From our sponsors:
The Old Church Concert Hall
Presents The Minor Key Concert Series
Curtis Eller’s American Circus
October 7, 2016
Doors 7:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $10 ADV, $15 Doors | All Ages
More info: http://bpt.me/2569926
The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Ave at Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
The Minor Key Concert Series at The Old Church was created to showcase the best singer-songwriters this world has to offer. Genres will range, but the stories will linger. Set in Portland’s oldest still standing church, you will find yourself set in one of the most intimate venues around.
An excellent and highly intriguing singer/songwriter based in New York City, Curtis Eller has successfully brought a variety of influences to his unorthodox folk-rock vision. The banjo-playing Eller’s work has an old-time feel, drawing on an abundance of direct or indirect influences from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s (including country singer Jimmie Rodgers, cowboy icon Gene Autry, and Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson).
But Eller’s material is far from a carbon copy of music from that era – the charismatic songwriter Eller’s work draws on an abundance of direct or indirect influences from the first half of the 20th Century, combined with a modern perspective and a healthy dose of rock & roll energy. Many of the lyrics deal with American politics both historical and contemporary. Eller’s creates an unusual essence of sound in such a dark and haunting tone with the banjo, it is the prefect element to the songs about mining disasters and circus tragedies.
Eller’s multitalented team creates compositions that embody a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. The group’s latest recording, “How to Make It in Hollywood”, is a compact collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop starts.
Purposefully enigmatic, he once told American Songwriter ‘I consider myself primarily a rock and roll singer. I just happen to play the five-string bango’, thus extending the enigma a little more. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and headed towards NYC were he rose to becomes known as “New York’s angriest yodeling banjo player.” After spending years toiling in the musical sweatshops of the industrial north, Eller uprooted his family and resettled in a Piedmont, NC. After spending years toiling in the musical sweatshops of the industrial north, Eller uprooted his family and resettled in a Piedmont, NC. From there he branched off and grew the band to what it is today, embodying brutish and inelegant rock and roll outfits.