The original Fernando Band consisting of Marilee Hord, Dan Eccles, Clayton Jones, Joe Chiusano and Fernando Viciconte released their American-Gothic Classic "Widows" in 1997 to overwhelming critical and popular acclaim. Their passionate and explosive live performances soon made them one of Portland's most exciting live bands. This original line up is reuniting for the first time in 18 years to celebrate the 20th Year Anniversary of their landmark record. The Band will also be celebrating the first pressing and release of "Widows" on Vinyl by performing the entire record in sequence! The band has recruited their longtime friends, also recently reunited, The Old Joe Clarks (featuring members of M.Ward and Tin Hat Trio) as main support for this show! This performance will be a one-time only event that you will not want to miss so we highly recommend that you secure your tickets asap!
"Fernando Viciconte is a true believer. Like Hank Sr., Springsteen, David Hidalgo and his other heroes, he sees a bleak world out there but clings to the romantic notion that letting it out in the passion of song can ease the pain, redeem the soul or at least help make a little sense of it all." Dim Desmond, No Depression Magazine (1997)
Fernando Viciconte-the 2016 Oregon Music Hall of Famer with twenty years of local and national acclaim under his belt-crawls from the wreckage of the recent past unbowed, bruised but unbroken. He has survived major surgery for a throat condition and thus what could have been existential silence for 'that voice'. It's a voice that caused countless rags like Billboard, Magnet, Paste, The Oregonian, No Depression (and on and on) plus fellow musicians like Peter Buck from REM, Don Dixon, and Steve Wynn to rave wildly about the feeling it evokes when he's singing his songs of dark despair and faint hope. These rock n roll laments, in both Spanish and English have captured the imaginations of his hometown for seven records, countless compilations, and memorable shows. Now Fernando-and 'that voice' -has emerged stronger than ever with a full-length LP entitled "Leave the Radio On", produced with Luther Russell (Fever the Ghost, Richmond Fontaine) & Mike Coykendall (M.Ward, She and Him).
The new album features a virtual who's who of Portland's finest musicians, including Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM and members of M.Ward, Elliott Smith, Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. This is a new chapter in Viciconte's ever-evolving musical trajectory, a career marked by creative integrity and an almost painful honesty which attracts fans from high and low that still believe in the redemptive power of rock and roll. And 'that voice'.
The Old Joe Clarks is the brainchild of Mike (M.Ward, Klyde Conner) and Jill Coykendall, originally based in San Francisco, their sound can best be described as Alt-Country with a strong dose of Americana. Mike's songwriting is current and timeless-though the arrangements are steeped in an inventive indie-rock, his vocals can sound at times as if they're coming from someplace deep in Appalachia. The band is now joined by famed producer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Orton, (Tin Hat Trio).