4.02.09 Laura Gibson "Beasts of Seasons" Record Release Concert

Laura Gibson’s hometown record release party for her new LP, “Beasts of Seasons” was held at The Old Church in downtown Portland last night. The Old Church is a fine venue because it features great acoustics from its previous incarnation as a church. The event featured complimentary wine tasting, a community potluck, and a plethora of local musicians supporting Gibson’s new record. Members of the Portland Cello Project provided prelude music while concert goers snacked on appetizers and desserts in an adjoining room. Ah Holly Fam’ly, recently signed by Lucky Madison Records, started the show in the main sanctuary. They have been in the studio for the last week working on a new record, and I am excited to hear more from them.

Laura’s set began in the dark, with a choir featuring Shelley Short, Sarah Dougher, Nick Jaina, and many more well-known Portland musicians. They entered the dark room, holding votive candles and singing with angelic voices the first song of the set, “Postures Bent”. Laura spent very little time talking during her set, instead letting the music speak for itself. She played the majority of the songs from “Beasts of Seasons”, and included some gems from her previous album, “If You Come To Greet Me”. Her encore included a Leonard Cohen cover of “Take This Waltz” and an unplugged sing-along to “This Is Not The End”. This was my first Laura Gibson show, and certainly will not be my last.

Postures Bent
Come By Storm
Hands In Pockets from “If You Come To Greet Me”
Funeral Song
Where Have All Your Good Words Gone
Sweet Deception
Shadows On Parade

Take This Waltz -Leonard Cohen Cover
This Is Not The End

Ah Holly Fam'ly