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Long Play: The Helio Sequence - 'Keep Your Eyes Ahead'

As part of our ongoing Long Play series, opbmusic is playing selections from The Helio Sequence’s album “Keep Your Eyes Ahead” throughout the broadcast on Tuesday, March 6.

When we launched opbmusic a decade ago, “Keep Your Eyes Ahead” by The Helio Sequence was the most-played album on the fledgling streaming music service.

And for good reason.

It was a compact and incredibly strong album that yielded a slew of memorable singles. Looking back at ancient opbmusic playlists, we relied heavily on “Keep Your Eyes Ahead,” “Lately,” “Can’t Say No,” to fill out the broadcast. We especially loved “Hallelujah,” a song that has since become synonymous with the duo.

While the music was exceptional, the group was also local, and that certainly didn’t hurt their cause. Since its inception, opbmusic has been fiercely and unapologetically biased in favor of Oregon musicians and new music from the Pacific Northwest. The Helio Sequence originated in the Portland suburb of Beaverton and still call the region home. They ticked all the boxes.

Ten years later we’re still around, and we’re still playing the best new and Northwest music our staff can find— and that includes The Helio Sequence. So, when we decided to throw an anniversary show, there was little doubt who would headline the gig. The Helio Sequence, Kelli Schaefer and Natasha Kmeto will all perform at the Crystal Ballroom on Friday night, March 23rd at 8pm. As an acknowledgement of our shared decade together, the band plan on playing “Keep Your Eyes Ahead” live in it’s entirety that evening.

Until then, tune in to opbmusic on Tuesday, March 6, as we play the album throughout the opbmusic broadcast.

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