MIDNIGHT NORTH + Brad Parsons with The Quick & Easy Boys
( Doors: 8:00 pm ) SHOW: 9:00 pm PST
Doors: 8:00pm // Show: 9:00pm // Ages 21+.
Soul'd Out Presents: Midnight North + Brad Parsons with The Quick & Easy Boys
There's Always a Story represents a new chapter for Midnight North. Ten stories told through song on their most polished album to date.
Reflecting on the time since their origin, Midnight North is ready to tell the world its story. A group of multi-instrumentalists with songwriting roots in Folk and Americana, Midnight North is a mainstay on the stages of the national touring circuit. Rolling Stone hailed Midnight North as the "Best New Act" in its review of 2018's Peach Music Festival saying the band "takes the best parts of roots music and weaves them into a tapestry of rock and Americana."
Grahame Lesh, Elliott Peck, & Connor O'Sullivan began playing together in San Francisco. In early 2012 they played their first show as Grahame Lesh & Friends. Grahame & Elliott both brought a repertoire of original music to this new project that was a perfect marriage once the band began performing in earnest. In late 2012 the band went into the studio for the first time, tracking the entirety of their debut album End of the Night in just 2 days. End of the Night (mixed & produced by Connor) was released in June 2013 as they officially debuted the name Midnight North.
The band began touring in June 2015, with the release of their second album Scarlet Skies. That began a five year run as a touring band, playing in 36 states in front of thousands of people across the country. They released Under the Lights, their most successful studio album to date, in summer 2017. "Across all of the tracks, when you think you have the band pegged for a style or a genre, all of a sudden a chorus, or a new solo or new instrument altogether, diverts the music boldly but smartly to a new sound and feel," said The Poke Around in their review of Under the Lights. They also released two live albums including 2018's Selections From the Great American Music Hall which featured Bob Weir & Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead.
2022 and beyond is a new beginning, and while Midnight North looks ahead, hand-in-hand with the rest of the world, There's Always a Story will serve as a collective and reflective narrative.
When Brad Parsons steps out on a stage, it’s not long before he overpowers a roaring crowd. With little but his voice and an acoustic guitar, Parsons channels raucous energy into original songs that are as hopeful as they are heart-wrenching.
Brad Parsons is a singer/songwriter from Idaho, but has been taking the Portland music scene by storm since 2008. He built a strong following as a singer/songwriter in his band The Bellboys, and is now primarily working on his new project: Brad Parsons & The Local Talent. He has also gained some notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist and back-up singer for Horse Feathers and drummer for rock and roll outfit Rose City Thorns. You might also find him as an artist-at-large for music festivals such as WinterWonderGrass and Northwest String Summit, lending his artistry to bands like Fruition and ALO.
His songs and style aim to hit you right in your chest and his big voice goes for your gut. He begs you to sing, shout, dance, laugh and cry with him with songs that sound like standards but are wholly unique to his own style.
Parsons released his first solo EP Anywhere the River Runs in 2012. He’s currently dedicating his time to the production of his first full-length album, due this fall.