July 25 — Wil Kinky
Wil Koehnke's rich, vibrant voice that makes an immediate impact, and perfectly suits his rootsy, soulful songs. He’s been compared favorably to established artists like John Mayer and Ray Lamontagne, but there’s enough passion and fervor to these seven tracks to suggest, not only is Kinky/ Koehnke his own man, but with the right breaks he can make much the same commercial impact.There’s a nice variety of material here, from the rolling, catchy-as-hell, opening track “It's Alright” to the organic Steve Winwood-esque soul groove of “The Energy Between (Me and You)” and “Dreams I Leave Behind”.
Book Wil Kinky 7/25
August 1 — Jeremy Wilson
Former Dharma Bums/Pilot front man, and founder of the non-profit health care organization for musicians, The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, Jeremy Wilson celebrates the release of Empty Through Empty Space, his first full studio solo record. Empty Through Empty Space is a collection of twelve songs that find Wilson and his two core band members - Dylan-Thomas Vance (guitar, backing vocals) and Matthew Rotchford (bass) - creating a fresh new sound while delving into influences such as Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, and Harry Nilsson, moving away from the heavy R.E.M. and even John Prine influences of Dharma Bums and Pilot. It is also a concept record based on a solo road trip Wilson took, after heartbreak, from Florida back to Portland, Oregon, all the while taking an internal journey on the path back home.
Book Jeremy Wilson 8/1
August 15 — Beth Willis Rock Duo
"There's blues, there's rock, then there's Beth Willis... this singer/songrwiter wraps her powerful vocals around sons of love and life..." - KINK fm
"She's worth a long listen, especially in person." - Oregon Music News
Book Beth Willis Rock Duo 8/15
August 22 —MOsely WOtta
MOsley WOtta is a musical performance group from Bend Oregon.
They have been featured artists on Oregon Art Beat.
MOsley WOtta is a two time TED X performer.
Book MOseley WOtta 8/22
White Rhino Marimba performs upbeat dance music from Zimbabwe and West Africa. Portland-based, they have been together since 1997 and continue to share their passion for African music at various festivals, parties and farmers markets. "Crash of Rhinos" is their newest CD, featuring thirteen lively and exciting songs. Their ages span six decades but when they play together, they're all of the same ageless spirit.
Book White Rhino Marimba 8/29
September 5 — Robert Jon and the Wreck
Southern California rockers, Robert Jon & the Wreck, live by three words, and three words alone—music, miles, and whiskey. Inside a rusted steel vat, this band stirs up a concoction of blues-rock and southern-soul that begs the question… does music imitate life, or life imitate music? This may seem like a lofty credo for a quintet that equates many a long day to “dusty boots and a half drank bottle of Jack,” however, upon close listen to their lyrics, one understands that a great deal of their inspiration is derived from loading up their beloved van, “Susan,” and hitting the road. After nine self-booked national tours, across more than fifteen states, including sets at sold out festivals the likes of Country Thunder, Vans Warped Tour, And Chinook Fest, it’s no wonder they've earned the title of Orange County’s “Best Live Band." With new material in tow, for Robert Jon & the Wreck, no distance is too long or venue too small, as long there’s a rowdy audience ready to shoot whiskey, stomp boots, and get wrecked.
Book Robert Jon and the Wreck 9/5
September 12 — Lace and Lead
Lace & Lead is a rising West Coast country group fronted by a dynamic vocal duo and songwriting team. The band tours throughout the West Coast and more, and will be releasing their debut album (Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee) in the summer of 2014. Lace & Lead's energetic performances, smooth vocal harmonies, and unique songwriting make them a favorite throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond!
Book Lace and Lead Band 9/12
September 19 — Tyler Stenson
Born in Wyoming but raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is an arresting singer/songwriter of acoustic 'elegant folk' music that hints at comparison to songwriter greats such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Ryan Adams. While he has been locally recognized as the two-time 'Songwriter of the Year' by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and 'Best Male Artist' at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, on the national stage, Stenson has received even more impressive praise from the top tier of the music industry. Recently hand-picked by legendary producer Don Was, Stenson was named a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center’s ‘Search for the Next Great American Songwriter’ contest (out of 10,000), as well as, he was hand-selected by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and music critic Ryan Spaulding, to perform at their Outlaw Roadshow showcase at SxSW 2013 (out of 4,000). Additionally, Stenson’s music is currently in rotation on SiriusXM’s “The Coffee House” station (ch31), he was named ReverbNation's 'Breaking Artist' of 2013, he has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Matisyahu and more and his original music has been featured on multiple Chevrolet commercials and a few popular television series. Above all, Stenson has proven he’s not just another ‘guy and his guitar,’ his foundational belief that ‘lyric is king’ sets him apart as a true artist worth getting to know.
Book Tyler Stenson 9/19
September 26 — The Doyle Brothers
When you combine the tuneful spirit of classic Soul and Rock & Roll, with the rhythm and swagger of modern Pop, you've just experienced the sound of THE DOYLE BROTHERS.
Ryan and Todd are currently in the process of releasing a slew of Summer Singles, beginning with "Ladies In The Know" and "Stole It With a Look", with more to follow soon. The duo's production efforts have been recently augmented into a working relationship that they call the "Sly-Fecta" trio. This refers to their long time friend Brent Bodrug's studio, the "Sly-Fi Chapel", located east of Toronto in Trenton Ontario. It has turned out to be the creative environment that the boys have been in search for quite a while, as Todd sometimes describes it as their "Mecca". That safe haven has been especially appealing to the guys, especially when considering that their writing process and performance schedule seems to frequently experience turbulent weather conditions. In fact, the new group of songs were birthed whilst the brothers were trapped indoors in NYC during Hurricane Sandy, attempting to create positivity out of a negative situation.
Book The Doyle Brothers 9/26