|The Opposition Party|
The Opposition Party delivers vintage afrofunk sounds driven by 4 horns, multiple percussionists, and a tight, grooving rhythm section. Acclaimed vocalist Mark Ford and talking drum player Mamadou Mbengue lead the show.
|Scott Pemberton Trio|
Scott Pemberton is a Portland native and has supported himself solely with the guitar since the age of 19. Untilrecently, he followed the customary path of playing sessions, teaching lessons and performing inlots of bands. Not long ago he had an encounter with death that changed that path entirely.The incident is a blur. Two years ago, bike met car. Doctors said Pemberton was unlikely to live. Ifhe did, he might never speak again. Days later, Pemberton snapped to. After time, he started to playmusic again. He saw his path.When Scott returned to playing the guitar it was as if he had been reborn, playing with a new focusof intensity and joy that can only come from someone who has faced death. He returned to intensepractice from a beginners mind, as though he hadn’t played the guitar before, redefining how heapproached music and the instrument. The mastery of his guitar playing combined with the funrecklessness of his songwriting show that the rules of songwriting and playing the guitar no longerexist for him. Scott plays with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes thatevery time time we make music is an honor and a gift