World’s Finest – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – December 20th, 2019

World's Finest

True West Presents

World's Finest

SWATKINS AND THE POSITIVE AGENDA, Never Come Down

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$18 Advance, $20 Day of Show

This event is all ages

World's Finest
World's Finest
World's Finest is a five piece band from Portland, OR who have branded themselves as Dance Floor Instigators. Since their inception as an acoustic trio in 2011, the band has gained members, added amplifiers, and have grown into a touring force on the West Coast festival scene and beyond.

With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, World's Finest banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into funk, dub and trance soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings.
SWATKINS AND THE POSITIVE AGENDA
SWATKINS AND THE POSITIVE AGENDA
Swatkins is a joyful prophet of positivity. Together with his band, The Positive Agenda, he plays feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins is part of the new generation of performers making raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks. This multi-instrumentalist is a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Think of the funky robot voice from "California Love" or the hair-raising harmony intro to "24 Karat Magic." Now picture a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable, and you've got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.

Swatkins has long been a fixture on the touring scene in his capacity as a sideman and guest artist. As a fulltime member of Excellent Gentlemen and Juno What?! he's spread his irresistible signature style on stages across the US and Canada. Since joining Allen Stone's band in 2013, he's been around the world several times, becoming an indispensable part of the live show and co-writing several of Allen's songs, including the lead single "Upside" from Stone's last album Radius and also the lead single "Brown Eyed Lover" from the yet-unreleased next record. Most recently, he's guest-starred with Brooklyn's Turkuaz at their debut Red Rocks performance, sat in with Vulfpeck at their biggest NYC show to date in Central Park, and has toured subbing on keyboards with modern funk legends Lettuce. Now with Steve's new original project, The Positive Agenda, his dedicated fans can see the Swatkins they know and love in a brand new setting, bringing high-energy performances to dancefloors everywhere.

swatkinsmusic.com
facebook.com/swatkinsmusic
instagram.com/swattykins

In addition, Swatkins has performed or recorded with: The Motet, The Quick & Easy Boys, Liv Warfield (of Prince's New Power Generation), Moorea Masa, Jans Ingber, Jarrod Lawson, Fruition, The Doo Doo Funk Allstars, Farnell Newton, Reva DeVito, Russ Liquid, Bernie Worrell (of P-Funk/Talking Heads), Leo Nocentelli (of The Meters)
...and many more
Never Come Down
These lyrics from the song Chances on their self-titled debut album have become a mantra for the members of Never Come Down. As Joe Suskind puts it, “I suddenly had all these opportunities- hosting a weekly bluegrass showcase, meeting a publisher who liked my music and finding musicians who were writing, playing, and aligning their lives with their craft like me. We all felt the pull to take a chance on our music and each other. We’re taking a real swing at it.” Earnest songwriting, dedication to craft, and genuine care for the music is at the forefront of what they do. “We never tell eachother what to play. You can feel when the music is right”. It’s that feeling- that space Never Come Down creates- that has captivated audiences from the onset.