The Not-So-Secret Family Show! feat. Pointed Man Band, Casey Neill

The Not-So-Secret Family Show! feat. Pointed Man Band, Casey Neill

Sun, November 12, 2017

Doors: 3:45 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

$8 per walking human

The Not-So-Secret Family Show! - (Set time: 4:00 PM)
The Not-So-Secret Family Show!
Introducing The Not-So Secret Family Show every Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6PM at the Secret Society!

Featuring a rotating lineup of Portland's finest family performers for the kids & showcasing Portland's best singer/songwriters for the grown-ups! Full bar& menu available!

$8 per walking human, all ages welcome.
Pointed Man Band - (Set time: 4:00 PM)
Pointed Man Band
Pointed Man Band makes music for families that represents and explores life’s adventures from the minutiae into the fantastical. With songs that feature heavy imagery and storytelling that are uniquely geared towards the majestic Pacific Northwest, their high energy performances are sure to get the whole family dancing, singing and playing along!
Casey Neill - (Set time: 4:45 PM)
Casey Neill
Casey Neill's career has always walked the line between lyrical song craft and ferocious live shows. He is a songwriter and bandleader from Portland, Oregon with a sound that explores haunting ballads, high octane indie-folk, and Scots/Irish melody. Neill tours in solo performance and with his band, the Norway Rats, which includes an all star cast of Portland musicians. For over a decade he has performed throughout the US, Europe, and Japan averaging over a hundred shows a year. A new record titled 'All You Pretty Vandals' produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists was released in November of 2013. Neill's original weather beaten stories eschew irony in favor of romance, celebrate society's miscreants, and explore the hidden corners of the American landscape. The songs travel from place to place, with scenes from the rural West to New York City street life.

"These are songs with stories well told. This is what it's all about" STEVE EARLE

"Casey Neill’s latest record, Goodbye to the Rank and File, is just as much audio book as it is album, teeming with rich lyrics that paint the glory and gutter of a wanderer’s struggle. Backed by talented Rats like Jenny Conlee (the Decemberists, Black Prairie) and Chet Lyster (Lucinda Williams Band), Neill bellows pack the punch of white-capped seas, soaking the band’s big sky, prairie wind sound with a haunting graveness. It just may be Portland’s strongest brand of unfettered, contemporary roots rock." - Mark Stock, WILLAMETTE WEEK

“Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, ragged country, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill's narrative talent and concern for real people's struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life's Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you'll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill's particular blend of personal and historical experience.” --- SPLENDID eZine

"Soul-searing songs "- UTNE READER “remarkably good songwriting” NO DEPRESSION

Casey Neill is a sought after side player who has worked as a lead guitarist in The Minus Five, and has performed with master traditional Celtic fiddlers such as Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, and Johnny Cunningham. Irish supergroup Solas recorded Casey's original song "Lowground" on their CD's "Waiting for an Echo" and "Reunion". In 1997, he inked a three record deal with the folk label Appleseed and was featured on their tribute to Pete Seeger along with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Bonnie Raitt. A compilation of his material entitled 'Memory Against Forgetting' was released by Amy Ray's Daemon imprint in 2005. Following a few years of residence in New York City, Casey moved back to Portland and it's thriving music community. In 2007, his CD 'Brooklyn Bridge' was released by the NW imprint In Music We Trust and the Norway Rats were formed to tour the material. 'Goodbye to the Rank and File' followed in 2010 and garnered rave reviews from online blogs, radio, and press. In 2011, Casey was hired by New York's Mabou Mines Theater Company to perform and compose for their new work 'Landscapes' at PS122.

"When the day is young, everything seems possible; the next waking hours can become anything you want them to be.  Casey Neill’s newest album, Goodbye to the Rank and File, is very much like that thought. It’s just bloody good, the storytelling, the diverse influences, the delivery, it all comes together to box your ears, but oh, you’ll like the bruises. Lyrically, this is the best album I’ve heard in a very long time, musically it is almost as good, Casey Neill has hit a grand slam with this album."  Aaron Binder, WORDBIRD

"… introspective, sometimes autobiographical tales of misery and redemption, cracked ceilings and brilliant mornings, despair and love, tales from the other side of the tracks given quite real depth and emotive power. We haven’t all quite been there but when we do arrive at the destinations described by the twelve songs on Rank And File we’ll know where we are, thanks to Neill’s eye for detail combined with his unflinching humanity. If I’d wanted to hear an album that encapsulated the barroom romanticism, neon lit glamour of a downtown Saturday night anywhere, an imaginatively vivid evocation of life lived not quite on the margins but lived to the full nonetheless, … then I couldn’t have asked to hear a more completely realized work than Rank And File." - Jon Gordon, ADEQUACY.NET
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212