SUNSET SERIES ANNOUNCED!
BLIND PILOT - AUGUST 19 & 20
The Liberty Theater is proud to release the details of its’ upcoming and long-awaited, “Sunset Series,” a special program of independent folk music in the historic Liberty Theater. The series kicks off with a July 13th preview show featuring a dual bill of Northwest meets Appalachian music. Portland’s Horse Feathers join North Carolina’s Mandolin Orange for an intimate night of music on the Liberty Theater stage offering a glimpse of what’s to come for the Sunset Series.
Home-town heroes, Blind Pilot, kick off the official Sunset Series on August 19th with a CD Release Concert debuting songs from their upcoming major-label debut, “And then Like Lions” (out Aug 12/ATO Records). Tickets for both shows will be available June 17th via Tickets West.
The Sunset Series will run once a month for a six part program. Developed in part by Liberty Theater Board members, Israel Nebeker and Darren Orange, the run of shows aims to bring a younger generation of concert go-ers together through a loose theme of “independent folk-pop-rock” music. Beverages will be made available from local breweries and wineries to make for a great alternative night out in Astoria. The Sunset Series has been made possible by generous donations from local supporters as well as an impending grant from the “Promote Astoria Fund.” To keep up on upcoming performances, see thesunsetseries.net.
NPR called the 2013 release of the album 'This Side of Jordan,' "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent," and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings." The record earned them performances everywhere from the iconic Newport Folk Festival to Pickathon, as well as tours with Willie Watson, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Wood Brothers, and more.
Mandolin Orange have a brand new record out as of May 5th, “Such Jubilee,” via Yep Roc Records and are touring North America in support of it.
With members scattered from Astoria, Portland and North Carolina, Horse Feathers are making a return to their Northwest stomping grounds for a one-off performance. After a run of shows opening up for Joe Pug, Horse Feathers seems to be on the brink of new material, the first since their 2014 Kill Rock Stars release, “So it is with Us.” The album pulls influence from a varied mix of Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay.
Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), band-leader Justin Ringle brought Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have, “an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show– which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again.”
Blind Pilot has announced an extensive tour in support of the release of its first album since 2011, ‘And Then Like Lions (out Aug 12/ATO Records). The album was announced in tandem with a song premiere via NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, for “Umpqua Rushing.” “It’s a hazy, quiet beauty that builds slowly but persistently,” says NPR Music. The forthcoming 25+ date tour includes Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York, shows with Brandi Carlile and a return to Portland’s Crystal Ballroom on October 20.
Written and composed by Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the record is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. ‘Lions’ is Blind Pilot’s most exhilarating album to date, a lush 10-song collection that is resilient, uplifting and often majestic in the face of tragedy.
Blind Pilot has performed on Ellen and The Late Show with David Letterman, at the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. The group has shared stages with The Shins, Andrew Bird, Calexico and more. The project began in 2007 when Israel and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a West Coast tour via bicycle. Blind Pilot's six members recorded for this new album and will tour this summer and fall.
Friday, August 19th, 2016
Show Begins at 8:00 PM