This is precious. The email below rolled in to East Portland Blog this morning purporting to be real, but it must be a spoof or a Portlandia skit. The group’s video is above. This is too Portland even for Portland. To outward appearances, this is a crowd source funding campaign for a proposed . . . → Read More: Sunrise Hostel Portland – Spoof, T-Shirt Scam or Proposed Artist Colony? You Decide
She’s demonstrated her Siren’s call on two forays into Europe in recent years, but Portland chanteuse Sara Jackson-Holman has never toured the USA.
Until now, that is.
A six week jaunt of the west and midwest begins Nov. 28 in Bellingham, Wash. She’s supporting both Portland’-based band Horse Feathers and her summer-released . . . → Read More: Sara Jackson-Holman’s “River Queen” Era Continues With U.S. Tour, Videos, by Steve Stav
From the Desk of: Knute Rimkus
How can you not feel optimistic? In a world where unicycle-riding kilt-wearing Darth Vaders can belch flames from their bagpipes, there’s just no room for cynicism.
– Randy Rendfeld
Portland is OK now, but it used to be way cooler. Here’s a list of 26 Things You’ll Never See In Portland Again.
Both Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas pride themselves on being weird places to live. In fact, each city has adopted the slogan ‘Keep [city] Weird” begging the question, who is actually weirder? Each city will claim they take the crown, and no doubt there are some unusual things going on in both cities, but . . . → Read More: Portland vs. Austin: Who is Weirder [Infographic]
“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin . . . → Read More: Oregon Native Hanneke Cassel Brings Hot Scottish Fiddle For Every Occasion
JONNY TWO BAGS, heretofore better known as Jonny Wickersham, guitarist for Social Distortion, will be appearing in PORTLAND, OR at WONDER BALLROOM on TUESDAY, APRIL 8th – opening for Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie. Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8:30pm. Tickets: $20.00 – $23.00.
In January 2014, Rolling Stone premiered the lead track from Two . . . → Read More: Social Distortion Guitarist, Johnny Two Bags, Brings Solo Show to Wonder Ballroom
JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO will perform in a solo acoustic show, Saturday, June 14 in our beloved PORTLAND, Oregon at the mighty Doug Fir Lounge.
Doors/Show/Onstage: 8:00pm/9:00pm/10:00pm – Tickets: $20.00-$22.00
Johnette did a one-off solo show in New York a couple of months ago, then one in LA, and another packed one in . . . → Read More: JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO • Saturday, June 14 • PORTLAND, OR • Doug Fir Lounge
On the first of the year a 75-year-old man cried in my cab when we pulled up to his favorite liquor store and he discovered it closed for the New Year’s holiday. I had picked him up from a house, but the urine stank of the homeless clung to him like ragged fatigues. His . . . → Read More: The Crying Man
A bright beam swept the night skies of Britain’s East Anglia for decades, looming large in genius-musician Thomas Dolby’s memories of childhood. It was doomed to darken, it’s supporting tower about to literally crumble into a sea that will eventually claim Dolby’s ancestral land, as well.
This poignant aspect of Dolby’s homecoming — after . . . → Read More: Thomas Dolby To Visit Portland, Seattle With Invisible Lighthouse Tour, by Steve Stav
In the beginning, this video of an alleged Bigfoot sighting in Oregon’s Christmas Valley looks like outtakes from the old Bonanza program. Little Joe rode through terrain like this every week on his way to getting beaten up in Virginia City. Then Hoss would ride through the same terrain on his way to save . . . → Read More: Bigfoot Sighted Near Bend, Oregon – Video Provides Definitive Proof!
Classically trained pianist. Introspective singer-songwriter. Soul-pop tour de force.
And now, mermaid.
Portland’s Sara Jackson-Holman keeps revealing more facets as she introduces her latest album, Cardiology, to the world. Playing a fin-footed Siren in the new video for her single, “For Albert,” wasn’t an exercise in revelation, however; the supremely photogenic singer says . . . → Read More: “It Was Weird, But Not Too Weird for Portland” – Sara Jackson-Holman Debuts “For Albert” Video, By Steve Stav
BIG ASS BOOMBOX is a loud pop festival consisting of at least forty bands and fifteen writers performing in four venues over two days. This event is free and will take place in PORTLAND, OREGON on Jan 11 and 12, 2013. (This is after the end of the Mayan calendar, so no guarantees.)
more . . . → Read More: Big Ass Boombox – A Loud Pop Festival is Coming to Portland, Oregon, 1/11 and 1/12/2013
Here’s another band that I met while driving around Portland, Glassbones. Or at least I met the singer-guitarist, Colin, who is truly a nice fellow. He mentioned he’s a cook by trade. (He’s hot, he plays in a band AND he cooks, ladies. For what more could you possibly ask…) They released an excellent . . . → Read More: Portland’s Own Glassbones – There’s Still Time Left
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour released their sophomore album in January to praise from NPR and the New Yorker to Rolling Stone and SPIN. Known for their contagious energy and catchy pop hooks, they’ve had songs featured in an iPod commercial, a global Heineken campaign, and on a handful of hit TV shows.
Go here . . . → Read More: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Major
A few weeks ago, I was driving around Portland and met a very nice fellow, Andy Strange, bass player for Portland’s crime-a-billy band, The Strange Tones. They play a fun mix of Americana, blues and surf. Last year they put out a fine Christmas album which never got the publicity push it needed because . . . → Read More: The Strange Tones to Perform 12/8 at the Hollywood Theater
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mash-up the Mad Max upcycling aesthetic with the gruelingly hilarious face-off of “Iron Chef,” add some of that quirky “Portlandia” flair, and you’ve got SCRAP’s annual Rebel Craft Rumble.
Contestants will compete in front of a live audience to earn the title of Portland’s Craft Master at Rebel Craft Rumble on . . . → Read More: THIS AIN’T YO MAMA’S CRAFT SHOW – Portland crafters get ready to square off at SCRAP’s Rebel Craft Rumble, October 18