After an eventful summer, Patchwork Family Band is returning to the studio to start work on 2 more albums for 2012. With everyone in the band now playing at least 3 instruments, and special guests joining the Family for some tracks, you're sure to hear some new fun sounds from PFB. Spread the word and get ready for some great new music and don't forget to check out our new facebook fan page where we are doing a give away every month!!!(www.facebook.com/patchworkfamilymusic)
Here it is folks, Patchwork Family Band is hitting the TV airwaves for the first time with a live performance on Cannabis Common Sense!!! Tune in Friday, September 14th, at 8pm PST, for our first time together on live TV. Coming off our fun filled performance at Hempstalk, and with the vote for Measure 80 right around the corner, Patchwork Family Band is ready to do our part to help spread awareness and end the prohibition of hemp and cannabis. Make sure you go out and register to vote so we can end prohibition and fight our way back to being the land of the free, and don’t forget to tune in to Cannabis Common Sense, Fridays 8pm PST.
Occupy the Vote, and vote Yes on 80!!!
Join us this weekend at Hempstalk!!! 2 days of music, crafts, vendors, speakers and more for FREE!!! We hit the stage Sunday afternoon so get there early and stay all day for some great times.
Emcee: Ngaio Bealum, Comedian
10:30 am – 11:00 am Wy’East Drummers 11:15 am – 12:00 pm TBA 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Marquee 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Lacero 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm State of Jefferson 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm The Human Revolution 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Los Marijuanos 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Arden Park Roots 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm John Sinclair 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm J. Mack and Big Dub 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm TBA Sunday:
Emcee: Vivian McPeak, Seattle Hempfest Director
11:15 am – 12:00 pm TBA 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm TBA 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Pass Margo 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Patchwork Family Band 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Fashion Show 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Real One 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm American Bastard 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm John Trudell and Bad Dog 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm The Mighty 602 Band 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm Bad Habitat
Our summer tour is starting to come together and we are really excited. We'll be starting off in Seattle and heading all the way down to San Diego and back during the last two weeks of June. We've got most of the tour booked so far, and we're doing the last bit of leg work to the rest of the dates set and in order. Once all of the dates are confirmed we will release exact dates and venues. So stay tuned for more information in the coming days and weeks!
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Portland, OR April 17, 2012 – Patchwork Family is a band built out of the eviction of the Occupy Portland encampment. On November 13, 2011, as the last tents were being dismantled and thrown into dumpsters, Justin James Bridges, the sign language interpreter and beloved friend to many, was caught in the middle of the police confrontation. On that day he met “Justin 165” and “Jane Doe 18” as they attempted to help him to safety, but he was ripped from their grasp by the Portland Police Department, flex-cuffed and battered, and put into an ambulance. The next day, Justin and Jane were able to locate Bridges in the hospital where they introduced themselves and told him what they had witnessed. They brought Bridges and other displaced Occupiers home with them and they all committed themselves to helping him recover from his injuries. As the Occupiers got to know each other they realized they had something in common; they were all musicians. As Justin began to regain limited use of his right hand they began to share their music with each other. Soon they decided to form a band, and they called themselves Patchwork Family.
Patchwork Family is more than just the name of a band; it is a description of a sound. Just as a patchwork quilt is made of pieces from various types of cloth, a family can be composed of people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. The music that Patchwork Family creates cannot be defined by any one genre or label. It is a patchwork of styles and genres that are brought together to form a sound that is as passionate as it is indefinable. From blues to funk, from folk to rock, with some bluegrass, punkabilly and gypsy vibes weaving their way throughout, there is something for everyone in their music. In their first album, “Beyond Eviction,” they express their passion for personal freedom, self-actualization and compassion for the fate of humanity. Many songs on “Beyond Eviction” were written well before the first tent was placed in Zucotti Park. Their story reflects the magic of how an unfortunate and painful event can bring people together and allow them to create something very special.
“Beyond Eviction” will be available for free download at PatchworkFamilyBand.com and CDBaby.com on Friday, April 20. For more information, promo requests or to set up an interview please contact Live Artist Network, 503-512-9526, LiveArtistNetwork@gmail.com. More information can also be found at patchworkfamilyband.com and on FaceBook at facebook.com/patchworkfamilyband.
