Soul Vibrator, Adebisi (EP Release Show), Spiller, Smyth

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
8:30PM
Cost: 
$8 Advance, $10 Day of Show

On Friday, June 28, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Soul Vibrator, Adebisi (EP Release Show), Spiller and Smyth.

Soul Vibrator has been a mainstay of the Eugene, Oregon funk scene for half a decade. Formed fresh out of high school, the founding members began by jamming at local open mics to form songs and hone their skills. After spending a couple years writing and playing shows, Soul Vibrator entered the local “Eugene Weekly’s Next Big Thing” contest and won, earning time at a local studio. Between 2014-15 they recorded and released their debut album Electric Stardust.

Realizing that their next record needed to be more polished and streamlined, Soul Vibrator began writing and furiously playing shows at local venues and events. Over the course of the next few years they would share the stage with Turkuaz, Monophonics, Moon Hooch, Polyrhythmics, Dirtwire (feat. members of Beats Antique), Ripe and The Dip. In 2017 Soul Vibrator realized one of their goals by playing Main Stage at the fabled Oregon Country Fair.

Soul Vibrator expanded upon their previous funk roots by incorporating soul, R&B and hip-hop into their lexicon, as well some aspects of more progressive music. After numerous ensemble changes they finally settled on Zeviel Kamrat (lead guitar/vocals), Samira Lobby (lead vocals/dance moves), Miles Albert (bass), Max Pinder (keys/vocals) and Sam Fox Hayward (drums) with various horn players filtering through their ranks. With a constantly evolving live show, their energy continues to draw crowds as they prepare for the upcoming self-titled release. The future is bright with tours and fresh music on the horizon.

 

ADEBISI

 

Portland’s Adebisi plays moody alternative R&B/neo-soul, taking inspiration from Hiatus Kaiyote, SZA, The Internet, Beyonce, J Dilla, among many others to create a unique sound that has both the class, melodies and groove of 2000's R&B and the moody, powerful lyrics of alternative contemporary R&B.

High school friends Adebisi Okuneye (aka Bisi) and drummer Lee Hauser met guitarist Miguel Hernandez in the fall of 2016.  They hit it off and soon became close friends.  In early 2017, the trio began jamming on songs based on the chord progressions brought in by Miguel, and combining those with poetry Bisi had written.  Bisi began performing with a number of local groups that included Lee and Miguel.  In the August 2017 she met trombonist Jeff Chilton during a performance, and he was inspired by Bisi’s voice and lyrical style.  The two soon met up to discuss forming a band around Bisi’s music.

The group’s first incarnation emerged in the fall of 2017, with core members Bisi, Jeff, Lee and Miguel teaming up with Portland’s Stephanie Kitson on bass guitar, Keith Cheek on sax, and Julian Lopez on keys.  With their own unique sets of skills and styles, they began writing and arranging songs in the vein of R&B, neo-soul, jazz, and hip-hop.  The group was quickly able to create highly unique, yet classic sounding original R&B music that reflected each member’s individual strengths.

After only about a month and a half of rehearsing and writing, Adebisi played their first gig together that November.  The show was extremely well received and they have since continued to pack Portland venues such as Alberta St. Pub, The Liquor Store, The Jack London Revue, and the Doug Fir.  Adebisi's debut single "Here It Comes" (feat. Mal London) was released in May of 2018, and their second single “Nuisance” was released that November -- accompanied by a full-length video (available on their Yout Tube page “Adebisi Official”).

The band as seen many lineup changes since the release of their first singles, but the core writing group remains and is continuing to craft more thoughtful and carefully written R&B songs.  Adebisi is now celebrating the release of their first multi-track recording.   It’s a culmination of a number of different experiences and feelings --resulting from cynical realizations about the state of the U.S. and the world in general.  Themes like racism, violence, isolation, oppression, repression and the existential dread of living on a hopelessly dying planet were all the fuel for this release, which is a serious departure from the themes explored in the group’s previous recordings.

Adebisi set out to create a short, yet powerful and cohesive grouping of songs and speeches from great activists of the past to explicitly express the frustration and dread that we all probably feel with the current state of the world, while also unapologetically calling out those that are complicit in the violent oppression of others.  These themes are spearheaded by lead singer Bisi (who wrote all of the lyrics and main melodies).  She and manager/drummer Lee selected speeches from people like Angela Davis and Qwame Ture in order to make the message more explicit and to call on the spirit of great activists from the past, those whose messages are more relevant today than ever before.

The EP was recorded and produced almost exclusively at bass player Agyei’s house and home studio, where he took it upon himself to arrange and play all of the string and synth parts.  All seven band members composed their own parts and Agyei brought them all together into one coherent and powerful package.

 

SPILLER

 

Named after the college dorm they met in, Spiller’s four members came together from opposite sides of the world. Combining indie rock and jazz, their music doesn’t fall under one genre, so they invented their own: plant rock.  Spiller’s sound, along with their love of foliage, gives them a unique personality that makes them hard to forget.

Smyth is a Northwest wordsmith and beatmaker.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 8:30.