The Hill Dogs W/ Balto + Those Willows

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21+, $7 adv // $8 day of

The Hill Dogs are big-hearted, fire-breathing folk rockers. Rich, honest lyrics, soaked in beautiful harmonies are kept afloat by gritty grooves. The group hails from Oregon. Taylor Kingman (lead vox/lead guitar), Ricky Rohr (drums/vox), Lucas Benoit (rhythm guitar/vox), Kayla Stroik (viola/vox) & Rowan Cobb (bass guitar/vox) Two full-length albums have thus far been self-released; "Ghosts of Champoeg" in March 2013, followed up with "Hang In There" in January 2015. Rise to Rock 'n' Roll!

Balto: Balto is mercurial American roots music - song-driven rock’n’roll – a hair-raising live band from the Northwest – electric guitars and Hammond organs, dreamy walls of sound, an occasional Bonzo drum flourish, held down on bass by a former fighter with a deep admiration for James Jamerson,

This is a band formed the old fashioned way – chance meetings through friends of friends - five life-long musicians from five states, playing at the intersection of so many strands of indigenous American music – that tradition that runs from Son House to Sun Ra, from Mississippi John Hurt to the Alabama Shakes.

The band is off to a busy 2016, with a new LP coming in the summer, hot on the heels of their 7" Vinyl/Digital EP "Call it by its Name."

Those Willows was forged in the melodic fires of the Motown jazz scene, and eventually, they followed their folk-infused hearts Westward to Portland, OR, where they received acclaim for their nostalgic melodies and soul-driven performances. The pairs' first full-length album, Rivertown, released in February 2012, gained national recognition with songs airing on ABC, MTV, VH-1, and Bravo. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, they've recorded two E.P.s; Existential Folks (2013) and Three Books (2015) and have quickly become a local favorite as Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month (Portland, OR and National Editions) and featured artists on Tender Loving Empire's "Friends & Friends of Friends Compilation," alongside The Family Crest and Wampire. In 2014, they embarked on a West Coast tour and humbly accepted comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, Fleet Foxes, and She & Him. They've recently expanded to a five piece band and look forward to getting back on the road to tour the midwest.

"…it's the duo's exquisite, almost eerie vocal blend that sets them apart." – Portland Mercury
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