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Cat Cab: Todd Carry

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Musician Todd Carry preformed at Linfield College’s first Cat Cab of the year on Sept. 5 in Fred Meyer Lounge. Carry played the guitar and used pre-recorded music for some of his original pop songs.

Alex YeCheng Zhang /Senior photographer

Lyrical duo dazzles Valentine’s Day guests

Tall Heights serenades Valentine’s Day singles and couples during Linfield’s Pro Cat Cab on Feb. 14.

What could be more romantic than a man with a guitar on Valentine’s Day? How about two men with a guitar and a cello?

For the professional Cat Cab on Feb. 14, Linfield hosted Tall Heights, a two- man string band from Bos- ton, and love was definitely in the air.

Taking place in the newly renovated Fred Meyer Lounge, the show featured Tim Harrington and Paul Wright, songwriters who find inspiration from their everyday lives, as well as from other popular artists.

“We really like Laura Marling, Gregory Alan Isakov and Bon Iver, obviously,” said Wright, drawing reference to their softly lyrical cover of “Skinny Love.”

Tall Heights started three years ago when Wright began seriously talking with a high school friend’s younger brother about putting a band together.

“Before then, I had never seen music as a viable path,” Wright said of the increasingly competitive music industry.

Fast-forward three years, and Tall Heights has toured New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas, among other states, and was finishing a 10-day tour here at Linfield.

“We love playing college campuses,” Wright said. “It’s refreshing after playing for larger audiences, and it’s nice to reach out to younger audiences who can’t come see us at venues where they serve alcohol.”

With two albums already on iTunes, their third “Man of Stone” drops May 14, featuring their new music “Eastern Standard Time” and “Field of Snow.” Previous hits include “I Don’t Know,” “To Be Young” and “Rafters” off their album of the same name.

Their success is warranted: the folk-pop band’s flowing harmonies and beautiful lyrics ensure a bright future.
Cat Cab first-timer and sophomore Rhianna Bennett came to the concert Thursday after hearing a 15-second audio clip of the band.

“I love that style of music and hearing two attractive men perform was fun way to end the day,” Bennett said. “I didn’t have a date for Valentine’s Day so this seemed like a good option.”

In the holiday spirit of love and affection, a drawing determined which lucky audience member would get the chance to come onstage and be serenaded by the band. Sandwiched between two beautiful-voiced men, freshman Camille Weber saw her V-Day improve when her name was drawn.

“I did enter myself for the contest, but I didn’t really think I had a chance of winning. I just thought it wouldn’t hurt to try,” Weber said. “To be serenaded by such talented musicians was really the icing on the cake that truly made it a special Valentine’s Day.”

Cat Cabs take place at 9 p.m. every Thursday in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Updates on the performers can be found on the Linfield Activities Board Facebook page.

Olivia Marovich

Staff writer

Olivia Marovich can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Photo by Joel Ray/Senior photographer

Linfield alum soothes freshmen (with vocals)

Students and families gathered in the Oak Grove on Aug 23 at 7:30pm for the Cat Cab All Star performance. Linfield alumni Jesse Goergen returned for this special performance and brought up to the stage a few special guests to help throughout the concert.
The mezzo-soprano has performed at numerous Cat Cabs while attending Linfield and also opened for Macklemore this past May at Wildstock.
Goergen performed covers of popular songs such as the popular song “Mercy” by Duffy and Adele hit “Someone Like You.” She gave it her own spin by mixing it with the hook of “Wild One” by Flo Rida.
During the performance, Goergen also included some of her original songs including her popular song “Miss You,” which she wrote when she and senior Evan O’Kelly first came together.
“It’s always interesting what ending I do because I do it differently every time,” Goergen said to the audience after belting out the last line.
O’Kelly and alumni Jeremy Moll played guitar in the background. Moll performed “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown with Goergen. Senior Nic Miles joined the group on stage to play the summer hit “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Goergen closed the show with the song “Wagon Wheel” by Jack Ruby Presents, a group of Linfield alum.
Cat Cabs are held every Thursday in the Fred Meyer Lounge and are sponsored by the Linfield Activities Board. The musical entertainment chair Evan O’Kelly helps choose performances from students and outside performers.

Ivanna Tucker/Sports Editor



Oregon-based band moves audience, makes music

Oregon band Rootdown had its audience dancing, clapping and singing along at the band’s Pro Cat Cab performance April 20 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.

Rootdown is a four-man band from Eugene, Ore., featuring Paul Wright on vocals and guitar, Jackson Michelson on vocals and bass, Matt Salinas on guitar and Craig Paulson on drums.

