The Junebugs – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – August 5th, 2017

The Junebugs

Genre-bending folk-pop transplants from Vancouver BC

The Junebugs

Balto, Falcon Heart

Sat, August 5, 2017

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

$10 ADV / $13 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

The Junebugs
The Junebugs
Imagine if you put R. Kelly through a banjo.

Led by frontman and beard enthusiast Moses Barrett, The Junebugs combine high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness to create a genre-bending sound you can kick up your heels to.

The Junebugs originated on the Vancouver, BC circuit before migrating south to Portland, OR. There, guitarist Barrett picked up drummer Kyle Owen and bassist Sean Vinson, equally bearded and hailing from impressive musical backgrounds. Covering everything from Tom Petty to TLC to Lorde, the eclectic taste of the trio ranges from turn-of-the-century Americana to modern Hip Hop, with a strong emphasis on vocal harmony. Their original tunes have a dreamy, sweet quality reminiscent of Neil Young and Iron & Wine, peppered with fiery banjo lines. There is something for everyone here.

"The American songbook is alive and well, and it didn't end in the 1950's," Barrett says.
Balto is mercurial American roots music - song-driven rock’n’roll – a hair-raising live band from the Northwest – electric guitars and Hammond organs, swirling psychedelia, an occasional Bonzo drum flourish, held down on bass by a former fighter with a deep admiration for James Jamerson,

This is a band formed the old fashioned way – chance meetings through friends of friends - five life-long musicians from five states, playing at the intersection of so many strands of indigenous American music – that tradition that runs from Son House to Sun Ra, from Mississippi John Hurt to the Alabama Shakes.

The band is fresh from the release of their latest 7" Vinyl/Digital EP "Call it by its Name" and enjoying a busy late summer, with appearances at the PDX Pop Now! festival in Portland as well as Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska (headlined by Emmylou Harris), and a busy tour schedule in Alaska.

“Balto's new 7-inch, Call It by Its Name, is great... [it] could well be one of the best local records dropped this year.” – Morgan Troper, Portland Mercury