Hot Club of Portland
The decades-old music of a unique and innovative guitarist is leagues away from alt-rock, but Hot Club’s main six-string-slinger has succeeded in fully re-inventing himself. while leaving the music alone. Many moons ago, Hot Club of Portland founder Bryan Killough was the axeman for the wildly popular Groovechild, a band of college dudes embracing early ’90s party funk rock. Now, Killough embraces Django Reinhardt, the seminal gypsy-jazz guitarist whose style and sound in the ’30s changed the entire landscape of music. While on stage accepting the award, bassist Kris Day answered the most important question for their fans: the Hot Club will indeed be back at the Portland Lobster Company for their summer residency starting in June.
— Todd Richard