Sunday Night Music: Mike Metzner and the Ydstie Brothers

Mike Metzner, Olaf Ydstie, and Luke Ydstie (piano, drums, and upright bass respectively) play music that wanders through Jazz and Blues to Cumbia, Soul, tunes from the Caribbean, Mexican oldies, and places beyond with energy and abandon.

The wide-ranging nature of the trio’s material is thanks to Metzner’s diverse musical background. Raised in Portland, OR listening to James Brown and his grandpa’s jazz group, Mike’s band resume includes Poli Chavez y sus  Coronados, The Crackpots (with PDX stalwart Little Sue), Los Comatosos, and local heroes the Bond St. Blues Band, to name a few.  The deep pool of songs collected and written along the way is communicated soulfully and fluently by the trio, with a healthy dose of spontaneity and the occasional foray into the unhinged.

Astoria rhythm section staples Olaf Ydstie (Monica, Crooked Valley, the New Old Stock) and Luke Ydstie (Blind Pilot, the Hackles, the New Old Stock) add groove and heft to Metzner’s expressive piano and voice, all adding up to fun and memorable performances.

Catch Mike Metzner and the Ydstie Brothers at 7pm on Sunday, January 9th in the Lovell Building. All ages welcome and never a cover!

Genre: Jazz

Location: Astoria, OR

WHERE: Courtyard at Fort George, 1483 Duane Street Astoria, OR 97103 Map