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Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
November 15, 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
November 16, 2018 9:00 pm

The Midnight Hour is ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD & ADRIAN  YOUNGE's  soul/jazz/hip-hop album which continues the conversations started by yesterday's jazz and funk pioneers; those that created the bedrock of samples for hip-h... Read more

The Midnight Hour is ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD & ADRIAN  YOUNGE's  soul/jazz/hip-hop album which continues the conversations started by yesterday's jazz and funk pioneers; those that created the bedrock of samples for hip-hop producers in the 80s/90s. The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip-hop that fans will enjoy, capturing their jazz rhythm section, and a full orchestra, to analog tape. One of the seminal compositions, Questions, originally began as an unfinished Midnight Hour demo with CeeLo Green. However, Kendrick Lamar heard the track and wanted to sample portions of it for his GRAMMY-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly (the song ultimately made it to Kendrick's 2016 compilation untitled unmastered. as "untitled 06 | 06.30.2014."). The full, completed version of "Questions"  is now the lead single on The Midnight Hour. "So Amazing"  is a reimagining of Luther Vandross' 1986 single. Ali and Adrian took Luther's original vocal stems and composed new music, as if Luther was in the room with them. This transcendental recording is something that really makes The Midnight Hour special. The June 8 drop for the album couldn't come at a better time. Luke Cage's Season 2 comes out on June 22 on Netflix and The Midnight Hour have a lot of special surprises in store for both the original score and the original music that they have created for the show.   


Soul'd Out Presents
November 17, 2018 9:00 pm

  World renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips is known as one of the most electrifying instrumentalists today. Mike is the first non-athlete signed by Michael Jordan to the Nike Jordan Brand, home of the Air Jordan, and is the only musician in t... Read more

 

World renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips is known as one of the most electrifying instrumentalists today. Mike is the first non-athlete signed by Michael Jordan to the Nike Jordan Brand, home of the Air Jordan, and is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary “Big Three” of American soul and pop music: Michael Jackson, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.

 

Mike toured for nearly two years as part of the band for ‘Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL Tour’ by Cirque du Soleil. And music superstar Prince knew what audiences around the world know… when Mike Phillips puts his saxophone to his lips, magic is about to happen.

 

Prince once quoted “I was offstage, listening to Michael Phillips take his solo. I was thinking ‘Wow, listen to those people responding, and all he’s doing is playing a saxophone.’ They can feel that what he’s doing is real. So many shows now…they are so dead. But here’s one man breathing into an instrument, and the whole room feels alive. It made me want to rise up to that level when I came back onstage.” Prince, Rolling Stone, 5/27/04

 

Phillips is no stranger to the professional sports world, as his version of the National Anthem during the 2016 NFC Championship game sent shockwaves all over the NFL deemed one of the best anthems ever done instrumentally and now is known as the “SAXTHEM”.

 

Mike has played three (3) halftime NFL shows with various artists and served as Music Director for the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration for two (2) consecutive years. Phillips also served as Musical Director and Host of the popular BET program “Lyric Café”. Mike Phillips’ other television performances have included the Grammys, the Soul Train Awards and as host of his own show “Mike’s World” on BET network channel Centric which thrilled millions of viewers.

 

Mike's solo albums “You Reached Mike Phillips”, “Uncommon Denominator” and “MP3”, all debuted in the Top #5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. His new album “Pulling Off The Covers” is due for release first quarter on GPE records 2019.

 

Mike Phillips’ digital links:

Official Website: www.ThisIsMikePhillips,

Facebook: @mikephillipsfan

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mike_phillips/


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
November 17, 2018 11:30 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
November 18, 2018 9:00 pm

 James Villa (a.k.a "Brizzleman") is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Portland, Oregon. His self-produced music is described as neo soul, Rnb, and synth funk. Influenced by the sounds around, both old and new, his style combines... Read more

 James Villa (a.k.a "Brizzleman") is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Portland, Oregon. His self-produced music is described as neo soul, Rnb, and synth funk. Influenced by the sounds around, both old and new, his style combines the echoes of yesterday’s soul singers, and the pulsing rhythms of today’s beats. His live sound consists of a 5 piece full band, featuring a funky rhythm section, and “Dick Champagne” on the saxophone.

 

DTG

Free Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Ambient Dirt Music quintet consisting of PDX musicians: David Barber, Miguel Hernandez, Jack Mortensen, Chang Park, and Lee Hauser.

