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Cecil Moses

Dec 15th 2016 @ Nectar Lounge

Seattle, WA
I Was There
Thursday, December 15th, 2016
8:00 PM
Nectar Lounge
412 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103-8631
12.15 Thursday (Rock/Blues/Experimental)Nectar & The PBJ Present:SCOTT PEMBERTON BANDYak AttackCecil Moses & the SGs$10adv / $15dos8pm doors8:30pm show21+
Nectar Lounge412 N 36th

Many master guitarists find their homes within a specific genre, perfecting the ins andouts of their chosen musical realm until their names become synonymous with the veryart form.

Portland's Scott Pemberton is not your average guitarist. He's a musical nomad. Hishome isn't in one comfortable bubble, but rather spread across genres. One moment, he'sshredding through the blues. Then next, he's living in a classic rock world, or driftingmelodically through an ethereal psychedelic plane. Maybe he's leading a dirty funk jam,or experimenting with something heavier, or sitting back on a jazz odyssey.

Regardless of genre, though, Pemberton's musical journey is marked by twounmistakeable realities: You always know when you're hearing a Scott Pemberton song.And you're always going to be captivated.

A Portland native, Pemberton and his guitar have been inseparable since the musicianwas in his teens, and he quickly established himself as an integral to the city's musicalfabric, sitting in on studio sessions, becoming a fixture at jazz and rock clubs, and takingguitar teaching positions at Lewis & Clark College and Reed College at age 21. So mucha part of Portland's fabric is Pemberton that the city's famous Voodoo Donutes gifted hima custom guitar-shaped donut for his birthday.

Beyond stages both local and international, his music has found its way into variousmovies, television programs and advertisements (Nike, Coke, Jaguar, and NASCAR adshave been propelled by his distinctive melodies), and his funky guitar work has led tocollaborations with legendary drummers such as Motown's Mel Brown and BernardPurdie, AKA "the world's most recorded drummer." He's played prime spots at majorfestivals across the U.S. and Canada, hit #4 on Billboard's Tastemakers' charts andranked among the top performers on Jambase, peaking at #2 during the High SierraMusic Festival, where he stormed the stage.

Even more remarkable than Pemberton's quick ascent to a superhero on the axe, though,is his second act. Most musicians are lucky to find their talent in the first place. ForPemberton, his love affair with his guitar received a rebirth following a bike accident thatnearly ended his life and caused a traumatic brain injury, a life-changing event that wouldhave grounded most artists. For Pemberton, it only fueled his musical drive. Duringrehabilitation, the guitarist rediscovered his gift, and emerged with a strong new vision asan artist.

Exploding back into the public consciousness stronger, sharper and more dedicated thanever, Pemberton released his eclectic debut, Sugar Mama, produced by Los Lobos saxplayer Steve Berlin and featuring a bevy of guest performers including legendarybluesman Curtis Saldago. Amazingly, Sugar Mama manages the difficult task ofcapturing Pemberton's wildly ambitious live persona, jackknifing across genres with ease,using the frontman's intricate musicianship as a glue that holds it all together.

A master showman who draws amazed stares when audiences realize he's shreddingwithout a guitar strap, Pemberton's unique musical gifts and infectiously positive attitudecome exploding to life, making the axe man and his band's legendary shows on stagessmall and large come vibrantly to life. The music is hypnotic in its infectiousness --consistently challenging listeners while grounding it all in a familiar foundation of rock.Music is Pemberton's domain. The stage is his home. And his door is always open.


Yak Attack is real, organic electronica. Rowan Cobb (Alpaca!, Giraffe Dodgers, Hill Dogs), Dave Dernovsek (Manimalhouse, Emulator), Devin Weston (Planetjackers), and Nick Werth (GALAXE, Ghost-Note) have combined forces to create a full, lush, danceable sound far beyond what most quartets can produce. Using live loops, well-placed samples, thick grooves, and expansive soundscapes, Yak Attack keeps the dance party at full blast, while constantly jamming, improvising, and experimenting with tunes in ways only a live band can accomplish.


Veterans of the Seattle music scene, the SGs are four prolific sidemen who've come together to connect with the music. Inspired by groups like the Meters, Booker T & the MGs, New Master Sounds, Poets of Rhythm, Cecil Moses & the SGs bring their own unique sound to the genre of funk and soul music.