Rock For A Reason Holiday Toy Drive! – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – December 18th, 2016

Rock For A Reason Holiday Toy Drive!

Rock For A Reason Holiday Toy Drive!

The Lonesome Billies, Michael Dean Damron, Dead Wood Standing, Ryan Sollee, Ike Fonseca

December, 18th, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Rock For A Reason Holiday Toy Drive!
Rock For A Reason Holiday Toy Drive!
It's our favorite time of year again! Join us for the fourth annual Rock for a Reason holiday toy drive. Wow, how time flies! We've made some great memories over the last few years and couldn't be more excited for this year's festivities. We have an amazing group of performers, with some new faces along with returning Rock for a Reason favorites. Also, don't forget our raffle packed with great prizes donated from local businesses. Just bring one new unwrapped toy and enjoy the show! All toys and proceeds from this event will be donated to the Portland Ronald McDonald House to help out families in need this holiday season.
The Lonesome Billies
The Lonesome Billies
The Lonesome Billies shoot from the hip with their own take on a classic country sound that has been described as “boot stomping, gator hootin, whiskey swilling music”. Four men from the badlands of Hazel Dell who have stuck together from their early days and have developed a bond akin to brotherhood, all while playing unapologetic dark and dusty honky tonk music.

On March 10th The Day I Lost My Life, The Lonesome Billies second self-released EP will be released. A limited edition run of three hundred 7” vinyl records will be available for purchase first at live shows in Seattle (Mar. 6th), Portland (Mar. 12th) and Austin (Mar. 20th), with the remaining quantities made available online.

Like the outlaw singers and guitar pickers who came before, these fellas tell stories, playing a mixture of songs both capable of starting a whiskey-fed bar fight or a Texas two step. The Billies embrace the DIY, anti-establishment ethos of 70’s punk rock and outlaw/honky tonk music, playing original music born out of their unique experiences. Four life long friends who grew up listening to the likes of The Ramones and The Clash make for a loose, rough and tumble approach to country music.

The band was formed by Clayton McCune (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeff Gaither (lead guitar, vocals) as a two-piece in early 2010, but quickly evolved; adding longtime childhood friends Mike Scheidt (bass, vocals) and Glen Scheidt (drums) to round out the four-piece. “From seeds to tumble weeds” the Billies grew up together in Hazel Dell, Washington and have been in and around the Portland music scene for many years. While much of their music is dark in it’s subject matter, the foursome is known for their fun, energetic live shows. Sighted influences include: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams along with more contemporary country musicians like Whitey Morgan and Sturgill Simpson.
Michael Dean Damron
Michael Dean Damron
A giant, this Michael Dean Damron. Musically and physically, I saw on YouTube. Damron gave us intense, heartstopping rock with I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, but after four cd's Damron said it was enough and he continued solo. That brought him to Rosa Records, for his second solo album Bad Days Ahead. Giant Damron delivered, with Bad Days Ahead a monster of a rock album. Think of those exceptional punkrock albums by Johnny Thunders -So Alone- and Richard Hell - Blank Generation, but also of Alex Chilton's Like Flies On Sherbert. Madness, chasing the devil, rambling rock. What else can you ask for? I love it! Heavy rootsrock songs comprise the first part of Bad Days Ahead; I Love The Rain, Bad Days Ahead and the super heavy Swear To God - which reminds me of John Cale's Mercenaries. Dangerous, that's what Damron is, but he also shows his mild/soft side when halfway through he takes the foot of the gas; but the intensity doesn't diminish. Cello and pedal steel are added to the base of guitar, bass and drums in dark, slow classy songs as Hallelujah, Ghost Moonshine and Baseball Season Ends Early. Rocksong Andy Gibb, that discusses the excessive use of coke, deserves a special mention. Michael Dean Damron doesn't make it easy on himself with this collection of intense rock songs, with this exiting musical diary. He also doesn't make it easy on the listener, but that listner will ultimately triumph. So, just like me, dive into this monumental rock album
Ike Fonseca
Ike Fonseca
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Ike Fonseca has been engulfed in the Pacific Northwest music scene for almost 2 decades. Being a singer songwriter brought up on many different genres and influences, he has been able to create a sound for himself that appeals to a wide variety of fans. With his own brand of americana mixed with folk and rock Ike has been described as “good time'n whiskey drinking music for all ages".
Fonseca is currently in the process of working on a new studio solo album due out this spring. An upcoming 5 state tour is scheduled starting in April in support of the new album. The self titled record will be featured on vinyl with digital download.
In addition to his solo acoustic music, he also currently plays bass in established Portland rock bands Burn the Stage and The Disliked. Fonseca has also found a way to make a positive difference in his own community through his music and his ties to the local music industry. He founded a music based charity called “Rock for a Reason PDX" in 2000. This charity puts on events that directly helps people and businesses in Portland.
No stranger to stage, Fonseca is a full time working musician who is constantly evolving his sound. He has been blessed with the opportunity to share the stage with greats in his genre, such as Chuck Regan, Johnny Two Bags (Social Distortion), Joey Briggs and Sundowner.
Ike Fonseca is a hard working musician who is dedicated to bringing his sound to the masses. With an upcoming album, a multiple state tour booked and two more in the works, it's safe to say that there's no slowing down in sight.