can’t get them out of our brains or off of our stereo. Making prog cool again, again, and then slightly more complicatedly, again." - Matt Jones (Castle Face Records)
American instrumental psychedelic free-rock jam band.
Current members (2005):
Bass - Lucy Atkinson
Guitar/Vocals - Chris Martin
Guitar/Keyboards - Matthew Reid Schwartz
Drums - Barrett Wilke
Drums - Dave Weeks
90's male oriented experimental philcore pre-post indie San Francisco
The Lavender Flu
The Lavender Flu is Chris Gunn (Hunches/Hospitals), Scott Simmons (Helen/Eat Skull), Lucas Gunn (the Blimp), and Ben Spencer (Hunches). They have just released a debut double lp on the MEDS record label. The album is a 30 song maze / map with no exits. Like Big Star reimagined by Royal Trux or Meat Puppets repurposed by Brian Eno. The band sounds familiar yet unique. Inside and outside. Comfortably homeless.
A group that dared to confront the dilated pupils of the Bobby Problem in search of that elusive "Heavy Air" sound; the Lavender Flu looks forwards, backwards, and sideways. They rule the adult rock circuit with an overdose of chamomile and a touch of grey. Fuck the purists, the nostalgists, and the genre concentration camps. You know you have to take off your heavy metal jacket, your bullet belt, or your techno shades sometimes. Your uniform means nothing here. Adult rock has no limits. The Lavender Flu has no scene. Put on your socks AND Tevas. No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.
$25 ADV / $30 DOS
Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats