The Empty Pockets – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – June 24th, 2018

The Empty Pockets

Chicago-based roots-rock band with stunning powerhouse harmonies and new LP, 'Voices'

The Empty Pockets

The Junebugs

Sun, June 24, 2018

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

$12 ADV / $14 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats

The Empty Pockets
The Empty Pockets
Sincerity, pathos and powerhouse vocals. The Empty Pockets’ often cerebral and sometimes playful indie rock sound is built upon a strong foundation of the timeless Americana, Blues, and Soul that came before them. An old-school sensibility showcased by multiple lead singers, rich harmonies, and skilled instrumentalists sets “members of polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit Empty Pockets” apart (Rolling Stone).

Their journey began with the late, great Buddy Holly. Soon after recording an original demo as “Josh & The Empty Pockets,” a group of childhood friends found themselves featured in a Chicago theatrical production of The Buddy Holly Story, performing as Buddy Holly & The Crickets. There Josh, Nate and Danny met Erika, who enlisted as the final band member. With more than one distinct voice now delighting their audiences, the band officially became, simply, “The Empty Pockets.” And while writing, singing and traveling together, Josh and Erika fell in love.

Ever since, The Empty Pockets have truly embraced collaboration. Just as "The Band" famously came into their own behind various frontmen, The Empty Pockets have found comparable footing teaming up with a wide range of legendary artists; Kenny Loggins, Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free), Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”), Gary Wright (“Dreamweaver”), and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield/Poco), both as opening act and backing band. The Pockets' sound has evolved, influenced not only by these remarkable musicians, but also by independent artists and, most importantly, one another. The result is a dynamic musical style uniquely The Empty Pockets'; a surprising yet familiar blend of Folksy Rock ‘n Roll and Midwestern Soul.

“When The Empty Pockets play, they don’t just go through the motions of belting out tunes and revving their guitars to impress you – their performances are offset with a vibrancy and a sort of energetic showmanship so that space and distance don’t matter in the end – rather it’s more of which of their carefully crafted songs will strike a chord within you first.” (My Nguyen, AMDEntertainment)
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.