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The Longshots / Press

“The Longshots are big band music that is best served live and in your face. These guys are on a trajectory that could put them in the bigger venues of other towns soon; they are the type of openers capable of upstaging headliners if the conditions are right and spirit is with them — they are definite crowd-pleasers. The Longshots have a multifaceted sound that is as infectious as it is intoxicating and Connor’s vocals are a perfect complement to the menagerie of horns and well-proportioned guitar riffs that support him. Frequently gigging the Portland scene and all over Eugene stages, The Longshots are paying their dues as a rising local band and doing so with style.”

“An absolutely wonderful ska-rock band, this set was most notable with a great horn section feature guest saxists Johnna Threlkeld and Raimey Hoff (filling in for Justin Canfield). Drummer Ben Hampton set a lively kick and snare running throughout, with Blake Hoshibata’s rhythm guitar and back-up vocals well balanced (as well as excellent lead guitar riffs). Tom Wade on bass guitar kept the rhythm popping – this group is an orchestra with kick! There should have been a lot more folks here – these guys make excellent dance music. Shane Connor’s work on Yamaha keyboards changed it up nicely, with a lovely solo guitar intro and bridge on their fourth and closing song. An excellent ska band, 4 solid stars!”