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Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes
October 21, 2013
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $12 ADV/ $15 Doors | All Ages
1332 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209
The lights go down on a smoldering red head in a tight dress.
Her smoky voice channels aching and longing as three shimmying, bouffant haired singers in sequined dresses harmonize along with her. To the left, a baritone sax wails and shudders as the soul claps rise and fall in and out of a blaze of sound. The diva in front of her band raises her eyes to the ceiling, fist clenched tightly to her heart. The dancing ends over the roar of the crowd, they stand there entranced, sweating, and waiting: a typical dramatic moment for Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes.
The Clairy Browne experience is like a vivid flashback to the sixties, one that transports you straight onto the set of Shindig but with a darker undercurrent, with shades of David Lynch or Federico Fellini piercing through.
“I want to experience joy and pain in the same moment, and bring the audience along on an emotional journey with me.” Browne asserts.
Over the past three years the arresting head chanteuse in charge of nine-piece Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes has transcended humble origins from playing a residency at a local club in Melbourne, Australia to joining an international tour with Oz stadium rockers the Cat Empire, to recently signing with Vanguard Records and headlining their own US tour.
Their debut album “Baby Caught the Bus” produced by the award winning Steve Schram (Public Enemy, Cat Empire) drips with heart-wrenching doo-wop, noir theatrics, party attitude and tough-as-nails soul, the songs on the album have drawn favorable comparisons to artists as diverse as Sharon Jones, Tina Turner and Bettye LaVette.
“I want the live show and the recordings to complement each other but also stand alone as separate entities,” Browne explains. “We try to record mostly live because it reflects the rawness and grit in our sound. And the music has to be something you can always dance to, be it slow and grinding, or wild and fun.
Led by songwriter and self-taught producer Pat Kearns and composed of former members of Big Jim, Man of the Year and The Very Foundation, Blue Skies for Black Hearts creates a warm and brooding mix of indie rock and the 60′s-style pop of bands like The Kinks and The Beatles. These MusicFestNW and PDX Pop Now! Festival veterans layer lush vocal harmonies and intricate guitar, electric piano, and mellotron lines over songs filled with emotionally-fraught lyrics.
No. 8 of Crystal Ballroom’s 100 Nights
Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, as an ongoing entertainment staple for the city since 1914, celebrates its 100th birthday with a 100-day-long party! From October 14, 2013 to its actual centennial-mark on January 21, 2014, daily events will tumble forth from the historic Crystal Ballroom and its second-floor space Lola’s Room, with an occasional spotlight pointed at the affable setting of Ringlers Pub.
Events will feature a mix of current national acts, the return of longtime Portland favorites, showcases of up-and-comers, and themed events inspired by key eras of the Crystal past. While the series will end with a bang – a performance by the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy on January 21 – the entire run of shows will be stacked with stellar talent. Additional events will pay tribute to the Crystal’s amazing history, with ballroom dance extravaganzas, old-timey/Americana dances, a gypsy-themed event, soul/funk shows and psychedelic jams.