Although the band didn’t form until after the eviction of Occupy Portland, the beginning of the band was apparent at the Occupy Encampment. Sam Gustafson and Justin James Bridges met at Occupy Portland and became good friends at the camp, waking up in the morning to play whatever songs came to mind, & developing a sound together. They unknowingly started the spark that would later ignite in to a 10 piece jam band, settle, and reform as the 5 piece, multi-genre, good time known as Patchwork Family Band. All 5 members of PFB play multiple instruments adding to the diversity, along with a unique, but strangely familiar, eclectic sound.
Patchwork Family Band was formed out of the ashes of Occupy Portland. On November 13, 2011, (N13) Justin James Bridges was acting as the interpreter for the deaf for the General Assembly Meeting taking place in Chapman Square (downtown Portland, Oregon), when the police moved in to evict the encampment. Justin was assaulted by the police, an act that left him unable to use his right arm and right leg and confined him to a wheelchair. Luckily, he regained use of his thumb on Christmas Eve and was able to start picking again. After six and a half months, Justin regained use of his right arm and hand, allowing him to start returning to his previous speed-picking style.
Since the formation of the band in early January 2012, they have played in Oregon (Portland, Eugene, & Salem), Washington (Seattle), California (Eureka, San Francisco, & Santa Cruz), & Texas (Austin, Houston, San Marcos, & Galveston). With no sign of slowing down, keep an eye out for Patchwork Family Band to come to your town.
Patchwork Family is:
Jaimason – drums
Mermaid – flute, harmonica, guitar, vocals
Sam Gustafson – guitar, vocals
Renaissance – bass, vocals
Justin James Bridges – guitar, vocals