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Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
May 24, 2018 8:00 pm

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-... Read more

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-star band has been a sensation for a long time—including a 20-year run on Thursdays at Portland’s Jimmy Mak’s (The Oregonian dubbed them “Jimmy Mak’s signature group”).  A collective resume that reads like a "Who's Who" of NW jazz, blues, and soul, this group has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous--from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues.

MEL BROWN -- An Oregon icon, has been labeled the "Gentleman of Jazz," with a career spanning a half century. The city of Portland proclaimed June 22, 1989 "Mel Brown Day" in recognition of Mel's achievements as a musician and educator, receiving the Governor's Arts Award in 2002. Mel first made his mark as a Motown staff drummer, recording and touring with the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and many others. He subsequently spent ten years working with Diana Ross and other pop acts before giving up the road in 1991 and returning home to his first love: jazz. Mel has been a fixture in Portland ever since, leading groups six nights a week at Jimmy Mak's and other venues when he isn't backing jazz artists like Joey DeFrancesco and Benny Golson.

DAN BALMER -- Widely considered the defining sound of contemporary jazz guitar in the Northwest.  Described by the Los Angeles Times as "the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be," Dan is one of the most original and creative artists to come from the fertile Northwest music scene.  Dan has played and recorded with a long list of jazz greats, has released six CDs of his own, is a jazz educator and a noted composer. Dan leads his own groups and performs with jazz artists including Diane Schuur, Benny Green, and Jeff Hamilton.  

RENATO CARANTO -- described as "one of Portland's most soulful jazz saxophonists" by The Oregonian," Renato is one of the most versatile, accomplished, soulful saxophonists anywhere. Arriving from the Philippines in '81 with only his horn, Renato has built an enviable career in Portland. After gaining a foothold in the local scene, Renato became one of the most sought-after jazzmen in the NW and beyond. In recent years, he’s toured with Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding and late country legend Merle Haggard. Talk about versatility!  

LOUIS "KING LOUIE" PAIN -- "Portland's boss of the B-3" (The Oregonian) hails from San Francisco, where he played and recorded with a wide variety of top musicians: Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte, Santana saxophonist Jules Broussard, Edwin Hawkins vocalist Dorothy Morrison, and B.B. King saxophonist Bobby Forte. After moving north in '86, Louis continued the trend. His 2016 cd with vocalist LaRhonda Steele, “Rock Me Baby,” was honored by Downbeat as one of the “Best Albums of 2016.”  Louis’ knack for playing exactly what's needed to further the song has made him Portland's "first call" organist.

 

 

 

 



The Seattle Soul All Stars is a collective of perhaps the finest musicians the tradition rich Emerald City has ever produced...a bold statement considering the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Kenny G, etc were all spawned in the unbelievab... Read more

The Seattle Soul All Stars is a collective of perhaps the finest musicians the tradition rich Emerald City has ever produced...a bold statement considering the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Kenny G, etc were all spawned in the unbelievably fertile Seattle music scene. Gerald and Thaddeus Turner, two of Seatown's finest bass/ lead guitar combination since 70s  funk superstars The Brothers Johnson, take the stage alongside DJ ROC PHIZZLE,( Jamaal Robinson), an extraordinary talent whose keyboard playing is reminiscent of some of the great funk / Soul Keyboard players in some of the best bands of the 70s and 80s. It should come as no surprise that his father played bass guitar in the legendary 70s and 80s funk super band " "Lakeside".

Also included in this eclectic group of musicians is the aptly named"Superman", Conrad Real, on the drums; Conrad, together with the aforementioned Turner brothers, form the nucleus of the rhythm section for 90s super hip hop jazz group " Digable Planets" and will be leaving with DP to go on tour shortly after doing the Jack London show.


Soul'd Out Presents
May 26, 2018 9:00 pm

 Bossa PDX is a Portland-based group that pays homage to the masters of the bossa nova era. The group, which is led by pianist-vocalist Kerry Politzer, plays lovingly transcribed arrangements of compositions by Jobim, Chico Buarque, Ary Barroso,... Read more

 Bossa PDX is a Portland-based group that pays homage to the masters of the bossa nova era. The group, which is led by pianist-vocalist Kerry Politzer, plays lovingly transcribed arrangements of compositions by Jobim, Chico Buarque, Ary Barroso, Joao Donato, and many others. Bossa PDX also plays a selection of upbeat Brazilian jazz tunes, dipping into the rhythms of samba and baiao. The band provides an experience both soothing and uplifting.


