The 1st Annual PDX Awards is an Awards Show focused on highlighting members of North/Northeast Portland doing great things in different fields. The night will feature businessmen/women and community members making an impact in their communities. The night will feature Entertainment of all kinds from local artists who speak to the soul of urban Portland. A night to honor the Best of PDX.
Summer is here, the tea is sweet and we've got a NEW summer concert series to make Sundays, well, like, the best day ever (Duh). Survey says: T-Dancing, drag performances and the ability to be both in and out of the sun!
Starting at 3pm, we will kick-off with a T-dance on Star Theater's patio with Jump Jack Sound Machine's Chanti Darling and Nasty Tasha, followed by a main stage drag show starring Shea Coulee (RuPaul S9, Top 4) inside of Star Theatre at 5pm, with a save the last dance tea session back on the patio from 6-8pm.
Headliner Shea Coulee
Drag Shitney (Jump Jack Sound Machine) Diva Dott Flawless Shade Rakeem Nae Nae Dominatrix (Winner of Dragathon)
An online sitcom that is about two comedians who are good at dreaming, but bad at reality, Training Wheels stars Aaron Ross (WHO'S the ROSS?) + his co-writer Jordan Paladino, as they attempt to create their live, local, late-night talk show, while stumbling through real-life.
Three episodes from the second season will premiere tonight, and there will also be a meet & greet with the actors/writers.
New Zealand's Katchafire began as a Bob Marley covers band named after Catch a Fire, the debut album by the Wailers. They found success with their own songs, however, creating their own brand of sunny ska and reggae.
In 1997 Katchafire was a five-piece jamming in a garage in their hometown of Hamilton, the band consisting of frontman Logan Bell (guitar, lead vocals), his brother Jordan Bell (drums), Thompson Hohepa (guitar, vocals), Tere Ngarua (bass), and Haani Totorewa (keyboards, vocals). It wasn't until 2002 that they tentatively released one of their original compositions, "Giddy Up," as a single. It became the highest-selling single of the year, and the album that followed, Revival, went double platinum.
Managed by Grenville Bell, father of bandmembers Logan and Jordan, they embarked on a grueling touring schedule. Added to the lineup were Leon Davey (percussion, vocals) and Jamey Ferguson (saxophone, keyboards, vocals), with Ara Adams-Tamatea brought in to replace Tere Ngarua. A horn section, consisting of members of French band Mr Gang, was brought in to expand the band's big sound even further for the recording of their 2004 album Slow Burning.
With the group still touring almost constantly, Adams-Tamatea chose to quit performing to become their booking agent, and Tere Ngarua was brought back to fill his old position on bass. Hohepa also left the group, to be replaced by their manager, Grenville Bell. This lineup then recorded the 2007 album Say What You're Thinking, traveling from Hamilton to Auckland to use the facilities of York Studios
Also performing are special guests Jordan T & Iya Terra
The news: Christian Parrish Takes the Gun. Remember his name.
The Apsáalooke American Indian hails from the Crow Nation Reservation near Billings, Mont., and on March 21, the MTV Iggy blog named him Artist of the Week from among hundreds of competitors.
What makes him special? Well, he raps under the name "SupaMan," he sings, he makes crazy drum loops, he's a champion powwow fancy dancer and sometimes, if you're lucky, he does all four at the same time:
Amazing. This is an exciting victory for a unique brand of hip-hop that's yet to garner significant mainstream recognition. Indigenous rappers have shaped the movement since the early days, from Melle Mel of the Furious Five - who is half Cherokee - to the contemporary stylings of City Natives and Red Cloud.
"Native Americans grasp that culture of hip-hop because of the struggle," says SupaMan. "Hip-hop was talking about the ghetto life, poverty, crime, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy; all that crazy stuff that happens in the ghetto is similar to the reservation life. We can relate to that."
Floater guitarist David Amador joins Rob as well as Rich Landar, Skip vonKuske and Mark Powers.
Robert Wynia and the Sound perform the songs of Robert's recently released record, "Brave the Strange," as well as songs from "Iron by Water" and FLOATER.
With an acclaimed history as the front-man and creative force behind FLOATER, (a 2017 inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame), Wynia released his second full length solo album, titled Brave the Strange, on April 21, 2017. The new album explores change, loss, and new beginnings, all with a luscious backdrop of warm strings, vintage keyboards, and rich, melodious vocals. Featuring some of the Pacific Northwest's best and most loved musicians, Brave the Strange delivers a unique and cinematic musical landscape. Songs ranging from roadhouse blues-style Americana to hypnotic ambient soundscapes to classic album rock flow seamlessly together and leave the listener wanting more. Fans of Roger Waters, Ray LaMontagne, The Doors, and Fleetwood Mac will fall in love with Brave the Strange.
