Pin It
Favorite

Terrain Music 

It's not all about the eyes at the big annual art exhibit

click to enlarge Purple
  • Purple

Hipsters, grab your hankies: James Pants, for the first time in three years, will not be playing Terrain this year. I’m sorry if this is the first you’re hearing this. Please, don’t shoot the messenger. Because there’s a bright side to this news: Your new favorite funk-disco-dance band, Portland’s Purple & Green, is coming to play for you. The young duo has been on the Rose City scene for less than two years, but they’ve already stormed the dance floors, taking one of Willamette Week’s “Best New Band”

spots this spring. Purple & Green songs are heavy on the beats, popping with kooky samples and no less danceable than any Pants cut. But there’s one thing that makes P&G different: sex. This is sex music — no two ways about it. Singer Justin “J-Green” Johnson is a shameless front-man onstage and in the band’s videos. In “Human Nature,” Johnson — in crotch-clinging green jeans — dances for the camera in a vacant alley, his voice oozing Tevin Campbell and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Beatmaker Adam Forkner says he was playing experimental beats from his van outside a Portland venue when he first met Johnson, who helped himself to the microphone. “I was immediately impressed with both his voice and his audacity,” Forkner says. “Justin is a born showman with an amazing, incredible voice that you’re not gonna hear from the average bearded scrawny white guy singing around here.” Purple & Green fuses two worlds that rarely meet:

Forkner’s jazz, experimental and psychedelic roots with Johnson’s R&B, blues and funk vocal stylings. “The project [is an] immediate juxtaposition of his soul/R&B voice with the more experimental, psychedelic funk beats I make, and that’s still pretty much our M.O.” I’m sure James Pants would approve.


TERRAIN PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

5 pm    Koreshakti dancers
5:20 pm    Stone Tobey
6 pm     Wonder Wonder
7 pm     Surprise guest
8 pm    Horse Thieves
9 pm    House of Ghosts
9:30 pm    Tangled Roots break-dancers
10 pm    Summer in Siberia
11 pm    Ocean is … Black Ceiling
Midnight    Purple & Green (pictured)

Tags: ,

  • Pin It

Speaking of Terrain

Latest in Music

  • Still Here
  • Still Here

    Former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd won't let himself forget
    • Sep 2, 2015
  • Pig Out Homecoming
  • Pig Out Homecoming

    Two locals return to the annual free Labor Day weekend festival
    • Sep 2, 2015
  • To the Point
  • To the Point

    Melvins' Buzz Osborne doesn't care what you think, and he never did
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Spokane Symphony Labor Day in the Parks

Spokane Symphony Labor Day in the Parks @ Pavillion Park

Sat., Sept. 5, 6 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Leah Sottile

  • Imaginary Friends
  • Imaginary Friends

    The very real role that fantasy plays in our everyday lives
    • Aug 13, 2014
  • Expert Advice
  • Expert Advice

    Dab? Vape? Indica? Sativa? A few tips for beginners
    • Jul 9, 2014
  • Gone Solo, Not Soft
  • Gone Solo, Not Soft

    After three decades of Melvins records, Buzz Osborne makes an awesome album by himself
    • Jun 18, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • To the Point

    Melvins' Buzz Osborne doesn't care what you think, and he never did
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • Spokane Sounds Like...

    The music we're more likely to listen to than any other city
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Film


Music


Review


Punk


Festival


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation