Events

PDXJazz and Soul'd Out Present
October 20, 2018 8:00 pm

Six years have passed since Live, the last release from Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, the long gap bridged in 2015 with Continuum, an album from Mobile, Bärtsch’s all-acoustic project. “I wanted to give Ronin the peace and space it... Read more

Six years have passed since Live, the last release from Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, the long gap bridged in 2015 with Continuum, an album from Mobile, Bärtsch’s all-acoustic project. “I wanted to give Ronin the peace and space it needed to develop,” says the Swiss composer-pianist. “Not to put it under pressure, and to take all the steps necessary before the next record- ing.”

Awase, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in October 2017 and pro- duced by Manfred Eicher, updates us on the progress of one of the most original bands around, as well as the present-day status of ritual groove music, Bärtsch’s all-purpose term for his self-invented idiom equidistant from jazz and funk and contemporary composition. Almost by definition, rituals can’t be rushed, and Ronin has had some changes to absorb. With bassist Thomy Jordi replacing Björn Meyer in 2011, and percussionist Andi Pupato departing the following year, trimming the line-up from quintet to quartet, Ronin has gradually become a subtly different band. A leaner, more agile animal.

The members of Ronin meet every week, as they have done for many years now, to puzzle out the implications of Bärtsch’s pieces in workshops and performances at the Zürich club, Exil. The group is, says Nik, still coming to terms with the demanding final piece here, “Modul 59”. It is one which, he says, points the way to the future. “It begins from basic ideas, in this case to do with triplets, and builds until it becomes a sort of polyrhythmic, polyphonic carpet of sound. We’ve rehearsed and developed it extensively, and it still keeps surprising us.”

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin are touring widely with the music of Awase in 2018. For details visit www.nikbaertsch.com and www.ecmrecords.com

 


Soul'd Out Presents
October 20, 2018 11:55 pm

Peanut Butter Wolf is an LA-based DJ and founder of independent record label, Stones Throw Records. As a high school student, he began spinning and making hip hop beats in 1984 and later launched his label in 1996. Through Stones Throw, he developed ... Read more

Peanut Butter Wolf is an LA-based DJ and founder of independent record label, Stones Throw Records. As a high school student, he began spinning and making hip hop beats in 1984 and later launched his label in 1996. Through Stones Throw, he developed the careers of Madlib, J Dilla, Quasimoto, Madvillain, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, KNX, Mild High Club, MNDSGN, and Anderson Paak.

Well-known for his record collection, themed vinyl sets (including a 12-hour extended set with Boiler Room) and his unique VJ sets, his shows span the decades featuring a variety of genres highlighting rare and vintage footage. The documentary film, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, guides you through Peanut Butter Wolf's life, the evolution of Stones Throw Records, and it's influence on the music industry today. Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is currently available on Red Bull TV.

       



Elliott Young and Showtime is a Portland based band that has been in the scene for just over two years but has quickly established itself as one of the North West's premier Funk, Soul and RnB groups with infectious groove and great vocals and har... Read more

Elliott Young and Showtime is a Portland based band that has been in the scene for just over two years but has quickly established itself as one of the North West's premier Funk, Soul and RnB groups with infectious groove and great vocals and harmonies. The ensemble consists of six seasoned professional musicians each with decades of live performance experience who bring an energized show guarenteed to get you on the dance floor. 


Soul'd Out Music Festival Presents
October 25, 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. 



Announcing Satsang with special guests Tim & Chitty of Nahko & Medicine For The People During the Winter of 2018, Satsang invited Justin "Chitty" Chittams of Nahko & MFTP to be their guest drummer for an expedition play in Valde... Read more

Announcing Satsang with special guests Tim & Chitty of Nahko & Medicine For The People During the Winter of 2018, Satsang invited Justin "Chitty" Chittams of Nahko & MFTP to be their guest drummer for an expedition play in Valdez, AK. While together in the Last Frontier, Drew McManus and Karl Roth collaborated with Chitty on a new song, recording it together in a hotel room. The next morning they called Tim Snider (fiddle for NAMFTP and featured guest on Satsang's 2017 release ​ Pyramid(s) ​ ) and together these brothers-in-music planned a unified tour for the Fall. Thus was born the June 2018 single release "Free (feat. Justin Chittams)" and the newly announced tour ​ Satsang with special guests Tim & Chitty of Nahko & Medicine For The People ​ . This unique Fall Tour will take these two brilliant, conscious acts to fans in the Pacific Northwest, down the West Coast, up through the Southwest, and into Colorado. Each show will incorporate the collaborative vibe that emerged from that Valdez hotel room. The evening will begin with a set of music from Tim & Chitty that will morph between solo and duo performances presenting songs from each of their catalogs redefining their role as more than just bandmates in Nahko & MFTP. Then, Satsang will take the stage for their critically acclaimed live show that presents moving songs that dance between the realms of soul, folk, rock, & hip hop. New tunes from recent recording sessions as well as fan favorites and surprise cover tunes will permeate the crowd and leave them uplifted and inspired. Fans can expect the theme of alliance to come to a climax as the evening comes to a close when all musicians take the stage and celebrate the joy of letting go of burden as part of the process that makes one "Free". Satsang with special guests Tim & Chitty of Nahko & Medicine For The People ​ is a tour that will engage and excite music fans in each market. They come together for the purpose of spreading the vibe found in the conscious music scene from which they emerge.       


