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Scott Pemberton

Master of NW "Timber Rock"

Scott Pemberton

Asher Fulero

Fri, June 2

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

Scott Pemberton
Scott Pemberton
Scotts path is simple and clear. Make the best music he can…..Share it with others…..That is all.

The Music,

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.

Scott’s Path,

Many master guitarists find their homes within a specific genre, perfecting the ins and outs of their chosen musical realm until their names become synonymous with the very art form.

Portland’s Scott Pemberton is not your average guitarist. He’s a musical nomad. His home isn’t in one comfortable bubble, but rather spread across genres. One moment, he’s shredding through the blues. Then next, he’s living in a classic rock world, or drifting melodically through an ethereal psychedelic plane. Maybe he’s leading a dirty funk jam, or experimenting with something heavier, or sitting back on a jazz odyssey.

Regardless of genre, though, Pemberton’s musical journey is marked by two unmistakeable realities: You always know when you’re hearing a Scott Pemberton song. And you’re always going to be captivated.

A Portland native, Pemberton and his guitar have been inseparable since the musician was in his teens, and he quickly established himself as an integral to the city’s musical fabric, sitting in on studio sessions, becoming a fixture at jazz and rock clubs, and taking guitar teaching positions at Lewis & Clark College and Reed College at age 21. So much a part of Portland’s fabric is Pemberton that the city’s famous Voodoo Donutes gifted him a custom guitar-shaped donut for his birthday.

Beyond stages both local and international, his music has found its way into various movies, television programs and advertisements (Nike, Coke, Jaguar, and NASCAR ads have been propelled by his distinctive melodies), and his funky guitar work has led to collaborations with legendary drummers such as Motown’s Mel Brown and Bernard Purdie, AKA “the world’s most recorded drummer.” He’s played prime spots at major festivals across the U.S. and Canada, hit #4 on Billboard’s Tastemakers’ charts and ranked among the top performers on Jambase, peaking at #2 during the High Sierra Music Festival, where he stormed the stage.

Even more remarkable than Pemberton’s quick ascent to a superhero on the axe, though, is his second act. Most musicians are lucky to find their talent in the first place. For Pemberton, his love affair with his guitar received a rebirth following a bike accident that nearly ended his life and caused a traumatic brain injury, a life-changing event that would have grounded most artists. For Pemberton, it only fueled his musical drive. During rehabilitation, the guitarist rediscovered his gift, and emerged with a strong new vision as an artist.

Exploding back into the public consciousness stronger, sharper and more dedicated than ever, Pemberton released his eclectic debut, Sugar Mama, produced by Los Lobos sax player Steve Berlin and featuring a bevy of guest performers including legendary bluesman Curtis Saldago. Amazingly, Sugar Mama manages the difficult task of capturing Pemberton’s wildly ambitious live persona, jackknifing across genres with ease, using the frontman’s intricate musicianship as a glue that holds it all together.

A master showman who draws amazed stares when audiences realize he’s shredding without a guitar strap, Pemberton’s unique musical gifts and infectiously positive attitude come exploding to life, making the axe man and his band’s legendary shows on stages small and large come vibrantly to life. The music is hypnotic in its infectiousness — consistently challenging listeners while grounding it all in a familiar foundation of rock. Music is Pemberton’s domain. The stage is his home. And his door is always open.

Scott’s path is simple and clear. Make the best music he can…. Share it with others…. That is all.
Asher Fulero
Asher Fulero
Asher Fulero is a prolific musical artist/composer/songwriter with virtuosic piano/keyboard skills and a modern-edged record producer that consistently defies categorization.

Constantly involved in a wide breadth of projects, he continually pushes his own boundaries both technically and stylistically and has captivated fans from Cairo to California with his fresh ideas and spontaneity.

Over the years he has made music with a long list of musical heavyweights, and boasts a long performance resume with groups of all kinds, at venues and festivals of all sizes and shapes. He has worked with Grammy-winning producers and recorded on an extensive catalog of studio albums, many of them engineered, produced, and/or mixed by Asher himself, in nearly every genre imaginable.

As a keyboardist, Asher is a Moog Artist and a Nord Artist, carrying prestigious endorsements from both legendary keyboard companies. He also occasionally acts as a clinician for Moog's newest technology.

