Gabby Holt, The Stubborn Lovers, and Kool Stuff Katie!

Gabby Holt, The Stubborn Lovers, and Kool Stuff Katie!

Fri, January 11, 2019

Doors: 8:45 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

$8 advance ● $8 cash at the door

This event is 21 and over

Tickets will be sold online until 1pm on the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold for cash at the door beginning at 7pm.

The Stubborn Lovers - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Stubborn Lovers
Alt-country, roots rock, Americana—whatever you call it, Portland, Oregon sextet The Stubborn Lovers make music that’s steeped in tradition, yet remains as timeless and evergreen as the Northwest landscape from which they spring. Draping lush three-part harmonies over a bed of acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars, along with bass and drums, they draw from the twin wellsprings of country and rock ‘n’ roll to create a spirited and engaging sound that’s both familiar and fresh.

In 2014, an earlier incarnation of the group released a self-titled EP, available for streaming and purchase at thestubbornlovers.com. This new and more dynamic lineup plans to release a single in the summer of 2015, and follow up with a full-length record later in the year.

With hints of everything from rockabilly to bluegrass, Southern rock to AM gold, The Stubborn Lovers infuse their country rock sound with irresistible pop hooks, a shot of punk energy, and an idiosyncratic streak born of the independent spirit of the Northwest. Bringing together multiple lifetimes in music, this band of compatriots believes with all their hearts that playing well-crafted songs with honesty and passion will never go out of style.
Gabby Holt - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Gabby Holt
"A few moons ago I was at a King Black Acid concert and was totally captivated by the acoustic guitar player. Not only were her vocals amazing but, her stage presence at times would steal the show. You could feel her every emotion which enhanced this phenomenal music to an even higher level. I eventually found out that this outstanding artist was no other than Gabby Holt. She is now on an adventure of doing her own project under her own name, Gabby Holt. I got to bare witness of her first show along with a packed house and let me tell you it was nothing short of amazing!"

~Roderick Allen, Rose City Review
Kool Stuff Katie - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Kool Stuff Katie
Brash, immediate, and undeniably infectious, on It's Fine Portland, OR garage-pop duo Kool Stuff Katie delivers a visceral dose of distortion-fueled jams that are just plain impossible to resist. Built on a foundations of subtly clever song structure and melodic interplay, the chromed-out surface sonics blast the aural cobwebs out of listeners' ears like an avalanche.

Yet, as you start to parse out the deeper layers of the record it becomes clear that there's more here than just sunshine and power chords. "We didn't set out to write this record with a lyrical or musical theme as such, but as it turned out, a lot of the songs center around the feeling of frustration: personally, romantically, socially" explains drummer / vocalist Saren Oliver. "We find it funny because upon first listen most of the songs are super upbeat and fun - we unintentionally made an album full of anguish in disguise."

Really, though, the pair's stripped-down approach is a perfect vehicle for from-the-heart admissions. It's Fine is a natural evolution and progression from an act that's been simplifying and honing since the beginning. Guitarist / vocalist Shane Blem first met now-drummer Oliver when he took out a Craigslist ad ? for a keyboard player. Originally conceived as a synth-heavy New Wave inspired project, it soon became clear to all involved that being a slave to an electronic beat was not going to work ? between Blem and Oliver there's a shared love of interacting with each other and being able to push and pull as they feel necessary. Their drummer left to pursue other dreams, they wrote all new songs and Oliver started learning drums. Kool Stuff Katie's self-titled 2014 debut is a broad slice across genres.

Since that time through incessant touring and songwriting trial and error it came clear that Blem and Oliver are masters of the upbeat and brief, largely in the two-piece formula. Producer Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Posies) was in full agreement with their refined direction, and it is from that perspective that the band approached writing It's Fine.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
http://secretsociety.net/