Soul'd Out Presents
October 27, 2018 9:00 pm

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it&#... Read more

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it'd probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed "Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion", the band's music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks. Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called "the guiding light for his generation of six- stringers", Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin's hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara's propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann's rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann's muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider's multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider's music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized. Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with a wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Matt Darriau (Paradox Trio), Oteil Burbridge, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, TAUK, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Kung Fu, The Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Burning Man, Electric Forest, Peach Fest, Gathering of the Vibes, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, Catskill Chill, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Aura Music & Arts Festival (Florida), Head For The Hills Festival & SXSW (Texas), Rootwire (Ohio), and the NYC Gypsy Festival.

 


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
October 27, 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        


Soul'd Out Productions & Neo-Soul Sunday Presents
October 28, 2018 9:00 pm

Award Winning Concert Pianist, Composer and Vocalist Ophelia, has merged styles together creating ~Contemporary Eclectic Sounds ~ Piercingly Beautiful and Emotionally Profound...Music For The Soul Known for her outstanding keyboard artistry interw... Read more

Award Winning Concert Pianist, Composer and Vocalist Ophelia, has merged styles together creating ~Contemporary Eclectic Sounds ~ Piercingly Beautiful and Emotionally Profound...Music For The Soul

Known for her outstanding keyboard artistry interwoven melodies, rich bass lines, unique percussive touches and dreamy vocals, Ophelia's innovation marks her as a rare, passionate artist, well before her time. She has introduced and merged a broad, diverse audience through her eclectic music.

Ophelia, a native of California, was raised in Connecticut where she studied classical piano, often adding her own improvisations to her teachers surprise.

 Ophelia's influences are numerous, ranging from classical masters such as Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Mendelhsohn to Jazz genius' Art Tatum, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis and Erroll Garner. She grew up in a musical family where her parents nurtured her abilities. Although quiet and shy, at the very young age of three, Ophelia was playing chords up and down the piano and she gave her first recital when she was five. While still young, she taught herself the drums and flute, however continued to return to her roots- the piano and her voice, which are her main instruments to this day.

She is a Self-Taught Composer and the Executive Producer of all of her recordings, tours and concert productions. This multitalented musician has always had a gifted ear for music which was very apparent at the age of eight, at which time she had already started to develop her own style and composed her first full length orchestrated piece entitled,"Aye Yo Cha Gae Yo".

Ophelia launched her own independent record label and family business, Ohklectic Records, and released her debut CD, April Storm, to share her joy and gift of music with a variety of people. So far Ophelia has produced five titles to her name: April Storm, AEAAF, Native Ground.. Stand My Ground, Echoes... Under The Sun and the Rhythmic Jubilee CD.

Embracing styles ranging from Jazz, Latin-Jazz, New Age, Classical, Native fusion, African, and Jigs, her very identifiable, "Contemporary Eclectic Sounds" or what her Fans call, "Ophelia Music", have been featured on National Public Radio- National PBS programs, and numerous national and international and syndicated radio stations.

Ophelia has successfully managed tours across the country as well as internationally.        


Neo-Soul Sunday Presents
October 31, 2018 8:00 pm

The Pacific Northwest's leading ambassadors of funk and hip-hop combines the elements of rap and funk in a wild and zany blend that fills the ears and entertains the eyes. Led by Dee Arthur, the six man group consists of Epix, KNYNN, Fly Tra... Read more

The Pacific Northwest's leading ambassadors of funk and hip-hop combines the elements of rap and funk in a wild and zany blend that fills the ears and entertains the eyes.


Led by Dee Arthur, the six man group consists of Epix, KNYNN, Fly Trapper, Kandy Wrappa and Kontagious. The members come from Los Angeles, Houston, Corpus Christi, New Jersey and Mexico.


