Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group's onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California's own acoustic music.
HBR's years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with a wide cross-section of musicians, people like Peter Rowan, Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen. Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm) have all produced studio albums for the band. Each guided HBR towards the next step in its evolution. It's a sound that is tough to describe and easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Horning's Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, Merlefest, All Good, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and many more.
The next step in Butter's evolution involves recording three 5-song EPs, each focusing on a part of music that Hot Buttered Rum loves and is inspired by, and each with a different producer. The first EP was recently recorded with Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and will be released this fall. The second will be a collection of Ralph Stanley old school bluegrass standards, to be recorded in September with producer Sally Van Meter. The third will be Hot Buttered Rum's latenight throwdown music, to be recorded in November with SCI's Kyle Hollingsworth. Together, the three collections of songs will explore Butter's roots and express Butter's present passions.
At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of old friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds, and bodies of thousands.
GIFT OF GAB made his name as the technically adept MC in the vaunted underground rap duo BLACKALICIOUS, in partnership with producer DJ CHIEF XCEL. Born Tim Parker, he grew up mostly in Pacoima, part of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley region, but attended high school in Sacramento. There he first met CHIEF XCEL (born Xavier Mosley) in 1987. Parker, then calling himself TINY T or GABBY T was already developing keen skills as a battle MC, and he and Mosely teamed up the following year. After graduating, Parker returned to Los Angeles, but he and Mosley kept up their partnership by phone. While attending UC-Davis, Mosley fell in with a group of hip-hop eccentrics who became the SoleSides collective, and Parker moved up to the Bay Area to join him in 1991, now having settled on Gift of Gab as his hip-hop alter ego. Blackalicious issued their debut single, "Swan Lake," on SoleSides in 1994, and several more followed, establishing their underground reputation and leading to a tour of Europe. They began work on a full-length album, during which time SoleSides shut down and reconfigured itself as Quannum; however, the process was long and laborious, as Gift of Gab struggled with an alcohol problem that took several years to overcome. Finally, in 1999, Blackalicious re-emerged with the A2G EP, whose "Alphabet Aerobics" electrified the underground and marked Gift of Gab as a prodigious new talent. That talent was confirmed Blackalicious’ first two full-lengths, 2000's NIA and 2002's Blazing Arrow which elevated him to the status of perhaps the most underappreciated elite MC in hip-hop.
In the wake of BLAZING ARROW’s critical hosannas, GIFT OF GAB branched out with a number of guest appearances, recording with the likes of DJ VADIM, British hip-hoppers NEW FLESH and MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD. In early 2003, he underwent emergency eye surgery necessitated by complications from diabetes, but fortunately made a full recovery. Seeking outside collaborators to keep himself fresh for the third album, GIFT OF GAB embarked on a solo project for Quannum with two Seattle-based producers, VITAMIN D and JAKE ONE Advance single "The Writz" appeared in late 2003, and the album itself, 4th DIMENSIONAL ROCKETSHIPS GOING UP! arrived in the spring of 2004. Reviews of the production work varied widely, but overall the record -- a smooth, mellow affair – solidified GIFT OF GAB’s position as one of the top MCs of his time, underground or otherwise.
Brooklyn-based Norwegian singer/songwriter/composer/guitarist. His eclectic and richly melodic debut, 'Faces Down,' written and recorded at 16, was named among the best albums of the year, and listed as one of the most remarkable debuts of 2002 by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Follow-up 'Two Way Monologue' was an Album Of The Year in Uncut Magazine and solidified Lerche's global momentum. He toured extensively across the world both solo, with his band, and opening for artists such as Air, Stereolab and Elvis Costello, appearing on stages such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall.
In 2006 Lerche released the jazz-inflected Billboard Jazz Top 5 album, 'Duper Sessions,' followed by 'Phantom Punch' -- his first album not recorded in Norway -- as well as his acclaimed Original Soundtrack for the 2007 Steve Carell/Juliette Binoche hit movie 'Dan In Real Life,' where Lerche also appeared in a cameo as himself.
Having relocated to Brooklyn, Lerche's countless dynamic live performances, often completely alone on stage, continued to reach new listeners, while his music continuously explored new themes and styles.
2009's 'Heartbeat Radio' won US critical acclaim, including from the LA Times: "No matter what genre he's working in -- fuzzy garage rock, breezy vocal jazz, acoustic folk-pop -- this young Norwegian singer-songwriter crafts catchier choruses than many musicians who've been working twice as long as he has. His refrains always pay off."
In 2010, Lerche co-wrote the song "Dear Laughing Doubters" for another Carell hit comedy, 'Dinner For Schmucks.'
In 2011 he appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show" for the second time, performing a song from his self-titled (and first self-released) album, of which Rolling Stone Magazine said, "The man has grown since his early-2000s days as an indie-pop prodigy: Now a dependably intriguing wordsmith, he still shows no shortage of unusually intelligent quirks."
In 2012 Lerche was honored to appear on an official postage stamp in Norway.
2014 saw the release of his celebrated dissonant and mostly ambient score for the Sundance indie-hit movie 'The Sleepwalker,' and a new career peak, the album 'Please,' which Popmatters called "a pop masterpiece," while naming it one of the best albums of the year. 2017 sees Lerche embarking on a new world tour, starting in Norway in January.
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.
Vieux was initially a drummer / calabash player at Mali’s Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux’s debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son’s talent as a musician.
