Valley Queen – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 29th, 2017

Valley Queen

Infectious, riff-packed folk-rock with a touch of twang from sunny Los Angeles

Valley Queen

Ezra Bell, Livy Conner

Fri, September 29, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12 ADV / $14 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Valley Queen
Valley Queen
Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning jacket with lead vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Their sound brings to mind the soul of Motown and the power of southern rock. Over the past year, Valley Queen has been recording tracks for their debut, full-length LP and have played lauded shows at an array of venues, opening for Lucero and LP, as well as headlining Pappy and Harriet's in Joshua Tree, the Echo Park Rising Festival in Los Angeles and a 7 show run at the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon in NYC. The Huffington Post has declared them "the ultimate outlaws" (the music video for "Who Ever Said" premiered on TheHuffPost) and P. Claire Dodson from The Village Voice notes that Valley Queen has "stayed true to their roots while embracing the psychedelia of California rock — and making some damn good music along the way…anchored by Carol's enthralling vocals."

With their debut album tracked, Valley Queen is poised to unleash 10 uniquely original compositions written by Natalie and produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Nikki Lane, Fidlar, Superhumanoids and Fool's Gold) at the beginning of 2016. The album showcases the band's diversity and a level of maturity rarely seen by songwriters at 25. Natalie brings the perspective of a fierce, confident, independent woman in the same vein as Jenny Lewis, Karen O, and Grace Potter. The rest of the band, consisting of Neil Wogensen, Shawn Morones and Gerry Doot, enrich the songs with energy, excitement and emotion.
Ezra Bell
Ezra Bell
Ezra Bell features Darren Moore (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns and arrangements), and Jeremy Asay (keys and tenor guitar) backing up Benjamin Wuamett's story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision. Carving a wide path through the musical spectrum, Ezra Bell brushes up against folk, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and R&B.

Wuamett came up with the band name when he was in Portugal and a girl he was with dared him to try a nearby concession stand's popcorn snails. He had two full bowls. "They were delicious," he says. "When I got back to Portland, I couldn't sleep. On the way to work the next day, after a rainfall, I saw a slug crossing the sidewalk. I bent down and ate it raw on the spot. I didn't go to work that day I went home, grabbed a garbage bag and spent the morning gathering snails, slugs, worms (not sure if worms fall in the mollusk family but, still, delicious) which I brought home with me. Hours later, as I sat shirtless on my couch, covered in sweat, I knew I had a problem. It would be too long a story to talk about all the places my disease took me. Suffice to say — I once hitchhiked to California because I really wanted to taste a banana slug. In the end, it became too much and I sought help via the internet. I began posting on various forums about my problem. I hadn't been to work in weeks. Unfortunately, there are very few mollusk addicts on the web and my various inquiries went without commiseration until a nice man from Georgia spoke up and we began a long correspondence during which he shared with me the tools that had enabled him to survive in this strange world. He saved my life. His name was Ezra Bell."

Ezra Bell's first full-length debut will be released on May 26th, 2018 at Mississippi Studios. Featuring ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. "The overall theme going into this? Desperation. A call to arms. A whimper. A declaration that being witty by yourself at 4 AM in a basement, is a poor way to live." After three well-received EPs, the playfully literate Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky vibe that doesn't smother out the melancholy.
Livy Conner