For years, the five folks in Fruition have been some of the region’s most reliable road warriors, spending as much time gigging in other towns as they do at home in Portland. All that hard work is paying off: Artistically, Fruition just keeps getting better and better, blending string-band bluegrass, rustic roots-rock, Northwest soul, and a sharp pop sensibility into a particularly likable brand of Americana. The group’s 2016 album Labor of Love is packed with honeyed harmonies and pitch-perfect performances to fill your head. Commercially speaking, Fruition’s relentless tour schedule has turned into a large and loyal fan base, which is why this local band can play not one, not two, but three nights at the Wonder Ballroom to close out the year. On the final night—New Year’s Eve—they’ll play two sets, including one themed “50 Years Later, the Songs of ’67.” Far out, man. BEN SALMON
Tickets to the 12-29 all-ages show can be purchased here.
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