Portage Album Release + Dustin Thomas



$8 in advance/$10 at the door

10:30pm doors/11pm showtime

21+

 

 

 

Portage:

Portage isn’t a band that boasts — its greatest asset is a sound that comes from its members working together, not from straying to do their own things. Waterman’s voice is a soft superpower, almost Andrew Bird-like at times but more focused, wrapped in rich, full instrumentation by bandmates Adam Rosenthal, Jason Hildebrandt, and Dave Mehling. There’s an earthy intimacy here not often found in a Twin Cities rock band, though the rock elements are there. Maybe it’s the group’s roots in Duluth, a city known for storytelling and folk music, or maybe it’s just that these four have clearly been true collaborators for a few albums now. 

Creatures is a clear next chapter in Portage’s story, linking onto a chain begun by The Unsalted Sea and Landings (the band’s first two albums), and likewise a real graduation. The band is tighter, more brief in its transitions, here. Portage sounds much more relaxed; not getting too loose but really getting into a rhythm, playing like a house with no sharp corners. Through and through, Creatures sounds like the music Portage has been wanting to make for a long time.

 

 

 

 

Dustin Thomas:

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love- Wild-hearted globe-trotter Dustin Thomas is making waves from America to Australia with his infectious blend of beat-box/soul-folk. Armed with his voice, a guitar, and universal anthems of love and war; this young singer-songwriter continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of peace, joy, and unity. As a touring artist Dustin Thomas is known worldwide for his captivating and unifying performances and soulfully crafted sing-a-longs. As a recording artist, Dustin has built a unique grassroots following online and boasts over a half a million streams on his website alone. Truly a man of the road, Dustin Thomas has shared the stage with the biggest names in conscious music including SOJA, Xavier Rudd, Trevor Hall, Rising Appalachia, and Nahko and Medicine for The People. As an advocate for both social and environmental justice, Dustin Thomas uses his platform to inspire both awareness and consciousness about important issues and writes music that encourages all people from all walks of life to work through the hard times, appreciate the good times, and ultimately to love themselves, love the planet, and love each other.