Live Show: Metts, Ryan, & Collins / Redwood Son / Sarah Vitort At Doug Fir Lounge
A sold out venue, three power house performances, an EP release, and an enthusiastic crowd made for memorable night of local music. For some timeI had been looking forward to last Saturday night's show at Doug Fir Lounge and it did not disappoint. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah Vitort and Mett's, Ryan, & Collins on Portland Radio Project just days before the concert. During our interviews, we spoke about the hard work that goes into getting ready for a night like this and it really showed.
Singer-songwriter Sarah Vitort took the stage with her new band and established her presence right away. The band was energetic and in the pocket. I enjoyed watching the back and forth between members as they created an atmosphere for Sarah's moving vocals. The audience was treated to selections from her 2015 release, Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul. Her set also included new material that gave fans a preview of her evolution as an artist. One of these new songs is her single "Villain" which quickly became a fan favorite. In the spirit of the song title, Sarah left and then returned to the stage wearing a mask and hood to close out her performance. I was extremely impressed with Sarah's voice, she was compelling and connected with all of us. There was a real energy in the room at the end of her performance and the fans wanted more. Check Sarah's Facebook concert schedule for tour dates this spring.
The self described "West Coast Americana" band, Redwood Son kept the vibe rolling as they celebrated the release of their "Westicana" EP. The seven piece band played a dynamic set that highlighted the immense talent of these musicians. Josh energized the crowd with his signature ability to connect with the audience. The band was kind enough to gift everyone in attendance a copy of the "Westicana EP" as Josh jokingly reminded us "If you don't grab a copy it's your own damn fault". I don't think we needed much encouragement to get our copy of the EP after the set we had just experienced. It was a joy to watch the proficiency of this group of musicians. I highly recommend getting your copy of the "Westicana EP" to get a taste of what you can expect from this stellar live act.
The last band of the night was Metts, Ryan, & Collins and they brought their thunderous sound to a room full of eager fans. Many locals are well aware of how good this power trio is live, but I know they acquired some new fans from out of state who were seeing them for the fist time. The relentless blues-infused rock from MRC will floor you whether it's your first or tenth time time to see the band. During our interview on Portland Radio Project a few days earlier, the guys played an acoustic version of "Blues Train", a newer track from the band that I really dig. Hearing the grinding riffs of "Blues Train" in it's natural setting at the show made me appreceate the song even more. By now the evening was coming to a fever pitch, thanks to Geoff's lead work on the guitar and genuine back and forth with the crowd. His mix of classic blues slide and hard rock riffs were supported by one of the best rhythm section in the city, Dain Ryan and Mike Collins. This duo has the ability to create a completely engrossing experience in each song for all in attendance. I also happen to love their preference of tone with Mike's oversized kick drum and Dain's robust bass rig. Cutting through all that sonic density are the vocals of Geoff Metts which sound just as great live as they do on the band's four song EP. For the last few songs of the evening, the guys brought out friend of the band, Brian McGroovy. Brian lent his talents on guitar as the band played their tributes to Motorhead and David Bowie. Metts, Ryan, & Collins are shining examples of how to put on a live show.
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