Campfire Caravan featuring The Brothers Comatose, The Lil Smokies & Mipso – Tickets – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – September 29th, 2017

Campfire Caravan featuring The Brothers Comatose, The Lil Smokies & Mipso

True West Presents at the Crystal:

Campfire Caravan featuring The Brothers Comatose, The Lil Smokies & Mipso

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Crystal Ballroom

Portland, OR

$20 ADV / $25 DOS

This event is all ages

Campfire Caravan
Campfire Caravan
Coming To A Local Music Venue Near You, U.S. – Monday, July 31, 2017 – “Campfire Caravan” featuring The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil Smokies hosts three of today’s foremost emerging indie Americana bands as they trek across the United States – stopping in more than 30 cities from Sept. 26 through Nov. 18, 2017. “Campfire Caravan” swings through Nashville for a sneak peak of the 15-musician road show at the 18th Annual AMERICANAFEST 2017 (Sept. 13) prior to kicking off the tour at the Pub Station in Billings, MT. Fueled by Lagunitas, “Campfire Caravan” travels to the West Coast, The Rockies, Midwest, East Coast and South before concluding the tour at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. A comprehensive list of tour dates is below, and interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.

Americana, bluegrass and country music genres are in-the-midst of a renaissance. In all corners of the country, artists are making a name for themselves with remarkably refreshing takes on traditional genres; efforts that are redefining the music beyond simple categorizations. The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil Smokies are of this ilk. Each reside in different parts of America – The Brothers Comatose from the West Coast, Mipso from North Carolina’s Triangle region, and The Lil Smokies from the Rocky Mountains. Bringing their own unique interpretations of, and inspired contributions to, the evolution of traditional American music, each act sets a new bar with their compelling live performances. Together on one stage – music fans will be treated to charismatic singers, virtuosic string-slingers, complex and nuanced songwriting and compositions, and more.

With each band quickly rising the ranks, “Campfire Caravan” is a nod to the musicians’ early days playing music, when they’d perform for friends and family in basements, living rooms, and around campfires. “Campfire Caravan” celebrates the American tradition of gathering communities around music. In an untraditional format, all three bands rotate in the lineup with no single ensemble acting as the tour headliner. A completely different show will be presented in each city with spontaneous collaborations amongst the groups taking place between sets.

“Campfire Caravan” hosts a raucous party with a wholesome spirit at premier venues across the country, including Bowery Ballroom (NYC), Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR), Ogden Theater (Denver, CO), and 9:30 Club (Washington, DC). The Brothers Comatose tour in support of a brand-new single, “Don’t Make Me Get Up And Go” - produced by indie-rock legend John Vanderslice, in advance of AMERICANAFEST 2017 (Sept. 8, 2017). Mipso showcases their recent #3 Billboard Bluegrass Chart-ranking, Coming Down The Mountain (April 2017). The Lil Smokies release their sophomore studio album, Changing Shades, in Sept. 2017.

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The Brothers Comatose
The Brothers Comatose
Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, San Francisco Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose bring their a-game to every show. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce pickin’ and rowdy live concerts reminiscent of rock shows performed by artists they love to cover: The Rolling Stones, The Violent Femmes, Ryan Adams, Huey Lewis and The News, among others. With three full-length studio albums to their name (Songs From The Stoop, Respect The Van, City Painted Gold), The Brothers Comatose release a new single “Don’t Make Me Get Up And Go” produced by indie-rock legend John Vanderslice in advance of AMERICANAFEST 2017. Channeling harmony vanguards The Beach Boys, “Don’t Make Me Get Up And Go” is a portrait of desire to stay by the side of your closest companion set amid a West Coast sonic backdrop.

The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Gio Benedetti (bass, vocals), Philip Brezina (violin), and Ryan Avellone (mandolin). When they’re not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or performing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is cutting recordings with the likes of Nicki Bluhm (“Morning Time”), the T Sisters (“City Painted Gold”), or writing enticing songs such as “Pie For Breakfast.”
The Lil Smokies
The Lil Smokies
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor. This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of
their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently
celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain (April 7,
2017), Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to
discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country
sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding drums and electric
instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld,
Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn.
Hailed as “hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern
and secular.” (Acoustic Guitar), and recently recognized by Rolling Stone as a
favorite 2016 festival performance, Mipso brings a distinctly unique sound - full of
wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes.