Jerry Joseph & Friends Iraq Refugee Benefit feat. Jenny Conlee and the Paul Brainard Horns – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – April 1st, 2017

Jerry Joseph & Friends Iraq Refugee Benefit feat. Jenny Conlee and the Paul Brainard Horns

A beloved songwriter's all-star benefit, with members of Drive-By Truckers, The Decemberists and REM

Jerry Joseph & Friends Iraq Refugee Benefit feat. Jenny Conlee and the Paul Brainard Horns

Patterson Hood, Chris Funk, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Lenore., Casey Neill

Sat, April 1, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$17 ADV / $20 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons
For more than 30 years, Jerry Joseph has been strapping on a guitar and chasing down truth, understanding and soul with such tenacity and resonant skill, he's marked as a hard charging kindred spirit to Joe Strummer, Warren Zevon and Patti Smith. While not a household name or critic's darling, Joseph is the archetypal musician's musician - something that's resoundingly clear on his sweeping new double album, Happy Book. Captured with muscle and blood by Joseph's longtime trio the Jackmormons, this latest chapter in his long, strange journey flows like glowing quicksilver through the modern psyche; where war and disaster wrestle with hope and faith and sometimes the best option is to sashay down to the local disco to mambo with the chicks with dicks, just to remind one's self that you're never too old or too dead to learn a couple new tricks.
Patterson Hood
Patterson Hood
Patterson Hood helped start country rock band Drive by Truckers and is now creating his own Southern rock. Hood is a storyteller who has also written for the New York Times about Southern culture and racism.
Scott McCaughey
The droll humor and garage rock stylings of Young Fresh Fellows leader Scott McCaughey (vocals, bass) was an integral, yet often overlooked, factor in the Seattle alternative music revolution of the early '90s. McCaughey formed the Young Fresh Fellows in 1982 with Chuck Carroll (guitar) and Tad Hutchinson (drums). McCaughey's witty songwriting and '60s pop hooks were immediately welcomed by college radio; beginning with 1984's The Fabulous Sounds of the Northwest, the Young Fresh Fellows were all-stars on student-run stations. The mainstream may have been oblivious to McCaughey's work, but he helped to pioneer a sound that would eventually awaken the masses to music not manufactured by corporations. In 1989, McCaughey released a solo album, My Chartreuse Opinion. Despite the high profile of Seattle rock in the '90s, the Young Fresh Fellows were too quirky to capitalize on the success of their peers; McCaughey broke up the group in 1993. After the Young Fresh Fellows split up, McCaughey formed the Minus 5, a band featuring a revolving door of musicians, including R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and members of the Posies. the Minus 5 recorded their first album, Old Liquidator, in 1995, followed by The Lonesome Death of Buck McCoy in 1997. McCaughey has toured as an extra musician for R.E.M.
Peter Buck
Peter Buck
Peter Buck is the guitarist for R.E.M., arguably the most important and influential American rock band of the post-punk era. Born December 6, 1956, in Berkeley, California, he was managing the Athens, Georgia-based Wuxtry record shop when he met University of Georgia student Michael Stipe, and with bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, they formed R.E.M. in the spring of 1980. Distinguished by Buck's chiming guitar riffs, the group honed an atmospheric, jangly pop sound often reminiscent of the Byrds, touring relentlessly prior to issuing their debut single, "Radio Free Europe," on the tiny Hib-Tone label in mid-1981; after the record's success on college radio attracted the attention of IRS Records, they released the Chronic Town EP a year later. R.E.M.'s first full-length album, 1983's Murmur, cemented their reputation as critics' darlings; despite little mainstream airplay, 1984's Reckoning reached the Top 30 and with the darkly beautiful follow-up Fables of the Reconstruction, the band earned increasing MTV visibility for the videos "Can't Get There from Here" and "Driver 8."

While 1986's Lifes Rich Pageant revealed a growing awareness with sociopolitical concerns (among them environmental issues and American foreign policy), the following year's Document was R.E.M.'s commercial breakthrough, buoyed by the Top Ten hit "The One I Love." Released on Election Day 1988, the Warner Bros. label debut Green was R.E.M.'s most pointedly polemic effort to date, although the hits "Stand" and "Pop Song 89" also reflected the band's wry sense of humor. Following the Green tour, R.E.M. took an extended break, during which time Buck, Mills, and Berry teamed with singer/songwriter Warren Zevon to record an LP as the Hindu Love Gods. Buck, who earlier produced the Feelies' 1986 comeback LP The Good Earth, also helmed sessions for Kevn Kinney (MacDougal Blues), Run Westy Run (Green Cat Island), and Uncle Tupelo (March 16-20, 1992); a comic book written and drawn by then-unknown singer/songwriter Jack Logan even depicted the guitarist as a superhero.

