Events

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

Mike Phillips hails from Mount Vernon, NY. He became interested in music at a young age, moving through several different instruments before settling on the saxophone. By the age of 16, he decided to play professionally. He made an impromptu New York... Read more

Mike Phillips hails from Mount Vernon, NY. He became interested in music at a young age, moving through several different instruments before settling on the saxophone. By the age of 16, he decided to play professionally. He made an impromptu New York debut at Wilson’s nightclub in New York in 1993, and that led to a series of session and sideman jobs in jazz, R&B, and even rap.

Phillips and his soulful yet funky grooves have wowed fans across the globe and earned standing ovations from audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and the inaugural balls for President’s Clinton and Obama. His television credits include performances on the Grammys, BET Awards, BET Honors and the Soul Train Awards. Phillips also served as musical director and host of the popular BET program Lyric Café.

Audiences around the world also know when Mike Phillips puts his saxophone to his lips, magic is about to happen. In a short time, the Mount Vernon, New York native (home of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Heavy D) has exploded on the world music scene becoming the jazz man with hip-hop flavor known for blowing away audiences on stage, television and with chart-topping recordings.


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        



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        


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

First 25 pre-sale purchasers will received a free digital download of the new Dubtonic Kru album.   Founding members of Dubtonic Kru, “Jubba” and “Stone”, a dynamic Drum & Bass duo, who over the years contribute... Read more

First 25 pre-sale purchasers will received a free digital download of the new Dubtonic Kru album.

 

Founding members of Dubtonic Kru, “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 about a decade and a half of experience from touring and or recording with the legendary likes of Max Romeo, U-Roy, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds as well as modern day artistes such as Bushman, Junior Kelly, Richie Spice and 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, Sizzla among others.

With the addition of longtime friend and versatile guitarist Jallanzo, who added his strong vocal ability and the young, talented Luke Dixon on work stations, Dubtonic Kru became a more complete music machine Another turning point of the group’s dynamic came with the addition of very unique and powerful singer to round out the already electrifying dub compositions with sometimes spoken words and song writing by Jubba and Jallanzo. Kamau, “the Quiet Warrior”, brings a revolutionary voice to the Kru. 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 break fences. Some of their popular numbers like Sunshine Girl, Born Jamaican, World Crisis, Balance and Natty Dread are testimony to the group’s versatility.

2010 could be comfortably dubbed their year as they were also honoured by the United States House of Representatives and was 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 honoured with the Jamaica Star’s "People's Choice Award" for "Band of the Year".


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.


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

Since their formation in 2007, Blue Cranes have become a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene and one of the most exciting groups to keep tabs on in the Northwest. They've developed a singular musical voice grounded in melo... Read more

Since their formation in 2007, Blue Cranes have become a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene and one of the most exciting groups to keep tabs on in the Northwest. They've developed a singular musical voice grounded in melody and explosive improvisations--marking off their unique microcosmic territory in post-jazz circles.

The members of the quintet--Reed Wallsmith on alto saxophone, Joe Cunningham on tenor saxophone, Rebecca Sanborn on keyboards, Jon Shaw on bass, and Ji Tanzer on drums--bring a unique array of experiences to their group-centered aesthetic, including work with AU, The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Wayne Horvitz, Rebecca Gates, Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose, Pete Krebs, Black Prairie, and Portland Cello Project.

In June 2013, the band took an evolutionary step forward with the release of Swim, their fourth full-length album, on the Washington, D.C.-based Cuneiform Records. Swim is a departure from Blue Cranes' previous, and in some ways simpler, albums. Steered dutifully by producer Nate Query of The Decemberists, it is a window into the sometimes messy emotional space of a group struggling with and celebrating the ephemeralness of life. This work is the culmination of several between-album projects, including a 30-day crowd-sourced Amtrak train tour in 2011, and a seven day group composition retreat, supported in part by a grant from Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council. However, the heart of Swim lies in indelibly profound life events--the passing away of two dear friends, a serious injury, two weddings, and the birth of a child--events at tragic and uplifting extremes, both cathartic and celebratory.       


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

Described by many as a band where every member has equal shred capabilities, Mars Retrieval Unit brings it to the table with their fusion of spacey funk, rock and psychedelia. As a unit, MRU defines the word genre-hoppers, and leaves no musical rock ... Read more

Described by many as a band where every member has equal shred capabilities, Mars Retrieval Unit brings it to the table with their fusion of spacey funk, rock and psychedelia. As a unit, MRU defines the word genre-hoppers, and leaves no musical rock unturned and no minds un-spaced. The music is sometimes danceable, sometimes cerebral, with both female and male vocals cutting through a densely crafted wall of sound. With the addition of saxophone to a jam band – you will hear nothing else like it.


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.

 


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