With twelve album and e.p. releases to their credit since 1987, Here Comes Everybody celebrates in 2014 the 450th birthday of the greatest writer the English language has ever known by releasing a record of their special brand of pure pop rock that takes its lyric content exclusively from the plays of William Shakespeare. The record, on cd, digital download, and (a first for HCE) 180 gram vinyl, "Play: Songs from Shakespeare," is an energetic and various collection of piano rock infused with jazz, electronica, and progressive leanings, featuring inventive and nuanced contributions from bass players Dave Captein and long-time HCE collaborator David (Grilch) Gilde, and trombone work from Al Torres!
The live Here Comes Everybody band features founding members and power-songwriting duo René Ormae-Jarmer on keyboards/piano and vocals and Michael Jarmer on drums, vocals. Joining HCE in 2014 is amazing and powerful bassist, Don Schwartz, a returning Portland mvp from the likes of Tales Untold, Absinthe, Generator, and also currently Old Mill and Cloverdayle. Filling out HCE to a four-piece is Mak Kastelic (talented young organist, music director for professional musicals) on additional keyboards and synths. This lineup is big, as well as the sound.
From clubs, college gigs, festivals, touring, performing with local/regional and national acts, being featured on KNRK, Portland Radio Project, KMUZ, and soon KOIN TV 6 will feature their music on-air, Here Comes Everybody is brandishing their unique piano-driven pop rock with a strong sense of sophisticated songwriting that comes from years of honing the craft. Three-part harmonies, high level musicianship all around, and a knack for delivering a high entertainment value makes HCE one of PDX's unique, fun, and rocking original acts. NO ONE in town is doing what these cats are doing. Influences include: Elton John, Ben Folds, Flaming Lips, Suzanne Vega, They Might Be Giants, Violent Femmes, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, Duncan Sheik, and too many others to mention.
Formed in Portland in 1979, Ed & The Boats were a regular fixture on the music scene throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s. The nucleus of Dan Haley (guitar/vocals) , Dennis Kenny (vocals) and Greg Newman (bass, vocals) has existed from the beginning. In 1988, Randy Givens (formerly of Billy Kennedy’s Special K) filled the drum chair and that has been the line up through to the present.
The Boats have had an exciting ride. They have opened for The Pretenders, Camper Van Beethoven, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and more. Thanks to manager, Lisa Lepine, they toured the northeast with appearances at CBGBs in NYC and Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge. They also placed their song, “Me & My Car,” in Harrod Blank’s world-renowned documentary, Wild Wheels which also got played on an NPR’s most popular show, Click And Clack. At the same time, they recorded and released a fine CD, Live The Dream containing the aforementioned tune along with beloved Boats hits, such as "Shining On You" and "Mountain Blues."
Ed & The Boats no longer play regularly, but make occasional live appearances on a yearly or bi-yearly basis. The song writing team of Dan Haley and Dennis Kenny continue to write new songs and the band also enjoys breathing new life into the old chestnuts. See them if you can!