State Theatre Portland
Waking Windows

Waking Windows

Nat Baldwin, Jeff Beam, Rick Rude, Great Western Plain, The Toughcats

Sat, September 30, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

State Theatre Lobby

Portland, ME

$15 / Free with Festival Pass

This event is all ages

Waking Windows
Waking Windows
Waking Windows is back for a third year! We've got more bands, writers, artists, DJs, comedians, thinkers, and performers of all stripes. Two nights. 16 venues. Over a hundred different sets and events.
Nat Baldwin
Nat Baldwin
After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In 2005 he joined Dirty Projectors. He has performed on Grizzly Bear's Shields, Vampire Weekend's Contra, Department of Eagles' In Ear Park, and Phosphorescent's Pride. Despite his busy schedule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write and record In The Hollows, his followup to 2011's People Changes. In The Hollows features Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Lia Ices, Espers), Rob Moose (The National, Antony and the Johnsons, Bon Iver), and the Ymusic string trio.
Discussing the album's production, Nat says "I wanted to achieve a consistency throughout that my past albums have lacked. I wanted the strings to add to the mournful quality of the songs, weaving their way through the sonic terrain, providing emotional emphasis, but also leaving necessary amounts of space. Albums by Nick Drake, Judee Sill, Joanna Newsom, Antony & the Johnsons, and Bill Callahan, to name a few, provided inspiration in balancing that intimacy with minimal, but powerful, adornments." Immersive, athletic, and often profound, In The Hollows represents his clearest and most consistent album-length statement, melodically, structurally, and lyrically. Nat explains that "I hope it is as unsettling as it is beautiful. I want it to make people feel things they can't describe."
Jeff Beam
Jeff Beam
Jeff Beam is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Portland, Maine. He writes, performs, records, & releases melodic music tinged with kaleidoscopic soundscapes, inspired by the likes of Olivia Tremor Control, Elliott Smith, Deerhunter, & Grizzly Bear. His recordings are generally a one-man odyssey; his live shows generally revolve between an enigmatic band of his good friends.

Musically, Beam seeks to fuse together unorthodox pop melody with interesting sound textures & colorful instrumentation.

Jeff Beam has played with Spoon, Chris Cohen, Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), Robert Schneider (Apples In Stereo), Deer Tick, Marco Benevento, Sam Roberts Band, Jefferson Starship, White Hinterland, and many others. He was once in the same room as Joe Biden and Arnold Schwarzenegger. At the same time.
Great Western Plain
Great Western Plain
The Toughcats
The Toughcats
Toughcats come from the islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven, 12 miles off the coast of Maine. They are a nationally touring indie americana rock trio. They have been performing together for over eight years.

“It’s not every day that you’re completely blown away by a band. However, at their CMJ Festival showcase at Sullivan Hall, Toughcats managed to put the entire room in awe.” (Elise Yablon, NYC Examiner)

Jake Greenlaw plays drums. Colin Gulley plays an electric banjo. Joe Nelson plays guitar. Greenlaw and Nelson both sing lead and harmony vocals.

“They are one of the most creative and inventive bands going today. They manage to be artsy, melodic, down-to-earth, accessible, and a hell of a lot of fun all at the same time.” (Sam Pfeifle, Portland Phoenix)

Toughcats have released two albums, with a third on the way. In 2006, they released their first full-length album, Piñata. It was recorded and mixed by Joe Nelson and mastered by legendary producer—and Butthole Surfer—Kramer

“Toughcats have just as much Tom Waits as twang in their sound. Their album ‘Piñata’ combines old-timey picking with a rock edge, all buoyed by a sense of humor, some wicked vocal harmonies and a whole lot of energy.” (Emily Burnham, The Bangor Daily News)

In 2010, Toughcats released Run To The Mill, recorded and mixed by Nelson, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Adam Ayan at Gateway Studios.

“Their sophomore effort, “Run to the Mill” demonstrates a range far beyond simply good rock, with thoughtful ballads, upbeat rockers, instrumental pieces, and a settling into a unique aesthetic that’s endearing and down-to-earth.” (J Felton, Recorddept.com)

In September 2012, Toughcats will be releasing Woodenball, recorded and mixed by Nelson and mastered by Jeff Lipton (Spoon, Andrew Bird, Magnetic Fields). Woodenball continues to display Toughcats originality and one-of-a-kind style.

“They are understated, simple and crazy catchy, which is what has loyal fans pining for a follow-up to 2010′s “Run To The Mill.” Expect exciting progress from these guys, who have converted honest energy to records that age supremely well.” (Mike Olcott, Portland Press Herald)
Venue Information:
State Theatre Lobby
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101
http://www.statetheatreportland.com/