 



Donna Jones sings sultry and soulful renditions of jazz classics, new jazz tunes, and powerful blues. Donna is joined by keyboardist Dan Hergert. Jeff Davis, on drums and vocals, syncs with bass from James Latham.   Alonzo Chadwick & Z... Read more

Donna Jones sings sultry and soulful renditions of jazz classics, new jazz tunes, and powerful blues. Donna is joined by keyboardist Dan Hergert. Jeff Davis, on drums and vocals, syncs with bass from James Latham.

 

Alonzo Chadwick & Zoulful Muzic is a group of incredibly talented & skilled musicians and singers who specialize in various genres of music. The likes of Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Neo Soul, Blues, and gospel to name a few. Alonzo has been through many trials and tests. His heartfelt lyrics combined with a myriad of life experiences allows him to reach all generations, creeds, colors, races, and cultures. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Grammy nominated Oregon Symphony at their annual “Gospel Christmas” for the last 12 years.


Soul'd Out Presents
November 24, 2018 9:00 pm

Nick Werth offers up an inspiring display of creativity with his solo project, GALAXE. While simultaneously juggling the producer/MC roles, live beats and positive mantras unite to form a unique blend of conscious Hip Hop and Electronica. To make mat... Read more

Nick Werth offers up an inspiring display of creativity with his solo project, GALAXE. While simultaneously juggling the producer/MC roles, live beats and positive mantras unite to form a unique blend of conscious Hip Hop and Electronica. To make matters more interesting, Nick delivers the GALAXE sound via Xylosynth: a futuristic beat machine with limitless possibilities.        

 

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Tony Ozier is Texas-raised and Northwest-planted. Living in Portland for the past decade, he has grown his reputation for putting on one of the stankiest shows in town. Doo Doo Funk is his self-titled musical style, and 2017 promises even more of it.

Hailing from a musical family, Tony's late grandfather toured the country as a gospel singer, and Tony grew up playing drums in church and school. But it was not until he dropped out of college that he began to play the piano and consider music a viable career path. He taught himself to play on a piano at his father's house, and then one day a friend showed him how to make beats. He immediately knew music production was his future. He moved across the country to complete a degree in studio engineering, and has been on the move since, working as an engineer, producer, and touring musician, while continuously developing and fine-tuning his own sound.

Backed by his powerful 10-piece band, The Doo Doo Funk Allstars, Tony's high energy and musical imagination shine bright. Looking for a place to collaborate and present improvisational live music with other musicians, he created the "Dookie Jam," a monthly soul/funk/jazz/hip hop night in Portland that ran continuously for over 7 years. Prior to that, he ran a similar night for 3 years in Los Angeles. He is one of the founder's of the Portland Black Music Festival, and regularly works with groups such as Beats Lyrics Leaders to bring musical experiences to youth.        


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
November 24, 2018 11:30 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
November 25, 2018 9:00 pm

Come and jam out with Portland's own Rich Hunter and DJ Skinny Mrcls + SPECIAL GUESTS!


Jubba White & Aaron Nigel Smith Present
November 28, 2018 9:00 pm

First 25 pre-sale purchasers will receive a free digital download compilation of 10 songs from the artists.   Imagine heavy basslines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics. No... Read more

First 25 pre-sale purchasers will receive a free digital download compilation of 10 songs from the artists.

 

Imagine heavy basslines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics. Now imagine roots reggae, imagine dub, rock… Put them all together and you get a new breed of Jamaican music called Dubtonic Kru.

 

Like their style of music, Dubtonic is a mixture of the two words "Dub", relating to the heavy drum and bass aspect of reggae music, and "Tonic", referring to medicine. The eclectic blend of music and musicians are certainly medicine to one’s soul, and after listening, you simply just want more of this tonic.

 

The level of positive energy that is shared through music between Dubtonic Kru and their listeners everywhere they perform is no surprise then.

 

Their versatility and capability in being able to serve the right dosage to their varying audiences was the edge they had over their counterparts when they were voted “BEST NEW BAND IN THE WORLD" 2010 - 2011 at the Global Battle of the Bands World Finals in Malaysia in February 2011. After a fierce musical showdown of different genres that involved national finalists from numerous countries, the Executive Judges made the unanimous decision that awarded Dubtonic Kru top honours.

