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Sunday Sinners See The Light: a Night of Drinking Songs & Gospel Tunes
Featuring Miller & Sasser, Secret Emchy Society, John Shepski (of Vacilando), Yours Truly, Michele
July 24, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. | $7 | 21+
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St, Portland, Oregon 97212
Miller & Sasser – (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Miller & Sasser are singer/songwriters who have been performing their brand of roots/country/americana for audiences all over the country. James Sasser, an Oregon native, born and raised in the eastern part of the state has produced three solo recordings with songs featured in films and tv before meeting Chris Miller. Miller has been working as a sideman, touring and recording for such acts as Wayne Hancock ,Dale Watson,Asleep at the Wheel, Bill Kirchen,Marshall Crenshaw, Marcia Ball , Dave Alvin and Kelly Willis. The two formed Miller & Sasser in 2008 and are currently finishing their debut album. Featuring tight vocal harmonies, original songs mixed with classics and some twangy telecaster guitar playing, Miller & Sasser bring a fresh sound to country/americana.
Secret Emchy Society – (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Cindy Emch possesses a unique & nuanced voice. Her experience growing up far left-of-center in the conservative wilds of fly-over America keeps her rooted in tradition while her stints in New Orleans, San Francisco & Oakland have imbued her material with a sense of adventure & a sympathetic view of the sinners, the gamblers, the rogues, the good-time girls & the losers that populate her songs. It is clear that she inhabits these archetypes & loves the lure of the open road from the way she makes them spring to life in her words. She has the ability to be equally at home playing the part of the leaving lover or the one done wrong because she has lived those roles rather than read about them. She sees both sides but always knows which is which. Songs pour forth in a voice that is 49% heartbreak and 51% fury yet is never devoid of humor & self-awareness.
John Shepski (of Vacilando) – (Set time: 8:00 PM)
When Vacilando began as a vehicle for the solo work of John Shepski, the idea was simple… create an environment where the song could live and breathe in a space of it’s own, expanding and contracting as it’s surroundings (the room, the audience, the mood) dictated. The songs would incorporate ambient sounds and voices from the world around us, but they would also clearly be “songwriter” songs at heart. They would be loosely structured, but structured just the same. Ideally the songs would be performed by a rotating cast of friends and musicians, with the core of the band changing to suit the venue/mood/environment. That concept proved to be short lived. When Juniana Lanning (ambient soundscapes, percussion, vocals) and Chad Lanning (bass, bass synth) joined Shepski for a rehearsal at Fluff and Gravy Studios it was clear that the core of this band needed to be these three musicians. Born of 90’s College Radio and Indie Rock, John’s songs immediately took on new life when they met Juniana’s ambient/experimental leanings and Chad’s classic sensibilities. Joined by Jason Montgomery (pedal steel) and featuring Sharon Cannon (violin), the band is set to release their debut album, While They Were Dancing (Fluff and Gravy Records), on July 17, 2015.