Featured as part of Relix magazine's "Bands on the Rise" in 2012 and 2013, including awards for "favorite instrumentalist", "favorite female performer" and "favorite local band", this award winning group is an up and coming American rock and roll jam band that is making waves across the West coast. Formed in 2010 after a chance encounter at the Oregon Country Fair, singer/songwriter Brandelyn Rose and now 19-year old guitar prodigy Felix Blades sparked a unique and collaborative friendship that has attracted other talented artists including Ben Bosse on bass, special guests on keyboards and Alex Huber on drums. Blue Lotus features original songs that take you from rock and roll to spaced out intergalactic madness. Rooted in Rock and Blues, and experimenting with elements of Bluegrass, Jazz and Funk, the band fuses styles to create a high-energy, fun and danceable melodic hybrid. This group is making lasting impressions with a growing West coast fan base, including radio play across several states. They have sold CD's internationally and have been singing their hearts out on the festival stages including Veneta's own "Oregon Country Fair". They have hosted sit in live festival jams with members of Melvin Seals and JGB and have shared the festival bill with Fruition, Shook Twins, Rock Collective, Scott Law, Tony Saunders, RJD2, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Pimps of Joytime and many more. You don't want to miss a chance to see them live!
Carolina born songwriter, Will West, has called Portland, Oregon home since 2002. Performing with a mix of Portland musicians called The Friendly Strangers.
They play as various Duos, Trios and Full Band Line-Ups.
They expand to the full 10-piece Friendly Strangers Big Band for special events and parties..
Hand-clapping Folk, Roots & Cozy Americana.
Lively, interactive and fun.....
A distinctive blend of Folk, Roots, Blues and Pop sounds in Portland, Oregon
Dirty Revival is a Portland, OR based Soul band formed in early 2013. Since it's inception, DR has shared the stage with many national and local favorites including Gift of Gab, Lyrics Born, Nappy Roots, Satin Chaps, Cooper and the Jam, Farnell Newton, Speakerminds and Elton Cray.
The band is made up of a diverse group of musicians whom all bring a unique vibe that, when combined creates a meaningful, soulful and passionate sound.
2015 will see the release of Dirty Revivals Debut Full Length Album, an appearance at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in May and several multi-regional tours. This is sure to be an exciting year! Follow Dirty Revival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out what the band is up to.
Let's get Dirty!
This sturdy North American world roots trio is built on the original writings and acoustic compositions of multi-instrumentalist John Adam Smith. The John Adam Smith Band bears the strength of togetherness in their roots driven, world inspired, acoustic funk-rock innovations. From the percussive teachings of West Africa, to the steel driven tones of the lapsteel guitar, The J.A.S. Band combines the love of groove with a taste for edge in their genuine and effective live performance.
Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.
In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.
“My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”
It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”
Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010, he co-produced Jay White's "Larger than Life". Later that year he released his first album "Christmas With You", which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improviser. Kim Burrell's Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning "Love" album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. Later on that year, he released a single entitled “Leave Me Alone” featuring his vocal artistry.
At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, Ray Chew And The Crew, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Rob Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Michael McDonald, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Snarky Puppy, Tommy Sims, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Jeffrey White, the late Timothy Wright, and many others. Henry's awe-inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, "First Steps" was released in the July 2014 and was celebrated on iTunes as "New and Noteworthy" and debuted #1 on the iTunes charts. He is currently touring with Snarky Puppy, his own band "The Funk Apostles" and lending his talent to the production of several projects for other artists.