In this good-time musical happening, the Sons of Rainier will be serenading lucky concert goers with their lovely roots rock, along with a performance from April's resident artist, Philip Deniz K, presenting new work from a forthcoming album and drawing series. Devin Champlin, songwriter behind the Sons, played the Sanctuary last year with the stomping jug band Crow Quill Night Owls. In addition, longtime Arcata music fans will likely know a thing or two about Philip's old project, thelittlestillnotbigenough.
Saturday April 28th
doors @ 7:00
music @ 7:30
$5-20 sliding scale
Hello Folks. We are the Sons of Rainier. You might call us alt-folk, or perhaps Hobo Dream Pop. We don't mind.
If you look closely at the accompanying photo, you'll notice Mr. Charlie Meyer on the far left holding down the doghouse bass, carefully stitching a fabric for us to lie upon. Following to your right we have Devin Champlin playing his fine old Kay guitar and singing one of his favorite songs, making the people go "hmm". Next is Sam Gelband aka Johnny Skillset brushing his snare on a maxed out stand that he still has to lean into, and singing a fine middle man harmony. Last and certainly not least is Dean Johnson, aka Captain, bending strings, tenoring in, and making many girls cry. This is us. Also looking on from behind is Mr. Dean Luce, who is not in the band, but we're happy to introduce him here.
At the dawn of 2017 Devin brought a couple of his original songs to Dean with the invitation to sing in harmony together. That proved to be joyful, and they tapped Sam to join in with his sturdy baritone to be the middleman. Quickly this bore fruit, so they invited Charlie along for the ride with his lovely bass playing skills. At that, The Sons Of Rainier were born.
The music rests on the foundation of Devin's songwriting, and is brought forth with warm tube amps, Dean's unpredictable, weeping guitar lines, a loosely tuned snare, upright bass, and close three part harmonies. It is 45 rpm folk music that is sweet and haunting. It's a polaroid of a stolen slow dance.