 

The founding members of Dubtonic Kru are Jubba and Stone, a dynamic drum & bass duo, who over the years contributed to the development of modern roots reggae with their unique sound and approach that intertwines Jubba’s mesmerizing reggae/jazz fusion drumming with Stone’s groovy, yet pulsating bass lines. The duo has gained over two decades of experience from touring and recording with the legendary likes of Max Romeo, U-Roy, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds, Junior Kelly, Richie Spice, Lutan Fyah. A significant milestone in their careers was the composition of the “I Swear” rhythm that took the Reggae arena by storm, featuring artistes such as Richie Spice, Chuck Fenda, and Sizzla, among others.

 

Dubtonic Kru became an even more complete Dub Machine with the addition of Jallanzo, guitarist and vocalist, to round out the core of the group. Their songs and spoken words are consciously thought provoking, while their rhythm/dub section walks through the passage of time with a gritty sound that rolls stones and breaks fences. Some of their popular numbers like “Sunshine Girl”, “Born Jamaican”, Overcome and 99% are testament to the group’s versatility.

 

2010 could be comfortably dubbed their year as they were also honored by the United States House of Representatives and were presented with a Congressional Proclamation by Congress woman Yvette Clarke for their contributions through music to varying communities. The same year, they were awarded the Simba Award by CPR (Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music). Certainly, their successes have given rise to a resurgence of bands on the local scene in Jamaica and they were once again honored with the Jamaica Star’s "People's Choice Award" for the "Band of the Year".

 

The Kru has given medicine to audiences through remarkable performances globally. And after a period of hiatus, the Kru is back to share an even higher level of energy. The musical tonic has been brewing, so be ready to experience Reggae Like Never Before!

 


Soul'd Out Presents
November 30, 2018 9:00 pm

Trio Subtonic is a groove heavy power trio out of Portland, Oregon that blends genre bending funk with slow burning underground soul jazz.  Led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of rock, soul, funk, hip hop and jazz tha... Read more

Trio Subtonic is a groove heavy power trio out of Portland, Oregon that blends genre bending funk with slow burning underground soul jazz.  Led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of rock, soul, funk, hip hop and jazz that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries.  Creating a sonic footprint reserved for more than just three people, Subtonic delivers soulful grooves, expansive improvisations and a deep pocket that compels audiences to try dance moves they didn't know they had.


Trio Subtonic consists of Galen Clark on keyboards, Bill Athens on bass and Russ Kleiner on drums.  The group has performed with Dan Balmer, A Love Electric, JFJO, Scott Pemberton, D'Vonne Lewis, Michal Angela and more.  Touring extensively on the West Coast, East Coast and in Mexico, Subtonic brings dynamic energy to festivals, jazz clubs and watering holes alike and has garnered admiration from a wide variety of fans and critics. 

The lis­tener will find funky, groove-oriented sounds, acoustic bal­lads, and gospel-tinged instru­men­tals. Trio Subtonic’s “pop­ulist” take on Jazz means that just about every­body digs what they’re doing. Best of all, this record is “designed” well, mak­ing for a diverse lis­ten­ing expe­ri­ence from begin­ning till end. –Matt Fleeger, KMHD

No secret to North­west jazz afi­ciona­dos, Trio Subtonic oper­ate within simul­ta­ne­ously soul­ful and funk-heavy arrange­ments. High­lighted by the daz­zling key-work of Galen Clark, the trio is a ver­i­ta­ble mon­ster hybrid of jazz fusion.  –PDX Pop Now

In an indus­try becom­ing increas­ingly over­crowded with crossover acts, Port­land, Oregon’s Trio Subtonic has carved out their own iden­tity… The trio has embraced the sounds that sur­round them and crafted a cohe­sive, expertly sequenced record that should pack dance­floors and demand care­ful lis­ten­ing.  –JazzTimes.com

 

Keyboards / Galen Clark
Bass / Bill Athens
Drums / Russ Kleiner


Soul'd Out Presents
December 1, 2018 9:15 pm

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked ... Read more

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a cultural instigator, and in-demand performer and speaker. Her TED Talk has been watched by more than 1.2 million people. 

 

Meklit's new album - When The People Move, The Music Moves Too - came out in June of 2017 on Six Degrees records. It reached #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts, #1 on the North American Community + College Radio World Music charts, #1 on the Earshot Canadian College World Charts, and #12 on the World Music Charts Europe. It was named one of the 100 Best Albums of 2017 by the Sunday Times UK, One of the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp and amongst the 10 Best Bay Area albums of 2017 by KQED. Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter/producer Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend), the album was inspired by Mulatu Astatke - the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz. Back in 2011, he told Meklit, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!"  His words sparked these 11 celebratory songs, born of of a hyphenated Ethio-American identity, as Oakland as they are Addis. The record features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird.


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