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These three Portland musicians serve up a potent cocktail of blues, rockabilly and swing with a splash of surf
that grabs you firmly by the ears and shakes hard! Their recent, all-original release "Tiki Torch Cocktail"
(pictured above) reveals the band's versatility and song-crafting skill.
David Ward (guitars), Allen Hunter (dog-house bass and vocals), and Kelly Dunn (drums)* always give a high-energy
live performance that leaves everyone sweaty and grinning. Dancers will love the tempos and irresistible beats,
while music-heads in the crowd will be stunned with the raw emotion and technical skill of these guys.
PO Box 12645
Portland, OR 97212
Drink, Dance, Repeat!
*Steve Aubrey plays drums on the CD.
The Vibrasonics have been together for about 3 years. During that time, they have carved out a niche for themselves
somewhere to the left of the rockabilly, to the right of surf, around the corner from swing, and squarely on top
of the blues. They were nominated by the Cascade Blues Association for a Muddy Award in 1997 as Best New Act. They
have opened for national acts: Indigo Swing, The Hot Rod Lincolns, Wanda Jackson, and The Mighty Blue Kings, and
headline their own shows all over the Portland area. Their current CD, "Tiki Torch Cocktail," contains 10 original
songs. Check 'em out....
David Ward - Guitars
Dave has been playing around Portland for years. Lisa Miller, Bop-Girl Goes Calypso, The Stingers, The Davis McGinty
Band and others have benefitted from Dave's stylings. A first-rate song-writer, he penned 5 of the 10 songs on The
Vibrasoncs' first CD "Tiki Torch Cocktail." Dave's influences include The Paladins' Dave Gonzales, Hollywood Fats,
Anson Funderberg, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc. Dave plays a couple of customized G&L guitars, a Chandler baritone guitar,
and a funky old hollow-body, all through good old Fender amps.
Allen Hunter - Bass & Vocals
Allen has also been around for a while, playing at various times with local fixtures Jim Mesi and Here Comes Everybody,
and Alan Charing. He wrote the other half of the songs on the Vibrasonics' CD. Allen plays an old Engelhardt upright
and has taken to collecting and playing old 60's Framus hollow-body electric basses. His influences include Jimbo
(The Rev. Horton Heat), Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), and Dave Ward.
Kelly Dunn - Drums
Kelly began his involvement in Portland's music scene nearly 20 years ago when he started working at a local music store.
He has since played with many bands, including Media, Soul Vaccination, Three Guys Named Moe, and the Megan James Band.
Kelly also teaches drums and percussion and collects vintage drum sets. His influences include Steve Gadd, Chad Wakerman,
Peter Erskine, and Dave Ward.
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