Events

STAR THEATER PRESENTS
July 18, 2018 6:00 pm PDT

A weekly showcase for Portland's songwriter scene... Come join us on the Starlight Patio at the historic Star Theater Portland every Wednesday this summer for an open-air evening of intimate acoustic music. Hosted by Christopher Worth, this ev... Read more

A weekly showcase for Portland's songwriter scene...

Come join us on the Starlight Patio at the historic Star Theater Portland every Wednesday this summer for an open-air evening of intimate acoustic music. Hosted by Christopher Worth, this event will feature some of Portland's premier songwriters as well as touring troubadours from the road.

FREE | 6-9pm | 21+ | FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS


STAR THEATER PRESENTS
July 20, 2018 6:00 pm PDT

Soul'd Out and Beloved Present
July 20, 2018 9:00 pm PDT

Home. Where the heart is. For Bombino and most other Tuareg, there's only one place that can be. In recent years, the rest of the world has largely written off that home as a hot and savage wasteland, a bolt hole for religious extremists and terr... Read more

Home. Where the heart is. For Bombino and most other Tuareg, there's only one place that can be. In recent years, the rest of the world has largely written off that home as a hot and savage wasteland, a bolt hole for religious extremists and terrorists, a geopolitical video nasty with little to offer apart from the oil, gold and phosphates that lie beneath its soil. But Bombino would like us to take a closer look and think again. His feelings are beautifully summed up in the song "Tehigren" ('Trees'), from his brand new album 'Deran': 'Do not forget the green trees / In our valleys in the Sahara / In the shade of which, / Rest the beautiful girls / Radiant and lovable'. How to celebrate that desert home, how to protect it, develop it, unify it, respect it and, above all, never forget it, are the salient themes of 'Deran.' They're dressed up in ten songs of rare maturity and power that mark a turning point in the career of a guitarist and songwriter who was born in the shade of an acacia tree about eighty miles north west of the ancient town of Agadez, and has since risen to forefront of the new Tuareg guitar generation. It's a turning back the source of everything that makes Bombino who he is. "My mission for this album was always to get closer to Africa," he says. Not surprising then that the decision was made to record 'Deran' as close as possible to his native Niger in the southern Sahara. The ideal venue emerged in the shape of Studio Hiba, a top flight recording facility owned by King Mohammed VI (he loves his tunes, apparently) located in a fairly drab industrial suburb of Casablanca in Morocco.

There Bombino and his steady long- term band - fellow Tuareg Illias Mohammed on guitar and vocals, American Corey Wilhelm on drums and percussion and the Mauritanian (living in Belgium) Youba Dia on bass - slept, ate and made music in blissful isolation. Their circle was widened by Moroccan percussionist Hassan Krifa, and by Bombino's cousins Anana ag Haroun (lead singer of the Brussels-based Tuareg band Kel Assouf), and Toulou Kiki (singer and star of the film Timbuktu), who dropped in to add some 'gang' vocals. After Casablanca, the tapes flew to Boston to be embellished by Sudanese friend and keyboardist Mohammed Araki. Whatever emerged at the end of the process had to be fresh and powerful. Yes. Bombino and crew have conjured up a roving mystery tour of contemporary Saharan sounds, from the raw diesel rock of the opener 'Imajghane' ('The Tuareg'), to the camel gait lope of 'Tenesse' ('Idleness'), the tender lilt of Midiwan ('My Friends') and the 'Tuareggae' style that is Bombino's unique contribution to desert music on the song 'Tehigren'. All the desert is there, harsh and gentle, tragic and playful. But more than anything 'Deran' had to be honest and true. The pressure to be the authentic voice of his culture and his home on the world stage weighs heavy on Bombino. "You have to begin with the question of who you are," he says. "You're a Tuareg. With all the travels, all the experience of world, it's as if I'm making myself remember where I come from. Where I come from will always be my home, my memory." Simple, raw, true, that was the brief. 


Soul'd Out Presents
July 21, 2018 9:00 pm PDT

Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aoteoroa (New Zealand), KATCHAFIRE, have become a global roots reggae phenomenon..The all Maori Reggae band, bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic Reg... Read more

Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aoteoroa (New Zealand), KATCHAFIRE, have become a global roots reggae phenomenon..The all Maori Reggae band, bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around today.

4 highly succesful studio albums, mulitple awards, platinum sales, highest selling singles, and the list goes on.. Their sound is built on the foundations of classic roots reggae with an R'n'B and funk rub, mashing modern dancehall and slinky reggae pop. Katchafire has crafted a universal vibe, capturing something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound.

Built on a family movement, It all started when lead guitarist Grenville Bell, father of Lead Singer Logan Bell & Drummer / singer / songwriter Jordan Bell, moved into an apartment building in town with his then teenage sons where they could make music all night, and the rest is history.. Countless jams and sell out concerts later they are now an 8 piece collective of multi talented songwriters and musicians and have become a staple on the Californian and Pacific Roots scenes. The fire just continues to get hotter following invitations to acclaimed events such as Glastonbury, opening circuits through Europe, Portugal and Brazil, as demand continues to grow for the non-stop feel good vibe of their incredible live shows.

