Johanna Warren, Oddjob Ensemble, Jason Webley Bring A Cacophony of Sounds to Portland

On the night of June 13th, Johanna Warren, the Oddjob Ensemble and Jason Webley gave an eclectic and entertaining performance at The Holocene in Portland, Oregon.

Johanna opened up the show with a calm, willowy voice and soft acoustic guitar. She entranced the audience and cast a general calm over the room with her songs that addressed a vast pool of experiences, both painful and passionate. There’s a depth to her work that is lovely and complex, like good poetry or interesting conversation. She put on a great performance.

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Next came the Oddjob Ensemble, an instrumental group from California consisting of drums, violin, cello, stand up bass, trumpet, bassoon, and accordion. The best I can do to describe their sound is that it’s something between steam punk, polka, and an Eastern European folk band. It was an interesting departure from the softness of the first act, and once they began to play, their skill at what they do became obvious. Their music makes it impossible to hold still: people danced, twirled, and cheered. It was wonderful to see a group of clearly talented and skilled musicians take the stage and play so passionately. They clearly love what they do and seemed to really enjoy performing.

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Last but definitely not least was the very entertaining (and mildly infamous) Jason Webley. Jason plays the accordion, and describes his style of music as “yelling and stomping.” Add a splash of Irish whiskey and a large helping of story-telling, and that description fits him very well. Jason is clearly a very sentimental guy; at one point in his performance he stopped told a long story about when he fell in love with a girl in Australia. Then, he yelled a song at the packed room about how she broke his heart. Jason’s background in street performance shone through as he moved around the stage, dancing, stomping his feet, and throwing his hat around.

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Toward the end of his set, he invited the Oddjob Ensemble back onstage and they rocked out a few last songs, dedicating one of them to the recent Orlando shooting victims. Some of his fans who came that night had family who were involved in the shooting and it became pretty emotional. He left the stage with the hopeful message. “Maybe our world’s not dying.”

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Taylor Noel Thoenes was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and currently lives in Portland. He shoots both digital and film, and has a portfolio of work available at taylornoelphotography.com.

Johanna Warren, Oddjob Ensemble, Jason Webley Bring A Cacophony of Sounds to Portland

On the night of June 13th, Johanna Warren, the Oddjob Ensemble and Jason Webley gave an eclectic and entertaining performance at The Holocene in Portland, Oregon.

Johanna opened up the show with a calm, willowy voice and soft acoustic guitar. She entranced the audience and cast a general calm over the room with her songs that addressed a vast pool of experiences, both painful and passionate. There’s a depth to her work that is lovely and complex, like good poetry or interesting conversation. She put on a great performance.

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Next came the Oddjob Ensemble, an instrumental group from California consisting of drums, violin, cello, stand up bass, trumpet, bassoon, and accordion. The best I can do to describe their sound is that it’s something between steam punk, polka, and an Eastern European folk band. It was an interesting departure from the softness of the first act, and once they began to play, their skill at what they do became obvious. Their music makes it impossible to hold still: people danced, twirled, and cheered. It was wonderful to see a group of clearly talented and skilled musicians take the stage and play so passionately. They clearly love what they do and seemed to really enjoy performing.

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Last but definitely not least was the very entertaining (and mildly infamous) Jason Webley. Jason plays the accordion, and describes his style of music as “yelling and stomping.” Add a splash of Irish whiskey and a large helping of story-telling, and that description fits him very well. Jason is clearly a very sentimental guy; at one point in his performance he stopped told a long story about when he fell in love with a girl in Australia. Then, he yelled a song at the packed room about how she broke his heart. Jason’s background in street performance shone through as he moved around the stage, dancing, stomping his feet, and throwing his hat around.

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Toward the end of his set, he invited the Oddjob Ensemble back onstage and they rocked out a few last songs, dedicating one of them to the recent Orlando shooting victims. Some of his fans who came that night had family who were involved in the shooting and it became pretty emotional. He left the stage with the hopeful message. “Maybe our world’s not dying.”

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