Tapwater, The Hill Dogs – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – December 8th, 2016

Tapwater, The Hill Dogs

Film screening of "Chasing Niagara"


The Hill Dogs

Chasing Niagara (Film Screening)

December, 8th, 2016

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


This event is 21 and over

Blown bus engines, manager/agent/musician shakeups, debt, accommodations that were questionable at best ... TapWater’s path has been classic.

But it’s also been unique—like the music the Portland, Oregon, band creates. Like-minded musicians who came together and jelled quickly, they’ve written great music, developed a lasting brand, found outside help, recorded, and hit the road for endless touring. What sets TapWater apart after 15 years in a notoriously difficult industry is this: they are still together.

Weathering a beautiful storm weeds out the less hardy, but it also solidifies the bond of the believers. Still standing are core members Rudy Slizewski (vocals, guitar, and steel drums), Steve Moore (banjo, lap steel, and vocals), Ravi Laird (guitar and vocals), and Simon Lucas (drums). Gifted bass players have come and gone, but once the four recruited the superb Berklee School of Music graduate Don Corey to hold down the bottom on upright and electric bass, the band finally found the perfect chemistry.

Working with seven-time Grammy-award-winning producer and Los Lobos member Steve Berlin allowed TapWater to finally hone in what every band dreams of creating—a sound distinctly its own. Berlin was impressed by TapWater’s knack for blending genres, but he had the foresight to know that the band needed to shed a few layers and focus its direction. The album Berlin co-produced with Slizewski in 2013, “Too Dark to Blink,” nailed it. But where that full-length recording featured multiple lead singers and five songwriters, these days Slizewski—responsible for half of the songs on “Too Dark to Blink”—assumes the primary songwriter/lead vocalist role, allowing an even more cohesive and streamlined sound.

After releasing “Too Dark to Blink,” the band took a break from the club grind, devoting its time instead to writing and arranging new material—more than two albums’ worth of new, unreleased material. During this period, TapWater has also worked in the film industry; the band has been commissioned multiple times to record music for a variety of films. TapWater's contribution to the film “Dream Result” helped it earn the award for Best Original Score at the acclaimed X-Dance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. And most recently, the band collaborated with filmmaker and world-renowned kayaker/filmmaker/writer/performer Rush Sturges to release “Freedom in Falling,” one of the singles from the feature film “Chasing Niagara,” which won Best Adventure Film at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

From Seattle to San Diego, TapWater's sound colors outside the lines of Americana while bringing musical inspiration from around the globe right to your front porch or dance floor. Inspired songwriting, virtuoso musicianship, and knockout performances keep fans coming back for more. Those fans have been delighted countless times by unexpected musician/instrument cameos, homegrown humor, and even surprise Brazilian samba marches. Fifteen years later, TapWater continues to blend its sound into a swirl of highly danceable, strangely exotic music that is deeply steeped in the roots of American tradition and particularly appealing to live music lovers who have tired of mainstream pop.
The Hill Dogs
The Hill Dogs
The Hill Dogs are big-hearted, fire-breathing folk rockers. Rich, honest lyrics, soaked in beautiful harmonies are kept afloat by gritty grooves. The group hails from Oregon. Taylor Kingman (lead vox/lead guitar), Ricky Rohr (drums/vox), Lucas Benoit (rhythm guitar/vox), Kayla Stroik (viola/vox) & Rowan Cobb (bass guitar/vox) Two full-length albums have thus far been self-released; "Ghosts of Champoeg" in March 2013, followed up with "Hang In There" in January 2015. Rise to Rock 'n' Roll!