Fri, February 1, 2013
Doors: 9:00 PM / Show: 10:00 PM
This show is 21+, proper I.D. is required for admission
Portland, Oregon-based outfit Sassparilla has been referred to as
indie-roots, punk-Americana, and punk-roots. Though it is the subtleties
and folk-pop leanings of their latest, The Darndest Thing, that find this
five-piece band slowing things down a bit - and growing up musically.
Comprised of Kevin "Gus" Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national
resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross "Dagger" Macdonald
(harmonica) and Colin "Sweet Pea" Macdonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals,
accordian, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums), Sassparilla offers one
of the most entertaining, sweaty live shows in the Pacific Northwest.
Complete with dancing, sing-along numbers, and plenty of good times. And
now, with The Darndest Thing, they deliver a record that gives fans a new
side of the band, centered on the structure of the song and the lyrics
more so than the party groove and liveliness of their earlier recordings.
The Denizens started out in 2007 with Ron E. Banner and Daryl Whalens idea of starting a straight edge honky tonk band. They recruited stand up bass player, Jeff Davies; drummer, Bob Borasa and guitar player, Ken Wilford. However, this lineup would not stay intact very long. Ken Wilford moved to Australia and Jeff Davies was pretty busy with his other 12 bands that he played in. Daryl decided to split too. Ronnie and Bob kept the fire lit and kept rehearsing with just the acoustic, some drums and a couple microphones. Ronnie recruited guitar sensation, Fred Speakman, to join the band with standup bass player, Hank Leinonin.