ALO with Scott Pemberton

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$16 Advance, $20 Day of show

On Thursday, March 14, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KLCC proudly welcomes ALO’s Tour d’Amour XIII to the WOW Hall along with special guest Scott Pemberton.

ALO’s musical relationship has endured for over two decades, with band members playing in numerous projects together and apart. Zach Gill (keys/vocals) toured the world with the band’s college pal Jack Johnson; Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (guitar/vocals) played shows with the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh; Steve Adams (bass/vocals) toured and recorded with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers; Dave Brogan (drums/vocals) joined up with Utah band, Mokie.  These and other endeavors have all influenced the band’s new album Tangle Of Time.

Tangle of Time taps into what makes ALO unique with a blend of classic songwriting and the ability to stretch out jams and distill dance floor grooves. Their genuine lyrics encourage people to enjoy and reflect on their lives. It’s four great musicians who have been through a lot together and continue to write and sing as well as support, challenge and inspire one another.

“I really appreciate the guys right now, more so than ever,” Gill shared, excitedly adding, “Years ago the feeling was, ‘I want to get to my songs and see how they sound while we’re all here’, whereas now I’m rooting for everyone else’s songs. It’s great.”

Lebo described the shared respect and admiration the band felt during the recording process this way: “There are four strong opinions in the room, but playing together for so long we’ve all become pretty good at the empathy thing at this point; we can be very Zen about it. We truly value being together at this point in our careers, and whatever we get from our solo and side gigs, no matter how much fun we have, it’s not this.”

Improvisation is a staple of what this band does, and the music reflects their excitement to get back on the road and explore these songs with their audience. “Being in that unknown is such a great life lesson beyond just the music,” states bassist Steve Adams.  “For all the careful planning and preparing we do, being in the moment is really when it all matters.”


Scott Pemberton

Portland’s Scott Pemberton is 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.


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 Doughnuts gifted him a custom guitar-shaped donut for his birthday.

Scott’s lyrics display a tremendous sense of making light of the struggles of life. In “Awfully Nice Day”, Pemberton demonstrates having fun with the hurdles that life throws at us. His music is a true inspiration to have fun and jam to good music on a bad day.  He’s been called “The Bruce Lee of Rock and Roll” (Tahoe Onstage) and “A modern-day Jimi Hendrix” (Chico Enterprise).  “It’s not every day we get to see a real, live guitar god in action,” notes Fly Magazine (Pennsylvania).


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.

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.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.