The Foolhardy: Foolish they must be, hardy they are. They may rock edgy and loud, then soar on the wings of melody. As hardy fools they lyrically address the humorous tragedy of the human condition with honesty and whim.
Musically, they indulge themselves in their Texas and Californian R & B Rock roots while pushing their foolishness into artistic and experimental explorations.
The members of this foolhardy band are James Faretheewell from Austin, Texas on guitar and vocals, Casey “Da Quadruped” McBride of Mt. Shasta California on drums “Handsome” Willi Jamm from Redding California on electric bass guitar and Vincent Arthur on percussion.
The Foolhardy has performed at venues and festivals around Oregon and Washington including The Mt. Tabor Theater, Hawthorne Theater, The Alberta Pub, The Bite of Portland, etc. and more acoustic flavored shows at all of the Mcmenamin's Hotels and Bars.
Professor Gall seeks to uncover the contradictions of an ambiguous and native-less society, 'dreaming the existentialists' dream', while at the same time pleading for individualism, peace, and more fun at funerals.
The Portland, Oregon conglomerate starts with Drew Norman on vocals, guitar, percussion stomp box and banjo, who brings his theatrical experience to the musical stage and is responsible for the initial musical and lyrical embellishments. Drew’s recent side roles include the ‘Husband’ in the stage and movie version of Sally Tomato’s TOY ROOM (Severe Enterprises), a rock opera that won accolades from The Heart of England Film Festival, studio recordings and live shows with Will West, Kory Quinn, Orchestre L’ Pow and the Wanderlust Circus. Scott Johnston heads up the first chair position for the horn section, arranging charts and providing his saxophone alchemy. Rounding out the ensemble is Monte Skillings on trombone, John Stewart (Live Wire, Storm Large), Sean Hudson (Orchestre L’Pow) on stand-up bass, Don Henson (Sneakin’ Out) and Andrew Alikhonov (Chervona) on clarinet.
Land of the Living is the most recent musical project of song-writer and guitarist Kivett Bednar. Growing up in Austin, Kivett was exposed to some of the nations most authentic blues acts from an early age. After graduating from Berklee College of Music he launched into a career in the studio, producing albums for award winning artists and commercial tracks for MTV. He moved to Portland in early 2012 with the sole musical ambition of starting a strictly traditional, roadhouse blues-dance band.
Slowly, however, the music got heavier and heavier. ”I found myself tuning my guitars lower and lower; distorting my sound more and more to get the voodoo-mud I needed,” says Kivett of his guitar tone during this developmental period. “The subject matter of the songs just kept getting darker and darker too, and I learned that if I sung certain notes in the right way my voice would start to rumble and growl.” The band credits gangsta’ rap as a major influence on the lyrical content, while harmonically taking a page from the ancient tome of doom. And while these genres might seem quite disparate, the amalgam is a seamless blend of the intensity metal can offer with the hustle and flow of rap; all without losing the soul of the blues.
“New kid in town…strong guitarist and vocalist,” says Slim Lively, president of the Cascade Blues Association.
”If you haven’t heard of him, you will soon” chimes Robert Richter, host of the NW Local Roots show on KMUZ 88.5 FM.