Kickoff spring break with a full night of breakout bluegrass and Americana pop featuring one of the best young groups in Portland, The Ascetic Junkies.
Also appearing are Portland’s progressive folk trio The Bottlecap Boys and Bend’s own singer/songwriter/pianist Sara Jackson-Holman.
The Ascetic Junkies play with a joyful, frenetic virtuosity, intermingling what The Willamette Week called “bluegrass with modern pop and rock in a way that keeps toes tapping.” “We’re usually loud, jagged and sweaty when we play live,” says vocalist Kali Giaritta. “And we’re really happy to be playing the Tower for the first time!”
In just the past year and a half, The Bottlecap Boys have made a mark on the Portland music scene putting a new twist on traditional folk. The trio, playing acoustic guitar, mandolin and upright bass, lifts spirits with infectious, boot-stomping roots music in the vein of The Avett Brothers and John Prine. “We challenge your face to push the borders of its smile,” says co-founder and mandolin player Ross Becker.
Sara Jackson-Holman, a Portland native, was raised in Bend. She sings of belonging and loneliness, longing and remembering. Her mesmerizing songs unexpectedly fuse classically-influenced piano with wistful, pop harmonies. Her song “Into the Blue” was on the season finale of ABC TV’s “Castle.”
“We are turning the Tower over to three of the best young performers in the Northwest,” said Ray Solley, executive director of the historic venue. “This should be an evening guaranteed to get spring break off to a perfect start.”
Robin Fox from The Peak 104 will be the emcee Saturday night. Listen to an interview with the Ascetic Junkies
Tickets: General Seating $14