Mosley Watta

Mosley Watta, or MOWO  is a fast humorous poet/mc with great diction and flair. One of his lines that made me laugh was “black is more than a penis size.” and “Black is not a trend is the new black.” He is available on Spotify! Check him out if you like Bus Driver, Q-Tip, Childish Gambino, Ugly Duckling, Mos Def. I opened for him at Oregon Country Fair and saw him do a whole headlining set at Sam Bonds.DSC_1009.JPG

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Legendary jazz pianist Dick Hyman

This hip jazz cat provided music for several Woody Allen films and pbs’ Beale Street Caravan. He played an all New Orleans Jazz set for us at the Shedd. I do not know the names of the musicians who played with him at this gig. Check out his touring schedule here.

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Beats Antique

Beats Antique played the McDonald Theatre. There was some shadow puppetry, a giant inflatable dragon, several belly dancers and of course the band, playing middle eastern dub dance on violin, clarinet, sax and some wild eastern instruments like maybe a tar? I think they fit alongside RJD2, OTT, Balkan Beat Box, and Lindsay Sterling.

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You can listen to their music at bandcamp. The geometric pyramid shapes that decorated their stage were a fun challenge to draw.

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The Coathangers

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The Coathangers play stripped down rock and roll. Some call it “punk.” There’s no pedals to mess with the sound of pure guitars and that makes even the occasional “weeoo” back up vocal stand out and make the song shine. Stephanie drummed on most songs but on a few she played guitar and Julia switched over to drums. One song stood out where they played a squeaky toy as if to stand in for cursing in a song.  These three put on a good show!  Down Down is a great song and has an amazing music video!DSC_0995.JPGDSC_1006.JPG

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Save Ferris + Bandulus

The Bandulus play hot smooth soulful ska. Some songs reference old rock and roll like Little Richard. The songs are simple, but bright and fun and have tempo changes and a real groove and positive mood. Their coolest songs might be “The Times That We Had” and “Does that make me a Good Man”

I think Jeremy assembled a new band with people in Portland. Emma’s back up vocals improve every song and her smiling presence cheers up the crowd. At this show (opening for Save Ferris) they were joined by Shane Connor from the Longshots on Keyboards and didn’t have any horn players.

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See this bonus drawing has Curtis on the Bass, and Morgan who played drums a second time. Notice the blue reflection in his hair makes him look like an Archie character… I drew Emma a second time, and there was something good about her expression here but I didn’t finish inking it because I have SO MANY DRAWINGS to add.

Save Ferris were totally fun. What a blast to hear these familiar horn riff again! I think the bass was too loud and that may have been intentional to cover some sloppy playing but we had fun anyway. There were so many smiling faces in the crowd. Save Ferris are way more than just their hit cover of “Come on Eileen.” I love a dozen of their songs, “The World is New,” “I’m not crying for you,” “What you see is what you get,” and I believe their new song “Anything” is just as fun as their old ones. They played “Do I Even Like You” which is a Fugazi cover. “Super spy” and “Everything I want to be” are so epic. Even though the original members aren’t touring with Monique, they still sound like its 1998 again. They played “I Know” from the “10 Things I Hate About You” soundtrack, and even went loud and pop punk heavy for “Mistaken.”

Monique is a charming frontman and she had some fun stage banter for us about how now in these depressing times, we need ska music more than ever! I see they added new summer tour dates, including Seattle and Salem with Warped Tour.DSC_1008.JPG

I’m going to add a bonus drawing because I think Monique is beautiful and this drawing doesn’t show it.  Also, this captures the drummer and the bass player, who switched between an electric bass and a standup bass.DSC_0157.JPG

 

 

Grayson Fiske (Human Ottoman) rotogif

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A crude gif of Grayson Fiske playing the vibes. I’d like to do a gif of their new cello player Julian kosonovic next!

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Legendary New York Jazz band SEX MOB

Cozmic Pizza was blessed with Steven Bernstein, Kenny Wollensen, Tony Sherr and Briggan Krauss: AKA SEX MOB.

 

This band plays sloppy drunken New Orleans funeral march style, but works in familiar melodies and plays them loosely, as if soaked in booze and squeezed out a slide trumpet. Sometimes they resemble an instrumental Tom Waits track. Kenny (drums) plays some wild stuff, melodically playing sputtered phrases, sometimes making his drum set squeak and rattle, sometimes picking up gongs and soundmakers, and sometimes just hitting hard fast like its punk rock. (He’s played with Norah Jones, John Zorn, and TOM WAITS among many others). The bass player Tony just grooved the whole time, without any piano or guitarist, he is prominent on every song, sometimes playing implied chords and always subtly dancing by himself and smiling. Steven and Briggan play around each other and around the melodies, lurching, swamping, blasting, bellowing. Some songs are dissonant, but all are satisfying in the grand whole: like a complex mix of sour sweet and umami tastes in a complex dish.  I caught a lick from “Adir Adirim” (Balkan Beat Box) and “Clint Eastwood” by The Gorillaz was mixed up with “oh when the saints go marchin in” and sometimes they flirted with maybe almost playing the standard “I Got Rhythm.” In their final medley they whipped out the James Bond theme. I’m sure there were many other in-jokes from jazz and pop music that went over my head.  They also played their own take on songs from Fellini films. This was a beautiful and wild concert and the crowd was satisfied. Most of them relaxed and watched the band’s every move, but a few brave souls danced. Catch them live if you can! Steven said they played Oregon Country Fair in 1984! Wow thats a long time ago. I was 2!

 

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