Sugercane + New Forge W/ Jon Parry
Over the last few years Sugarcane has evolved into one of the top Bluegrass Rock bands on the West Coast and is showing no signs of slowing down. A sweet mix of Country, Caribbean, Blues and Bluegrass; the band can move both ass and mind.
Sugarcane is led by the soulful, powerful, and charismatic singer/songwriter Russel James who has toured the byways of the United States for the last 17 years. "Big E," as Russel is lovingly nicknamed, is an Indiana-grown songwriting prodigy who gives the band a "Country Gentleman" touch. On the drum set is the road-tested soul and expertise of Josh Biggs, a talented, song-sensitive drummer who has played with the Neville Brothers and Higher Ground to name a few. On the bass is the uber-talented Stefan Andrews. Reminiscent of Rick Danko but with a bluegrass flair, Stefan has a compelling voice and is also a principal songwriter for the group. On mandolin is Derek Hofbauer, a powerful player whose personality gives the band a comedic and entertaining edge. Derek is truly one of a kind. Rounding out the band is Noah Bell on lead guitar. Hailing from Springfield, Missouri, Noah is one of Portland's finest guitarists and amazes audiences with his skill and technical prowess whether with the slide, acoustic, or one of his many Telecasters. To sum up, Sugarcane is a fine group of gentlemen and a damn good band. Come see and hear for yourself!
---The Willamette Week "[STRUNG OUT] Think string bands are just for hippies and bluegrass bumpkins? You haven't heard the Sugarcane String Band, a quintet of PDX rowdies who bring foot-stomping into grimy ditties and barroom anthems. Not content to twang away on the front porch, the band in-breeds the classic conception of bluegrass with gritty-as-grits blues, funk, a little soul and a touch of the Caribbean, making its sound a strange mutantin an easily pigeonholed genre, and a hell of a reason to throw back some moonshine."
--- Jason Mastrine / Mast Projects "Sugarcane takes their job seriously and understands that it's not enough to simply make good music. They do a good job of self-promotion and are working hard to make sure the right people experience the band and want to work with them in the future. Keep your eyes on Sugarcane. They get it."
--- Mark Stock / Willamette Week [STUMPTOWN SOIL] Local quintet Sugarcane String Band is as sweet as advertised, turning out porch-friendly blues and bluegrass with ease on most recent album "Soulgrass Review" and in concert. Performing mostly Americana with occasional fits of Caribbean-infused country, these guys should be invited to every summertime house party in Portland. Let's just say if I were a big beer company looking to sell my refreshing product, I'd look no further for a band that encapsulates warm-weather tomfoolery and poolside jammin'.
melds diverse forms of new and roots music with Sircely on mandolin, Zeke Wakefield on guitar, Joseph Mascorella on drums and Martin Strand on bass with the entire band singing vocal harmonies. Barreling bluegrass improvisations, funk, reggae and rock grooves, and modern acoustic compositions.
"The most exciting thing about this band is that it was founded on chemistry, says Matt Sircely. "Together with Zeke, Joseph and Jon, we can handle anything at any moment, which leaves more space for creativity and nimble improvisation. For both the audience and the band, every experience is unique with New Forge, regardless of whether it's concert or an all-night dance."
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18444 Main/Spruce Sts.
Conway, WA 98238
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