They were officially formed in 2008. Arthur, originally from Portland, where the group is based out of, has lived in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chattanooga and Los Angeles.
The group has opened shows for Too Short, YG, E-40, DJ Quik, Erykah Badu, Devin The Dude and The Roots to name a few.


They have had success with their singles, "The Crawlwalk" (which went Top 5 in the Chicago/Gary market), "'Bout Tha Movement" and "Wayy Upp". Their brand new single "Got Zang!" is a collaboration with one of their idols, George Clinton and members of Parliament/Funkadelic.


With their love for acts like Outkast, Bootsy, Midnight Star, Slave, The Ohio Players, Cameo and Cameo, it was a dream come to work with George Clinton and his grandson Tra'zae Clinton (who also produced "Got Zang!").

 

 

 

Bisi Ashley is Adebisi. A West-African name in the Yoruba language meaning: "another added to the crown." Through the healing sounds of their neo-soul music, Bisi Ashley and her 6 band mates are manifesting herself and, creating a tribe of lovers, listeners, artists, free thinkers, and kind hearted people. Join us! Bisi Ashley- Lead Vocals Lee Hauser- Drums/Percussion Miguel Hernandez- Lead & Rhythm Guitar Adam Finger- Keyboard/Synth Leads Keith Cheek- Tenor Sax/Flute Jeff Chilton- Trombone/Vox



Join us for a classic night of cocktails and cabaret with a rotating cast of phenomenal local and touring performers.   This very special Halloween edition features Oregon Burlesque Festival Queen Natasha Riot!   Contact Critica... Read more

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

 

This very special Halloween edition features Oregon Burlesque Festival Queen Natasha Riot!

 

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 Music Festival Presents
November 1, 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. 


PDXJazz and Soul'd Out Present
November 2, 2018 8:00 pm

Harriet Tubman formed in 1998 when drummer J.T. Lewis, guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Melvin Gibbs came together to start a band. Harriet Tubman is named after the heroic African-American slave who risked her life to escape from slavery and help... Read more

Harriet Tubman formed in 1998 when drummer J.T. Lewis, guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Melvin Gibbs came together to start a band.
Harriet Tubman is named after the heroic African-American slave who risked her life to escape from slavery and helped more than 300 others to do the same. Deeply inspired by the ideals of freedom, Harriet Tubman's music plumbs the soul's depths for liberated musical expression.
Harriet Tubman's music is an continuation of the process of contextual and musical innovation exhibited by such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Derrick May, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Parliment-Funkadelic. Recontextualizing musical technology to create innovative compostional and cultural spaces is an important part of the African-American cultural tradition. Harriet Tubman is part of our contribution to that tradition.
In the late 1960's, in the U.S. and abroad, a profound and pervasive emergence of an awakening consciousness appeared as a zeitgeist - a time of change and transition that spoke of the liberation of humanity from restrictive and dated paradigms that had characterized societal interaction and personal ways of being. Questions and challenges were posed that shook the assumptions of the status quo. Culturally, there grew a movement toward something greater, something integral, something real and void of the superficiality of unexamined living. That dream re-birthed an insatiable desire to awaken into freedom.

Harriet Tubman's music reflects the essential impulse of the wave of energy that entered and embraced our world at that time: depth, creativity, communication, spirituality, love, individuality, determination, expression, revelation. We feel that our choice to perform Open Music, has a value and relevance that connects with the re-awakening, the new search for restored meaning that we see and experience wherever and whenever we perform.

Harriet Tubman credentials:
Brandon Ross: Henry Threadgill, Cassandra WiIlson, Jewel, Arrested Development, Oliver Lake's Jump Up, Lawrence 'Butch' Morris ensemble, Arto Lindsay, Muhal Richard Abrams, Archie Shepp, Leroy Jenkins, Lizz Wright, Kip Hanrahan, Don Byron, Me'Shell N'degeocello, Tony Williams, and The Lounge Lizards. Melvin Gibbs: Rollins Band, dead prez, Punk-Funk All-Stars, DJ Logic, Arto Lindsay, Power Tools, Defunkt, Decoding Society, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, Eye and I. J.T. Lewis: Living Colour, Dave Sanborn, Stanley Jordan, Sting, Lou Reed, Herbie Hancock, Don Pullen, Lou Reed, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, Whitney Houston, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, David Murray, Kip Hanrahan, Bill Laswell,Marc Ribot, Marianne Faithfull and Howard Johnson's Gravity.


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