The Jack London and Critical Hit burlesque present
May 26, 2018 11:15 pm

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers. Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates. The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, ... Read more

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers.

Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates.

The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland

Follow the hardwood path through the Rialto Poolroom        


Neo-Soul Sunday Presents
May 27, 2018 9:00 pm

Plutons Trio is an organ trio based in Portland, Oregon that brings the funk. They are heavily influenced by Soulive, Jack McDuff, D'Angelo, and many other soulful artist. Their show consist of instrumental original material with a mixture of the... Read more

Plutons Trio is an organ trio based in Portland, Oregon that brings the funk. They are heavily influenced by Soulive, Jack McDuff, D'Angelo, and many other soulful artist. Their show consist of instrumental original material with a mixture of their take on covers ranging from rock to jazz. With Chris Philips bringing that gritty funk on the Hammond organ, Jason Butterworth giving you the sexy guitar licks, and Justin Calhoun keeping the groove locked in on drums like a pair of handcuffs, a Plutons show is definitely a show you won't want to miss!       


Soul'd Out Presents
May 30, 2018 8:00 pm

 "When Rebecca sings, the sun comes out." -- Johnny Mandel Did you know? Rebecca Kilgore has over 50 recordings in her discography, with Harry Allen, Dan Barrett, John Sheridan, Dave Frishberg, Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello, Pao... Read more

 "When Rebecca sings, the sun comes out." -- Johnny Mandel Did you know?

Rebecca Kilgore has over 50 recordings in her discography, with Harry Allen, Dan Barrett, John Sheridan, Dave Frishberg, Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello, Paolo Alderighi, and many others.

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Rebecca has performed with pianists Dick Hyman, Bernd Lhotzky, Dave Frishberg, Ehud Asherie, Randy Porter, Rossano Sportiello, Paolo Alderighi, John Sheridan, and others. She collaborates with vocalists Dave Tull, Greta Matassa, and Eddie Erickson.

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Interview with Michael Feinstein

She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's 'Fresh Air' with Terry Gross, has appeared on 'A Prairie Home Companion', and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall.

The Rebecca Kilgore Quartet (formerly known as BED) was a popular favorite on the jazz festival circuit: with Eddie Erickson (guitar/banjo/voice), Dan Barrett (trombone), and Joel Forbes (bass).

She has been performed with the Statesmen Of Jazz, dedicated to perpetuating the art of jazz for future generations.

Other venues. New York: Feinstein's at the Regency; New York: Birdland; San Francisco: The Plush Room at the York Hotel; Oakland, CA: Piedmont Pianos; Culver City, CA: The Jazz Bakery; Fullerton, CA: Steamers Jazz Club; Phoenix, AZ: The Nash; Madison, NJ: Shanghai Jazz; LA: The Westin at LAX; Toledo, OH: Murphy's Place; Cleveland Heights, OH: Nighttown; Ann Arbor, MI: The Firefly Club; Cincinnati, OH: The Blue Wisp; Southampton, UK: The Concorde Club; Sherman Oaks, CA: Spazio's.

She is honored to have been inducted (in 2010) to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and to the Jazz Society of Oregon's Hall Of Fame, and to have been invited to perform at New York's Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention for three years at Town Hall and Lincoln Center. She was the guest of honor at the 2013 Roswell (New Mexico) Jazz Festival, and honored as a Jazz Legend at the San Diego Jazz Party in 2016.        


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
May 31, 2018 8:00 pm

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-... Read more

"If this band appeared in New York City, they'd be a sensation!" That was guitar great--and one-time Mel Brown bandmate--George Benson's reaction after hearing the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group open for him in 2003.  This true all-star band has been a sensation for a long time—including a 20-year run on Thursdays at Portland’s Jimmy Mak’s (The Oregonian dubbed them “Jimmy Mak’s signature group”).  A collective resume that reads like a "Who's Who" of NW jazz, blues, and soul, this group has the talent and confidence to be completely spontaneous--from their blistering solos to their improvised arrangements and segues.

MEL BROWN -- An Oregon icon, has been labeled the "Gentleman of Jazz," with a career spanning a half century. The city of Portland proclaimed June 22, 1989 "Mel Brown Day" in recognition of Mel's achievements as a musician and educator, receiving the Governor's Arts Award in 2002. Mel first made his mark as a Motown staff drummer, recording and touring with the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and many others. He subsequently spent ten years working with Diana Ross and other pop acts before giving up the road in 1991 and returning home to his first love: jazz. Mel has been a fixture in Portland ever since, leading groups six nights a week at Jimmy Mak's and other venues when he isn't backing jazz artists like Joey DeFrancesco and Benny Golson.

