Jason Webley & Friends “Margaret” Album Release – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – December 18th, 2014

Jason Webley & Friends "Margaret" Album Release

Monqui Presents

Jason Webley & Friends "Margaret" Album Release

Chicken John Rinaldi, Led to Sea, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Lonesome Leash

Thursday December 18

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

Twenty years ago, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi found an old scrapbook lying at the bottom of a dumpster. The book documented the life and death of a woman named Margaret Rucker, born in 1907. He was captivated by this mysterious woman and her tragic story, captured in sepia images and dark poetry. Last year when he introduced her to accordion troubadour Jason Webley, he learned that not only was Margaret born in Webley's home town of Everett, Washington - she was the daughter of one of the town's founders, buried in the enigmatic pyramid above the town. Webley and Rinaldi held a special event in Everett this past April - they assembled some of the best songwriters in the country to write new works inspired by Margaret Rucker's life and writings. The response was overwhelming, and this December they are releasing an album of that material and performing the songs and sharing Margaret's story on a tour that retraces her life from Washington State to California.

Jason Webley & Friends "Margaret" Album Release
Jason Webley & Friends "Margaret" Album Release
Jason Webley is a modern troubadour who has built a following around the globe with his performances. Webley has released six albums and numerous collaborations on his own record label and has performed in over three dozen countries.
Chicken John Rinaldi
Chicken John Rinaldi
Chicken John Rinaldi is a showman, author and activist living in San Francisco. He is the executive director of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility.
Led to Sea
Led to Sea
Led to Sea is the solo project of Seattle violist/violinist L. Alex Guy. She is sometimes joined by incredible percussionist Paul Kikuchi and bassist Jherek Bischoff. Her live shows have transfixed audiences from all across the U.S. and Europe.

Alex often tours throughout the U.S. and Europe with musicians such as Laura Veirs, Mirah and Jason Webley. She was also a member of the Degenerate Art Ensemble (of Seattle), an experimental-punk-grove orchestra/theater extravaganza for over five years. You can hear her viola and violin stylings on the records of numerous indie and experimental bands including Xiu Xiu, the Dead Science, The Pharmacy and Parenthetical Girls.
Eliza Rickman
Eliza Rickman
Eliza Rickman of Los Angeles earned a degree in orchestration from Azusa Pacific University, but now favors sparse arrangements of pizzicato strings and percussive toy piano to underscore her haunting melodic voice. She is currently recording her second full-length album.
Shenandoah Davis
Shenandoah Davis
Growing up studying classical piano, Shenandoah Davis cites influences such as Claude Debussy and Irving Berlin right alongside her more contemporary counterparts such as Kate Bush, Owen Pallett, and Van Dyke Parks. Her songs have been branded everything from parlour music to new folk to orchestral pop.

Currently residing in Seattle, Shenandoah has taken her music all over the country as well as to Japan, the UK, Germany, Portugal and Italy. She has shared stages with Laura Marling, Zoe Keating, Martha Wainwright, Mirah, Dark Dark Dark, Shearwater, and many many more.
Lonesome Leash
Lonesome Leash
Walt McClements is the multi-instrumentalist leader of New Orleanspunk orchestra Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?; he's also a member of New Orleans's Panorama Jazz Band, and on top of that he's a collaborator and touring member of Dark Dark Dark. He is a very, very busy young man. And yet, with all that on his plate, there is "I Am No Captain," the starkly beautiful debut album from Lonesome Leash, an immaculately disheveled affair that finds him channeling all of his musical projects into a lean, mean and gorgeously messy one-man affair.

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, McClements settled in New Orleans in 2004, twenty-years old and fresh from wanderings that found him crisscrossing the States and dipping down into Mexico. In New Orleans he found common cause with the burgeoning culture of kids fanatical about playing traditional American music like country and jazz, but who also were relentlessly experimental and open, throwing in touches of Gypsy swing, Balkan brass, and other disparate inspirations to create a unique local musical hybrid.

Anchored by the sinuous accordion sound that's become a McClements trademark, Lonesome Leash takes some mad aesthetic stabs, incorporating drum loops, piercing feedback and brass flourishes, in the end creating a sort of future-rustic musical aesthetic.

McClements explains it like this: "I'd always been interested in affecting the accordion to make it sound more like a synthesizer, and more than a synthesizer, as well as including drum machines and electronics into what normally would -- or could be -- very traditional sounding textures."

Lonesome Leash trades in the sort of heavy-breathing ecstatic joy and fatalistic romanticism that pervades New Orleans, but translates to any location and into any language. Songs like "Fade Away" encapsulate that feeling you get when you and a friend are rolling cigarettes together on a porch as the sun dips below the horizon, and you can feel stray bits of tobacco on your lips and everything seems, just for a moment, like it's going to be all right. But it's also music for a new wave dance party in a falling-down shotgun house ("Pelican"), and it can be recognized by anybody who's ever had a mad romance followed by having their heart shattered into a thousand pieces, as heard on the epic album-closer "Ghosts." Lonesome Leash is music for the lonely ones; for the triumphant and the nervous; it's the soundtrack to the lives of the mad and magnificent everyone.
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