MOGOFest is a weekend of Portland-area original music curated by some of the city's most influential music fans & musicians. More info at mogofest.com
The CURATOR for this event is: WESTICANA PRESENTS
Scott Pemberton Band -- Scott's sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland: freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. The best way to categorize his music is with the moniker “Timber Rock”. Scott naturally applies his own lens/stamp to the sounds of the Pacific North West, the region he has always called home. The deep jazz, NW rock/grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk. It’s all there, and often all in the same song. Listeners are finding this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun.
MOGO Music Festival --ALL LOCAL / ALL ORIGINAL -- Portland, Oregon on March 3-4, 2017. Venues include Doug Fir, Star Theater, Dante's, Mission Theater, Secret Society, The White Eagle, Ponderosa Lounge, The Goodfoot, The Gemini, & Wild Hare Saloon (Oregon City)
Scott Pemberton’s sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland: freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. The best way to categorize his music is with the moniker “Timber Rock”. Scott naturally applies his own lens/stamp to the sounds of the Pacific North West, the region he has always called home. The deep jazz, NW rock/grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk. It’s all there, and often all in the same song. Listeners are finding this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun.
The response to Scott’s music has made him an emerging force on the festival circuit, placed him at #1 in Portland’s pop charts, #4 on Bilboards “Tastemakers” chart and has generated notice from the press:
“The Bruce Lee of Rock and Roll” –Tahoe Onstage
“A modern day Jimi Hendrix” –Chico Enterprise
“It’s not every day we get to see a real, live guitar god in action.” -Fly Magazine (Pennsylvania)
“A wildly creative virtuoso.” -Jambase.com
“Stand out artist at this year’s High Sierra Music Festival” –Relix Magazine.
“At a festival FULL of guitarists (Safeway Water Front Blues Festival), none played like Pemberton or was as fun to watch” -The Oregonian
The mastery of his guitar playing combined with the fun recklessness of his songwriting show that the rules of songwriting and playing the guitar no longer exist for him. Scott plays with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes that every time we make music is an honor and a gift.
Redwood Son is an Authentic Artist on the Rise. "His Songwriting combines the grittiness of Ryan Bingham, swagger of Eric Church, and a laid back vibe reminiscent of Jack Johnson" says Producer Dave Brainard. Depth and Dimension are his Friends, but don't be surprised if You find yourself singing and bopping along to these catchy songs of Life's Trials and Triumph.
Since 2000, Tony Smiley has captured audiences with raw rhythms of all live looping. This musical savant loops his way through a unique genre of music that you won’t find anywhere else. All with a witty, engaging, and energetic stage presence. His cosmic dance of electric melodies range from rock, hip hop, reggae, tribal fusion, 80's and everything in between, with a dash of Mongolian throat singing and beat-boxing have earned the loop ninja a cult like following that repeatedly embarks on his musical journey. Creating each track with a raw and primal pulsating connection between rich rhythms and passionate lyrics.
The songs of Tony Smiley are a tantalizing ride through electro acoustic music that will cause your musical senses to rise. During the experience you can expect original soul bearing songs, improv crowd pleasers, and creative cover mixes. As he loops his way through a set he builds the audience's anticipation by using, keyboards, drums, guitars, tambourine, vocals and beat box sounds through Boss Loop pedals. His songs are original, groove-laden works of art. The loop ninja will “completely make you a believer.” (Andy Summers, guitar player for the Police)
In 2010,Tony joined the ranks of his fellow loop artists, winning 3rd place in the National Boss Loop Contest in Hollywood. Judges included: Paul Youngblood (Boss US Director), Frank Gambale (Guitar player for Chick Corea), Andy Summers (Guitar player for The Police), Derek Murdock (Bass player for Kevin Eubanks, Tonight Show Band), Michael Molenda (Editor of Guitar Player Magazine). He continues to work with Roland/Boss running pedal clinics and performing for international ad campaigns.
Currently, Tony Smiley can often be found laying down progressive loops with hip hop roots in the Pacific Northwest. If you would like to experience the sounds of Tony Smiley follow him on FaceBook, YouTube, Reverbnation and Sound Cloud and most importantly.. come to a show!!!