Events

Soul'd Out Productions & Jimmy Maks Present
December 12, 2018 8:00 pm

Jimmy Mak’s, in conjunction with Jack London Revue and Soul’d Out Productions present Delta Blues guitarist and singer Anthony “Big A” Sherrod with Portland blues mainstays John Mazzacco and Carlton Jackson on Wednesday, Decem... Read more

Jimmy Mak’s, in conjunction with Jack London Revue and Soul’d Out Productions present Delta Blues guitarist and singer Anthony “Big A” Sherrod with Portland blues mainstays John Mazzacco and Carlton Jackson on Wednesday, December 12th at the Jack London Revue!

 

Coming out of the rich blues environment of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod learned his craft at the knee of some of the area’s most influential players including “Mr. Johnnie” Billington, James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Wesley Jefferson and Big Jack Johnson. Today he carries on the tradition of old school Delta blues in their honor.

 

Get your tickets now and don’t miss this rare opportunity!


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
December 13, 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
December 14, 2018 9:30 pm

The True Loves, an 8-piece instrumental Soul group out of Seattle, WA that got their start during the summer of 2015 when drummer, David McGraw, began organizing jam sessions with bassist Bryant Moore and guitarist Jimmy James. The group would organi... Read more

The True Loves, an 8-piece instrumental Soul group out of Seattle, WA that got their start during the summer of 2015 when drummer, David McGraw, began organizing jam sessions with bassist Bryant Moore and guitarist Jimmy James. The group would organize at a venue, in most cases the infamous Seamonster Lounge, and improvise grooves and melodies on the spot for hours on end. The band performed (and still occasionally does) under the name "Horse & Tiger Presents" - from gig to gig the players rotated in and out until a solid lineup was reached. Guitarist Jimmy James met Grace Love, a heavy hitting vocalist with a deep and true feel and uncanny ability to improvise song lyrics on the spot. Songs started flowing and soon after the band was in the studio recording their debut album 'Grace Love & the True Loves'. The album features such radio hits as 'Fire', 'Nobody Sweeter' and the classic ballad, 'Mean to Me' and was #19 on KEXP's Top 100 Albums of 2015 list.

In January of 2017, the True Loves went back into the studio to record their debut instrumental album 'Famous Last Words' which was released in July of the same year. The album features high-energy bangers and mid tempo grooves that showcase what the band does best: unrelenting pocket and groove. To promote the album release, the band headlined a sold-out TimberFest featuring the vocal talents of Daptone Records Saun & Starr and Seattle's very own Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty. Reeling from a recent sold-out headlining show at the Tractor Tavern, the True Loves are looking to get back into the studio and out on the road to new music fans nationally and internationally. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for what the band releases next and where you can next see the band live.       


Soul'd Out Presents
December 15, 2018 9:00 pm

Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado's earth-shaking vocals and forceful harmonica playing have been devastating audiences around the world for over 30 years. Guitarist Alan Hager has been wowing fellow musicians from his... Read more

Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado's earth-shaking vocals and forceful harmonica playing have been devastating audiences around the world for over 30 years. Guitarist Alan Hager has been wowing fellow musicians from his hometown of Portland, Oregon and beyond for decades. Hager has been jamming with Salgado since 2003, and joined his band full-time in 2015. Together, the two blues fans and friends took time out of their busy touring schedule to record Rough Cut, a stripped-down album featuring a potent mix of newly written, timeless originals and carefully chosen blues covers. "We did it for the love of the music," says Salgado. "This is where our hearts are. These are deep songs that we love to play."

That love comes through loud and clear on Rough Cut. Produced by Salgado and Hager, the 13 songs on the album (including six originals) range from plaintive to playful. Recorded in one live unrehearsed take, the original I Will Not Surrender, with its haunting and sparse soundscape, showcases some of Hager's strongest guitar work, and some of the most profoundly emotive vocals Salgado has ever laid down. The canine-lover's anthem, I Want My Dog To Live Longer (The Greatest Wish), is already a huge fan favorite. Salgado's soulful singing and Hager's elegant slide guitar playing shine on Elmore James' You Got To Move and Muddy Waters' I Can't Be Satisfied. "He's the best player in the business, unlike anybody else," Salgado says of Hager. "One reason I made this record was to show him off."

Born in Portland, Oregon, Alan Hager has taken a long and fascinating journey to his current spot as lead guitarist in Salgado's band. He first picked up a guitar at age ten and became a blues and jazz prodigy. He was playing local clubs as a teenager before heading to Boston's Berklee School Of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny. A year later he was studying classical music at the famed New England Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in 1979. During the 1980s he toured as part of a classical guitar duo and took up teaching, which he still does. But he never fell out of love with the blues, especially the old Delta sounds of Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson and Skip James. He moved back to Portland in 1988 and soon met fellow blues aficionado Curtis Salgado. They have been making music together since 2003, with Curtis' voice and harmonica and Alan's hypnotic guitar work perfectly complementing each other.

