Words by Kristin Camacho & Photos by Todd Walberg
One reason why Portland is so great is that there is constantly an opportunity to see great, talented acts at intimate venues. The show this last Wednesday was just more proof of that. The bill consisted of M. Geddes Gengras, Avi Buffalo and Akron/Family.
M. Geddes Gengras emerged as a seemingly normal,average guy. Immediately he began to twist and turn knobs and buttons on one of several soundboards he had in possession. His music was of a very ambient nature that is incredibly beautiful and easy to get lost in. We mean that in the best way, similar to the way one might lost themselves in a breathtaking landscape. The spontaneous nature of M. Geddes Gengras’ music is really what kept us locked in on the performance in the midst of serene atmosphere. Overall, perfectly balanced.
Lo-fi popsters, Avi Buffalo, were on next. The set began as a basic three piece group and developed into something extraordinary. Avogadro Zahner-Isenberg better known as “Avi” has lilting falsetto that accompanied most of their songs. While the guitar progressions were impressive, they had an ease about them that really made each song flow. Bassist, Arin Facio, was equally impressive shredding on the several bass solos that made our jaws drop. Although it was raining outside, Avi Buffalo brought a perfect, sunny set to Mississippi Studios.
Headliners Akron/Family then began to set up, taking a bit longer than most but well worth the wait. When the show commenced, they played a rockin’ set which also included the talents of M.Geddes Gengras alongside the group. They played a set displaying their talents with various tempos and much versatility. From the get-go they had the crowd dancing and going crazy. They continued jamming with a couple of mishaps that didn’t deter the audience at all for the roughly hour and a half set. The audience had still not had enough when it ended, asking for an encore that proceeded to top off this already stellar performance. If that isn’t saying a lot about their live performance, Akron/Family as a musical group and also how much they shred then I don’t know what would.