We are giving away a pair of tickets to Will Bernard’s Pleasure Drones w/ The Way Downs @ The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge on April 19. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 18.
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From our sponsors:
Soul’d Out Music Festival & The Goodfoot Present:
Will Bernard’s Pleasure Drones w/ The Way Downs
April 19, 2014
Doors 9 p.m. | $8 ADV / $10 Doors | 21+
Tickets: eventbrite.com | More info: souldoutfestival.com
2845 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-9292 | More info: thegoodfoot.com
A Berkeley, CA native and recent Brooklyn transplant, guitarist Will Bernard began playing and recording on an international level as a member of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble, who made their recorded debut with Don Cherry on MULTIKUTI (A&M 1989). Since then Will has participated in a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. In the 90s Will recorded and performed with many projects under the direction of acclaimed producer Lee Townsend and worked with groups ranging from the Hindustani-influenced Jai Uttal to the political hip-hop group the Coup. The most successful of these projects was the group T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose sophomore album IF FOUR WAS ONE was nominated for a Grammy in 1997.
As a touring artist, Will Bernard has been gaining steady momentum, performing in his own band or as a member of the Stanton Moore Trio, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Groundation, and numerous other lineups. The Will Bernard band has performed at The Monterey, North Sea, SF Jazz, Bumbershoot, Be-Bop and Brew, Montreal, Vancouver and The High Sierra festivals, as well as clubs across the country and through Canada. They have opened for Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, Jimmy McGriff, The Funky Meters, John Scofield, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Ziggy Modeliste and the Charlie Hunter Quartet. The Pleasure Drones include drummer Eric Kalb, whose touring credits include Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jon Scofield, Greyboy All-Stars and The Meters. On bass and electronics is Jeff Hanley, known for his old school pocket. This will be HOT!!!!
The Way Downs pull their sound from the gold mine of pre-disco funk—the same deep tracks now widely sampled by DJ’s and producers all over the world. It’s good-time, groove-based, stank-faced dance music with a jazz heart and a funky soul. Put it this way: let’s say Huggy Bear is getting down with Foxy Brown . . . the El Dorado’s still warm in the driveway, Baretta’s flickering on the Magnavox, and the Way Downs are what’s spinning on the hi-fi. Aw yeah, now you got it!
The Way Downs started in 1995 as a bass, drums, and sax crew called the Jack Buddha Trio. The JB3 had a nice run around the Portland area, playing clubs, parties, and big-time events. After a bit of a hiatus, the band added some pieces and re-formed in 2006 as a quintet. The Way Downs have played with Devin Phillips, Will Bernard, Das Vibenbass, The Quick and Easy Boys, Seoul Brother 1, The Excellent Gentlemen, Trio Subtonic, Poncho Luxurio, The Goodfoot Allstars, and Maurice Brown at venues such as The Goodfoot, The Blue Monk, The Laurelthirst, Biddy Mcgraw’s, The Bitter End, The Tiger Bar, The White Eagle and Imbibe.