Robert Wynia is based in Portland, Oregon, producing and performing acclaimed rock and pop music, and has influenced the Northwest music scene for over 20 years. Brave the Strange was recorded at Wynia's own Curiouser studios, and Mazinga Studios in Portland and will be released on Cavity Search Records (Elliott Smith, Hazel, Heatmiser, and The Helio Sequence).
Reviews for "Brave the Strange"
From "In Music We Trust" "With his enchanting voice and delicately beautiful words, Wynia delivers the intensity and passion that Floater fans have grown to love, without the loud rock behind him, which is no small feat for any songwriter, especially one so acclaimed and revered by his adoring rock fans.
From Portland Radio Project: “Sublime, sweet perfection. One of the most gorgeous and musically sound collections of songs in some time. There's a Bowie-esque vibe to the vocals and the playing by this talented bunch blew me over. in a good way. So good to be in the presence of such sonic beauty”
From 10 Minutes With: “Brave the Strange is hauntingly beautiful”
From HITS In The Sticks: “An unavoidable presence you don’t want to turn away from”
An evocative North London alt-rock outfit led by vocalist Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice deftly mixes folk, grunge, and electronic elements with vintage '90s indie rock. Formed in 2010 by Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie, the duo issued an eponymous EP independently before expanding into a four-piece in 2012 with the addition of drummer Joel Amey and bassist Theo Ellis. The newly minted quartet released a flurry of singles before putting out a proper debut EP, Blush, in 2013. The EP garnered positive reviews, with some critics comparing the group to Elastica, Garbage, the Duke Spirit, and the Pixies. The band's sophomore EP, Creature Songs, followed in 2014. A pair of singles, "Giant Peach" and "Bros," arrived before the Mercury Prize-nominated full-length My Love Is Cool in June 2015.
This young San Diego, California group's easy-listening music with positive Cali-Reggae vibes and inspiring messages has captured music fans' attention all over the West Coast since the band started in 2008. TTR's quick rise in popularity and a must-see show was fueled by sharing the stage with many high profile groups like Rebelution, Iration, Pepper, CollieBuddz, SOJA, Tribal Seeds, Natural Vibrations, Israel Vibrations, Ooklah the Moc, Talib Kwelli, Gorilla Zoe, Zion I, Barrington Levy and Alborosie, to mention a few, in various venues across eleven states of the United States.
Through the Roots has a bright future, following the successful paths that other highly-acclaimed artists have blazed in their growing genre. And like TTR's first CD says, this young Southern California group is "Here To Stay."
Gift of Gab (Tim Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) met at John F. Kennedy High School in 1987 in Sacramento, California and formed the group in early 1992. They released their first recording, "Swan Lake", on Solesides Records. The Solesides Crew consisted of the duo, as well as other friends of theirs they had met at University of California - Davis, including DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. The single was an underground hit, but label trouble prevented the duo from immediately capitalizing on their fame. In late 1997, Solesides became Quannum Projects and in 1999 Blackalicious released the A2G EP, which served as a precursor to their debut full length album, Nia, which was released the following year. This was followed by a major label contract with MCA Records and the release of the critically acclaimed album Blazing Arrow in 2002. In May 2004 Gift of Gab released his first solo album, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, but he assured fans that Blackalicious was alive and well. A third full length, entitled The Craft, was released on Epitaph Records imprint ANTI- on September 27, 2005.
This duo of genre-bender pride has made a name for itself on the Bay Area scene by successfully mixing spiritualism and hip-hop. Oakland's MC Zumbi and DJ/producer Amp Live blend hip-hop and trip-hop beats with lyrics focused on a message of unity, hope, and spiritual awareness. Although Zion I operates out of Berkeley, the pair originally met in Atlanta, making their music difficult to classify as strictly West Coast hip-hop. Their musical style makes them even harder to define. With a style that borrows from hip-hop, trance, drum'n'bass, and reggae, Zion I's style is equally mystical and mystifying. Zumbi and Amp Live formed Zion I in Oakland, CA in 1996, and produced several self-released cassettes. The duo slowly made inroads while opening for rap royalty like De La Soul, Rakim, and Run-D.M.C.