SHOW CANCELED: Henry's Child CD Release Party with Black Bell

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$8 Advance, $10 Day of Show

On Saturday, April 25, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly host Henry’s Child CD Release Party with special guests Black Bell.  This show was rescheduled from April 25 and all tickets for that date will be honored.

Henry's Child is back with a Release Party that is literally 25 years in the making.  On April 25th Henry's Child will be releasing Listen Closely.  These are freshly recorded and new versions of the songs that made them popular back in the 90's from their sophomore release Mumbles and Screams.

Henry's Child is Andrew Smith, Rich Clinton, Thom Tessandori and Tobby Lugo.  These days they live all over the state, but are originally from Eugene and consider it their home.

The early/mid 90's were an amazing time for live music and the Northwest music scene was drenched in talented and exceptional bands.  This creative collective included the powerhouse Henry's Child -- concocting a mix of psychedelic, heavy and sometimes eclectic music that not only fit well with the time but stands up today. It was this varied mix that quickly brought Henry's Child to the forefront of local and regional bands.  

What made Henry's Child stand out was a combination of stage presence and recognition outside the state, with Preliminary Grammy Award nominations from NARAS (1997 - Best Alternative Album) and a regimented touring schedule before the days of iPhones and Facebook.  It was this discipline that allowed Henry's Child to get signed to an independent label and produce some of the most memorable music (and live shows) to come out of the Pacific Northwest.

Henry's Child is back... older but wiser and able to display the maturity of a band who didn't rely on a formula to succeed.  Rather, Henry's Child produces music that spans any sort of "generation gap" and can go from delicate to brooding in a matter of seconds all while still captivating an audience. 





Ash Biggs (vocals/ guitars), Jared Tillford (keyboards/ vocals), Mike Loudenback (lead guitar) and Danny Johnston (drums) comprise the Salem rock band Black Bell.

Ash Biggs and Mike Loudenback have been the primary creative force driving Black Bell's song writing since its' inception in 2009. Black Bell’s first official recording, the self-produced The Truth of Silence EP, had a unique vibe with a heavy percussive acoustic guitar approach reminiscent of Days of the New or Unplugged Alice in Chains. TOS was a unique blend of rustic acoustics, soulful harmonies and the grinding hard rock backbone that would come to be Black Bell's foundation.

In 2011, BB began production work on the second full length/ full production installment of their legacy, The Inevitable Decline. Mixed and engineered by Jared Knowland (Saint), TID took about three years to complete.  TID saw Black Bell move away from the acoustic driven rock of TOS into a much more aggressive sound.  While not exclusively fatalistic, The Inevitable Decline offered honest and soulful lyrics dealing with isolation, suffering, addiction, forgiveness, self doubt, and the struggle to keep one's faith alive. The songs were far more complex or technical than what was offered on the previous effort. 

After a few years and a couple line up changes, Black Bell went back into the studio to record their third album, The End is the Beginning.  TEITB integrated further the additional elements of orchestration and keys with the dark pummeling guitars and drum driven attack that defined TID.  Where as TID was experimental, TEITB gave Black Bell a focus in a heavier, more groove-oriented way than previous recordings.

Black Bell has shared the stage with other local bands for almost ten years and has been privileged to perform with acts including P.O.D., FLAW, The Crowned, Islander, Project 86, The Classic Crime, Toxic Zombie, Henry's Child, vial...Experiment, Silversafe, This Patch of Sky, and Black Powder County.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 8:30.

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