"The crowd reaction indicated that almost every song played was a crowd favourite in itself." Fasterlouder

Their popularity and critical acclaim has seen them share the stage with artists from Damien Marley, Steel Pulse, UB40, The Wailers, to Michael Franti and Spearhead and many more.. They've garnered respect from the likes of Don Letts (acclaimed documentary maker and Clash tour DJ), music journalist David Katz, and have been championed on the airwaves by radio legends such as Steve Barker (BBC), Charlie Gillet (BBC) and David Rodigan (Kiss FM and others)..to name a few of a very long list.

"Katchafire just keep coming up with goods. Their songwriting ability over the years has become second-to-none and time has allowed them to develop older songs to a point of perfection." artsHub

Their latest release 'Best So Far' tips the hat to Katchafire's classics in one amazing compilation for music lovers around the world, while the band is deep in studio mode creating their upcoming highly anticipated 5th Studio album.. The momentum just continues to grow, there is no stopping the fire.

"The band has matured into one of the most cherished, original live reggae bands in the world." The Brag        


STAR THEATER PRESENTS
July 25, 2018 6:00 pm PDT

A weekly showcase for Portland's songwriter scene... Come join us on the Starlight Patio at the historic Star Theater Portland every Wednesday this summer for an open-air evening of intimate acoustic music. Hosted by Christopher Worth, this ev... Read more

A weekly showcase for Portland's songwriter scene...

Come join us on the Starlight Patio at the historic Star Theater Portland every Wednesday this summer for an open-air evening of intimate acoustic music. Hosted by Christopher Worth, this event will feature some of Portland's premier songwriters as well as touring troubadours from the road.

FREE | 6-9pm | 21+ | FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS


Star Theatre Presents
July 26, 2018 8:00 pm PDT

Ridicula Imitatio Productions is proud to present their newest show, "The Mad Reckless." Can you handle a night without rules? Imagine the possibilities as our ladies grind together the glamour of sexy burlesque with the high energy of mode... Read more

Ridicula Imitatio Productions is proud to present their newest show, "The Mad Reckless." Can you handle a night without rules? Imagine the possibilities as our ladies grind together the glamour of sexy burlesque with the high energy of modern dance. These seductively playful gals know how to tantalize and tease to the point where you will be begging for more. So don't be afraid...let your fantasies run wild in this adult playground ruled by our femme fatales. Come and get reckless with us -- it will be our little secret.    


STAR THEATER PRESENTS
July 27, 2018 6:00 pm PDT

Star Theatre Presents
July 28, 2018 8:00 pm PDT

Gary Hoey announces Release of Dust & Bones The ferocious guitarist fuses his blues and rock influences On 11 original songs that celebrate Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Robin Trower, and others Lita Ford guests on "Comi... Read more

Gary Hoey announces Release of Dust & Bones

The ferocious guitarist fuses his blues and rock influences On 11 original songs that celebrate Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Robin Trower, and others

Lita Ford guests on "Coming Home"

"This is where I belong--playing this ferocious blend of blues and rock music," says guitarist Gary Hoey about his 20th album, Dust & Bones. "I did my last album, Deja Blues, to prove to myself that I could play authentic blues, and now that I feel more at home there, I felt it was time to mix my favorite guitar styles into something seamless, organic, and powerful."

Released on July 29, 2016 through Mascot Label Group, Dust & Bones showcases Hoey's Fender Stratocaster-driven fury alongside open-D-tuned resonator guitars plugged into half-stacks. The massive sonic attack was essential for paying sincere and appropriate homage to some of Hoey's influences, such as Johnny Winter ("Steamroller"), Robin Trower ("This Time Tomorrow"), and Brian Setzer ("Who's Your Daddy"), as well as a thrill-a-minute mash up of Robert Johnson meets Led Zeppelin ("Boxcar Blues"). There's also a classic power ballad ("Coming Home") where Lita Ford sings a duet with Hoey.

"This is the biggest-sounding album I've done in years," says Hoey. "From the guitars to the vocals to the rhythm section--everything was designed to produce a huge impact. I'm just so proud of this record."

For the Dust & Bones tracks, Hoey went with a power-trio configuration, rocking hard with drummer Matt Scurfield and bassist AJ Pappas. The other selections on the 11-song CD are the first single, "Dust & Bones," as well as "Born to Love You," "Ghost of Yesterday," "Back Against the Wall," "Blind Faith," and "Soul Surfer."

Gary Hoey's awesome command of styles, tones, and techniques drives so many different moods on Dust & Bones that you'll feel as if he transports you across the musical universe and beyond. Buckle up! --Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, Guitar Player magazine.


July 28, 2018 9:00 pm PDT - August 3, 2018 9:00 pm PDT

Good for entry for one to Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Dante's on 07/28 & Rebirth Brass Band @ Star Theater on 08/03.... Read more

STAR THEATER PRESENTS
August 3, 2018 6:00 pm PDT

Double Tee, Soul'd Out, and Star Theater Present
August 3, 2018 9:00 pm PDT

Whether seen on HBO's Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of t... Read more

Whether seen on HBO's Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. "Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to," says The New York Times, "but it's more like a party than a machine. It's a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they're doing, anyone can cut loose." In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.

Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.

Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.


STAR THEATER PRESENTS
August 5, 2018 9:00 pm PDT

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