DAN BALMER -- Widely considered the defining sound of contemporary jazz guitar in the Northwest.  Described by the Los Angeles Times as "the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be," Dan is one of the most original and creative artists to come from the fertile Northwest music scene.  Dan has played and recorded with a long list of jazz greats, has released six CDs of his own, is a jazz educator and a noted composer. Dan leads his own groups and performs with jazz artists including Diane Schuur, Benny Green, and Jeff Hamilton.  

RENATO CARANTO -- described as "one of Portland's most soulful jazz saxophonists" by The Oregonian," Renato is one of the most versatile, accomplished, soulful saxophonists anywhere. Arriving from the Philippines in '81 with only his horn, Renato has built an enviable career in Portland. After gaining a foothold in the local scene, Renato became one of the most sought-after jazzmen in the NW and beyond. In recent years, he’s toured with Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding and late country legend Merle Haggard. Talk about versatility!  

LOUIS "KING LOUIE" PAIN -- "Portland's boss of the B-3" (The Oregonian) hails from San Francisco, where he played and recorded with a wide variety of top musicians: Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte, Santana saxophonist Jules Broussard, Edwin Hawkins vocalist Dorothy Morrison, and B.B. King saxophonist Bobby Forte. After moving north in '86, Louis continued the trend. His 2016 cd with vocalist LaRhonda Steele, “Rock Me Baby,” was honored by Downbeat as one of the “Best Albums of 2016.”  Louis’ knack for playing exactly what's needed to further the song has made him Portland's "first call" organist.

 

 

 

 


Soul'd Out Presents
June 1, 2018 9:00 pm

Elise was born in Southern California to a South African father and a mother from New York in the very last year of the millennium. Raised on The Carpenters, Green Day, and 80s New Wave, I always looked forward to rides in my mom's car where she ... Read more

Elise was born in Southern California to a South African father and a mother from New York in the very last year of the millennium. Raised on The Carpenters, Green Day, and 80s New Wave, I always looked forward to rides in my mom's car where she played her "mixtapes", whether it was on a compilation CD or an ancient iPod. Inspiration struck when my six-year-old self first heard the haunting piano melody in "My Immortal" by Evanescence. I distinctly remember a five hour plane ride that consisted of that one song blasting repeatedly into my ears. So I begged my parents for piano lessons, and after they finally relented, they were then begging me to not practice at five in the morning every day. I did it anyway, and my love for piano just grew stronger.

Life changed when my family bought the game Rockband for Xbox. After mastering the drums to "Dani California" on Expert Mode, I thought I was ready to rock (thank you, Chad Smith). It took a lot more to convince my parents I needed drum lessons, but I managed to wear them down with my obsessive talk and relentless requests. Luckily, at that time we were living on a 2-acre former chicken farm in the middle of nowhere, so the decibel change from piano to drums was irrelevant.

A few months after finding my way around an actual drum kit, my parents realized that I was serious about drumming, so they supported my cause and enrolled me in School of Rock, where I learned how to play and perform with other young musicians. Being one of the youngest only pushed me harder to keep up with the older kids. From Mitch Mitchell's jazz-rock waltz on Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" to the syncopated groove of Richard Bailey on Jeff Beck's "Blow by Blow" to the funky feel of Tower of Power's David Garibaldi, I wanted to learn it all.

During my high school years, I started reading charts in band, and jazz became another component of my musicality. At the same time, I began writing both on piano and guitar, spending hours before, after, and even during school to fulfill my creative desires. Because of my dedication to music and growing following on social media, I graduated early to commit fully to music and the creation of my first album. The decision to perform all of the instrumental and vocal tracks on the recordings stemmed from my desire to learn more about recording and to push myself beyond my own limits.

People ask me "What genre is your music?" With songs in 5/4 and 7/4, chords that you'd normally find in The Real Book next to "Take Five," and influences like Radiohead, The Police, and Steely Dan, I'm really not sure what box I fit into- I'll leave that up to you.        


