Worth Album Release Show

Bohemian Blues Hop - Album Included With Ticket Purchase

Worth Album Release Show

Moorea Masa & The Mood, Fox & Bones

Wed, November 22

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Worth
Worth
Christopher Worth (WORTH) is a recording artist and internationally touring singer-songwriter based out of Portland, OR. He has become known for his unique style of bohemian blues hop which he developed as a street performer traveling across the US and Europe. His songs are timeless and real and are tied together by the power and purity of his voice. Christopher has released two full length albums as WORTH and is currently preparing to release the 3rd - ‘Pardon Me’- in Spring 2017. ’Pardon Me’ is the final piece in a trilogy titled “The (id)Entity” Triptych" that began with ‘Six Foot Soul’ and ‘Two’.

From the downbeat of the title track on WORTH’s Pardon Me, the listener is in for a magical ride. This 3rd album fuses the depth and dynamic impact of modern sound with the soulful rawness of the old school. The music is both haunting and familiar, and touches the addictive vitality of that new thing you can’t stop playing in your stereo. Pardon Me is WORTH in full stride.

The first thing you notice when listening to Christopher Worth is the undeniable quality of his voice: it is thick, sensual, raw, and honest. At times he expresses with the buttery richness of John Legend (“I Need You,” “Tides”); at others with the feral range and force of Paul McCartney (“Care”, “Bayou”). There are delicate moments, too, in which his singing is reminiscent of Amos Lee (“Glory”) and even D'Angelo (“Lo and Behold”). At it’s core, however, his voice is steeped in the spirit of the blues.

Christopher Worth grew up in the hip hop and r&b of the 90’s and you can feel these always in the backbeat of Pardon Me. The performances are also laced with the freedom and expressiveness of rock and roll: drums hit aggressively and are consistently placed hot in the mix. Rhythmic pockets stay deep, vital, and at times delve into a more roots or folk vibe. The instrumental tones themselves are luscious and expansive. Through the course of the record the band explores mellow acoustic valleys, groovy backroads, and electrifying peaks culminating in the anthemic “Fallen Leaves.“ It is the sweet spot between these genres and dynamics that defines WORTH’s sound.

The quality of the performances is second only to the seasoned songwriting. “This record is the culmination of almost 10 years of work,” says Worth, and this is readily apparent even on a first listen. The songs are tight and timeless while provocative and philosophical. From the lilting rise of “Stay Here With Me,” to the smooth invitation of “Tides,” to the jazzy hook of “I Need You,” Worth’s melodic construction entices and never feels imposed. The voices find their wings in soaring melodies and lyrics that resonate as organic and real. These compositions have come from a vast well of emotion and experience.

Led by an accomplished musician and songwriter, Pardon Me exemplifies the living journey. It is a fresh, undeniable work from a consummate artist.
Moorea Masa & The Mood
Moorea Masa & The Mood
Songs have always been there for Moorea Masa (pronounced More-ray-uh Mah-sa), being raised in the musical mecca of Portland, Oregon. The daughter of an Italian immigrant father and an African-American mother born abroad, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has been making music for as long as she can remember. At fifteen, she was already looking for chances to perform by sneaking into local clubs, where she was lovingly adopted into the vibrant community of Portland musicians. Moorea then left to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England, and spent time living in a cave and soaking in flamenco music in Granada, Spain.



Returning home to the Pacific NW, Moorea began her music career in earnest. Not just writing and performing her own original material, she recorded with El Vy and The Decemberists, sang with soul legend Ural Thomas (who appears on her new album), and toured with Allen Stone. As a solo artist, she's garnered major praise from Emily King, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Motet, Nick Waterhouse, and many more. Now 25 years old, Moorea has been touring with crooner KD Lang, and is currently preparing to release her debut LP.



Shine A Light, the new record from Masa, comes from the depths of a sometimes-troubled childhood and expresses a belief that the unexamined life is not worth living. "I'm really sharing my whole heart in this album," says Masa. "This year I've really been digging deep into my history, my own learning lessons, and the state of the world. I feel like I took a light and shined it into all the darkness and beauty that I was too scared to look at." At times bright and hopeful, other times dark and mournful, the record (co-produced by Jeremy Most of Emily King fame) is an exquisitely-crafted gem that reveals a new gleaming facet upon every listen. Topics such as love, loss, hidden pain, and the politics of being a woman are all explored with deft musicianship, clever production, and Masa's flawless voice carrying the songs into our hearts and souls.



"Irresistible and staggeringly beautiful, Masa displays a delicate balance of restraint and raw power."- The Oh Es Tee
Fox & Bones
Fox & Bones
Fox and Bones is a conceptual folk collaboration between American songwriters Sarah Vitort and Scott Gilmore based in Portland, Oregon. The internationally touring folk duo combines lush harmonies and a complex, heartwarming lyrical landscape with soft-spoken yet rich musical accompaniment. They’ve been called "addictive like peanut butter" by European music blog Rockette and were voted runner up for Portland’s Best Folk band by Willamette Week in 2017.

Vienna Wurstelstand gushes: "These two will lull you with their sweet and delicate melodies and woo you with their complex lyrics. Recommended if you like making out slowly"

Perhaps Luke Neill of Portland Radio Project sums it up best. "These two voices meld so perfectly together that you never want to stop listening."