R.E.M. returned in 1991 with the chart-topping Out of Time, which generated the Top Ten hits "Losing My Religion" and "Shiny Happy People"; the elegiac masterpiece Automatic for the People followed in 1992 and as alternative rock took over the pop charts, the band was widely acknowledged among the chief inspirations behind a generation of new artists. In the wake of 1995's Monster, Buck formed the side project Tuatara, an experimental, free jazz-inspired collective also featuring the Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin and Luna's Justin Harwood; the group's debut album, Breaking the Ethers, appeared a year later, followed in 1998 by Trading with the Enemy. In 1997, he also teamed with ex-American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel for the collaborative LP West. He returned to R.E.M. -- by then a trio following Berry's retirement -- for 1998's Up, the album that established that the group could continue without Berry. Over the next decade, Buck would pursue side-projects between R.E.M. albums, frequently playing with such old friends as Robyn Hitchcock and Scott McCaughey; he played bass in McCaughey's band the Baseball Project.
R.E.M. announced their disbandment in the fall of 2011. In the spring of 2012, Buck announced he was recording his first solo album. The result was released in October in an extremely limited edition of 2000 vinyl copies. He released a second solo record exclusively on vinyl in 2014.
The coming together of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller as Portland’s newest folk outfit, Lenore, is serendipitous, to say the least. After individually hitting rock bottom — Pearson following her divorce and Miller after a period of destitution in LA — the pair separately turned to songwriting in the search for a still point in their turning worlds.

After several years of lending their abilities to other projects, including Saddle Creek’s The Mynabirds, and Portland’s own The High Water Jazz Band, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting through a mutual friend, Pokey LaFarge, sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued, and before they’d even scoped each other’s material, they had committed.

Now, just under two years since that fateful night, and Lenore can boast having performed at legendary Pacific Northwest venues including Mississippi Studios, Aladdin Theater, and Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, as well as the Sunset Tavern, Triple Door, and Tractor Tavern in Seattle. They've opened for the likes of Eric Bachmann, Laura Gibson, and ex-collaborators, The Mynabirds, and have shared the stage with Peter Buck (R.E.M.), as well as Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists).

Since Lenore's formation, Miller and Pearson have gained full-time collaborators in seasoned Portland musicians Edward Cameron (classical guitar) and Jessie Dettwiler (cello), who have contributed significantly to the evolution of Lenore's sound — a melancholic blend of harmony-driven folk with an ever present silver lining.

Lenore began recording their self-titled debut album in January with producer John Askew for expected release in September 2017. Pre-order:
Casey Neill
Casey Neill
Casey Neill's career has always walked the line between lyrical song craft and ferocious live shows. He is a songwriter and bandleader from Portland, Oregon with a sound that explores haunting melodies, high octane folk-punk, and weather beaten narrative. Neill performs solo and with his band, The Norway Rats - a murderer’s row of Northwest music vets from acts such as Black Prairie, Eels, and The Minus 5. For over a decade he has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. A new record titled 'All You Pretty Vandals' produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists was released in November of 2013. It’s an anthemic, junkyard rock album Neill says he’s “spent a decade trying to get to - both in my own writing and the sound of the band.”

“Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill's narrative talent and concern for real people's struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life's Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you'll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill's particular blend of personal and historical experience.” — SPLENDID

"These are songs with stories well told. This is what it's all about" — STEVE EARLE

Casey is a frequent side player in power pop band The Minus Five along with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M. He added vocals to tracks on ‘Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror’ - a 5 LP, 57 song collection of new Minus 5 music released this past Record Store Day. Hardcore bands, bluegrass acts, and other songwriters have performed and recorded Casey’s songs - most notably Irish supergroup Solas’ take on "Lowground" on their CD's "Waiting for an Echo" and "Reunion”. His career launched in 1997, after inking a three record deal with acoustic label Appleseed and contributing tracks to their Pete Seeger Tribute collection along with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Bonnie Raitt. A compilation of his material entitled 'Memory Against Forgetting' was released by Indigo Girl Amy Ray's Daemon imprint in 2005. Following a few years treading the boards in New York City, Casey moved back to Portland and it's thriving music community.

"Soul-searing songs “— UTNE READER “remarkably good songwriting” — NO DEPRESSION

In 2007, a far more electric Casey Neill record ’Brooklyn Bridge' was released and The Norway Rats were formed. 'Goodbye to the Rank and File' followed in 2010 and garnered rave reviews from online blogs, radio, and press. In 2011, Casey was hired by New York's Mabou Mines Theater Company to perform and compose for their new work 'Landscapes' at PS122. In the year since the release of All You Pretty Vandals, Casey and band have performed over 100 shows in 21 states including NPR’s prestigious Mountain Stage Radio show. The album is a series of character sketches, and two cities dear to him, Portland and New York. There are love songs to Patti Smith (“She Came Alive”) and the Lower East Side (“Sainted Streets”), hymns to the roadless Northwest wilderness (“The Dark Divide”), and “My Little Dark Rose”, featuring Langhorne Slim. The song is a snapshot of Portland in the 90s, when the city was “a much rougher place and the music was louder,” adds Neill.

Music critic Jay Horton described it best for Portland’s arts paper Willamette Week: “Casey Neill has been filtering post-hardcore energies through an Americana muse for tales of wry lamentation, and the barroom mythologizing wed to painstaking craft has never sounded so perfectly realized. He brings a certain empathetic grandeur to high-minded tales of resolutely low lives with crack musicianship and casual authenticity”.