Events

PDXJazz and Soul'd Out Present
November 2, 2018 10:30 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.



Recorded live at The Fillmore East in New York City N.Y. on December 31st, 1969 & January 1st, 1970, the Band of Gypsys debut recording consisted of six tracks released to the public on March 25th, 1970 – close to fifty years ago. That viny... Read more

Recorded live at The Fillmore East in New York City N.Y. on December 31st, 1969 & January 1st, 1970, the Band of Gypsys debut recording consisted of six tracks released to the public on March 25th, 1970 – close to fifty years ago. That vinyl record established the template for the Funk & Roll genre.

The re-releases, with new tracks & multiple versions of the six tracks from the Fillmore shows, illuminated that Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Buddy Miles never played a tune the same way twice, breaking away from the “note-by-note” live renditions prevalent in Pop & Rock hit songs at that time. This “breaking away” also highlighting BOG’s use of improvisational interplay within the Pop/Rock song structure, which up to that time, had usually been exercised by Jazz musicians.

The Vernon Reid Band of Gypsys Revisited Band (VR-BOG-RB) further extends the music of Hendrix’s most jazz-oriented band, and Reid has assembled a prodigious quartet drawn mostly from the soul-jazz-hip-hop collective Burnt Sugar Arkestra for this one time visit to the West coast. 

The group includes drummer/vocalist James “Biscuit” Rouse, who spent three years as music director for Lauryn Hill, bassist/vocalist Jared Michael Nickerson, who’s toured and recorded with Charlie Musselwhite and The The and guitarist/vocalist André “Dré Glo” Lassalle, a longtime Reid collaborator whose credits include work with Miles Davis and John Scofield.

As the lead guitarist and founder of Living Colour and a co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, the London-born, Brooklyn-raised Reid has done a great deal to undermine stereotypical expectations of what kinds of music black artists ought to play.  Drawn to jazz as a teenager, he first gained notice in the early 1980s as a member of Ornette Coleman Prime Time and drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, to where now his rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well.

As a trailblazing rocker Vernon Reid is the ideal artist to celebrate the legacy of Jimi Hendrix on the occasion of the late guitar icon’s 76th birthday.

 


November 3, 2018 9:00 pm

November 3, 2018 11:00 pm
The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
November 3, 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        



One of Portland's hottest young trumpeters hosts a celebration of America's art form. Come down to the club and hear local artists laying it down as it was meant to be: raw, impassioned, playful, restless; what Whitney Balliett called "t... Read more

One of Portland's hottest young trumpeters hosts a celebration of America's art form. Come down to the club and hear local artists laying it down as it was meant to be: raw, impassioned, playful, restless; what Whitney Balliett called "the sound of surprise".  


Soul'd Out Presents
November 7, 2018 9:00 pm

Somewhere between psychedelia and jazz fusion, Explosions Everywhere takes the senses by storm. This egnimatic group, based in Seattle,WA., was started as a necessity for exploration into the unknown.  With a mix of break-beat, dub, and electron... Read more

Somewhere between psychedelia and jazz fusion, Explosions Everywhere takes the senses by storm. This egnimatic group, based in Seattle,WA., was started as a necessity for exploration into the unknown.  With a mix of break-beat, dub, and electronic music, this saxophone/synth/drum trio has no restrictions on style, but a healthy respect for what has come before them. 
 

 


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

With his unmistakable baritone voice and 6-and-a-half foot charm, Chali 2na has established himself as one of hip-hop's preeminent and most charismatic personalities. He's also garnered renowned praise as a visual artist across awide spectrum... Read more

With his unmistakable baritone voice and 6-and-a-half foot charm, Chali 2na has established himself as one of hip-hop's preeminent and most charismatic personalities. He's also garnered renowned praise as a visual artist across awide spectrum of mediums. Most known for co-founding music groups, Jurassic5 and Ozomatli, Chali released his debut solo album "Fish Outta Water" in 2009. Since then, he has been touring the world with his 3-piece band known as the House Of Vibe. Breathing new life into his musical past, he recently announced "Against The Current" , a music and art project that combines a series of genre bending EPs with a coffee table book featuring original artwork and photography from Chali himself. Chali relocated from Chicago to LA in the early 80's when he was entering his teens and was instantly engulfed by the worlds of hip hop and graffiti. As his music career began to flourish, his artistic talents also expanded past the walls of city streets and onto canvas and into galleries. Now, as Chali's collection continues to grow he is finding unique ways to share his visual art with the world, and demand for it is snowballing. In 2013, he reunited with Jurassic 5for a long run of Festival appearances and a World Tour premiering at Coachella. Chali's growing reputation as a Hip Hop Legend paints a bright futureas he continues to build momentum with his artwork, voice-over work, and an increasing variety of performance collaborations including his most recent partnership with UK Producer Krafty Kuts.      


Soul'd Out Presents
November 10, 2018 9:00 pm

Andy McKee is among the world's finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string gu... Read more

Andy McKee is among the world's finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.

McKee's crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today's most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee's tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.

Live performances of Andy's have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog, Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven't been able to attend a show and new fans alike.

"I've always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I've felt it's something that has been missing from my collection of releases," says McKee. "This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like 'Drifting' and 'Rylynn', some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called 'Because It's There' played on harp guitar that I haven't released yet."

McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

"I'm honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am," McKee stated. "To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I'm excited and proud to be a part of it."        


The Jack London and Critical Hit Burlesque Present
November 10, 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        


November 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Reading will be: Daria Eliuk, John Shirley, Julia Laxer, Anna Suarez, Jamie Dunkle, and Dan DePrez. Cover is $5. Daria Eliuk is known for her many years on Portland radio, tv and stage. She is concentrating on the writing that was such a popular f... Read more

Reading will be: Daria Eliuk, John Shirley, Julia Laxer, Anna Suarez, Jamie Dunkle, and Dan DePrez. Cover is $5.

Daria Eliuk is known for her many years on Portland radio, tv and stage. She is concentrating on the writing that was such a popular feature of her time on KNRK radio. Novelist John Shirley was one of the first writers in the "cyberpunk" movement and lead singer for early Portland punk band Sado Nation. He co-wrote the screenplay to the film "The Crow" and has written lyrics for Blue Oyster Cult and other groups.         


Soul'd Out Presents
November 16, 2018 8:00 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-hop pro... 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.        


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