5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211

Saturday, January 19
7 p.m. | Free | All Ages

Sneakin' Out dishes out high-energy, low-volume acoustic rock-and-roll and classical fusion, all served up with a truly entertaining sense of humor. At its most basic, Sneakin' Out takes the listeners' expectations (whether they're related to a cover of "Love Will Keep Us Together" or the chord progressions of a newly-minted original song) and simultaneously confirms and explodes them. People recognize the songs, but with a disorienting twist. It's a powerful combination, and one that unleashes laughter, head nodding and singing-along. Hearing Sneakin' Out means hearing differently.

Sneakin' Out's acoustic insanity began in 2003, when David Gerow (mandolin), Don Henson (percussion) and Mike "Cheddar" Schmitt (bass) met on a musical project in Flint, Michigan. Since then Sneakin' Out has played hundreds of shows and developed a loyal following that includes Thomas Lauderdale of Portland-based, internationally known band Pink Martini.

Highlights of the band's recent past include: opening for k.d. lang with Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (June 2004); playing with Pink Martini at McMenamins' own Crystal Ballroom (July 2004); playing the Bite of Oregon (August 2004), appearing on Oregon Public Broadcasting's "LiveWire!" (October 2004) and many more notable events.

On the horizon for the band are more original tunes that showcase the unique instrumentation of the trio, along with experiments in inspired improvisation.

Sneakin' Out: It's acoustic insanity, and it's coming to a neighborhood near you.

Official Website: http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=57&id=81&eventid=57057

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