CHEER THE F**K UP AN OK CHORALE POP SONG SINGALONG – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – December 19th, 2018

CHEER THE F**K UP AN OK CHORALE POP SONG SINGALONG

Portland's renown all-star drop-in choir' 3rd annual, two-night holiday-adjacent alt-pop blowout

CHEER THE F**K UP AN OK CHORALE POP SONG SINGALONG

Sama Dams

Wed, December 19, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$22 ADV / $25 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

CHEER THE F**K UP AN OK CHORALE POP SONG SINGALONG
CHEER THE F**K UP AN OK CHORALE POP SONG SINGALONG
Want to shake up your holiday routine? Come to the third annual Cheer the F**k Up: A sort-of-holiday-inspired (holiday-adjacent) Pop/Alt Singalong.

No carols! Well, maybe one. No bells!! There may be a tiny bell. No Wham! Wait, what? Of course there’ll be Wham!. We’re not monsters.

With our house band, Ben Landsverk and the Holiday After-Sales:
Ned Failing, percussion
Allen Hunter, bass
Kyleen King, fiddle, vocals
A.G. Donnaloia, guitar
Dave Jorgensen, keyboard
and more

Plus special guests:
Edna Vazquez (Dec 18) and Sama Dams (dec 19)

And guest performers:
• Kasey Andersen
• Gil Assayas
• Jim Brunberg
• Kathryn Claire
• Casey Neill
• Jason Rouse 
• Andrew Paul Woodworth

PLUS:
-Plenty of new holiday-adjacent songs (Die Hard, anyone?) including stocking-stuffed covers of artists from Sarah Bareilles and Storm Large, to The Counting Crows and Queen.

-Epic fiddle jam on "Fairytale of New York" with Casey Neill, Kathryn Claire and Kyleen King

-Comedy from storyteller/performer Jason Rouse ( Back Fence PDX, Live Wire!)
Sama Dams
Sama Dams
The music of Sama Dams steals from you most virtuously -- it will rob your sense of time and leave you wondering how long you’ve been awash in sound, rhythm, and ether.

On their fourth release, “Say It” -- released on Friendship Fever on April 6 -- Lisa Adams emerges from the background to deliver commanding lead vocals in her clarion soprano alongside partner Sam and the highly textured drumming of Chris Hermsen.

Almost in answer to the muted ambivalence that marks movements from the band’s previous “Comfort in Doubt,” “Say It” features the trio striking boldly throughout, both musically and thematically. According to Sam, “It’s about being more honest about what we’re thinking and feeling.”

Inspiration came from a year of watching silence make a mess of love in friendships close to the band. “Something seems off - you sniff something,” says Sam. “You don’t acknowledge it exists, and so by letting a small problem go, you allow it to grow.” “What’s the use for pockets if they’re empty?/Fill them up with things you use against me,” sings Lisa on the album’s first track, succinctly summing up the war of attrition underlying a failing relationship.

The band’s hallmark of grooving angularity packs even more punch when partnered with direct pathos, as in tracks like “Driving By.” Melding the wailing riffiness of fellow Midwest native Billy Corgan at his best with the cool synthesizer of a hundred beloved 80s soundtracks gone by, Sama Dams takes their distinctly left-field sound into anthem territory, and does it with audacious and tender authenticity.

The album feels like a coming-of-age for the band, who have been creating and touring out of Portland, Oregon since 2012. Having first pitched their tent in a time and place that revolved around the folky fusion of bands like The Decemberists, Sama Dams now claims a favored seat in a music scene edgier and more eclectic than the Pacific Northwest itself.

The Adams's, proactive about fueling the creative partnership at the heart of the band, are constantly looking both outward and inward for inspiration. They have toured relentlessly both domestically and abroad since the release of their first full-length album, honing their ambidextrous live performance to a soulful effortlessness that belies the complexity of the music. Their dynamism is infectious, spawning side projects and writing experiments that span states and genres.