Ezra Bell – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 1st, 2018

Ezra Bell

Beloved Portland rock songwriting project with folk, R&B and swing influences

Ezra Bell

Kiki & The Dowry, Maurice and the Stiff Sisters

Sat, September 1, 2018

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


This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

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.
Kiki & The Dowry
Kiki & The Dowry
Kiki & The Dowry is a lineup of talented musicians from the Portland area gathered by front-woman and Wisconsin native, Kiesha Dauer. Kiesha “Kiki” relocated to Portland in 2014 to pursue her dreams of city life and for a musical career to match her voice and personality, both of which are unforgettable and large. From her humble beginnings as a student of classical clarinet, to her time in the vaudeville act Dr. Kickbutt’s Orchestra of Death, to her own solo career, singer and songwriter Kiesha Dauer has made a name for herself. Now under the moniker Kiki & The Dowry she is joined by Portland musicians Stuart Valentine (percussion), Will St. John (dobro guitar/banjo), Jack Maybe (double bass), Brooke Friederichs (clarinet), Tyler Robson (trumpet) and Andrew Harrison (electric guitar).

Kiki & The Dowry draws their inspiration from folk, jazz, blues, country, popular and nostalgic music, but have come together to create a truly unique and original sound. They released their first self-titled EP in the summer of 2017 and in September of 2018 will be releasing their first full-length album, Beside The Beast. Learn more about Kiki & The Dowry at https://www.facebook.com/kikiandthedowry/
Maurice and the Stiff Sisters