After working with Jesi LoPresto for almost three straight days, we finally finished putting together the music video for "Boys in Blue," a song about the police brutality we have experienced that will be on our upcoming album, "Beyond Eviction." We will be publishing the video via our website at www.patchworkfamilyband.com within a matter of days. We are really excited for everyone to see he video, and we are excited to watch it go viral!
Patchwork Family has been spending some time in the studio recently. We are working on an album of political/protest songs that will be called, "Beyond Eviction." Some of the songs were written before the Occupy movement began, some were written after it began. Although certainly inspired by Occupy, as is Patchwork Family itself, the album is not about Occupy, but rather is meant to be music for Occupy, music for the revolution. It is our way of thanking of the revolutionaries who have woken up this nation, and it is one way we can contribute to and help spread the message of transformation and populism that we see in the Occupy movement. These are songs of protest, of anger and police brutality, of hope, love, and transformation.
We are trying hard to have the album done and out before May Day. Of course, in the spirit of cooperation and sharing that the Occupy movement has inspired, we are giving the album away. Anyone will be able to download "Beyond Eviction" for free from our website, CD Baby, itunes, etc.
It has been tons of fun being in the studio, and many thanks to Jaimeson Park for having us in his basement and working so hard to help put this album together. We've finally got some of the songs we've playing since the beginning recorded, and on the other end of the spectrum we also recorded a few songs that we had never played before until we walked into the studio. It was pretty amazing the way the whole band came together on those pieces and just created and recorded right on the spot, spontaneous and alive. We have finished recording all the songs for the album, and only need to add a few more things before the album can be mixed, mastered, and ready for your listening pleasure.
Patchwork Family has some exciting shows coming up over the course of the next month. Tonight we are playing at the Queen of Hearts to help raise money to save the venue. Tomorrow night we rage it with Maca Rey and the Oh My My's for a huge night of celebration. It's St. Pady's Day, it's J.J.B.'s birthday, and it's the Oh My My's CD release show all wrapped up into one!
After that we've got some great shows coming up at some different political action events. We get to play a show at the Musician's Union Hall in Portland to help benefit the Occupy Labor Solidarity Committee, and help get them to Chicago for an organizing conference where they will learn great new skills to bring back and share with us all here in Portland. After that we will head out to Richland, WA to play to anti-nuclear protest just south of the Hanford nuclear waste site, a site that has been known to leak radioactive waste. A week later we'll head south to Salem where we hope to be playing, though nothing is confirmed yet, on the steps of the state capitol in solidarity with the women of Oregon as they rally to speak out for their rights, and to put a stop to the recent surge in attacks on women's rights.
We are thrilled to be playing for such worthy causes and hope to see everyone out with us in solidarity!
Most of the band is back home safely in Portland after a fun two weeks touring around Texas. We met some amazing people, played some good shows, ate some great Texas BBQ, had some drama and close calls, and look forward to going back sometime soon!
Some exciting things will be happening now that we are back in our hometown. We have a couple of shows coming up at the World Famous Cannabis Cafe and the Pub at the End of the Universe. We are looking forward to booking at least a couple festivals in the very near future. We will finally have some time to sit down and actually write some new music together, rather than continuing to simply recycle songs from our old bands. We will also be looking for a drummer and a bass player who commit to the band, including being able to travel. After our first month as a band, we are looking forward to getting some new material put together and blasting off around Portland to put together an amazing hometown fan base, and to continue spreading the message of Occupy. We hope you are going to be a part of that!
We didn't actually see it during the day time, but we had a great time in Galveston. We met some really cool local people, played all night long at Melrose Pub, and hung out at the beach. Occupying a whole night at a venue was interesting. We each did some of our own solo stuff and then later on the evening the whole band got up on stage and played. It was the Patchwork Family Variety Show! Today we are on our back to Austin to play some music on the streets and then catch our planes back home to Portland tomorrow morning. Tour has been great! We have had a blast and can't wait to be back out on the road again!