Clinton Fearon is a composer, songwriter, singer and player of instruments since his early teens, and a professional since the age of 19.
He was born in Jamaica and become the bassist, vocalist and lyricist for the mythic Gladiators, as well as a session musician for Coxsonne Dodd in Studio One and Lee 'Scratch' Perry's at Black Ark, two of the main producers on the island at this time. He also composed some everlasting bass lines for well-known artists like Yabby You, Jimmy Riley, Max Romeo, Junior Byles and many others.
After leaving Jamaica 1987, Clinton Fearon start a new career from Seattle. With other musicians of the Gladiators, he decided to stay in the US and to found The Defenders. The band built a nice following in the Northwest. After five years the band split and Clinton Fearon formed the Boogie Brown Band with local musicians in 1993.
Clinton Fearon recorded eight albums with Boogie Brown Band and two albums in solo acoustic.
Each song of Clinton Fearon is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who dedicates his life to help a better world to come. With chiselled music and poetic lyrics, he opens reggae to a wider audience who simply loves his beautiful songs.
Gigantic Brewing Party with Y La Bamba, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, bed., and The Comfy Boyz!
Gigantic Brewing celebrates their 5th anniversary with a night of tasty beer and awesome local music! Gigantic was found in SE Portland in 2012 with one mission: to make delicious beer. Gigantic's labels feature original art created by artists from around the world. Recently the brewery also started pairing songs with their beers, including a download on each seasonal beer label. This 5th anniversary show features bands that have or will appear on Gigantic seasonal beer releases.
Musicwerks, Corrosion Records & Missionary, Headhunter Productions Present:
VELVET ACID CHRIST TBA ADRIAN H & THE WOUNDS
Hive begins after the show! Goth-industrial-Darkwave dancing DJS TBA
Sun May 7th 2017 Doors at 8:00pm - 21+
$14 advance through Ticketweb
$20 Cover @ Door
Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave
Music doesn't have to be complicated. At the end of the day, it's all about being honest, taking no B.S., and getting right back up after every fall. New York-born singer, songwriter, and all-around rock rebel LP puts it even more succinctly, "I go Johnny Cash on that shit and just get through it." Like the Man in Black, she pens and performs timeless tunes with attitude--albeit minus the country twang and cowboy hats. Ukulele in hand, voice booming with soul and spirit, and pulling no punches, LP's palatability belies an underground unrestraint sharpened by several years in the industry. By 2014, she had not only written hits for Rihanna, Cher, Backstreet Boys, Cher Lloyd, and more, but also released her major label debut, Forever For Now. The latter's "Into The Wild" fueled a Citibank ad campaign as everyone from The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and USA Today to Vogue and BuzzFeed extolled the artist. She performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and ignited audiences at Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more. However, as her six-year romantic relationship failed and she split from her label, LP put her head down and wrote what would become 2016's Death Valley EP [Vagrant Records]. "My goal was just to create my best music," she says. "I stopped overthinking things. I didn't know how it was going to come out or if anyone would ever hear it, but I just wanted to write. No one told me what to do. I wasn't trying to fit into some fucking label's ideal of who I should be. I had complete artistic freedom." Death Valley became a watershed moment for the songstress and modern rock at large. Driven by her signature ukulele, raspy acoustic guitars, and the unshakable refrain, "Baby is that lost on you?," its lead single "Lost On You" amassed over 91 million YouTube views as well as 44 million Spotify streams and went triple-platinum in Italy, platinum in France, Poland, and Germany, and gold in Switzerland. Meanwhile, the title track, "Muddy Waters," soundtracked the Season 4 climax of NETFLIX's Orange Is The New Black. "I love a record that has an eclectic bunch of songs," she goes on. "I want it to be an interesting landscape, and I like to use my voice in different ways. That was my goal with Death Valley." It also extends to her 2017 full-length album. Once again, LP re-unites with the team behind Death Valley--producer POWERS' Mike Del Rio [Christina Aguilera, X Ambassadors] and writer Nate Campany [Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Martin Garrix]. "It's a weird thing," she says. "I feel more confident than ever before. I don't have to police myself anymore. For this record, I decided to unapologetically tress on, keep going, and run with my emotion." Ultimately, as LP writes more, she continues to connect with audiences everywhere. "There's a survivor mentality that comes through naturally," she leaves off. "That strikes a chord. I want to show people it's possible to do whatever they want on their own terms."
On the 14th May, the Cure tribute THEXPLODINGBOYS return to the Star Theatre to perform a fresh batch of dark and wonderful selections. Church of Hive Goth Industrial Darkwave dance party to follow!
Named after a powerful but obscure Head on the Door b-side, it's not surprising that Portland, Oregon, USA-based Cure tribute THEXPLODINGBOYS deliver more than a collection of best-of singles--live shows are the full experience of the Cure in their prime.
The band is comprised of die-hard Cure fans whose knowledge spans every song ever to hit stage, vinyl, analogue tape, or binary code. Dynamics, nuances, and an occasional twist or mash-up are carefully thought out, and set lists are crafted to enhance the impact of every song. Personas are also dead on, down to the eyeliner, big hair, and lipstick.
Whether you know one Cure song or you know all of them, you will come away impressed by the breadth of catalogue and the caliber of the musicianship of theXplodingboys. So pull on your face, pull on your pout, and get a little piece of the Cure close to you. You'll fall in love with somebody else, again, tonight...
$10 advance/$12 door - no one turned away
doors at 8pm - show begins at 9pm
See you there...