Empty Space Orchestra is heading out on tour this week, hitting up locations that up till now had been untrodden territory for the local instrumental space rockers.
I ran into guitarist Shane Thomas last night at Parrilla Grill, where Thomas, a faithful employee of the wrap and burrito purveyor, constructed my Red Headed Stepchild (chicken, Frank's hot sauce, Gorgonzola cheese, spinach = awesome) and chatted a bit about the tour. Thomas said the band is most stoked for Wednesday night's Portland show playing the middle slot in a bill headlined by Water and Bodies (check out my profile of the band from last year) and Symmetry Symmetry at the awesome Doug Fir Lounge.
From there, the band heads north for a sh0w in Tacoma on Thursday night at the New Frontier Lounge and then a performance at Seattle's Q Cafe on Friday. Empty Space then head south -- way the hell south -- to play Ashland on Saturday and Arcata, Cali. on Monday night.
Empty Space becomes just one of several acts from Central Oregon, who've hit the road in the past year, joining the likes of Larry and His Flask, Person People, Moon Mountain Ramblers and several others.