 


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
December 15, 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 to the Jack London Revue downstairs...        



90s Soul Tribute featuring some of Portland's best young vocalists and musicians!


Soul'd Out Presents
December 19, 2018 8:00 pm

Paula Byrne's voice is like chilled champagne on a hot summer day. She moves easily between songs that are lush and beautiful to highly rhythmic, wild rides. Her sense of humor, revival of obscure songs and new twists on old standards keeps the a... Read more

Paula Byrne's voice is like chilled champagne on a hot summer day. She moves easily between songs that are lush and beautiful to highly rhythmic, wild rides. Her sense of humor, revival of obscure songs and new twists on old standards keeps the audience engaged and enraptured.

 

Paula is eclectic in her choice of musicians with whom to perform, including many of Portland's best: Randy Porter, Gordon Lee, George Mitchell, Craig Bidondo, Joe Millward, Ron Steen, Dennis Caiazza, Rich Turnoy, Glenn Holstrom, Andrea Niemiec, Kevin Dietz, Christopher Woitach and Darin Clendenin, Matt Tabor, Craig Snazelle, Dave Captein, Vince Frates, Dan Gaynor, John Gilmore, Mike Horsfall, Greg Goebel, Dan Presley, Carlton Jackson, Gordon Lee, Todd Marston.

 

Born to a jazz drummer (father) and figure skater (mother), she has been a lover of music and movement since birth. Paula teaches dance locally and internationally, and has been a moving force in the dance scene in Portland since 1996. She is the creator of the Wild Grace™ and DanceQuest™ movement meditations, and is Founder of SomaSpace ~ Studio of Movement Arts in NE PDX.

 

Paula was an Oracle software developer in the corporate high-tech field for 20 years. She left that career in 2005 to devote herself full-time to her soul-work in assisting people to remember and reconnect to the body as a source of wisdom, pleasure and joy in the present moment.

        


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
December 20, 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
December 21, 2018 9:00 pm

Ty Curtis has a Blues mojo that is alive and kicking, a natural musical treat for all that stand before his stage. His offerings have a throwback Rock and Roll flair with an undeniable southern-fried ambiance. Blended, it all adds up to the authentic... Read more

Ty Curtis has a Blues mojo that is alive and kicking, a natural musical treat for all that stand before his stage. His offerings have a throwback Rock and Roll flair with an undeniable southern-fried ambiance. Blended, it all adds up to the authenticity of his Blues Rock Style. His explosion of emotion-power-packed performances captures the undivided attention of audiences with tantalizing guitar fret work and highly intellectual lyrics. Add to the mix his exceptional vocals, and in Ty Curtis, you've found a classy performer that has ignited an exciting Blues career and is a major Blues star in the making. “Ty Curtis is a triple threat, since he is the band's lead singer, as well as the primary composer of their material, and thirdly he's a sonically incendiary, string-shredding electric guitar player” (Blues Rock Review). Ty has been winning awards for his vocals and musicianship for the last 10 years. In 2009 his raw soulful version of 5 Long Years by Eddie Boyd captivated the audience and earned the band 2nd place in The International Blues Challenge and lead to performances at The Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada and the St John Blues Festival USVI.

 

His first live music experience was Silverchair at the LB Day Amphitheater in Salem Oregon where Curtis grew up. “It was their performance and musicianship that made me want to play guitar and sing” he recalls “I wanted to rock out like them” and with that inspiration ingrained, Ty asked his parents for a guitar which he never let go of. “It was this kid’s Toy Western guitar that my parents found at a garage sale, the strings were way off the fretboard” he laughs  “I played that thing until my fingers bled” From the age of sixteen, Ty started showing up at local clubs and playing at any blues jam he could find. It wasn't long before he was winning over admirers and attracting a large fan base in the Northwest. With each subsequent album release Ty’s reputation continued to grow establishing him as one of the torch bearers in a new generation of Blues. The band competed in the Journey to Memphis in Portland through the Cascade Blues Association and won giving him the chance to perform on the National stage. It was there in Memphis that Ty met David Z which led to him producing the third album ‘Cross That Line’.