Soul'd Out Presents
June 2, 2018 9:00 pm

2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Muddy Award nominee for Best R&B act, The Ken DeRouchie Band is an 8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band from Portland Oregon. The band features a crisp horn section and a tight rhythm section along with amazing 4 part vo... Read more

2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Muddy Award nominee for Best R&B act, The Ken DeRouchie Band is an 8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band from Portland Oregon. The band features a crisp horn section and a tight rhythm section along with amazing 4 part vocal harmonies, performing original music written by Ken DeRouchie as well as a few handpicked twists on classic tunes. Influences for the band include everything from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Koko Taylor, Steely Dan, Jill Scott and Galactic. KDB has had the pleasure of opening for such national acts as Cheap Trick, Blood Sweat and Tears, Curtis Salgado, Robben Ford, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, and Leftover Salmon. Top players from the Northwest join DeRouchie, including Northwest Soul phenom, Arietta Ward (DooDoo Funk All-stars), long-time KDB bassist Rob Busey (Robbie Laws), virtuoso guitarist Jeff Knudson (Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band), keyboardist Brian Harris (Curtis Salgado), drummer Chris Lay (Tim Snider Band), Pete Peterson on tenor sax and Caleb Denison on trumpet. Steve Pringle of KINK FM Portland writes "Ken and his band bring it each and every night. Horns that moan and wail, guitars that grind and soothe and a rhythm section tighter than a frogs ass. The KDB has a story to tell, pull up a chair." Marty Gunther - Blues Blast Magazine writes "Muse is totally soulful from beginning to end. DeRouchie is a masterful songwriter, and the varying musical textures used keep you interested throughout. Available through all of the major websites, this isn't your granddad's blues. It's totally modern in every way and definitely worth a taste." Andre Hagestadt, The Oregonian and Statesman Journal writes "....the Ken DeRouchie Band has developed a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the Northwest" The Ken DeRouchie Band puts on a HIGH-OCTANE, Soul, R&B and Blues fueled live show. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a world class live music experience. This will be the party of the year!      


The Jack London and Critical Hit burlesque present
June 2, 2018 11:15 pm

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers. Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates. The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, ... Read more

Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers.

Contact Critical Hit Burlesque for reserved seating or large party rates.

The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland

Follow the hardwood path through the Rialto Poolroom        


Soul'd Out Productions & Neo-Soul Sunday Presents
June 3, 2018 9:00 pm

Ron, has been 'living' in music for as long as he can remember. Living and growing up in Hawaii, lends a peaceful background to his music. "Music is to be lived, as life is to be lived" Soul, Soul, Soul - that best describe... Read more

Ron, has been 'living' in music for as long as he can remember.

Living and growing up in Hawaii, lends a peaceful background to his music.

"Music is to be lived, as life is to be lived"

Soul, Soul, Soul - that best describes Ron's sound. But you must see him to believe that there are no genre limitations. Ron has worked with Mick Fleetwood, Booker T Jones, Jack Johnson, Mike Love, Jake Shimabukuro, Eric Krasno, Soulive, Doyle Bramhall II and more....

"It's time to bring conscious soul music to the world"

 

 

 

 

Jarrod Lawson is blessed with a voice steeped in reverence for the great soul singers thathave gone before him. Raised in a musical household, Jarrod often credits his father's eclectic and exhaustive record collection as the reason for which his musical palate evolved in such a diverse fashion. Jarrod's carefully crafted, genre­bending compositions, coupled with his extraordinary brand of thoughtful, poignant lyrics, have brought him admiration and attention from international taste­makers all across the globe, many of whom consider Jarrod's unique approach to be a breath of fresh air in a genre whose modern permutations have lost their depth. Jarrod's debut album, released in May of 2014, rocketed to the top of the UK Soul charts and garnered a medley of prestigious awards including SoulTracks 'Album Of The Year', London based Jazz FM's 'Soul Artist Of The Year', and the runner up position for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide 'Album Of The Year' Award for 2014. Jarrod has now shared the stage with international superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller, Take 6, Bilal, and Lalah Hathaway, to name a few.        

 


Soul'd Out Presents
June 6, 2018 9:00 pm

"What makes the homey Ozark stew of Handmade Moments so very nourishing, so perfectly spiced? Partake and be effortlessly guided through wistful and deep channels of musical flavor, rich with hearty roots and fungi, vegetables home-gardened and ... Read more

"What makes the homey Ozark stew of Handmade Moments so very nourishing, so perfectly spiced? Partake and be effortlessly guided through wistful and deep channels of musical flavor, rich with hearty roots and fungi, vegetables home-gardened and watered from the sacred well of American musics: jazz old-time country blues soul hip-hop rock (and it don't stop). Glistening with insight and whimsy, long-simmering with righteous compassion and beauty, Handmade Moments are a fearless all-weather duo - complementary spirits of musical tightrope and magic - serving up entrée to their secret river of goodness." - Matthew Souzis        


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