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Tastemaker Live & Sean Healy Present
August 10, 2017 9:00 pm


CHRIS NEWMAN DELUXE COMBO Chris Newman Deluxe Combo are a Portland, Oregon rock band led by mastermind Chris Newman. Newman helped promote Portland Punk/art rock since 1980. February 1964 Chris Newman missed Sunday night church services and was... Read more

CHRIS NEWMAN DELUXE COMBO

Chris Newman Deluxe Combo are a Portland, Oregon rock band led by mastermind Chris Newman. Newman helped promote Portland Punk/art rock since 1980.

February 1964 Chris Newman missed Sunday night church services and was forever altered by Ed Sullivan's showcase of the Beatles. He then realized he wanted to be a "Beatle". Newman has written and performed his original music in the Northwest since 1972. His band The Untouchables showcased at Portland's Long Good-bye club May 18th, 1980. Mount St. Helens blew that day and they went on to erupt on stage spewing forth an exciting blend of Punk and Avant Garde blues based rock. Newman's music constantly evolves through time, influenced by all that he experiences in his walk thru time.       


Dante's Presents
August 13, 2017 8:30 pm

Ticket price includes admission to Sinferno Cabaret


Dante's Presents
August 15, 2017 8:00 pm

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... Read more

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. Biography Critical acclaim for their first full length CD 'Intravenous Delusion' has enabled Professor Gall to become a regional favorite, sharing the stage with acts like The Devil Makes Three, Eric McFadden Trio, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Billy Nayer Show, Vagabond Opera, the Dandy Warhols, and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum at venues throughout the USA and Europe as well as festivals and conventions like the Folklife Festival (Seattle WA), Portland Umbrella Festival, Gearcon (Portland,OR), Teslacon (Madison,WI) and Steamcon (Bellevue, WA) Wild Wild West Steampunk Con (Tucson,AZ). The band released in March of 2010 their sophomore release entitled 'The Psychology of Booze and Guilt' to rave reviews. PG's third release, 'Magnetic Roots' came out on April 20th, 2013.

Professor Gall was recently featured by Seattle's City Arts Magazine as the Portland, Oregon representative of the National Steampunk Movement, along with the Dresden Dolls (Boston), Abney Park (Seattle) and Unwoman (San Francisco


Dante's Presents
August 16, 2017 9:00 pm

The Delta Bombers have smashed stages all over the world since 2008 with no plans of stopping. Started by four teenagers in Las Vegas, they're driven by a hybrid of 50's rock and roll fused with blues and the most exciting elements of rockabi... Read more

The Delta Bombers have smashed stages all over the world since 2008 with no plans of stopping. Started by four teenagers in Las Vegas, they're driven by a hybrid of 50's rock and roll fused with blues and the most exciting elements of rockabilly. The band's haunting but powerful voice Chris Moinichen constantly keeps the songs fresh. Andrew Himmler on guitar often drives the songs with guitar singes while Greg Garcia on Stand-up Bass and Kirk Highberger on Drums sway the dynamic of the band up and down. The Delta Bombers continue to take on month long tours of new and distant places such as Russia and the Czech Republic supported by four studio albums including their newest self-titled album "The Delta Bombers" (2014). The Bombers have played some of the most renowned Rockabilly and Psychobilly festivals including Viva Las Vegas, Psychobilly Meeting (Spain), Rockalavera (Mexico), Sjock (Belgium) and High Rockabilly (Spain). What started as a teenage dream has now come to fruition as a worldwide rock and roll expedition, one that should be witnessed by anyone who considers themselves a fan of music! The Delta Bombers are playing at a venue near you!       


Dante's Presents
August 18, 2017 9:00 pm

Growing up with the beach as his backyard, in a home that was constantly filled with music, it's no wonder where Sam got his laid-back yet musically sophisticated, easy-to-listen-to vibe that is apparent in both his albums--'Songs for Someone... Read more

Growing up with the beach as his backyard, in a home that was constantly filled with music, it's no wonder where Sam got his laid-back yet musically sophisticated, easy-to-listen-to vibe that is apparent in both his albums--'Songs for Someone' and 'Every Time I'm Home'. A multi-instrumentalist Sam plays guitar, drums, piano and sings on his most recent album, 'Every Time I'm Home'.

His latest songs aren't aligned with any one genre, but they do have a common theme of the ocean, family and love flowing through them--things Sam says he tends to write about. "These are the things that are closest to me. And because I write about those things, most of my songs send out a positive message. My casual personality is channeled through the music I write, which has a pretty chill vibe to it, but it's hard to put a label on it. You hear elements of rock, pop, folk, country and blues throughout all of my tunes. I suppose it speaks to the influences I've had over the years," he said.