Their sound was an upbeat reggae/rock style, and by the way the band members jumped and danced around the stage area, it was obvious they were having a good time. They were constantly encouraging the audience to clap and dance along.

“Audience involvement is important to us,” Wright said. “I think we feed off each other’s energy when we’re all in it like that. We want that crowd participation. If we’re getting that, it makes us feel like we’re doing our job right.”

There were several songs that the band had the audience sing along with the chorus, and even one that had the audience split into two groups, shouting a response call back to each other. But the song that got the best reaction from the audience was an unexpected improvisation session about halfway through the concert.

“Who watches the show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’” Wright asked the audience. “We really like the improv on that show, so during our shows, we like to do some improv locally.”

Wright asked for suggestions of local things to include in their improvisation. The result was a song about the UFO parade, the Oregon burrito, Muchas Gracias, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and of course the Linfield mascot, the Wildcats.

“We don’t do improv like that for every show—it’s usually just if the moment’s right,” Wright said. “This was one of the best. I feel like it fit the college, it fit the town. Improv is something fresh and in-the-moment where we can show our talent. It’s engaging and entertaining, not just for the audience, but also for us, especially when it’s good like it was tonight.”

Rootdown has been playing together since 2007. According to Wright, the band has played at more than 70 colleges in the past couple of years.

“We played at a festival, and from that we got booked at a bunch of colleges from Alaska down through California, and over to Denver,” Wright said.

Rootdown’s new CD, “Tidal Wave,” has brought them attention from radio and record companies, as well as colleges.

“I liked their sound; I liked the bass. They had a good beat, and good audience involvement,” freshman Lexy Chapman said. “I love the freestyle rapping. I’ve been to a few concerts where they did that, and this was one of the better ones.”

The Cat Cab featured a number of Rootdown’s newest songs. Wright said playing new songs at concerts is the way the band tests them to see how people react to them.

“With songwriting, usually the music comes first, then I fit words to it,” Wright said. “Usually, I write about what’s going on in my life at the time, just whatever makes sense for the song. We also use a lot of improv during shows or in the studio, so songs can grow from that.”

Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can  be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Lifelong musician plays Cat Cab

Jess Penner sings and plays acoustic guitar during a Cat Cab on April 5 in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Alyssa Carano/Staff photographer

Singer-song writer Jess Penner strummed acoustic guitar and sang at an intimate Cat Cab on April 5 as a part of a small tour, but she can’t remember the first time she performed a song.

Penner said that one of her friends from kindergarten recently dug up a cassette recording of Penner’s first grade promotion ceremony. When they listened to the old recording, Penner’s singing was the only recognizable voice in the crowd.

“You could clearly distinguish me from everyone else,” Penner said. “It was this ridiculous vibrato voice. But you could tell I loved what I was doing.”

It’s always been like that for Penner. Music has continually filled the cracks in her life.

She learned to play guitar when she was about 12, melding her constant stream of singing with the sounds of acoustic chords.

Her music life became more serious when she was 14 when she started a band with a boy she met in high school.

Not long after the duo began performing, they were offered a record label from a Los Angeles-based recording studio. Some of their songs also began appearing on small radio stations.

This led Penner to tour from when  she was 16 to 21.

She didn’t attend college because of the large amount of time she had to devote to driving from one place to another, performing with her two band mates.

“My college experience turned out to be smelly: hours in a van with two boys,” Penner said.

Now, Penner is married and spends most of her time composing songs and playing local shows in Los Angeles.

She isn’t part of a band anymore, which she said she considers freeing in many ways.

“It’s great not to have to worry about other people and how their ambitions and dreams fit with yours,” she said. “But I do miss having the collaborative creative effort that working with other people offered.”

Even though she mostly plays solo now, Penner said that she enjoys the assistance of her husband, who is a drummer.

He is an engineer, but he spends a significant amount of time playing drums and assisting Penner with her recordings.

She said that she appreciates their shared interest in music, but that she is glad that she is the only lead singer and guitarist in the relationship.

“We don’t compete,” she said. “We work as a team, and all we do is music. I couldn’t do what I do without him, and he couldn’t do what he does without me.”

When Penner isn’t playing local shows, she sets aside consistent times to write songs.

“If you’re going to make music your business, you have to run it like a business,” she said.

Penner said that her song-writing process involves lots of sitting at the table, staring into space and waiting for lyrics to start streaming though her mind.

“I would say that my writing process is very mysterious,” she said. “It’s different every time and I don’t really know how it happens. Mostly, it’s just about being available and making time to create.”

Joanna Peterson/
Managing editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.