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CTL® Proud to Support Local Band, Brownish Black

Brownish Black at Holocene March 6, 2014. CTL’s Stephanie Shea on tenor sax.

Brownish Black at Holocene March 6, 2014. CTL’s Stephanie Shea on tenor sax.

One of the benefits of being based in the Portland area is the flourishing local music scene. In addition to loving technology, we are all big music fans here at CTL®. In the past we’ve sponsored Oregon Music News and been involved in local music events. In fact, several of our employees are musicians themselves.

There’s something about music and technology that go together and one of our team members, Stephanie Shea is a tenor sax player in the Portland band, Brownish Black. Now in their fourth year together, Brownish Black is making a name for themselves with their original soul/R & B music that has an authentically vintage, yet fresh sound. Reminiscent of the family-based soul acts of the 60s and 70s, Brownish Black features a full horn section, a tight rhythm section and the vocals of Detroit-born M.D. Sharbatz combined with soul diva, Ms. V. The result is infectious music where the past and future collide into a highly danceable, high energy experience.

Stephanie spends her days copywriting and marketing for CTL, and if you’re a subscriber to any of our newsletters, you may recognize her name from our email communications. By night, however, she’s usually making music and plays around town frequently. CTL® is excited for Brownish Black as they have been working on their debut full-length album and are in the final week of their Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to finish the recording and production of the digital downloads, CDs, and yes, even vinyl records!

It’s been a fun few weeks around the office finding out what the Kickstarter totals are as we root for Brownish Black to make their goal of raising $10,000. As of this blog posting, they are only about $1200 away from funding their album, with six days to go. You can check out their Kickstarter campaign here: http://go.ctl.net/RiGH5i. On their Kickstarter page, you can read their backstory, find out about their world-class producer, watch concert footage and hear their music.

And, if you’re in the Portland area, you can catch them live Tuesday, April 15th at the Doug Fir Lounge as part of the Soul’d Out Festival where they will be sharing the bill with Jeni Wren. For more information on shows, their Kickstarter or anything else the band has going on, check out their Facebook page here: http://go.ctl.net/Q76hJJ. In fact, you can send them a personal message through Facebook and request to be signed up for their e-newsletter. I bet you can guess who will be sending you that communication!