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Laith:Presented by Sou’wester Arts
Laith, known by some as Hutch, hails from the suburban hurricane of Houston, Texas. Laith’s music is soaked with memories of Grandma and Grandpa’s bayou house, rides on a red vintage lawn mower packed with cousins, and smoky, music filled bars that a 16 year old has no place being. Which is exactly where Laith found himself as a youngling. Torn between playing music on Sunday’s at church (where he learned to play guitar and sing) and performing in grimy dives, creates a tension in his songwriting that sits somewhere between the altar and the barstool. Ain’t no religion here anymore, just songs. Worth noting: “A song is a room, no matter how happy or sad”. – John H. Laith now resides in the Pacific Northwest lugging used up notebooks and loose scraps of paper scratched with the lyrics of new songs, not yet learned. You can always look forward to hearing something new and something honest when you’re listening to Laith.
– Dusty Atticus author of “The Wasp: Foe or Misunderstood Friend?’’
Jake William Capistran:Presented by Sou’wester Arts
“Jake William Capistran is a Portland-based singer and multi-instrumentalist whose unique blend of folk, rock, and soul can be heard up and down the west coast. Featuring the simple accompaniment of an acoustic guitar or piano, or the support of his [up to] eight-piece backing band, Capistran’s live-performances are as dynamic as his records, spanning the distance from bombastic pop to intimate singer-songwriter.
His first release under his own name, 2016’s GONERS EP, racked up over 100,000 plays in the year of its release. His newest record, 2019’sfull-length ALL THINGS HUMAN, was featured in Portland’s VORTEX magazine as a best new album of 2019 and saw a nearly sold-out release show at Portland’s famed Doug Fir Lounge.”
“I’m kind of a junkie for sad songs and ballads,” says Bob Sumner, the younger half of Vancouver-based Americana outfit The Sumner Brothers. “As a teenager most of my friends were into hip-hop, but I felt pretty out of place rolling around suburban White Rock, British Columbia, pumping gangster rap.” Sitting in his room with his headphones on, Sumner compiled downhearted mixtapes pulling together the more introspective songs of CCR, The Band, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris. As he began writing his own songs, this innate attentiveness to songcraft and emotional understanding became a hallmark of Sumner’s songwriting and aesthetic. In the years since, he’s released five albums with The Sumner Brothers, blending sounds as disparate as Neil Young and The Dead Kennedys, but Bob Sumner’s Wasted Love Songs (out January 25) presents Sumner back in the bedroom, attentive to the quieter recordings of his formative years. Helmed by the gentle intentionality of Sumner’s voice and lyricism, this rare debut from a songwriting veteran expresses the timeless quality found in the melancholy of Townes Van Zandt, the atmospheric momentum of Tom Petty, and the prophetic restlessness of Bruce Springsteen.
The culmination of Sumner’s creative intention and sensitivity, Wasted Love Songs is born out of an entwining of musical influences spanning decades. With his brother Brian, he’s written and played finely tuned songs erected at the borders of country and rock and roll for nearly 15 years, making the Sumner family name synonymous with the alternative folk and country music scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. In the midst of The Sumner Brothers’ growing orientation toward rock and roll in recent years, Bob Sumner felt the draw toward his balladic roots. “I had all these ballads and folk songs that worked really well together,” he says. “I wanted to make an album someone could just put on and unfold into.”
The Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort is hosting artists and makers at our Annual Handmade Bazaar!
Join us in the Pavilion for live music, fabulous-artisanal gifts and photo ops with our resident Yeti.
While you are here, play with clay at the Sou’wester Arts craft table! Make a candle holder or special trinket tray and learn all about the awesome programs we have going on including our amazing lineup of artists coming to teach workshops with us this winter!
Johnny Franco: Presented by Sou’wester Arts
Johnny Franco is a Brazilian rock n’ roll marauder who now resides in Portland, and who crafts inventive spaghetti western/folk-rock stompers. Armed with propulsive, spindly guitars, Dylanesque vocals, and adventurous vibes, Franco recently signed to label Blanket Fort.
“A sly blender of old-school country & western and modern Americana, “Treated Like Grass” thrives on its rollicking rhythms and catchy, twangy melodies” – Impose Magazine
Eleanor Elektra : Presented by Sou’wester Arts
Eleanor Elektra fuses elements of folk, jazz and classical music within the songwriter idiom to create unique cinematic songs. Largely a self taught guitarist, her playing is both technical and idiosyncratic, skillfully supporting songs that are rich in both composition and execution. Her latest project, Exquisite Corpse explores topics of declining social and environmental systems and evokes artists such as Joni Mitchell, Aoife O’Donovan and Jesca Hoop.
Eleanor has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. She is based in Boston, MA and is a mainstay of the local music scene, performing at such venues as the House of Blues, the Lilypad, and Club Passim and holding residencies at Bow Market, Grendle’s Den, and Union Street Restaurant & Bar.
“Exquisite Corpse is grander than Elektra’s debut full-length, “The Lumberjack,” a dynamic record that extracted maximum catharsis from just a pair of guitars and Elektra’s voice. On “Exquisite Corpse,” the complexity of her compositions, their sinuous melodies and unexpected cadences, deepens. A group of sensitive young musicians — drummer Ivanna Cuesta Gonzales, fiddler Zosha Warpeha, bassist Tyrone Allen, pianist Jacob Hiser and trumpet player Milena Casado — fill out the sound, merging with effortless liquidity.”
— Wbur The ARTery (Boston’s Local NPR)
!mindparade is a psychedelic/experimental project that formed in Bloomington, Indiana. Originally the solo bedroom project of Alex Arnold, the live show and recordings are fleshed out by a revolving cast of musicians utilizing electronics and orchestration. !mindparade’s beautiful cacophony of bombast is pleasantly bewildering. Wild flourishes of dreamy psychedelic instrumentation zoom past you in all directions like standing in the middle of a busy intersection.
Currently based in Portland, Oregon, USA.
terrehaunt (of Death Parade): Presented by Sou’wester Arts
Micah Subar : Presented by Sou’wester Arts
Micah Subar is a Seattle, Washington based guitar player, singer, songwriter, bassist, producer, and collaborator on an eclectic group of musical projects. His imaginative songwriting tells stories of misadventure and the search for creative freedom through the lens of folk music, yet is delivered with a reverence for classic soul. Micah released his debut LP ‘Daydream Ledger’ in January 2019. This album draws the listener in with a toned-down energy and minimalist aesthetic. He followed this up with the EP ‘For Now,’ a luminous, down-to-earth, modern take on the classic singer-songwriter genre. Micah is currently touring the Pacific Northwest and surrounding areas.