Thanksgiving, AOK, and A.O., are the names under which Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter Adrian Orange (born March 20, 1986) performs. Officially adopting the "Thanksgiving" moniker around 1999-2000, Orange played experimental folk music, often accompanying himself on electric guitar. While Thanksgiving is essentially a solo act, Adrian Orange often collaborates with other musicians in his recordings and performances.
Thanksgiving is commonly associated with Phil Elverum (The Microphones, Mount Eerie), who produced Welcome Nowhere and has stated that "the best songs ever written are being written right now by Adrian Orange." Orange is also a member of the instrumental band The Watery Graves of Portland and co-founded Marriage Records.
He became known as an avant-garde folk songwriter in the vein of artists such as Phil Elverum, Will Oldham, (Smog), and Jandek. However, since mid-2006, Adrian Orange has played many of his live shows with a nine-piece backing band, the Child Slave Rebellion (LAKE). By their doing, older Thanksgiving songs are recreated with rock and reggae textures, and as a songwriter, Orange has seemingly been influenced by these styles.
After performing throughout 2007 under the monikers "Lyllyy's Adrian Orange" and, briefly, "Drone Boner", with members of the greater Portland, OR experimental music scene (including members of Rob Walmart, Valet, Jackie-O Motherfucker and White Rainbow), Orange released the more experimentally leaning CDR "AJO" in early 2008. It featured much more wild sound effects, long free-form jams and strange song fragments than heard on previous Thanksgiving or Adrian Orange albums.
Orange is currently working on an experimental electronic hip-hop album under the moniker AOK with producer/musician Adam Forkner, tentatively titled "ZONE OUT", a preview of which was sold as a CDR on tours in the fall and winter of 2008.