Thursday, May 3, 2012

Benefit for MESD Outdoor School Program: Rags and Ribbons, Mosby, Ezza Rose, and more


Oregon Music News is proud to sponsor this Saturday’s benefit show at The Piano Fort, which will feature six local, indie music acts playing from 3 to 8 p.m. in support of Llewellyn Elementary’s 2012 Oregon Trail Educational Program. In addition, Acme Donuts, Basha’s Mediterranean cuisine, and Hopworks beer will be available!
This Saturday’s all ages benefit starts at 3pm and runs until 8pm, $5, with kids five and under free.
For the past seven years, Llewellyn Elementary in Sellwood has offered its 90+ fourth grade students the opportunity to experience the Oregon Trail firsthand through an overnight camping trip complete with activities like butter churning and a campfire square dance. And since educational budgets are at an all time low, the task of raising the needed funds is typically left to the creative, DIY ingenuity of a school’s community. So, we came up with this Saturday’s benefit show, which we hope will raise enough money to enable each child the unique, hands-on learning experience available through the outstanding MESD Outdoor School Program.
Headlining the May 5th benefit show will be recent South By Southwest initiates, and local indie favorites, Rags and Ribbons. They released their melodic rock album, The Glass Masses, earlier this year and have been steadily gaining praise for their debut efforts. Influenced by anthem-like artists such as Queen, Muse, Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros, the three members of Rags and Ribbons seem to pivot on classically inspired piano notes and a huge hunk of percussion.

Saturday’s benefit is all about musical diversity, allowing for full crowd enjoyment. With that in mind, Portland’s up-and-coming rock band, Mosby, will bring a driven sound to the mix with tracks from their recently released debut LP, The Sound Alive. Their tunes could backdrop a major motion picture starring lots of crushes, loads of physical intimacy, and more than a few broken hearts. Each and every one of their songs encompasses everything we love about being young, getting older, falling in and out of love, and viewing life as one big, attractive risk. Their live shows and delicious soundscape are not to be missed.

Local indie-pop band, The Glyptodons, will be performing their magical mix of positivity and exuberance. For those of you who love sing-alongs, the Glyptodons may very well become your favorite band of 2012. Daniel Borgen of Just Out Magazine says they ”offer up luscious sonic fun” and that their “bouncing guitars and jaunty drums combine with unfussy melodies and harmonies to create lovely indie-pop.” So true.
The Glyptodons love a good “Joyous Buggy Ride.”
Ezza Rose
Folk and bluegrass songstress Ezza Rose and her band will undoubtedly bring the lilting three-part harmonies, blues, bluegrass, and folk influences that have gained her (and them) a solid reputation in Portland ever since Ezza moved here in 2007. It has oft been said of her that she “is a young, rising star in the local folk arena” and that “her beautiful voice and stunning sense of melody and harmony [have] quickly gained her a loyal following.” Come Saturday, you’ll be among the growing number of fans that pack houses for Ezza and her band (for more about Ezza, read be Portland’s in-depth interview here).
Watch Ezza Rose and her band perform “Clementine” as part of the bar bar apartment sessions in Portland, Oregon.
1939 Ensemble is an avant-garde duo of electronically minded, progressive thinking geniuses who get around. Among their accomplishments in the past year they’ve performed an original score at the Organ Grinders Silent Film Series’ screening of the 1926 Goethe-inspired Alchemist and the Devil, by F.W. Murnau, and burned up the stage in front of a full house at the Doug Fir. Noise genre aficionados will love 1939 Ensemble, though their sound seems to favor danceability over choppy, arhythmic intensity.

Opening the afternoon will be Kelly Anne Masigat, whose gentle voice and lullaby-like finger plucking will usher in the timeless themes of love and loss. She’s been known to run a hush over the loudest of rooms with her unsentimental, yet entirely romantic  musicality. Though her guitar is often gritty, it adds a perfect complement to the delicacy of her vocals.
Kelly Anne Masigat’s “In the Fire,” performed at the Doug Fir.

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