Rev. Evan Hadley, Motherbug at the Saloon

The Reverend Evan Hadley is Portland-based singer/songwriter and guitarist known for his unique blend of groove-oriented alt-pop combined with many other musical textures and layered over intense rhythms.

Tasty melodies, insane solos and the groove-based improvisational edge makes every show a riveteing experience.

The Reverand returns to town this Friday with a 9:30 p.m. show at the River City Saloon. There will be a cover charge.

A musical journey so powerful and a performance truly from the "Reverend's" heart and soul, the Reverend is sure to get your spirits in the right space.

Current line-up now featured in "The Reverend Evan Hadley" includes the good Reverned on vocals and Guitar, Jay Stapleton on jazz guitar, Noah Peterson on saxophones and percussion, Rob Noe on drums, Luke McKern on bass.

On Saturday, the Visitors House Band makes its debut appearance at the Saloon for a 9:30 p.m. show. There will be a cover charge.

This is a group of individuals that got together as a result of attending high energy jammin shows such as String Cheese Incident, Karl Densons Tiny Universe etc.

They would attend late night night after hours shows and they all became friends. Out of this group came the inception of The Visitors House Band, as the group of show goers apptly named themselves the visitors.

The proceeds of this show are being donated to a worthy cause of their choosing. So make your way down here to the River City and you will not be disappointed and you can feel good because you will be helping the cause while having a great time.

And on Wednesday, Hood River gets a saucy treat with Will Bernard and Motherbug. After two solid years of a regular gig schedule and touring, the Will Bernard 4-tet has evolved into a new identity reflecting more of a group mentality: Motherbug.

Some of the elements involved in this development are the addition of the rhythm section of Keith McArthur and Jan Jackson who had played previously with Will in the collaborative band Pothole (1993-97). The long standing chemistry of Jan, Will, and Keith is complimented by the inventive keyboard work of Michael Bluestein.

The sound of Motherbug is based in a guitar/keyboard heavy blend of R&B with strong ties to the Bay Area sound pioneered in the 60s and 70s (ala Santana, Sly Stone, and Tower of Power). What makes the whole mix a little different is the quirkiness of Will's compositions. With forays into the world of electronic ambiance and a jam band attitude, the Motherbug songs add elements of lounge, surf, and anything else that gets picked up on the way. Solid pop hooks and a sense of humor complete the package.

The new Motherbug album, co-produced by Will and Jason Carmer (whose production credits include Third Eye Blind, and Run DMC), is now available at bay area stores and directly from Bernard through this website.

Bernard has performed with the 4-tet and Motherbug at The Monterey, North Sea, SF Jazz, Bumbershoot, Be-Bop and Brew, Montreal and The High Sierra festivals, as well as clubs up and down the West Coast. They have opened locally for Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, and Jimmy Mcgriff.

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