SGT SPLENDOR (featuring Eric McFadden & Kate Vargas)

with Tevis Hodge Jr., Midnight Picture Show
350 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR
Wed May 29, 2024
Doors: 8:00 pm / SHOW: 8:30 pm PDT
Ages 21 and Up
Before joining forces, the duo behind Sgt. Splendor were already formidable solo artists, Kate Vargas chalking up acclaim at outlets like NPR, HuffPost, SPIN, No Depression Rolling Stone and Vice (including praise from the “Dean of American Rock Critics” Robert Christgau); and Eric McFadden amassing an impressive resume including stints on guitar with George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars, Anders Osbourne, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, and Eric Burdon & The Animals, plus a slew of solo albums, and session work and gigs with everyone from Jackson Browne to The Clash’s Joe Strummer.

Sgt Splendor’s 2nd release, “Death of the Hoochie Koo” dropped May 19th on Buena
Vista West Records. “Tom Waits’ music has always been a point of connection for me & Kate. While our musical approaches differ, they’re also kindred and share a lot of common elements. Our Southwestern upbringing comes through—that sort of mysteriouso desert thing—but also a carnivalesque Waits-ian vibe. The new record is a bit more cohesive but still eclectic. Kind of an Alt-Funk, Desert Roots, Dirty Blues, Rock thing. Our styles have always been complementary.” Vargas concurs: “Sgt. Splendor really feels like a combination of both of us—equally.”

Among the players who have accompanied Sgt Splendor in the studio and on stage are: Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Norwood Fisher & Angelo Moore (Fishbone),
Dominic Davis (Jack White), Paulo Baldi (Les Claypool), Falcon Greenwell (Tedeschi
Trucks), Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads)

“...In the ten new songs, not only do the amazing vocals and skillful guitar playing of the two musicians complement each other very well, but alt-funk, desert rock and dirty blues also merge seamlessly. Groovy and brooding, mysterious and memorable – this is hot music with cool cover art.” - Dennis / Add To Want-list 2023
SGT SPLENDOR (featuring Eric McFadden & Kate Vargas)
Tevis Hodge Jr.
Midnight Picture Show