Sam has been playing music from an early age when he started as a drummer in his family's band, The Gathering, and also in his brother's band, The Matt Chase Group. After graduating from Berklee College of Music and discovering his knack for writing songs, Sam set his eyes towards the singer-songwriter path and didn't look back. "There's something about the guitar and something intimate and real about someone belting their heart out over an acoustic guitar. If I hear someone playing one, I have to go check it out and I think once I started writing a few of my own songs, I just got the bug," he said.

Sam's earliest influences include Dave Matthews,Tom Petty, Sting and James Taylor, the latter of who Sam has been consistently compared to. Yet Sam sings with a voice and plays with a rhythm that is entirely his own. Just a year after releasing his debut album, 'Songs for Someone', Sam was the winner of the 2010 Connecticut Folk Festival's Songwriting Contest and was a finalist in the 2009 Solarfest Songwriting Contest. 'Every Time I'm Home' exudes Sam's inherent musical ability. With his natural vocal talent and his catchy, diversified rhythms, it's an album that pulls this gifted musician from his beachfront home in South Shore Massachusetts to the top of the list for today's up-and-coming songwriters.       



 After more than a quarter century as a band, there's really only one thing you can count on being the same with each new record from the Swingin' Utters, and that is that they're going to make it a little different. “From the ... Read more

 After more than a quarter century as a band, there's really only one thing you can count on being the same with each new record from the Swingin' Utters, and that is that they're going to make it a little different. “From the first record, I wanted to mix it up as much as we could,” says co-founder Darius Koski. “Playing with different genres and instrumentation makes it more interesting. As long as it's a cohesive record, it works for us.”

That dedication to not replicating any standard “Swingin' Utters sound” has resulted in what may be their most cohesive (and paradoxically, one of their most diverse) records yet: the brand new long-player Fistful of Hollow, which explores the Utters' interests in far afield sounds including Britpop, mod, Celtic, country, folk, and—of course—a solid foundation of West Coast punk rock.

Helping lend to the album-to-album multiformity is the fact that for the second album in a row, a member made his first forays into tunesmithing for the band. Devotees will remember that last time around (on 2013's Poorly Formed), guitarist Jack Dalrymple stepped up to the plate, and this time around bassist Miles Peck got his first at-bat, co-writing four of the album's fifteen tracks with vocalist Johnny Bonnel.

“It wasn't weird when Miles brought these songs, 'cause they're not punk songs,” says Koski. On working with Peck, Bonnel says, “Collaborating on art has got to be one of the most gratifying things for me. I'm surrounded by truly unique and interesting brains in the Swingin' Utters.” Acknowledging that punk bands get easily pigeonholed sonically, Koski adds “We're not that type of band anymore. I think people expect we'll have some weird stuff on the record.”

Weird might not be a proper description for the head-bobbing title track (penned by Darius himself), but extraordinary definitely is, in both senses of the word: it is quite excellent, but also quite out of the ordinary, with a jangle reminiscent of many mainstays of late '80s/early '90s college radio. The title and cover art are also a tip of the hat to a heralded album from one of the greatest bands of that era, The Smiths and their classic Hatful of Hollow.

Since returning from an eight year recording hiatus in 2011, Swingin' Utters have been downright prodigious, releasing three albums in four years. And with so many influences, and so many band members pitching songs into the mix, it won't be long before there's a whole new batch of songs for you to suckle from the sonic teat of the Utters. “If it was up to me, we would've had a record every year from the time we started,” exclaims Darius, “but we're just glad to get back on the map again an go on a real tour and see what happens.”

Pick up Fistful of Hollow on November 11, and look for the band to swing through a town near you this winter supporting old pals Lagwagon before heading out on their own headliner in the spring.

 


Dante's Presents
August 24, 2017 9:00 pm

Shubzilla and Bill Beats began working together in 2011. Originally rivals in past Vocalist/Producer Challenges, Shubz and Bill chose to join forces to work together regularly. Starting off with the single "Wonderful World" for "Bill B... Read more

Shubzilla and Bill Beats began working together in 2011. Originally rivals in past Vocalist/Producer Challenges, Shubz and Bill chose to join forces to work together regularly. Starting off with the single "Wonderful World" for "Bill Beats For President Vol.1," the EPs "Dinner And A Movie" and "BOOMERS" have been the exceptional products of their collaboration. They have The Day Jobs Mini-Tour: West Coast Edition under their belts, along with performances at Norwescon, the PAXWest Nerdcore Showcase, and many others. With Shubzilla's frank and aggressive lyrics and Bill Beats' penchant for samples and bass-heavy compositions, they do not disappoint. 

