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Searchlights, Evelate

With Dusty Beats and Joe Bass let it come to be.  We were a band called Searchlights until 2012, when Dusty moved to Ohio to pursue steel

and Joe and I decided not to replace him, but to hiatus him.  

In November 2021, we played a reunion show in Portland.  

Now Dusty's back in Ohio!  What's next? 

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Breaking News

last update: 11/29/21

If you want to see the original footage of us playing around town, check out @mrJoeslapBass on YouTube.  

If you want to see the recent footage, check @ChrisBaronMusic on FB (whole raw livestream 11.26.21) or YouTube channel for fluff-removed "pinchos".

For a copy of the *Evelating* album...if there's enough interest and support I will upload it to my bandcamp page.  So Bring.On.The.Enthusiasm.  


Hello.  Chris here in early December 2021, fresh off our Reunion Show, ready to tell my side of the backstory.  

I was playing around Portland with several bands in 2009.  Joe Bass and I were in Idiot SCIENCE, and Dusty Beats and I were in locally-legendary cover band Disorderly Conduct.  I really wanted to follow up on the Evelate music, and had written songs towards a sequel album.  I introduced the two of them...

and the bus was hopped-on.

We came out in Dusty and Elizabeth's Hillsdale basement, where Russ recorded the entire set live.  My favorite memory of the music that night was teaching everyone to

sing the callback on "I'm On The HaZe".  

We recorded mixed and mastered an 11-song studio album with the great Ryan Ferris over 2010-2011...but never released it.  If you have a handmade copy of *Evelating*,

it's an authorized bootleg. 

I remember we went on a mini-tour to eastern Oregon, out the Gorge for one weekend, and Joe Bass simply came ALIVE on the road, embracing the physicality and pressurized social demands with spirited poise.  Dusty and I had been heading out there regularly with DisCon, and had established a path for an original band.  We rocked, and got asked to return to open for Floater a short while later.  Russ rode out with us and recorded that entire set.  "We Are Not Divided" from the album was that night.  

Our last live show before Dusty decided to pursue steel and move to Ohio was March 2012 in Hood River.  Joe and I decided not to replace him, but to hiatus him,

so we all went our separate ways.  

By 2014, Ryan and I had been continuing to work on recordings, and apart from the 11 songs selected for the *Evelating* album, there were about ten other fantastic-sounding pop-rock tracks.  I included eight on my

second solo album *Light Up The Sky* .

In the summer of 2016, Elizabeth put together a beach house trip in Pacific City Oregon, Dusty flew out, and we set up in the garage and played for friends and neighbors.  It was wildly...wild.  Just ask K8!

And finally for now, Dusty flew out for Thanksgiving 2021, after months (years?) of 2-4 hour phone conversations with him as he drove between midwest job sites, and we set up the Reunion Show at Dublin Pub in SW Portland.  Enjoy those videos! 

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