The Crescendo Show is an eclectic quintet of multi-instrumentalists hailing from states across the nation. Nathan Porter is from Pennsylvania, and he plays piano, guitar, accordion and is a lead vocalist. Kailyn Kubiak is from New Jersey, and she plays guitar and sings lead vocals. Aarron Wootton spent his formative years in Texas before moving to Oregon, and he is the newest addition to the band & plays guitar. Matt Kellam is from Indiana, and he plays bass and sings back-up vocals. Ricky Carlson is the lone Oregonian of the band, and he plays guitar, drums, banjo and sings back-up vocals.
The group formed in October 2008 with a focus on writing original songs. Their biggest musical influences include Paul Simon, The Beatles, The Libertines, Hoots & Hellmouth, Arctic Monkeys and Flogging Molly among many others.
In the spring of 2010 they set out to record their first album, which is self-titled and was released that October. The songs were recorded at home in Corvallis, Tillamook, and in the Corvallis Public Library. Following the debut of their first CD they gave several successful performances at various local cafes, restaurants, and gatherings. Their biggest shows were at the Troubadour Music Center and Majestic Theatre. We also performed in Portland at Music Millennium, the World Famous Cannabis Café, and on the radio at PSU. In Eugene they performed on KWVA radio, Sam Bond’s Garage, and the Campbell Club. We had many appearances at Café Mundo in Newport, and in Yachats at the Drift Inn. They also played the Folklife Festival in Seattle.
Using the funds that were acquired from their performances they invested in new recording equipment and began work on their second album in September 2011. “Sure As The Ocean Shore" was recorded at home in Corvallis and released on April 7th 2012 to a large and welcoming audience at the Corvallis Public Library. After the show Jeremy Monroe of Freshwaters Illustrated approached the band and offered them the opportunity to write and record the soundtrack for a documentary on the Willamette River. They spent the summer and fall of 2012 writing and recording for the film “Willamette Futures” which will be released in late summer 2015.
In January/February of 2014, they recorded their third full-length album at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland, Oregon.