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Scott Pemberton Band + Fruition
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Sunday, November 12th
Rock, Americana & Roots Music Double Bill
8:30 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $15, day of show tickets available after 5pm at Moe's or by phone at 831 479-1854

Moe's Alley presents a double bill with SCOTT PEMBERTON BAND + FRUITION. SET TIMES

FRUITION 8:30-10, SCOTT PEMBERTON BAND 10:20-11:50

ABOUT SCOTT- Scott Pemberton’s sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland:  freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird.  The best way to categorize his music is with the moniker “Timber Rock”.  Scott naturally applies his own lens/stamp to the sounds of the Pacific North West, the region he has always called home.  The deep jazz, NW rock/grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk.  It’s all there, and often all in the same song.   Listeners are finding this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun.

The response to Scott’s music has made him an emerging force on the festival circuit, placed him at #1 in Portland’s pop charts, #4 on Bilboards “Tastmakers” chart and has generated notice from the press:

“The Bruce Lee of Rock and Roll” –Tahoe Onstage
“A modern day Jimi Hendrix” –Chico Enterprise
“It’s not every day we get to see a real, live guitar god in action.” -Fly Magazine (Pennsylvania)
“A wildly creative virtuoso.” -Jambase.com
“Stand out artist at this year’s High Sierra Music Festival” –Relix Magazine.
“At a festival FULL of guitarists (Safeway Water Front Blues Festival), none played like Pemberton or was as fun to watch” -The Oregonian

The mastery of his guitar playing combined with the fun recklessness of his songwriting show that the rules of songwriting and playing the guitar no longer exist for him.  Scott plays with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes that every time we make music is an honor and a gift.

ABOUT FRUITION- The first time they ever made music together, Fruition’s three lead singer-songwriters discovered that their voices naturally blended into beautiful three-part harmonies. In the eight years since that impromptu busking session, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet has grown from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock band with an easy but powerful grasp of soul, blues, and British Invasion era pop.

On their new album Labor of Love, Fruition shows the complete force of their newly expanded sound, matching their more daring musicality with sophisticated, melody-minded song craft. The album subtly imparts the sense of being swept along on a journey, one reflecting an open-hearted spirit that sets in from the first notes of the dobro, mandolin and electric guitar driven title track, carries on to the sleepy soul of “Santa Fe,” and unfolds into the epic balladry of “The Meaning.”

“A common theme for all three songwriters is trying to embrace being out on the road all the time, but also feeling like you’re missing out on the everyday lifestyle that most people get to have,” says Leonard. Embedded within that tension is a wistful romanticism that imbues many of the album’s songs. “Most of the love songs are very much about those rare moments of getting to be with the people you love,” says Anderson. “And then other songs are about coming back to the people you love, and trying to deal with the strange ways things change because of being apart.”

After releasing their debut EP Hawthorne Hoedown in 2008, Fruition moved from busking on the street, to scraping their way onto the lower levels of festival lineups, to opening tours for bands like ALO and Greensky Bluegrass and onward, to being invited to play bigger festivals with ever bigger billing on those lineups.

Last year saw them appear at Bonnaroo, Northwest String Summit and Telluride Bluegrass where Rolling Stone cited their artful choice of covers and “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy.” This year will see them share a Red Rocks bill with JJ Grey and Mofro and The Infamous Stringdusters, along with a full headline tour of the United States.

That breadth of touring experience has steadily reshaped the band and ultimately allowed them to achieve a sound they’ve long aspired toward. “We all tend to write on acoustic guitar and let things start in the same stripped-down, folky sort of way that we always did,” says Naja. “So where the songs come from hasn’t really changed much at all. What’s different is where we let them go from there.”

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