Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 pm Tony Furtado Admission: $15 | $20 at the door
Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar, and his own creative interpretation-hybrid of Americana and indie folk/rock is engaging and captivating. Furtado has often been compared to Ry Cooder and Paul Simon in his latest albums as he guides his attention to detail and proclivity for traditional music into the pop framework. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.
Tony Furtado grew up in Pleasanton, CA and took up the banjo at age 12. At age 19, he won his first of a pair of National Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas. Hailed as a banjo prodigy, he signed his first record deal with Rounder Records in 1992. He went on to record 6 albums for the prestigious indie label, collaborating with the likes of Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and Kelly Joe Phelps among others. In the late 90s, with the inclusion of slide guitar and songwriting to his arsenal, Furtado began fronting his own band and touring heavily throughout the U.S. This shift was inspired and influenced by the paths taken by musical heroes such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley, and Taj Mahal. He has gone on to record and produce albums for Dualtone, What Are Records, and Funzalo Records. And now, with his latest release, “Live at Mississippi Studios”, he lets it all shine with his deftly talented band: “Live at Mississippi Studios”
On Nov 25, 2011, Tony and his band – some of Portland’s finest young musicians – played two exciting sets to a packed house at one of Portland’s guiding light venues for indie rock, Americana, and folk music, Mississippi Studios. The show was recorded and mixed by Rob Stroup (8-Ball Studios) and filmed by a new collective of young filmmakers called Devious Goldfish. The whole project was funded by an interactive Kickstarter campaign where Tony offered up concerts, CD’s and even some of his sculpture-work as incentives for pledges. Feeding off the thread of energy from the crowd, the performance was riveting and sincere, and the filmmakers captured that on-stage intimacy and raw emotion rarely accessible to the audience. The result is a stunning CD/DVD set, a follow-up to Tony’s 2011 release, “Golden” (which remained on the Americana top 40 chart for months).
Tony will be performing solo for this show.