Culture Yard Presents
December 22, 2018 9:00 pm

Born in the Rocksteady era, Keith Rowe and Phillip Texas Dixon made their mark with a slew of hits and classics that have lasted more than half a century. From their haunting delivery of “Hypnotic Eyes” to the iconic guitar intro and solo... Read more

Born in the Rocksteady era, Keith Rowe and Phillip Texas Dixon made their mark with a slew of hits and classics that have lasted more than half a century. From their haunting delivery of “Hypnotic Eyes” to the iconic guitar intro and solo by the late Lynn Taitt on “Stop That Train”, you are treated to a unique style that’s still alive and kicking after five decades. Since the late sixties, many of their songs have enjoyed great success and continue to be played and sung by a new generation of Rocksteady lovers. This duo has a style that still seems surprisingly engaging and refreshingly innocent.

Performing as Keith and Tex, this singing duo hit it big in Jamaica in 1966 with their rocksteady anthems, “Tonight” and “Stop That Train”. Rocksteady, a style of Jamaican music popular for a brief period from 1966 to 1970, was the stylistic bridge between ska and reggae, drawing heavily from American R&B (rhythm and blues) and soul music.

 

Rowe and Dixon parted ways in 1970. Keith moved with his family to the United States and served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years. Tex and his family relocated to Canada and had a career with the Canadian government. They reconnected in 1997 to record an album appropriately titled, Back Together Again, that was only distributed in local record stores. Since 2013, they have been discovering new, young audiences, in the United States and around the world who are reverent of early Jamaican music.

Today, Keith and Tex are more appreciative of the opportunity to reconnect with a new audience and to tell their story. Their performances are punctuated with stories reminiscing of the exciting time it was for Jamaican music when they began as young teens during the mid to late sixties. They have been performing worldwide at some of the most influential music festivals in Asia, Europe and the United States.  In 2015, they released a new album, Just Passing Through, to critical acclaim and have released a brand new, completely rocksteady album in March 2017 titled, Same Old Story.  In July 2018, Keith and Tex returned with their first music release of the year, "My Best Girl" (a John Holt classic) and "Let's Sing"


Neo-Soul Sunday Presents
December 23, 2018 9:00 pm

Energetic, attentive, and dynamic define Noah Simpson's trumpet playing. Joined by his band of Portland Natives, they strive to provide a fresh set of ears to Black American music. Cory Limuaco provides consistent, intricate grooves that complime... Read more

Energetic, attentive, and dynamic define Noah Simpson's trumpet playing. Joined by his band of Portland Natives, they strive to provide a fresh set of ears to Black American music. Cory Limuaco provides consistent, intricate grooves that compliment Milo Fultz’s grooving melodic bass lines. Charles Brown III guides the band harmonically creating a platform for Noah to lead the band with his contemporary approach to the trumpet..  

Noah Simpson's Neo Soul Jam w/ special guests Innovation Project.

$15 GA Ticket

$35 Ticket- (includes dinner with meat and vegetarian options, and Reserved Seating)

 

Innovation Project

 

Laz Glickman (18) — piano

 

University of Oregon (music/business double major); Mel Brown Jazz Workshop; Centrum/Port Townsend, Berklee College of Music Jazz Workshop (Perugia, Italy); Alan Jones Academy of Music; Lake Oswego High School.  Studied with Randy Porter, George Colligan, David Goldblatt & George Bouhey; Studies with Toby Koenigsberg.

 

Domo Branch (18) — drums 

 

Manhattan School of Music (Jazz percussion; scholarship recipient); Performing with Wynton Marsalis at Brooks Bros. Holiday celebration in NYC.  National Youth Jazz Orchestra/European tour; American Music Project (Thara Memory); Mel Brown Jazz Workshop; Centrum/Port Townsend; Alan Jones Academy of Music; Grant High School.  Studied with Alan Jones, Christopher Brown; Studies with Kendrick Scott.

 

Finn Jones (18) — bass

 

Northwestern University (music major); Mel Brown Jazz Workshop; Port Townsend; Berklee College of Music Jazz Workshop (Perugia, Italy); American Music Project; Alan Jones Academy of Music; Grant High School; Studied with Alan Jones, Jon Lakey, Chuck Israels, John Clayton, Christoph Luty, Jeff Hamilton.  Currently studying jazz bass and film with Carlos Henriguez at JALC.

 

Innovation Project has opened for Ravi Coltrane, Taylor Eigsti and Benny Green, and performed at the Montavilla Jazz Festival and several venues.

 

 

 

 

 


CRITICAL HIT BURLESQUE PRESENTS
December 25, 2018 8:30 pm

Critical Hit Burlesque is proud to present a holiday endeavor to keep your spirits warm in the season of giving!   On Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25th join us for an evening of holiday entertainment NOT intended for the whole family, w... Read more

Critical Hit Burlesque is proud to present a holiday endeavor to keep your spirits warm in the season of giving!

 

On Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25th join us for an evening of holiday entertainment NOT intended for the whole family, with a bevy of burlesque, boylesque and cabaret performances which will grow the heart of even the grinchiest of grouches.        


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