The Bar Pilots
Stationed in Portland, Oregon, the Bar Pilots play at a different altitude than other bands.
Fueled by rough-edged guitars and the muscular thrust of bass and drums, this crew's
energy is undeniable. A sonic intensity drives their classic sense of melody, they love what
they do and the room gets caught up in it too. Like an airplane cabin, everybody on board is
breathing the same oxygen. But this is pure oxygen, constantly refreshed by the vocal
tradeoffs between lead singers. A high-caliber arsenal of covers that spans Classic,
Southern and British rock, Americana and Country completes the checklist.
The Bar Pilots take the approach of not trying to recreate the radio hits, but to brand them
as their own. To play the songs how they would've done them. Vince Adáme, Pilots' bassist,
explains it this way: “The more we sound like us, the less we don't sound like the original
artists, meaning that the comparisons become unimportant. We hope you want to hear us
again, not just for the tunes, but for the way we play them.” The Bar Pilots figure that if
they're having fun, then the crowd will too. It must be working because friends are adding
up. Rob Wessels, guitarist, laughingly admits, “We regularly have new
fans who will drive from out-of-town to spend the evening with us. We always make sure
we give them special attention.”
It's a higher level of commitment. Not like the little bag of peanuts you get on the plane,
more like in-flight service with steamed hand towels and drinks steady coming, clear skies
and a tailwind. Ladies and gentlemen, these are the Bar Pilots. You are now free to move
about the dance floor.