Nov 21st, 2010 by stacy
Get ready to rock in the holidays punk blues style in a Gulfsongs Benefit Concert with Hillstomp, Sassparilla, Cicada Omega on December 11 at 9:00pm at Ash Street Saloon. These 3 great Portland bands, along with the renowned DJ Highway 7 spinning from his extensive and amazing collection of vinyl gems will help put you in the holiday spirit and get you warmed up with energy mined right out of the Mississippi Hill Country and Kentucky. This is not music for the faint of heart or weak of constitution. And you’d best be prepared to shake it. Here’s a little on each band from their websites:
CICADA OMEGA is a southern original. The music is a continuation of blues, country, gospel, R&B and rock traditions. It is an other-worldly blend of pounding rhythm, southern evangelism and electrified junk. With two drummers, a home-made upright bass, banjo, fife, cigarbox and electric guitar, mixed with the chants, screams, and preaching of a snake-handling front man, their music takes tradition, puts it in a blender, and turns it up to the breaking point. They have been described as “southern goth” or “gospel punk,” but they defy categories by reinventing musical traditions rather than simply following them. http://www.cicadaomega.com
SASSPARILLA’s hard driving sound never gives you a moment to catch your breath. Their lyrics speak of love and lust, jealousy and betrayal, crime and punishment and death and dancing with the devil. But their music is more than listening music. If you aren’t on your feet dancing, you’re missing the point. They take Mississippi Fred McDowell’s grittiness and Lightning Hopkin’s power and aim to blow the walls down on every song. With their washtub percussa-bass, 5 gallon bucket drums, washboard, resonator and cigarbox guitars, accordion and hot as H-E-Double hockeysticks harmonica, band members Dagger, Gus, Sweet Pea, Jessie and Naima create their own brand of “Insurgent Blues” http://www.myspace.com/sassparillajugband ( just call ‘em Sassparilla).
Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo HILLSTOMP is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works. Despite their homemade instruments and novel approach, Hillstomp is no novelty act. Hillstomp’s memorable live performances tap into a magic that cannot be rehearsed, converting outlaws and traditionalists alike from skeptics into preachers. http://www.hillstomp.com
DJ HWY 7 ( AKA Jay Martin) A designer by day, Martin got his start DJing vinyl at Dunes and has continued to spin ever since at many a venue around town. He takes his DJ name from HWY 7 (Highway 7) which runs North and South through the hill country of North Mississippi (Holly Springs) through the Delta and in to southern Mississippi (Belzoni). It’s along this stretch of highway that a lot of the artists whose records he spins live or were from. It has a history steeped in blues and soul music. Jay says of Hwy 7, “It’s an incredible stretch of highway and very scenic—tons of kudzu, wildlife, great roadside markets to buy BBQ, catfish sandwiches and beer from…I love it. And I always look forward to driving it.”—Nilina Mason Campbell, Willamette Week. Jay will spin selections from his incredible collection before, in between and after each of the band sets, keeping your feet moving into the wee hours. http://www.myspace.com/djhwy7
Ash Street Saloon is located in downtown Portland at 225 SW Ash between Second and Third Streets. They have generously donated all production costs for the night to the event.
You may also find all of these artists and Ash Street Saloon on Facebook as well.
All proceeds of the $10 suggested donation will be sent to the two charities selected as beneficiaries of Gulfsongs concerts: Gulfaid Acadiana and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. This well may be the last Gulfsongs event. Come on out and show your support and help folks affected by the oil spill…it’s still washing ashore. For more information, you may contact the organizers of Gulfsongs at http://www.gulfsongsoregon.org or at their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/gulfsongsoregon#!/profile.php?id=100001172409963