Texas meets Oregon for a night of wonderful music at Adventureland Ballroom, Portland's finest house venue. Doors at 8, music at 9, $10. BYOB and please respect our neighbors. Enter in the back via the driveway.
Belcurve is the melding of Sarah Castro’s unique brand of lyrics vocal range and melodies with Matt Parmenter’s lifelong mission to wring the strangest sounds out of even stranger gear and studio toys while still pleasing the ear, glued together by Michael Peters’ rhythms, which range from restrained, soft and appropriate to all out muscular assaults on defenseless vintage drums. Deidre Gott’s clear, resonant harmony vocals as well as her addition to sonic landscapes and tambourines, and Blue Mongeon’s versatile guitar work add sweetness while filling the melodic space with a sound at times dissonant, at times pure. Belcurve is a slightly bent framework of talented human beings creating songs that will you make you feel pleasant, strange and feisty
Ben Ballinger (Austin/Portland)
Ben Ballinger makes roots music with an uncommon emotional depth and songwriting mastery. A balladeer in the truest sense, Ballinger is a craftsman, building fine-tuned melodies out of roughhewn passions. After digging deep into the Austin, Texas scene for the past few years, Ballinger stands out among the pack of would-be Country soulmen with an undeniably genuine, and original delivery.
Phil Ajjarapu (Austin/Portland)
Phil Ajjarapu is an Austin, TX based songwriter, now living and teaching music in Portland. He's played bass and pedal steel for many bands over the years, and was finally prompted to make his solo album after a near fatal accident in March of 2012.
The Sincerelys (Portland)
The Sincerelys are the house band for Adventureland and try to make each show a different experience, blending new songs with old, reinventing arrangements, and playing musical chameleons and hosts. Featuring Bernard McKenna on vocals and drums, Arias Beardslee on Guitar, Bass, and Violin, Justin Kanalakis on Guitar, and Victor Andersen on keys. The Sincerelys blend folk, post-rock, and pop, mix it up with some poetry and some jazz, and regurgitate something uniquely special each time.