Old Light (with Wooden Indian Burial Ground)
Wooden Indian Burial Ground, the Portland garage-psych quartet that’s been perking up ears not only at PoMo’s office, but across the country, since an interest-piquing performance at the CMJ Music Marathon last fall, was added as the headliner of this show last-minute, but original headliners Old Light are well worth showing up early for. The local Americana group ranked among the top 10 in Willamette Week’s influential Best New Band poll in 2011, on the strength of its live shows and its 2010 debut full-length, The Dirty Future (released on Portland label Arena Rock, also home to Talkdemonic, Richmond Fontaine, and the Parson Red Heads). On record, Old Light’s clean, multipart vocals act as an interesting counterpoint to its gritty Americana sound. On stage, the band looks like one you’d discover in some roadhouse (and certainly not at a Northeast Portland Ethiopian restaurant like Habesha): Beards abound, and singer-guitarist-Autoharpist Garth Steel Klippert has been known to front the group—ably, we might add—without even getting up from his chair.
Listen to a track from The Dirty Future: