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Grand Lake Islands, Dylan Pratt, Robin Bacior 

When: Tue., July 23, 8 p.m. 2013
Since migrating to Portland from Brooklyn in 2012 with his Grand Lake Islands moniker in tow, Erik Emanuelson has trudged to intimate shows in unlikely venues with little more than a quiver of expansive folk compositions and a guitar. Considering he ditched a full-time job as an English teacher to hawk his wares out west, it's understandable he'd want to hit the ground running. Smartly, he brought a finished recording along with him, and after almost a year, Emanuelson's recruited a regular band, featuring members of Harlowe and the Great North Woods. The pressing of the EP, Wake of Waking, was just successfully crowd-source funded; its understated instrumentation of piano, lap steel, mandolin, and lots of choir-like melodies is buoyed by Emanuelson's quavering vocals and lyrical phrasing. RYAN J. PRADO

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