Trashcan Joe

Sunday, June 13th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

“Trashcan Joe is a marvel, a wonder that defies categorization in any sort of contemporary setting.” -Don Campbell, The Oregonian

In 2002 Cap’n James Cook needed an outlet for all the old-time jazz and folk songs he’d learned over the years, so he rustled up some friends willing to take on this oddball assignment, thus forming Trashcan Joe. But along the way, they found themselves writing their own tunes, which have become the real strength of their recordings and live performances. This trend culminates in 2006’s Real Life, Trashcan Joe’s third CD, but the first composed entirely of original material.

A typical live show consists of these original tunes, classic standards from early jazz and blues, movie theme songs, and swing, all played with drive and finesse. Trashcan Joe are a steadily working live band, and have played venues such as Oregon Country Fair, Pickathon (twice), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s LiveWire, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle , and were the house band at the 2006 Candidates Gone Wild at the Roseland Theater.

In 2006 Trashcan Joe joined the roster of Young Audiences, an organization devoted to bringing musicians and other artists into schools for educational performances. “Anything can be a musical instrument!” is the band’s message as they explain how their instruments work, and show kids how they can make their own instruments from cans, combs, pencils, and other household items.

Trashcan Joe also has soundtrack work on the old resumé. In 2004 they scored the music for the Aurora award winning OPB special Zig-Zag which explores the stories of several Portland area commuters. Later that year came the feature motion picture Lipstick and Dynamite, which chronicles the history of women’s wrestling and includes TJoe music as part of the soundtrack.

Trashcan Joe has a well rounded and exciting sound, and can rise to any occasion. Go and check them out!

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