Kneebody's sound is... explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All "sounds-like" references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own.
Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of their sound this way, "Personally, I think calling Kneebody "jazz" or "electric jazz" is fantastic because then we can move on from that hang up and play our music -- and alter expectations of what 'jazz' is."
Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; they've developed their own musical language, inventing a unique cueing system that allows them each to change the tempo, key, style, and more in an instant.
In 2015, Kneebody's groundbreaking collaboration with electronic musician Daedelus on Kneedelus was released on Flying Lotus' imprint Brainfeeder records to praise from critics and audiences alike. Kneebody also released Anti-Hero, their Motéma Records debut album, in March of 2017
As the bandleader on David Bowie's final album Blackstar, saxophonist Donny McCaslin witnessed firsthand the musician's penchant for reinvention. With his upcoming studio album -- a daring fusion of vibrant electronica, and bombastic alt-rock due this fall -- McCaslin applied that mindset to his own work. "Before working with him, things like this didn't seem possible to me," McCaslin says of his new material, which arrives two decades into an acclaimed career. "The affirmation of that project and how wonderfully that turned out artistically -- I feel like anything is possible now."
The first taste McCaslin has offered from his forthcoming full-length is "What About the Body," a raucous, propulsive blast of improvisational alternative music that encapsulates his bold new direction. For the single, McCaslin recruited Blackstar bassist Tim Lefebvre and "brilliant songwriter and lyricist" Ryan Dahle (Limblifter, Mounties). The track's heady blend of saxophone and flute, pianos and Wurlitzer, electric bass and pummeling drums captures McCaslin's core roots while also bringing in more recent influences such as Radiohead and Bon Iver. And delivered by Dahle, the tune's forceful lyrics -- "Left-wing, right-wing / What about the body?" -- hint at modern unrest. "One interpretation could be the state of America right now," McCaslin explains. "To me, that's a provocative thought: What about the body, the soul of America?" Taken together, the elements signify McCaslin's next thrilling chapter.
A weekly showcase for Portland's songwriter scene...
Come join us on the Starlight Patio at the historic Star Theater Portland every Wednesday this summer for an open-air evening of intimate acoustic music. Hosted by Christopher Worth, this event will feature some of Portland's premier songwriters as well as touring troubadours from the road.
FREE | 6-9pm | 21+ | FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS
Join us Thursdays on the Starlight patio from 6-9pm every week through September.
FREE // 21+
Happy hour drink specials.
Tacos, sandwiches and more available on the patio as well!
6-9pm: Reggae on the Patio w/ Trinity Sounds
Hercules & Love Affair present a new live show, as Andy Butler celebrates ten years of touring, and makes a long-awaited return to North America to support the critically acclaimed ‘Omnion’ album. Hercules has always been a collaborative project that’s evolved and renewed, and the new live show continues the same exciting path.
Andy Butler explains: “The new Hercules show consists of myself and Alec Storey from the project Second Storey presenting songs from my 10 year catalogue in a wholly new and reinvigorated way. The vocal component of the show will come from the original vocalist's performances and use material from recording sessions through the years. The recorded vocals might be manipulated, or feature previously unheard takes or vamps from the sessions. It will allow the show to be quite dynamic. Now with the freedom to manipulate all aspects of the show sonically, I will be able to veer into territory from my back catalogue that felt harder to explore previously. There will be a new live visual presentation as well, conceived and executed by myself and Joie Iacono under our Hoarder A/V project. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in September.”
THE NO'S: No cameras, no recording devices, no outside food or beverage, pets, weapons, drugs, alcohol, or illegal substances. No stage diving, No crowd surfing. No refunds.
"Floater can pull into any town off the beaten path...and draw hundreds of rabid fans from age 5 to 50." - Casey Jarman, Willamette Week
Bringing back the music revered by their legions of dedicated fans, Floater returns to the stage on the heels of the release of their latest studio album, The Thief. The new record became widely available on May 18th.
With intense and unforgettable live performances, Floater is legendary for their ability to bring music fans out in droves for over two decades. Floater's sound is rife with progressive rock, psychedelia, reggae and pop.
A rare and truly progressive rock band, Floater is well-known for a sound that creates a push-me, pull-me effect on the audience. The band alternately excites and serenades the crowd with their unique range from high-energy heavy rock numbers to melodious ballads.
Ask any longtime fan, a Floater show is an experience that rivals a rite of passage, blistering the soul with their epic storytelling and engaging stage presence.
We are pleased to announce the third annual Metalesque Fest held in the creative and cloudy city of Portland, OR on October 4-5-6 of 2018. Portland is home to one of the nation's most active burlesque communities AND metal music scenes. Metalesque Fest merges the two art forms in a three day celebration featuring burlesque performances set to heavy metal music and bands that fit the genre. This is the only fest of it's kind, curated by local metal burlesque troupe Sign of the Beast Burlesque which was founded in Portland, OR in 2010. Your producers for this event are local burlesque performers/producers Hai Fleisch and Rocket.
Join us as we crank up the volume in downtown Portland with a three day festival showcasing the most brutal and bewitching entertainers from our fair city, and beyond, and live metal music from our favorite bands!
Friday October 5, 2018 is the second night at the historic Star Theater Portland, also in downtown. This night stars our visiting burlesque headliner Frankie Fictitious (Miss Viva Las Vegas 2017, Best Small Group at Burlesque Hall of Fame, 20th Century Burlesque Top 50 Performer) Friday's show features classic and neo burlesque, circus arts, aerial performers, and pole dancers.
Hosted by Vera Mysteria ...Performances By: Frankie Fictitious/Katya Starin/Kelsea Alabama/Charlotte La Belle Araigne'e/Miz Margo/ Hyacinth Lee/Nina Nightshade/Ladty Drew Blood/Hai Fleisch/Val Challah/Ruby Rocket/Rummy Rose/Diamondback Annie