Bombino in Portland on 05/26/13
Mar27

Bombino in Portland on 05/26/13

Artist: Bombino Date: Sunday, May 26th 2013 Time: 8:00pm Venue: Star Theater City: Portland , OR Address: 13 NW 6th Ave. Venue phone: 503-248-4700 Country: US Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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Dark Matter Transfer: An Infinite Constellation of Dreams
Mar27

Dark Matter Transfer: An Infinite Constellation of Dreams

Review by Kenneth Harris Here we are again, fortunate to be at the right place at the right time! Dark Matter Transfer is perhaps the best way to describe this band and their music. Electrons merging with protons to form atoms and other ethereal aggregations are among the ideas that arise when contemplating the sounds of DMT. Three strong musical forces merge together creating a space for improvisational exploration. The level of comfort exuded by the musicians on this album, especially after realizing that it was all performed without any rehearsal, is not only notable but quite impressive! This psychedelic, groove-sailin’, cosmic train trio may send you off into the stars but has its roots well-anchored in a solid background of musical languages and live performances. Joel Davis, Justin Pacuska and Alan Krassowski are the pilots on this ship. Joel played bass for Mars Retrieval Unit, which was known for their ability to become musical chameleons. Joel’s playing with DMT is definitely reflective of his ability to comfortably explore new horizons. As a multi-instrumentalist with an extensive background in jazz and rock, Alan’s certainly no backbeat drummer! Although he can easily play that way, the musical medium created by the trio allows this drummer to also exercise his extensive skills with the authority of a lead man. Justin Pacuska, we know from Garcia Birthday Band. He brings his experience and notable, relaxed improvisational skill to the project and BOOM: we have an “Infinite Constellation of Dreams”!   This album opens with a strong psychedelic sound. Extended guitar and bass solos with tight drum accompaniment give us the meat and potatoes of this album. With gradual tempo changes, funky bass and guitar jams, we hear the results of strong musicianship. Again, I can’t emphasize enough how engaging this album is and how well it flows, especially with regard to these musicians just beginning to know and perform with each other. Being a longtime fan of the Grateful Dead, I couldn’t help but notice Justin’s Garcia-esque style of guitar playing. This album, having a rock -n- roll jam sound with some digital enhancement, is sure to be enjoyed by both electronic and jam band music lovers alike. These guys all share familiarity with and have their own personal connections to the abstract. This seems to bring a very unique convergence of sounds and color together with all this potential energy shared through DMT. This album has a very fresh strength! We notice the album taking on a life, seemingly of its own. Chaos transformed into music, delightful and sometimes scary, with flowing rhythms and surprise crescendos, are aspects of the music that I...

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Crystal Carnivale: Galactic in Portland, Feb. 23
Mar27

Crystal Carnivale: Galactic in Portland, Feb. 23

Review by Rich Messmer Photos by Alexander Maso Anyone who is even faintly acquainted with Portland, OR would likely agree with the assertion that there is nothing particularly arousing about the dreary month of February. Luckily, thanks to the organizers of the annual Jazz Festival, Portland transforms into the “horny”est town in the Northwest for at least a week each year at the end of month. If getting through winter in Portland is anything like a heavyweight boxing match, February is only the seventh round. February is where it gets tiring. The ominous grey shroud that cloaks our city is gloating in the other corner. You just want it to be over, so you naively look up at the score card — only to be reminded there’s eight more rounds to go. This is why for many, the annual deluge of world class jazz that soaks our city streets is a welcome reprieve from the incessant drizzle.  On Saturday, Feb. 23 I was lucky enough to attend what was perhaps the most widely anticipated show on the slate, when the legendary funk group Galactic took the stage at the Crystal Ballroom. For those of you who don’t know, Galactic has been a perennial tour de force in the funk scene for nearly two decades. Hailing from the birthplace of jazz and jambalaya, these New Orleans natives have been grooving harder than almost anyone out there since the mid 1990s. Listener beware: This is not your dad’s funk band. These guys have truly shaped a genre of their own, masterfully blending elements of hard rock, hip hop, jazz and fusion into their filthy funk stew. Those in attendance Saturday night were exposed to the entire arsenal, as well as a few unexpected surprises. The core of Galactic consists of five permanent members: Leader Stanton Moore on drums, Robert Mercurio on bass, Richard Vogel on the Keys, Ben Ellman on saxophone and harmonica, and Jeff Raines on the guitar. The quintet has served as a solid foundation upon which a constant shuffle of additional musicians have helped build over the years. The incarnation that came to Portland was simply spectacular, with Rebirth Brass Band trombonist Corey Henry, and legendary Living Colour front man Corey Glover lending their talents.  Anyone that has seen this group in action before knows that when Galactic enters a building, a party ensues. It was to no detriment to the atmosphere at the Crystal that the group was touring in support of their most recent album, Carnivale Electricos— a record inspired by both the Mardi Gras and Carnivale celebrations. Less than two weeks removed from Fat Tuesday,...

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Dark Matter Transfer and Northbound Rain in Portland on 03/29/13
Mar26

Dark Matter Transfer and Northbound Rain in Portland on 03/29/13


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Artist: Dark Matter Transfer and Northbound Rain Date: Friday, March 29th 2013 Time: 8:30pm Venue: Mt. Tabor Theater City: Portland Address: 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Venue phone: 503-360-1450 Country: US Age restrictions: No Minors Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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Water Tower in Portland on 04/19/13
Mar25

Water Tower in Portland on 04/19/13


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Artist: Water Tower Date: Friday, April 19th 2013 Time: 9:00pm Venue: Wonder Ballroom City: Portland , OR Address: 128 NE Russell St Venue phone: 503-284-8686 Country: US Age restrictions: No Minors Notes: w/ Bottlecap Boys Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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