Basic Rights Oregon Benefit Concert feat. Montclaire, Sarah St. Albin, Shoring

Basic Rights Oregon Benefit Concert feat. Montclaire, Sarah St. Albin, Shoring

Sat, July 15, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Montclaire - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Montclaire is the incantation of Portland-based singer/songwriter Sabrina Velazquez.

Velazquez originally gained a large following in her hometown of Honolulu, HI before releasing her first EP The Anomaly in 2009. Before long, she found herself with a dedicated fan base and landed a coveted spot at SXSW 2010. She released her first full-length album, The Hawk & The Hunter in 2010, produced by John Askew (Richmond Fontaine, The Dodos, Alela Diane). The album didn't just garner her a larger audience, but a west coast tour, and a spot opening for Cat Power, whom her sound has been compared to. 2012's "In the Light of Morning" saw Sabrina explore a new sound, that included layers pianos and vocals under a new moniker, Montclaire. In 2015, she released 65 songs over the course of 100 days as a part of the 100 day project. After a year away from recording to focus on songwriting, she is back in the studio demoing new songs for a release in 2017.
Sarah St. Albin - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Sarah St. Albin
Sarah St. Albin is a singer, pianist, and songwriter based in Seattle, WA. At the piano, her ballads are reminiscent of the emotional and compositional complexity of Tori Amos and the intimate warmth of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. Her first commercial release, Small Voice, has been described as blending "upbeat and sentimental pop" with "something dark-and-synthy." Think Fiona Apple meets Sara Bareilles, but Tori won't let go. Almost all of St. Albin's work builds from the piano.

Sarah’s musical career began in childhood, while she was growing up on a farm to the northwest of Spokane, WA. She started by belting out Celine Dion songs to her chickens and singing along to Sarah McLachlan CDs while home alone. She wasn’t permitted to study music in early childhood, but her mother provided her with voice, piano, and guitar lessons starting at age fourteen. She began writing songs at age fifteen. Her first piano ballad was inspired by a local teenager who died tragically on a family vacation in Zimbabwe. Almost all of St. Albin’s early music focuses on painful relationships and loss.

Sarah’s recording career began in her guitar teacher’s tiny studio in the mountains west of Spokane, WA, when she was sixteen. She completed two 3-track demos before graduating high school in 2005, and performed on Hollywood Boulevard during the Musician’s Institute’s first ever House Band Weekend in 2004. She released occasional singles during her undergraduate years at the University of Idaho (Moscow, ID), the University of Montana (Missoula, MT), and the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) – including self-produced “In the Garden” (2009) and “The Harvest of Moss” (2010). She began working on Small Voice with producer Robert Cheek (Band of Horses, Deftones, Tera Melos) in fall 2016, during her final year as a graduate student in English Literature at the University of Washington. Sarah’s study of Victorian literature, as well as her brief stint in the world of academia, offered valuable insight into the dilemma of speaking out while being actively silenced—a key theme in Small Voice.

Since releasing Small Voice (2017) on her label, Desibelle Entertainment, Sarah has been preparing for her first West Coast tour - beginning with a string of Pacific Northwest benefit concerts. Keep up with her tour schedule by signing up for her monthly newsletter (see signup form below!) and checking her events page, which is updated regularly!
Shoring - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Shoring’s music draws heavily from Folk and Americana influences, but also from 60’s pop and 70’s rock. A rhythm section steeped more in the virtues of Cheap Trick than James Taylor gives the songs a drive and an edge not found in modern Folk. And the dreamy keys coupled with exquisite guitar work add a nice sheen to an album whose subject matter isn’t afraid to plumb the depths of love, heartbreak, loss, and rebirth. Too driving and dynamic to be Folk, too thoughtful to be Pop.

Singer / songwriter Brian Bergstrom and drummer Nick Kostenborder have been playing music together since they were 19. Nick met bassist Mickey Nucci when they formed the rhythm section of acclaimed Americana band Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags, recording and touring the Western United States. After Mickey had to step away Brian served a stint on bass in the Slow Drags, while also fronting his own band, Jettison Bend. Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Dreher and Nick first met at a camera store. Brian and Nick began to form a new group around Brian’s songs. The first call was to Mickey and the second was to Jesse. Both answered, and the foursome began the process of compiling and arranging songs. 2015 was a year of hard work chasing down parts and honing their sound through hours of rehearsal, recording, and performing live. By year’s end Shoring had emerged, greater than the sum of it’s parts and ready to take it’s music to the masses with a debut album.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212