FoFF Aid Concert – Oct 11th at Someday Lounge in PDX
Friends of Family Farmers presents: FoFF Aid
A benefit for Friends of Family Farmers, a grassroots organization promoting and protecting socially responsible farming in Oregon.
Northeast Northwest (album release!)
Thursday October 11th
Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm
Tickets on sale now @ Someday Lounge
FoFF Aid will feature local farmers talking about the challenges and triumphs in our region, as well as a delicious menu prepared with locally-sourced ingredients including chevre from Portland Creamery, bread from Nature Bake and OregonGrains, real cheddar from Organic Valley, greens from Converging Creeks Farm and apples from McAdams Family Hazelnut Farm.
About the Bands:
Kevin and Anita Robinson met in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1997, and have been making music (and marriage) together ever since. Let’s call it a shared life obsession.
Hailing from Mississippi and Alabama, the southern natives grew up listening to country and southern rock, but over time developed a more subtle — perhaps even experimental — palate. A little psychedelic here, a little shoe-gazing there, a little electronic-ish here…but always on the edge of their toes, carving out haunting melodies and irrepressible rhythms.
Under the band names Viva Voce, and The Robinsons — Kevin and Anita create sprawling, ambitious albums, with every last detail pored over lovingly, if not obsessively, creating musical collages. Known for their fiery live performances, they often play as a duo, with Kevin on drums, and Anita on Electric guitar. They use theremins, triggers, and loop pedals to then re-invent the songs, leaving room for improvisation and consequent lift-off into the stratosphere.
Which brings us to 2012. The songwriting team has been performing simply as ‘the Robinsons’ and it’s paying off. ”When we play as the Robinsons it’s us, as songwriters, proud of our catalog. In the course of a set we will play Viva Voce songs, new material, and some blue giant, We feel the freedom do anything, and the fans really trust us to make it an amazing show whether we perform acoustically and sparse or fully plugged with Psychadelic Famile Band backing us up. Feeling particularly prolific and confident in their songwriting, they are currently recording new material for the first Robinsons album. Kevin says,”It will be the most genuine, honest album we’ve ever done. We want to showcase our songwriting, our love of the craft. I want it to be an album where every song can stand on it’s own, not rely on bells and whistles, to keep the listener engaged.”
While Northeast Northwest’s sound draws on the traditional trappings of rock, folk, and just a little country, the directions they take their songs are as divergent as their name suggests. Led by former-duo Phoebe Spier and Zach Dunham, their ambitious project has expanded to a talented five-piece that delivers a rolling, lush sound using acoustic & electric guitars, dynamic keys, a driving rhythm section, and the powerful male and female vocal harmonies of their founders. With clear-eyed, honest songwriting, their soon-to-be released LP, Where We Come Apart, is a potent blend of what feels both innovative and familiar, exploring themes of living without, battles fought within, and the search to elevate oneself beyond the day-to-day struggles of our times. Preview the new album now at northeastnorthwest.com.
Max’s Midnight Kitchen is an American folk/bluegrass band formed at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.The band’s members — Matt Takiff (vocals, guitar), Daniel Nickerson (vocals, banjo), Justin Eubanks (mandolin), Elliot Kuhlman (upright bass), and Micah Roehlkepartain (drums) — have been writing and performing music together since 2011.
The group is known for its eclectic style, fusing elements of folk, bluegrass, rock, country, and Americana music. Mixing in a wide variety of influences from the likes of John Prine, Neil Young and Bill Monroe, Max’s Midnight Kitchen has been playing on and off the streets of the Pacific Northwest with gusto. A large and ever-expanding repertoire of material allows the band to deliver unique performances at each appearance.