BOWIE BIRTHDAY BASH – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – June 16th, 2017

BOWIE BIRTHDAY BASH

An all-star Bowie blowout in celebration of the 40th anniversary of 'Ziggy Stardust'

BOWIE BIRTHDAY BASH

Boys Keep Swinging, Ezza Rose, St. Even, The Morals, Wonderly, Sean Flora, Little Sue, Boone Howard, Host Adam Shearer, Baby Ketten Karaoke

Fri, June 16, 2017

Doors: 8:15 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$10 ADV/DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats

BOWIE BIRTHDAY BASH
BOWIE BIRTHDAY BASH
A David Bowie tribute concert and all-star karaoke jam on the Mississippi Studios stage.
Boys Keep Swinging
David Bowie Cover Band from Portland, OR featuring members of Gossip, Wampire, Fur Coats, Cat Hoch Band, and Snowblind Traveler.
Ezza Rose
Ezza Rose
Ezza Rose rolled into Portland, Oregon fresh off graduating the American Music and Dance Academy in 2007. Drawing on the traditional folk sounds she absorbed in the small Southern California mining town she grew up in, Rose began writing and performing at open mics throughout Portland. With pipes that critics have dubbed "subtle, yet breathtaking", a natural electricity, and a unique style that is a little bluegrass, a little folk, and a little something entirely her own, Rose caught the ears and eyes of anyone who saw her perform. It wasn't long until Rose was hard at work singing in a handful of Portland's emerging musical acts as well as piecing together a band of her own.

In 2009, Rose recorded her first studio album, "Through the Music Box". The album's sparse arrangements, lilting melodies, and honest, youthful vocals showcased a raw and brutal talent in the process of developing into a sophisticated musical vision.

Before long, Rose recorded her second album, "Jacob" (2011), in Portland-based studio Type Foundry with engineer Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, M. Ward). In just two days of relentless work, the foundation for Rose's sophomore release was laid down. The record has shards of the precocious spark found in 'Music Box', but adds the complex layers, moody energy, and confidence of a seasoned song crafter. The first single "Trigger", a dream march of a tune, convinced legendary singer/songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III, to ask Rose to open for him in Portland at the historic Aladdin Theatre.

March 2014, Rose released her first solo album, "Poolside". True to its name, "Poolside" takes the listener down into the depths of an abandoned indoor swimming pool, hidden in the basement of one of Portland’s historic, downtown hotels. With floor to ceiling tile and an empty concrete pool, the natural sound and acoustics of this room are stunning. Inspired by the sound of the room, Rose decided to record a live album in the space. To minimize interruption from city traffic above, Rose and a small crew recorded Poolside during the quiet hours of 11pm, ending the sessions around 7am. All reverb and sounds heard on Poolside are untampered with and completely raw. Lance Andrew Leonnig, recording engineer and past bassist for the Ezza Rose Band, perfectly captured the magic of this unique space and its undeniable compatibility with Rose’s haunting voice.

Portland has been her home since she graduated from performing arts academy five years ago, and it is beginning to make its presence felt. Her new album, "When the Water’s Hot" (released January 2015,) is a bold departure from the style of singing and songwriting that she and her band have perfected to such acclaim in recent years. To start, Rose is laying down her weathered acoustic guitar.
St. Even
St. Even
St. Even (the nom de guerre of Steve Hefter)'s Spirit Animal-- described as "gentle but unsettled folk" by the Portland Mercury-- was hailed "a masterpiece" and named the # 2 local album of the year by Willamette Week in 2011.

Hefter, a Baltimore native, collaborated with many of Charm City's musical luminaries in previous projects prior to landing in Portland (including members of Oxes, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Wye Oak, Judd and Maggie, and Small Sur) in 2009.

2014 marked the release of St. Even's eponymous, second record via Party Damage Records. Willamette Week called it "...a delicate, warmly arranged set, placing gently plucked acoustic guitars and wilting horns against occasional barroom piano and his own searching vocals." The Portland Mercury hailed it "an extraordinary piece of work—a gorgeous, thoughtful, inventive, funny album that is certain to help draw the unheralded songwriter the new listeners he deserves."
The Morals
The Morals
The Morals are usually a two-piece band from Portland, Oregon.

Ben Hubbird and Casey Jarman began playing songs together in college while performing in a hardcore band called The Keating Five. They recorded many songs to minidisc and honed their craft at a weekly songwriters' circle called Sad Bastard Night at John Henry's Bar, alongside Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox through Water; Sun Foot), Bud Wilson (Aan), Eric Jenson (Tractor Operator), Travis Ferguson (Days; Spirit Lake), Martha Jelsing (Pony Village) and many other talented friends.

In the decade and a half since forming in Casey's studio apartment, the Morals have played hundreds of shows and cycled through a half-dozen drummers (Ben Barnett of Kind of Like Spitting and Papi Fimbres of Máscaras among them). They have started a record label (Party Damage Records) and held down random DJ nights. They have taught music classes for teens together. Casey wrote a book; Ben hosts a radio show on Xray FM. Sometimes they forget about The Morals for six months or a year, and then they remember The Morals again.

Morals shows are sloppy and disjointed. The Morals have been known to break down laughing in the middle of songs, and they've been known to get into fights onstage. It can be pretty and it can be stupid. But they mean all of it. When they decide that they don't mean it, they retire songs or just stop playing shows. And then a weird thing happens and they start again.

They're releasing a new full-length album in 2017. It may or may not be called Cell Phone Pictures of the Moon.
Wonderly
Wonderly
Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk comprise Wonderly, a Portland band creating diverse compositions rooted in woodsy folk music. As each song traverses different rhythmic landscapes and genres, the quirky twang of dobro, slide guitar and banjo keep things wobbly. Like a jolly drunken tree, these organic elements stumble side to side but never lose their footing.
Little Sue
Boone Howard
Boone Howard
Boone Howard, Frontman of The We Shared Milk, hasn't skipped a beat in his songwriting since the band called an indefinite hiatus in late 2014. With a new full length solo album already nearing completion, Boone's new songs take a step back from the heavier garage discord of TWSM days, highlighting his lyrically-driven, soulful garage pop orchestration in its purest form.

The seven-member group playing his new songs however is far from a solo act. Boone puts down the guitar to focus solely on his crooning, and is backed by Casey Burge of Minden on guitar, Leo London and Mike Finn of The Domestics on keys and guitar respectively, Ryan Neighbors of Hustle & Drone on synth, and the former rhythm section of The We Shared Milk - Eric Ambrosius and Travis Leipzig.