You already know Michael Shrieve. Michael was Santana’s kit drummer on their first 8 albums and was present during their groundbreaking performance at Woodstock which has been immortalized in film. He now has his own group actively touring under the name Spellbinder.
Pipeline is giving away a pair of tickets to see Michael Shrieve and Spellbinder at The Goodfoot on Saturday, June 11. To win, comment on this post why you think you should attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed on Friday, June 10.
Michael Shrieve: I started in 8th grade. I was asked to leave class for banging on the desk. They sent me to the principal. On the way back, I passed the band room and at the door was the percussion section. It fascinated me seeing the drums. I stayed and watched them and got in trouble again for being late. That day I went and bought my first pair of drum sticks and started playing on the carpet.
PDX: Do you have any crazy stories from touring with Santana?
Michael: Santana was one of the first American bands to play South and Central America. We went to Chile when it was a very political hotspot in the early 70s. There were thousands of people protesting with signs. We got up one morning to receive keys to city from the mayor, then were escorted to a police station and interrogated all day. Finally they took us down these stairs; it was dark. They put us in these cars and took us to the airport. No luggage, no equipment, nothing. They literally kicked us out of the country because they feared we would cause a student uprising. We were not political, but to them we represented that. We never even played.
PDX: Have you been to PDX before?
Michael: This will be my first time playing in Portland, but I was there just last week. I stayed right by the Pearl and went to the galleries and restaurants. I have been going there for years because I live in Seattle. I have been hoping to play in Portland for quite a while so I am really excited.
PDX: What is spellbinder like?
Michael: The band is an instrumental group, there are a few scattered vocals. It has John Fricke on trumpet, Danny Godinez on guitar, Farko Dosumov on electric bass, and Joe Doria on the organ. The band is very rhythmic but also melodic. I try to play as percussively as possible. The name Spellbinder reminds me my role is to create a spell, keep the audience in the rhythm and have the melody and music on top of that.
PDX: Is it true the girls always go for the drummer?
Michael: I always thought they preferred the guitar players and the singers. That's been my experience.
See Spellbinder on Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m. at The Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark Street for $10.