Music Scene: World’s Finest and other area shows for March 31–April 6
From its humble beginnings as a small-gig Portland acoustic duo, to a full-fledged, five-man outfit playing big-name festivals, World’s Finest has pretty much taken on the world — or at least the world fusion scene on the West Coast.
World’s Finest is on tour and will play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive.
“Five years, countless shows, and four albums later, the band is still firing on all cylinders,” a news release said
“Their unique style has allowed them to connect with fans from all different kinds of musical worlds. In addition, their chameleon-like approach to their live show has allowed them the honor to share the stage with such acts as Steel Pulse, Leftover Salmon, The Motet, The Expendables, Rusted Root, The Skatalites, Fruition, and many others,” the release said.
World’s Finest’s members are Chris Couch (guitar/vocals), Dan Hurley (banjo/vocals), Sean McLean (sax/guitar/vocals), Evan Malfer (bass) and Mike Apodaca (drums). The five guys met in Portland, but are originally from Ohio, Illinois, eastern Oregon, New York and California.
“As a result of such diverse upbringings, it was inevitable that the band’s sound reflected their coast to coast musical influences,” the news release said.
In October, the band released a six-song EP, “We Got Ourselves a Game Here,” which was recorded in front of a live audience at Hallowed Halls Studios in Portland.
“The result was nothing short of capturing lightning in a bottle. The quick paced track list of Ska-grass was wholly enhanced by their fans’ infectious enthusiasm and energy,” the release said.
Go to worldsfinestmusic.com to learn about the band or call Cruisers at 314-2554 for show information.