Photo gallery of Brendan Canning, Holly Miranda, and Gondola at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR on Monday, December 2, 2013.
On the night before the record setting freezing week in Portland, musicians with storybook vocals and empathetic guitars warmed up the audience at Mississippi Studios. Former Oregonian and a member of Patterns, Ricci Swift, represented his new band, the Brooklyn-based Gondola singly. Swift kicked off the night’s program at 9 PM, relying only on his six-string and a resonating vocals to carry you away in the forest of life’s vignettes. In similar fashion, Holly Miranda continued the cordial affair, with a little more humor and an attitude. At one point, the Detroit singer/songwriter joked about doing a set full of covers. She did treat us to few, including Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”. After the two solo performers, the stage turned into a party of five, six, and seven at times when Brendan Canning graced the stage to close out the night. In addition to his four bandmates, Jeff Haley of Wild Nothing joined in now and then to play the bass. The young musician looked a bit lost at times, but Haley had just learned the songs that very afternoon! The collective effect was not too distant from a live set of Canning’s main fame, Broken Social Scene. With copious layers of guitars and vocals, the venue transformed from an intimate solo sets to a full-blown rockin’ folky gala.