Will Nicoll and Matt Moss, also known as Steel Toed Slippers, have risen from the roots of redwoods in Humboldt County to bring the world a tall and sturdy serving of classic American rock soiled in soul, funk, blues, and jazz influences. It all started the fall of 2006 when Will and Matt, who didn't know each other yet, were just beginning another school year in their small town of McKinleyville, California. Will, a high school junior, roamed around the halls with his acoustic guitar and harmonica on a daily basis, and Matt, a freshman, woke up every morning at 5 am to play drums in the school's swing band. It was when one of the school's counselors noticed Matt playing drums in the band room one day after class that he knew the two had to meet. He introduced them to each other later that day at lunch and the rest is history (still) in the making.
After deciding on a band name for their new group, Will and Matt and a couple different bass players, took Humboldt County by storm. Playing at nearly every venue in the county, Steel Toed Slippers became a well known and highly respected name among the local music scene in Humboldt. It was clear very early on that these small town boys were onto something much bigger than their youthful selves. In 2007, the band did their first west coast tour with shows from Humboldt all the way to Los Angeles ending with a sold out show at The Whiskey A Go Go. It was at this point that the guys realized that LA was the place to be, and soon decided to re-locate. For the next couple years, Will attended the Musicians Institute, and Matt studied jazz at the Hamilton Music Academy.
Grant Farm is a refreshing harvest of a band from the fertile Front Range of Colorado. This much-anticipated four-piece represents the fruition of the efforts of National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant, one of the hottest and best-known guitar players on the scene today. Tyler was a member of The Drew Emmitt Band and The Emmitt-Nershi Band from 2005 until 2010 when he went on his own to pursue his calling as a bandleader. In Grant Farm he is partnered with dynamic drummer Chris Misner, also of the Drew Emmitt Band and Bill Nershi's Blue Planet. The quartet is completed by funky phenom Adrian "Ace" Engfer on bass and the prodigious Sean Foley on keyboards. Grant Farm has established a movement based on their connection to roots music of all kinds, devotion to their fans and family, and their brilliant performances of Rocky Mountain Rock and Roll.
Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Tyler, Chris, Ace and Sean are experienced players of renown in their own right, but as a unit they form a greater whole, and are working hard to grow into the best band that they can be. Members of Grant Farm have been featured on stage with the likes of Leftover Salmon, The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Motet, Head For The Hills, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Dumpstaphunk, Tony Rice, Larry Keel, Keller Williams, Jon Oates, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Disco Biscuits, Abigail Washburn and Peter Rowan.
10/10/2014 - 10/11/2014
9:30 pm - 2:00 am
Few guitar players are more exciting than Scott Pemberton. He plays his instrument with a passion that is seldom equaled. It is not surprising that he receives comparisons to a wide variety of the greats spanning many genres including Jimi Hendrix, Dick Dale and Grant Green. A Scott Pemberton Super Band show unfolds a lot like an awesome date. Imagine cool conversation over dinner with the Meters, then drinks and dancing with the Lips, and finally the after-party with James Brown that leaves you sweaty and satisfied. This is no movie date. An evening with Scott Pemberton will be a night to remember.
Native Portlander (Oregon), Scott Pemberton has amassed a loyal following. Fans come out in force to see him play show after show. With a deep catalogue and a mastery of improvisation, every show is different and memorable. With Scott you never know what is next, an unexpected interpretation of a well known favorite or a captivating original. A Portland area secret no longer, Scott is sure to make the same impact on the rest of the country as he has on Portland’s music scene.
Musically speaking, Electro-Americana may best describe Arthur Lee Land’s eclectic fusion of folk-rock, AfroGrass (worldbeat/bluegrass) and electronica, but cannot fully explain the unique dynamics at work when Arthur enters the studio or takes the stage. The multi-talented performer blends elements from distinctive parts of his career for this recording: his longtime wheelhouse as a touring musician playing folk-rock, country and roots; a world beat/bluegrass hybrid, inspired by a tour of West Africa; and his Art of Live-Looping techniques which have defined his solo live shows since the early 2000s. Then add to this mix - co-producer, engineer and DJ Aaron Shier, who brought in his influences of electronic, house and pop music.