From 2003-2009 he spearheaded a successful live-tronica duo called Surrounded By Ninjas, touring around the Western half of the country. Fulero disbanded the group after self-producing their 3rd album, 'Disassociation Association', in order to focus on a new solo production venture entitled Halo Refuser (an anagram of his name). Under this moniker he has been extremely prolific, with 6 releases in 3 years. After his first 3 free EPs (including remixes from artists like Graintable, Solovox, PlumbLyne, Auditory Sculpture and others) he debuted his full length CD 'Ambigrammatic' (with appearances from UK phenom KJ Sawka (Pendulum) and hiphop producer The Great Mundane) in 2011. He also released a 9/11 Tribute single on NYC label Global Vortex Records and contributed to a compilation from Seattle label Innerflight Music. In 2012 the project continued to climb, being invited to open the main stage at the inaugural What The Festival?! and then later being invited to perform at the legendary Decibel Festival immediately preceding the legendary Phil Hartnoll of Orbital. He had another single released in December as part of the first collection from the NW producer collective Mycelium Music (he also mastered the comp). His newest album 'Melting Magic' was just released in January 2013 on Innerflight Music, mastered by UK legend Kevin Metcalf at The SoundMasters.

In February 2010 Asher released his first solo piano album, a collection of sensitive improvisations entitled 'The Green Piano'. In a show of his fan-base's support and the new online model, he sold so many $5 digital copies that he was able to duplicate physical CD's from the online revenue alone. Two months later he released a free live album from his out-jazz trio Three For Madness as a gift to his supporters. Asher's second piano album is in progress, and nearing release.

For 12 years Asher has also performed with a Eugene Oregon-based Pink Floyd tribute group known as The Floydian Slips. Among their many notable moments were a 2007 outdoor show to packed streets in downtown Eugene with their faces projected onto the nearby buildings, and their 2010 performance of 'Dark Side of the Moon' with the Eugene Ballet Company (choreographed by legend Tony Pimble). Later that summer they broke attendance records at the Oregon Country Fair for a late-night blowout to over 6,000 people. Then, in October of 2012 they reprised their collaboration with the Ballet to rave reviews and went on to have a huge sell-out New Year's Eve performance at their home base, the McDonald Theater.

In the spring of 2010 he joined the Buto Beat All-Stars to perform at a sold-out dance show on the Nile river in Egypt. Then later that summer he headlined the 49th Philadelphia Folk Festival with reggae legend Jah Levi & The Higher Reasoning as well as appearing on his World Fusion Project series of star-studded studio releases, playing alongside Ernest Ranglin, Steve Kimock, Vieux Farka Toure, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, David Grisman, and many others.

Asher also has extensive experience as a recurring member of The Everyone Orchestra, a star-studded improvisational ensemble that constantly changes lineups. Asher toured across the US with E.O. during 2004-2006 during which time he performed and improvised with an extensive list of talent including members of Phish, String Cheese Incident, The Flecktones, The Meters, Steve Kimock, Garaj Mahal, JFJO, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Hot Buttered Rum, Greensky Bluegrass, and many many more.

Asher also hosts and conducts the Keyboard Summit, an annual event in Portland Oregon which gathers a multitude of keyboard players together for an improvisational night of black and whites.

In his spare time he writes freelance music-gear reviews for Electronic Musician Magazine and creates videos and patches for Ableton sound-designers Puremagnetik.

2012 was incredibly busy; in January he worked with Grammy-winning Producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) on several albums, recording keyboards for Colorado jam legends Leftover Salmon, Portland guitar shredder Scott Pemberton, and Bay Area bluegrass heads Hot Buttered Rum. He appeared on the new studio album from popular singer/singwriter Shimshai and toured around with him during the summer and fall. In March, Asher performed a week-long solo residency at Portland's Crystal Hotel, doing a different tribute each night. Later that month he finally released his long-awaited rock band album Cocoon, a collaboration with Bay Area guitarist Sean Lehe called Fulero Lehe which was produced and mixed by Asher, and features his own voice singing lead for the first time (the band being unable to tour due to Lehe's health). He performed at a long list of summer festivals, solo and also with the Scott Law Reunion Band. In September the quartet released a live EP culled from their month-long February residency at Portland's legendary club, The Goodfoot. Over the summer he also mixed the upcoming electronic cross-over album from kirtan artists Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda. In addition to their 5th annual sold out tribute show in April, Asher's long-standing collaboration with the funky roots collective known as The Goodfoot All-Stars brought their hit James Brown Tribute show to a special packed-out set at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival in July that is still being talked about.