Industrial Revelation/ Farnell Newton
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 at 9pm
The idea to start Industrial Revelation was inspired by my grandmother on my dad’s side. She would tell me stories about my grandfather Dave Lewis. She always told me how big and influential he was in the Northwest music scene. By the way, my grandfather and her never married but she quickly recognized that the legacy of music was passed on to me. She saw the depth of my talent and she encouraged me to start my own band one day.
I come from several generations of musical artists. My grandfather, Dave Lewis was an innovator of jazz, blues and rock in the Pacific Northwest. He played the organ. Actually, his father Dave Lewis, Sr., also called Big Pop, played the guitar. He gave Jimi Hendrix guitar lessons. His wife, my great grandmother Oma Lewis was a first call piano player in various churches around Seattle. They were all a part of this city’s great musical history. I am very proud to continue the family legacy and now my son Donovon is part of this legacy.
The idea for Industrial was first shaped by a compilation of experiences in my life. Whenever, I played with Aham, Josh and Evan individually I noticed they each had a similar passion or desire to create something that transcended the moment. We connected drummer to trumpeter, drummer to pianist and drummer to bassist. Plus, I had a rapport with each of them. After a few years, I got serious about the idea of starting a band and I identified these guys as some of my favorite musicians to play with. So in 2006, I invited the guys to have a rehearsal at Cornish. At the first rehearsal, we played each other’s compositions and arrangements. That rehearsal was vibrant and unique. It was deep! Shortly after, I asked them to officially form a band. - Band Leader D'Vonne Lewis.
Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians & educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, smooth jazz, Latin music, soul, hip hop, funk and more. When he is not teaching at Portland State University’s Jazz Department or working with his youth jazz group, PDX Jazz Project, he is touring, recording, and sharing the stage with Skerik, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Karl Denson, Galactic, Nigel Hall, sax man Mike Phillips , the DooDooFunk All-Stars, & many more.
Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.