JaimeWyatt is a striking figure who walks the Earth with an old soul. Her repertoire tells stories of heartbreak and redemption, delivered by a voice that is both rich and magnetic. Comparisons are frequently drawn to Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks and at times she has been anointed a female Tom Petty. Wyatt is a dynamic performer, dually noted as a powerhouse singer and stellar guitar player, sailing between vintage 60’s and 70’s rock n roll anthems and heartfelt ballads of love and confusion.
Dynamic, quirky and highly energetic indie rock trio Finn Riggins has made a name for itself around the West and the greater US as road warriors from the oft-overlooked state of Idaho over the last several years. Since the release of their debut album A SOLDIER, A SAINT, AN OCEAN EXPLORER on Portland’s beloved mom-and-pop label Tender Loving Empire in 2007, they have averaged close to 200 shows a year in 43 states — including a massive 80-day tour around the entire perimeter of the US in the Spring of 2010. Most of this touring has been on the backs of their DIY ethic and wide open approach to the changing music industry. In 2009 and 2010 they played three different support tours with fellow Idahoans Built To Spill while supporting their sophomore album VS WILDERNESS (Tender Loving Empire).
The collaborative brainchild of three music school graduates from the University of Idaho — Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson — Finn Riggins has always been a tough entity for the music industry to pin down. Their genre-defying approach to rock-n-roll has yielded a long stream of varied explanations for their sound over the years — experimental pop, prog-pop, post-punk post-epic 70s rock, synth-driven indie rock, and so on. One consistent thread through most of the press raves over the years has been the fact that Finn Riggins’ sound is unique and fresh and not adhering to any particular trend, all while being accessible through pop-hooks and an incredibly well executed and fun live show.
Since relocating to Boise, ID in early 2009 from the small mountain town of Hailey, ID at the foot of the Pioneer Mountain Range, Finn Riggins have become key players in the young music and art scene of Idaho’s largest population center. They took their first extended break from touring in 2011 to further connect with their local scene and focus on writing and creating anew. In a November 2011 NYLON feature on the Boise scene Chad Dryden of The Record Exchange is quoted confirming the band, “injected much-needed life into the scene.” During this time Eric Gilbert helped develop Treefort Music Fest – a festival geared toward promoting the Boise scene and raising money for independent station Radio Boise, the first to support local artists in decades. 2012 was the festival’s inaugural year and was a great success.
Ease Up began in the Fall of 2009 in Los Angeles, CA with the idea of starting a band that blended elements of ska punk, reggae and rock. Since 2009, Ease Up has independently released two EP’s, If You Only Knew (March, 2010) and On the Fly (June 2011) while playing an average of 100 shows per year. Ease Up has shared the stage with many popular ska/reggae/rock bands including: Fishbone, The Aggrolites, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, The Expendables, Mishka, The English Beat, The Dirty Heads, Pato Banton, Natural Vibrations, Echo Movement, C-Money & the Players Inc., Seedless, Stranger, and many more. Ease Up is currently writing and recording new music at 17th Street Recording in Costa Mesa, CA for their first full-length album to be released in Spring/Summer 2013.
Power trios are by definition musically challenging, but OLIO manages to combine a great, soulful rhythm section with cool guitar work, melodic vocal lines and tight harmonies. We caught up with the band at the 2012 Indie Music Festival in Vegas last month, and shot the brief interview and live performance video clip above. Olio really impressed with a blend of all the right stuff: creativity, musicianship, and chemistry, along with strong songwriting skills and a great interpersonal dynamic among the band members.
10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
9:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Clumsy Lovers have brought their mix of fiddle and banjo-fuelled, bluegrassified Celtic rock to North American audiences for over a decade. With more than 2500 performances under their belts, their high-energy shows have worn out dance floors and created a loyal following in 49 states and across their homeland of Canada.
In addition to their live shows, The Clumsy Lovers have also released a series of award-winning and critically acclaimed recordings. Early self-produced recordings garnered the attention of venerated label Nettwerk Records, which came on board to release “After The Flood” (2005) and “Smart Kid” (2006). Both albums won a CD of the year nod from the Indie Acoustic Music awards, as well as being nominated for numerous other honors (including multiple mentions from The West Coast Music Awards, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards).