Win Tickets: Asher Fulero’s 2012 Keyboard Summit @ The Goodfoot | Portland’s Finest Keyboard Players

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From our sponsors at The Goodfoot:
Keyboard SummitAsher Fulero’s 2012 Keyboard Summit
Saturday, March 30, 2012
9 p.m. | $8 | 21+

The Goodfoot
2845 SE Stark Street
More Info: thegoodfoot.com

On March 31, 2012 at The Goodfoot, PDX-based keyboardist Asher Fulero will be staging The 2012 Keyboard Summit, the second year in a row that he has gathered Portland’s finest keyboard players, backed by a top-notch band, to show off their chops and improvise together.

FEATURING:
Asher Fulero with:
Ben Darwish (Commotion),
Carl Solovox (Solovox, The Nowhere Band),
Steveland Swatkins (Juno What?, Excellent Gentlemen),
Sedell Jones (Liv Warfield),
Dave Fleschner (Curtis Salgado),
Chris Phillips (Philly’s Phunkestra, Lawn Boy),
Jeff Baxter (Triclops),
Andrew Oliver (The Kora Band),
Tom Morrison (SP3).

These fine keyboardists will be backed by The Quick & Easy Boys’ Jimmy Russell on guitar, Sam Howard (Commotion, SP3) on bass, and Reinhardt Melz (Gino Vanelli) on drums.

Now, what exactly is a Keyboard Summit?

“I had the idea about two years ago,” replies Fulero. “When I moved back to Portland in 2000 I rarely found other keyboard players that could really hang besides the longstanding jazz legends or a few touring cats. But over the last twelve years I’ve seen a marked increase in great local keyboardists, and being that we have large unwieldy instruments we usually end up one-player-to-a-band. I noticed that guitarists, horn players, singers, even drummers get to often play together during sit-ins and jams or collaborations, but that all the great keyboardists I knew rarely got to hang out and even when we did, playing together was extremely rare. Hence, the Keyboard Summit.”

Last year Fulero tried it out at The Goodfoot with seven keyboardists and a rhythm section. After getting so much positive feedback Fulero decided to grow it a bit for it’s second year, inviting more of his favorite keyboard players onto the event and putting together another backing band to make sure the event was even bigger and better than last year.

“It’s a cozy way to get up close and watch Portland’s keyboard players go crazy in a maniacal maze of keyboards that takes over the Goodfoot stage,” comments Fulero. “I also use some of the white-board conducting skills I picked up from Matt Butler during my years with The Everyone Orchestra, using dry-erase markers and my hands and arms to direct the flow of musical traffic, keeping the groove moving and creating fun changes and hits. It’s really great to see the smiles on the players faces as they interact with each other, compare licks, and generally have a ball doing something they never get to do otherwise.”

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7 Responses to Win Tickets: Asher Fulero’s 2012 Keyboard Summit @ The Goodfoot | Portland’s Finest Keyboard Players

  1. Nikkol March 28, 2012 at 15:46 #

    This sounds awesome and I love the Goodfoot :)

  2. Ben March 29, 2012 at 17:20 #

    Never been to the goodfoot and I was a pianist so sounds like something that would be interesting to check out

  3. Charlie March 29, 2012 at 18:13 #

    Love the way Goodfoot is always stepping up to host local talent often in conjunction with special events. Always fun dropping in on my way home from work in the Hawthorne to see what they’ve got going on.

    Asher may want to invite Dan Gaynor & George Mitchell for next year’s session.

  4. Benjamin Ozegowsky March 30, 2012 at 01:26 #

    I havve vot to be here.

  5. Chris March 30, 2012 at 11:10 #

    I have never been to the Goodfoot and always wanted a reason to go. This sounds like a great night of good music!

  6. andy March 30, 2012 at 16:39 #

    GOOD TIMES

    GOOD VIBES

    GOOD FOOT

  7. Ben March 30, 2012 at 17:17 #

    I’m buddies with Fleschner and Andrew Oliver, and I’ve played keyboard gigs around town for several years. I recently played with Curtis Salgado in Florida. I need to meet Asher and get networking!

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