DOORS OPEN: 11:00 am
EVENT BEGINS: 9:00 pm
2460 NW 24th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210
The Strange Tones
Friday, December 1, 2017
Doors Open: 11am
Event Begins: 9pm
Band Website: Strange Tones
“If surf guitar god Dick Dale found himself in Bogie’s Maltese Falcon film-noir underworld, and drank beer at the seedy bar with bluesmen Jimmy Reed and Magic Sam, the resulting soundtrack might be exactly what the Strange Tones purvey.” - Oregonian
With a brand new CD in hand, The Strange Tones have emerged from their undisclosed secure location. And this time, they're inviting you into their home. The band’s new CD, At Home With The Strange Tones offers a rare glimpse into the lives of these Portland, Oregon-based sonic crime fighters. The Strange Tones have blended a unique concoction of original blues, rockabilly, surf, and vintage R&B, and finished it off with a private eye twist. They’ve shaken and stirred these elements into their own original sound and style known as Crime-A-Billy. “Many people find it hard to show something new within electric blues format and they should ask The Strange Tones for some private lessons as they have found their own niche and truly shine.” -The Voice of the Blues, Przemek Draheim, Poland.
The magic of this ensemble is fueled by four players who are equally compelled and driven to advance their cause. This fearsome foursome, led by the husband-and-wife team of Guitar Julie and bassist Andy Strange, and fortified by longtime partners guitarist Suburban Slim and drummer Andy Gauthier, form “....one of Portland’s most original and accomplished bands.” - Oregonian. It may be Andy Strange's lessons learned as bassman for legendary wildman and voodoo practitioner Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins, or Guitar Julie’s steady childhood diet of Jimmy Reed and Ike and Tina Turner. It could be Andy Gauthier‘s deep groove and flair as a well respected “drummer’s drummer", or Slim’s intensity and creativity that consistently earn him recognition. As anyone who sees The Strange Tones perform live knows, it’s much more than these four individuals....this is a BAND. And on special occasions for large stage venues, they bring out a unique and secret weapon, the Volcano Vixens. Vivian and Vera are strikingly talented dancers and choreographers who have created the perfect steps to compliment the band’s sonic crime fighting sound.
The band’s previous CDs have earned much acclaim throughout the Northwest and beyond. We're On Our Way earned the coveted Muddy Award for "Northwest Recording of the Year" by the Cascade Blues Association, while both We’re On Our Way and Crime-A-Billy made the Top 20 Chart in Spain for FM Blues Radio and on Real Blues Magazine’s Top 100 Charts. The Strange Tones step up to the plate with their new release. Their experience and continued development as a dynamic band with notorious live shows and a distinctly Northwest flavor are well captured in At Home With The Strange Tones.
"The Strange Tones have their own unique flavor in music. Perhaps you can call it Blues Noir … this [At Home With The Strange Tones] is going to be a favorite recording by the band for many years to come." - Cascade Blues Association President Greg Johnson