Left Coast Country, Julie & The WayVes, Hannah Jane Kile

Left Coast Country

Julie & The WayVes

Hannah Jane Kile

Fri, August 4, 2017

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


This event is 21 and over

Left Coast Country - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Left Coast Country
This modern string band formed in 2010 from the exploding newgrass scene in Portland, OR and are fast becoming a hot ticket on the bluegrass circuit. Constantly evolving with a true dedication to their craft has made Left Coast Country one of the hardest working, up and coming acts in the Pacific Northwest. Releasing 3 records in the last 4 years and a never-ending tour schedule- playing such gigs as the SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, Hillbilly Robot, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass after party. Left Coast Country's music is a fusion of traditional and progressive bluegrass; composed of fiery heartfelt foot stompers, rolling country ballads, and powerful instrumental soundscapes. Their stage performance showcases the group's synchronous harmonies, beautiful melodies, and intense intricate instrumentation.
Julie & The WayVes - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Julie & The WayVes
Julie & The Wayves is a 5-piece, progressive bluegrass band, based out of Portland, Oregon. Centered around the songwriting of Julie Schmidt, a confluence of hard-driving bluegrass and masterful composition and arrangement sensibilities delivers a sound that is both powerful and elegant. Timeless tones within a modern, artful structure, that incorporates genre-bending subtleties without sacrificing what their instrumentation suggests they are: a bluegrass band.

Vocals, Guitar / Patrick Connell

Vocals, Fiddle / Julie Schmidt

Vocals, Banjo / Jon Meek

Vocals, Bass / Rob Wright

Vocals, Mandolin / Martin DeGroot
Hannah Jane Kile - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Hannah Jane Kile
On first impression she is sweet and lovely, bright and cheerful…then, with a flourish of harmony pouring from her guitar, she steps up to sing…and you enter another realm. Hannah is radiantly fluent in the universal language of song, and she has the gift of making seriously beautiful music with effortless grace. Her performances are always artistically surprising and deeply moving. She finds treasure in even the most daunting of life’s experiences. Her songs and her voice, soulful and haunting, are magic, and she is fearless in sharing the most complex of emotions with her listeners.

Performing with an openhearted sense of compassion and wonder, her voice soaring from an earthy blues swagger to an ethereal heart rending whisper, like a lullaby in a storm, she packs an emotional wallop. Eloquent, warm and wise in an innocent way, she has a comprehensive artistic vision, a vision that is as inspiring as it is engaging.

Two major inspirations shaping Hannah’s work are the music of Stephen Sondheim, who lit a deep spark of desire to master the art of storytelling in her compositions, and the iconic intensity of Bonnie Raitt, who fires Hannah’s drive to push beyond the idea of being a “singer who plays” and be a “player who sings”. Sondheim's ability to create complex three-dimensional characters using music and lyrics provided Hannah a map for her determination to have her own songs achieve similar power and detail that add up to revealing portraits of human nature. And Raitt’s courage in exceeding all expectations for a young artist, mastering her instrument with compelling technique, and carrying the traditions of guitar based music into a promising future continually kindles her imagination.

Hannah writes vivid music that is all the richer for the heartfelt intimacy of her voice. Hers is a sincere craft, created with a jeweler’s attention to design. Her songs are saturated with a charm and melodic color that can be as evocative as Appalachian ballads or as rousing as Broadway show tunes, and they shine with pure emotional truth.

- Kit Burrows
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212