Ah Holly Fam’ly is a Portland-based octet that has been characterized as “Lush,” “shambolic,” “avant-folk,” “campfire choir”, and “Leonard Cohen with a band of clowns”. Ryan Johnston describes their most recent album, Reservoir, as “…a record for fans of early Saturday morning bike rides, or lazy Sunday drives. It is a fundamentally classic folk record at its core, dovetailed with an undeniably fresh approach. Like Fleet Foxes, Horse Feathers, and other contemporaries whom have traveled back in time to reinvent a sound from the past.” The warm, nostalgic folk of Reservoir can be heard on Ah Holly Fam’ly’s Myspace page.
Lane Barrington has been the central component of The Ocean Floor for nearly a decade. The Ocean Floor shatters notions of genre, sampling elements of jazz and folk in what sounds like the orchestral soundtrack to an avant-garde play. Pop Quiz was released July 13, 2010 through Electricity/Lust Records. It is an eleven track album that answers 75 questions that “attempt to alter the relationship between the artist and listener, by not assuming that the person behind the microphone has all the answers…These questions are not intended so much to conjure up any specific ideas, but instead provoke the very idea of ownership over knowledge.” Andrew Jones of Skyscraper Magazine chronicles their music as “jazz soundtracks to The Muppet Show. The Ocean Floor’s live performance consists of Barrington playing guitar and piano with Shannon Steele of Ah Holly Fam’ly on violin.
Lauren Farrah is a Phoenix singer-songwriter who plays soothingly beautiful music on her acoustic guitar. The description on her Myspace page is concise, allowing her music to speak for itself, “Hey! I’m Lauren. I’m in Phoenix! I write songs, I’m still alive, and I take my coffee black. Thank you.”
The Hunger Artists are a local folk punk group named after a short story by Franz Kafka. They embody the raw acoustic force of bands like The Mountain Goats, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Ghost Mice and make it their own.
Tobie Milford performs extensively as a solo act and member of The Whisperlights. He combines classic violin training with dynamic plucking to create a memorable sound. Imagine Owen Pallett’s violin skills combined with the vocal style of Zach Condon (Beirut).
These five artists will be performing at the Trunk Space Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be 6 or 7 dollars. Detailed information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.