LEWISTON, Idaho – The Portland band Fruition, featuring Lewiston natives, will perform its unique style of music on Thursday night, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Silverthorne Theater on the Lewis-Clark State College Campus as part of the LCSC Silverthorne Artist’s Series.
With music that ranges “from bluesy, to daydreamy, to bluegrassy,” Fruition are known for “covering a lot of ground lyrically and vocally.”
Having a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last five years, the Portland, OR string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and collecting new fans across the country.
Jay Cobb Anderson (lead guitar/vocals) and Keith Simon (bass) moved from Lewiston to Portland with nothing but their instruments. They spent their days beating the streets and their nights exploring Portland’s rich music scene. In 2008, the duo met fellow street performers Kellen Asebroek (guitar) and Georgia-born Mimi Naja (mandolin/vocals). Feeling an instant connection, the foursome decided to embark on a new collaboration. The musicians found themselves in a living room crowded around a microphone and recording Hawthorne Hoedown - an album that took one day to record but forged a lasting connection.
For the next three years, Fruition traveled up and down Highway 101 playing small clubs, sleeping on couches, and building a fan base through word of mouth. The band caught the ear of Hot Buttered Rum’s Nat Keefe in 2009, and he went on to produce a self-titled album for the band that same year. Shortly thereafter, Anderson and Simon’s high school buddy Tyler Thompson (drums) joined the group, amplifying their sound and elevating them to the versatile Americana-meets-Rock n' Roll enigma that they are today.
Over the years, Fruition have collaborated with Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Danny Barnes, ALO, Elephant Revival, and The Head and The Heart. They’ve thrilled audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit, and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, and more.
The Silverthorne Artist’s Series provides the students of LCSC and community members with exposure to cultural and educational experiences through performing arts and is funded in part by fees from the Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College (ASLCSC).
General admission is $10 and $5 for Youth/Seniors/LC staff. Tickets are available on the second floor of the Center for Arts & History, 415 Main Street, in Lewiston or in the Community Programs office at the Sam Glenn Complex, Room 211, on the LCSC campus.
LCSC students with a Warrior ID can receive one free ticket per student by picking them up in advance at the LCSC SUB information desk.
The Silverthorne Theater is located in the LCSC Administration Building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.