Other / folk / Jazz
On April 19, Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi Ave)
will host the fourth night in an incredible 1,000 mile musician bike tour en route
from Bellingham, WA to San Francisco, CA. Pedaling down the coast are the accordionists-jugglers-stilt-walking-acrobats Strangely & Friends, a tiny caravan of carnies currently
invading left coast towns in their quest to recreate
the midway experience onstage. Supporting bands for the night will be the Portland’s
Professor Gall band (junkyard folk) and the Smut City Jellyroll Society (old time
trad jazz). 9pm / 21+ / $7.
Music (or bike) lovers are encouraged to support the tour and help pay for the food
that will power the wheels by buying a T-shirt! Details at - http://www.facebook.com/bellow.wing.strangely
Strangely's charming blend of interactive circus performance, music and storytelling
have delighted audiences across North America. Ever since making a Christmas eve
entrance as a baby in a Christmas stocking, Strangely has been a performer. His
childhood was filled with books and alternative learning experiences, including
participating in a variety of dramatic productions at primary school and classical
music studies, with both instruments and voice.
Strangely returned to performance in Vaudevillingham! with The Bellingham Circus
Guild and joined the group soon thereafter. Strangely has performed with other groups
including Dream Science Circus, Runaway Circus, JustinCredibleSideShow, and New
Old Time Chautauqua.
In 2011 Strangely wrote and produced a one man show, "In All My Years."
which he toured around the country. This show holds the distinct honor of being
the only mime show to ever provoke a noise complaint to the LAPD.
An avid do-it-yourselfer Strangely currently lives in an old sailboat, which he is
restoring and hopes to travel around the world in. When not performing or feverishly
repairing his leaky home, Strangely teaches circus arts and music to children and
adults in the Bellingham area.
Bellow.Wing – Carrie Crockett-Valhalla hails from the town of Bellingham where
she holds down the Accordion parts for Skitnik, the hottest Balkan party band in
the Northwest. “One part sideshow, one part Bulgarian wedding and one part
scrappy 1920's ragtime...” [What's Up Magazine] Not only content to
play accordion, she also packs a punch on the slide trombone, and the musical saw.
stopping vocals and haunting lyrics Bellow.Wing will fill your soul with expanses
of the northern plains.
Video - http://youtu.be/4wsajc5meds
It gets a little complicated and paradoxical with Professor Gall, even starting with
the name. It’s the man, it’s the band, it’s maybe even an idea
and a style unto itself. Solid jazz and rock players who concoct a studied, experienced,
audacious New Orleans vibe - but one that’s been twisted into a nightmarish
fever dream (DT’s perhaps) - playing songs with lyrics forged by psychology
and philosophy. The band has been embraced by
the exploding Steampunk subculture, with Professor Gall a mainstay of Steampunk festivals
around the country, but there’s nothing gimmicky or flash-in-the-pan about
the band. “We were doing our thing, then the label got attached to us. Whatever
gets more people listening, it’s totally fine,” says leader Professor
Gall (aka Drew Norman).
“Norman's voice recalls Tom Waits' or Nick Cave's, while the instrumental
lineup suggests a killer New Orleans jazz band going interestingly off-track harmonically…
jauntily morbid inclinations…”
-- Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, Seattle, WA
“… prides itself on being the good kind of weird as they mash up old-timey,
sometimes Vaudevillian but mostly joyous swing numbers… sounds like something
you’d find on Tim Burton’s iPod.”
-- The Source Weekly, Bend, OR
“Gall makes music that’s slinky and a bit seedy, harvested from the shadows
of some of music’s most unconventional giants: Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Don
-- Ben Salmon, The Bend Bulletin, Bend, OR
SMUT CITY JELLYROLL SOCIETY is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing
blues and early jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s. With a unique sound
somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society
keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers
out on the floor. The music is from a variety of sources: Bessie Smith, Memphis
Minnie, The Harlem Hamfats, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Boy Fuller and others. The Society
also has a couple of original tunes in the repertoire with more on the way. The
lyrics are fun and a bit on the risqué side. Smut City Jellyroll Society
plays shows at some of the finest venues in town and is available for private events
and swing dances.
"Professor Gall have lustily claimed the frayed top hat of the post-Waits debased Cascadian
brass band from our dear departed Circus Contraption, and continue every time I
see them to stomp and growl their way closer to being the best damn show in
Portland." Noah Mickens, Oregon Music News
songs, which blend a mix of influences from klezmer to jazz and junkyard folk, are
also unusually sweet and sincere.” Michael Mannheimer, Willamette Week" Michael
Mannheimer, Willamette Week
"“ With blaring horns and a sideshow barker's
twisted way with words, there is a sinister carnival feel to Booze and Guilt (somewhere
between Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes and Bikini Kill's ode to
carnies and Mötley Crüe mirrors, "Carnival"), If a haunted midway is your
thing, Professor Gall just made your day. If not, stay the hell out of the big top.“
Ezra Ace Caraeff, The Portland Mercury" Ezra Ace Caraeff, The Portland