- May 12 2023
- 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Prairie Benders + Ross Beach
6pm Doors / 7pm Show
The Prairie Benders
The Prairie Benders are just the weary eyed welcome you seek. In a style that conjures Neil Young, Gillian Welch and Jason Molina, The Prairie Benders both subvert and travel within the long weedy roads of the folk rock genre.
The Prairie Benders is the project of Portland, Oregon musician Jason Ferris. After three decades of writing and performing music, Jason has returned to his song writing roots with an acoustic guitar in hand. In a nod to his earliest musical influences while growing up on a farm in Michigan, The Prairie Benders is the perfect vehicle to explore his folk rock and country tendencies. Born among the last generation to remember what life was like before the internet, Jason’s experience as a Gen-X latchkey kid from a broken home presents a unique perspective to view the post internet world and life’s accumulated trauma. Through compelling lyrics steeped in psychedelic escapism, catchy melodies and subverted clichés, The Prairie Benders music feels genuinely cathartic and is as healing as it is infectious.
Louisiana native Ross Beach has performed in twelve states (and Canada) over his 30 years of writing songs and producing albums. Now based in Portland, Oregon, he’s a co-founder of the non-profit group PDX Pop Now!, a weekly radio host on KXRY 107.1 FM, and was an early collaborator with the Elephant 6 musical collective in Ruston, LA, including as an early member of the semi-legendary indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel.