SOLD OUT: Y La Bamba – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – August 24th, 2017

SOLD OUT: Y La Bamba

Striking, rhythmically complex and bilingual songwriting project from Portland

Sold Out: SOLD OUT: Y La Bamba

Run On Sentence, Ryan Oxford

Thu, August 24, 2017

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

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats

Y La Bamba
Y La Bamba
Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching, metamorphosis, shared humanity, and a faith that is greater than just religion.
Born in San Francisco as a first generation daughter of immigrant parents from Michoacan Mexico, she spent her childhood raised by the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional Mexican folk songs.
These songs being the conversations that were written and sung by her ancestors, yearn to be told and remembered, and have carried her throughout her journey
To battle misogyny at home, Mendoza inheritedly exposed her vulnerability to connect and heal through both musical and personal discovery.
From the intimate, contemplative verses in her native-language, to the revelations of the history in her roots, her story is delivered with poise, while still managing to keep the loping beats of her poetic expression emotionally raw.
These songs are a soundtrack built for coming to grips with, not just one’s own mortality, but the fragility of the world, presenting sounds that carry the realness of ancestral trauma and the search of identity.

MY NAME IS LUZ ELENA MENDOZA
AND THE QUESTION OF IDENTITY HAS BEEN ON MY HEART.
I AM A EXTENSION OF MY MOTHER, MY FATHER, MY BROTHER, MY ANCESTORS, MY FRIENDS, MY COMMUNITY.
I AM WHAT I HAVE CONSUMED AND WHAT I HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY, THE HARD AND THE GOOD IN THIS WORLD.
BEING A CHICANA, MEXICAN AMERICAN HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
I AM LEARNING HOW TO CELEBRATE MY BEAUTY, HISTORY, BE AND HEAL FROM WITHIN IT.
I WRITE IN SPANISH BECAUSE IT WANTS TO BE SUNG.
I WRITE IN ENGLISH BECAUSE IT WANTS TO BE SAID.
AND FOR THE SO MANY REASONS I CANT UNDERSTAND, LEFT TO THE UNKNOWN.
WITHIN THAT LIES A BALANCE,THAT IS WHAT IT IS, IN MY ART.
WHAT IT IS TO BE ALIVE AND HUMAN, AND ALLOW THAT TO BE ITS VOICE, ITS OWN WILL.
Run On Sentence
Run On Sentence
Me: I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and was wowed at an early age by the songwriting of Simon Joyner. I started writing my own songs a few years later and finally, after several more years of trying to write and sound like a variety of people I thought were awesome, I realized that was not the point. That's when I started Run On Sentence in Portland Oregon. I try to stay open to a variety of musical styles. I have always been particularly fascinated by American Indian singing and tend to appreciate indigenous styles of folk music from around the world.

The Band: We started out with a rotating cast, which worked well for many years. However, we've recently settled a solid core group. Perry Pfister on Upright Bass, Dan Galucki on Drums, John Whaley on Trumpet and Justin Fowler on Electric Guitar. John Reski often plays an additional trumpet in the Portland area while Amanda Lawrence, Jason Leonard, and Julie Gliniany have all been known to sit in from time to time. I sometimes perform solo under the same name but these people add so much to the music that it hardly seems fair. We aim to play for the love of it and hope to connect with other people to make the world a friendlier and more open place to breathe. Please feel free to contact us with questions, comments, or concerns, or for any other honest reason you can think up.
Ryan Oxford
Growing up in rural Ohio, Ryan Oxford never really experienced any sort of formative music subculture. His friends back then were more likely to drive a tractor to school than to host house shows. He’d watch MTV’s 120 Minutes, but rarely connected with anything he heard. Instead, his interest grew independently from more personal experiences.
He remembers being strangely drawn to the smell of the old RCA turntable in the attic of his grandparents’ duplex. There was also the deep admiration he felt watching his dad embarrass his sister with shameless air guitar solos to Bowie’s “Five Years”. Perhaps that performance inspired his own debut - at age six, dancing to “These Boots Are Made for Walking” in front of his mom’s full-length mirror with an audience he didn’t exactly know was there.
As Oxford got older and moved away from home, this interest became an obsession. His self-education started in Akron, listening to salvaged, broken and moldy 45s at Jimi Imij’s unofficial Ohio Historical Music Society. From there, inspired by reading about how Brian Wilson stayed in the studio to write and record Pet Sounds while the rest of the Beach Boys were touring, he spent his entire tax return on an 8-track tape machine and taught himself the only way he knew how - by making mistake after mistake. Ten years later, Oxford’s a producer, composer and songwriter based in Portland, Oregon. He lives in a loft above his studio, Color Therapy Recording, where he recorded, produced and mixed his debut album.
Fa Fa Fa Fired is a long time coming for Oxford, a testament to his determined, singular path. It’s full of twangy guitars, sassy backing vocals and the sweet hiss of reel-to-reel tape that he still can’t shake. The songs are playful, charming, melancholy and honest. They’re mostly about being dumb and in love and sometimes just about being dumb. The album was recorded with help from Dominik Schmidt and features Christian Blunda (Mean Jeans, Patsy's Rats), Nick Dewitt (Pretty Girls Make Graves), Scott Hartlaub (Jessica Lea Mayfield) and Arjan Miranda (Black Mountain, Strand of Oaks).
Fa Fa Fa Fired will be released by Mama Bird Recording Co. on January 27th.