Death*Star's C0splay and Bill Beats take the stage. This competitive online nerdcore duo have played at all manner of geeky watering hole from Rose City ComicCon and Kracklefest to Backspace and the Kit Kat club. With songs about body image, sandwiches, video games, sexual misadventures, and dreaming about super powers these hip hop heads of Seattle speak nerd truth on stage. Bill Beats is a nationally known producer and DJ who runs the geek turntables of the northwest and C0splay has been performing for over a decade. Coordinating shows, booking venues, working with performers, sponsors, and organizations to create great nerd events.

Expect laughter, prizes, and awkward, sweaty nerd raps.       


Engine Driver Presents
September 2, 2017 9:00 pm

There are only three bands that can tame a mountain lion just by playing. Gangstagrass is one of them. Gangstagrass is also the other two of them. When you armwrestle Bigfoot, don't win. And for god's sake don't cheat. Gangstagrass ... Read more

There are only three bands that can tame a mountain lion just by playing. Gangstagrass is one of them. Gangstagrass is also the other two of them.

When you armwrestle Bigfoot, don't win. And for god's sake don't cheat.

Gangstagrass is a dirty fightin', gator wrestlin', foot stompin' bluegrass-hip-hop project of Brooklyn based producer Rench, who has spent the last decade making gritty, soulful country hip-hop music that you will actually like.

Yeah, Gangstagrass did the theme song to Justified. Yeah, Rench and T.O.N.E-z got nominated for an Emmy for it. Yeah, this is real bluegrass pickers and real emcees making music. And yeah, we do it live too.       


September 10, 2017 8:15 pm

MICHAEL DEAN DAMRON Michael Dean Damron is one of the strongest flag-bearers for the old guard of Portland country-punkers whose songwriting remains as sharp as it was 10 years ago. As leader of the explosive band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the... Read more

MICHAEL DEAN DAMRON

Michael Dean Damron is one of the strongest flag-bearers for the old guard of Portland country-punkers whose songwriting remains as sharp as it was 10 years ago. As leader of the explosive band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Damron's songs have struck a thematic balance of angry political diatribes and nostalgia for '50s pop culture, all while railing against homophobia and a lot more. A former boxer who also served with the Army's 101st Airborne, Damron's wellspring of material comes to the forefront on his new solo LP, When the Darkness Come. Produced by Fernando Viciconte, When the Darkness Come posits earnest tunes confronting aging, alcoholism, womanizing, and disability ("Diabetes Blues") in new sonic avenues for Damron. Ambient instrumentation decorates Damron's typically story-driven vignettes of underdogs, and puts this debut solo effort in a new class for the longtime singer/songwriter.

MICAH SCHNABEL

 


September 15, 2017 9:00 pm

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets combines the shared sensibilities of a pop-rock maestro & a band of guitar-wielding masked marauders. Marshall Crenshaw learned to tune a guitar at age ten and has been making music ever since. ... Read more

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets combines the shared sensibilities of a pop-rock maestro & a band of guitar-wielding masked marauders.

Marshall Crenshaw learned to tune a guitar at age ten and has been making music ever since. His first big break came in 1978 playing the role of John Lennon in “Beatlemania” on Broadway. Over the course of a career that's spanned nearly four decades, 13 albums, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, film and TV appearances (Buddy Holly in "La Bamba") and thousands of performances, Crenshaw's musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of artfulness, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.

“Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” - Trouser Press

Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental.  Using the music of The Ventures, The Shadows, Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world.  Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of films and TV shows. 

“…novelty is a key ingredient, but it’s elevated by the band’s good-natured sincerity and skill.”   –NPR World Café  

 


Dante's Presents
September 20, 2017 9:00 pm

BIG BUSINESS' 5th studio album COMMAND YOUR WEATHER. Recorded in Joshua Tree, CA, Command Your Weather sees Big Business return to its original two-man lineup of Jared Warren and Coady Willis. It's a haunting dream about the struggle for domi... Read more

BIG BUSINESS' 5th studio album COMMAND YOUR WEATHER. Recorded in Joshua Tree, CA, Command Your Weather sees Big Business return to its original two-man lineup of Jared Warren and Coady Willis. It's a haunting dream about the struggle for dominance of will over the power and unpredictability of nature. Or it's just a really great rock record, it depends on how weird you're willing to get.. But you've never had so much fun being crushed in the cogs of the universe's great machine, that much is for sure! I mean, there's no law against having a couple cold beers while we all burn in the fire of time, am I right?!

Recorded by Dave Curran of UNSANE/PIGS/BIG BUSINESS' LAST RECORD fame.

Founded in 2003 in Seattle, WA., Big Business has spent the last 13 years touring the world and making records. In 2006 Jared and Coady joined forces with the Melvins and moved to Los Angeles. Performing as members of the Melvins and staying autonomous as their own band, they have been there ever since.

        


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