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PRP Team Concert Picks, April 5th-11th (2018)

On the cover this week:
TRACY BONHAM, coming to White Eagle Saloon on Friday, April 6th! Check out Jen’s picks for more details!
Photo courtesy of Chronogram


Veronica’s picks:

Saturday, April 7 Local Roots Festival at Alberta Street Pub

More than a dozen bands will be performing at the 4th Annual Local Roots Music Festival and Local Roots Compilation CD Release Party set for April 7th at Alberta Street Pub. We’ll also have drawings, special guests and fun events/contests throughout the 14 HOUR festival!

Admission is just $10 at the door for the all day event and we will have music throughout the day and evening.

The Local Roots Music Festival is a celebration of the music of local musicians. It is also a CD release party featuring artists appearing on the Local Roots Compilation CD Volume 4 which will be on sale at the festival.


10:00 Doors Open
10:30 – Noon Kids Music TBA
12:30 – 1:15 Festival Booking Seminar
1:30 – 2:00 Niamh
2:15 – 2:45 Ian James
3:00 – 3:30 When We Met
3:45 – 4:15 Sharlet Crooks
4:30 – 5:00 The Old Yellers / The Yellers
5:15 – 5:45 Rachel Brashear
6:00 – 6:30 Jessa Campbell
6:45 – 7:15 Rob Larkin
7:30 – 8:00 Castletown
8:15 – 8:45 Camp Crush
9:00 – 9:30 Ronnie Carrier
9:45 – 10:15 Tumbledown
10:30 – 11:00 Melville
11:15- 11:45 Libido Cornucopia
12:00 – 1:00 Bitches of the Sun

Fox and Bones, Sister Mercy, and The Winterlings appear on the Vol 4 Compilation CD however will not be performing at the festival due to touring and other obligations.

Veronica will have one of the bands performing at the festival on my show on April 4th. When We Met will be on Subculture, (7 pm Wednesday night on PRP,) and we’ll be giving away a couple tickets to the festival. Veronica will be playing tunes from the various bands performing on Subculture as well!

Local Roots Festival at Alberta Street Pub
Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
Sat, April 7th
$10 Tickets at Door
All Ages Event until 8:30 pm!


You can catch the very cool Subculture with Veronica Bisesti every Wednesday from 7-8 pm.


Luke’s picks:

Thursday, April 5 Sama Dams LP Release, Kelli Schaefer, Pool Boys at Mississippi Studios



Loud guitars + pretty harmonies
Millennial Morse Code TEASER (Release date: May 2018)

Sama Dams LP Release, Kelli Schaefer, Pool Boys at Mississippi Studios
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
Thurs, April 5th
9 pm | $12 TICKETS


Friday, April 6 Scott Pemberton Band at Dante’s

Scott Pemberton Band is an emerging force on the national festival and club circuit, with his wild approach to the guitar and nimble funky band he is immediately recognizable and undeniably original. He doesn’t use a strap, often plays the guitar like someone would play piano and performs with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes that every time we make music is an honor and a gift.

Scott Pemberton Band at Dante’s
350 W Burnside St, Portland
Fri, April 6th
8 pm | $15/20 TICKETS


Luke Neill is the voice of Sounds of PDX on PRP. Catch Sounds of PDX every Tuesday night from 7-9 pm, and the SPDX Listening Party every Thursday from 4-6 pm! Follow Sounds of PDX on Facebook



Jen’s picks:

Friday, April 6 Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan at White Eagle Saloon

ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE – Tracy Morgan is coming to Portland – and not to the MODA or Edgefield, but to the White Eagle Saloon. The only venue more intimate would be if she played in someone’s living room. I’ve been a huge fan following Tracy Bonham for years, and I am SO SUPER STOKED that she is coming to Portland. Get there any way you can – it is guaranteed to be one of the greatest shows you will see this entire year!!

“As addictive as ever.” ––Brooklyn Vegan

Grammy™ nominee Tracy Bonham is celebrating yet another banner year. Her new album, Modern Burdens, made Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2017, which they describe as “a lovingly penned postcard to Bonham’s past self, and a fascinating look at where she’s at right now.”

Where she’s at––and the current wave of commercial and critical success she’s enjoying––is remarkable and rare for any artist. But for Tracy Bonham, it’s no surprise: she’s an artist who has never ceased growing and has never stopped challenging herself, her own talents, or her audience.

Bonham’s debut, The Burdens of Being Upright, achieved Gold Record status in 1996, spawning the chart-topping hit “Mother Mother.” A pair of Grammy™ nominations followed, along with an MTV Video Award nomination for the single, which has remained a powerful anthem for the disenfranchised and isolated.

“Serious musical chops.” ––Pollstar
“Disarmingly unselfconscious.” ––The New York Times
“Inspired songwriting and passionate performances.” ––Billboard

Blake Morgan’s two-and-a-half year sold-out run at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall continues: this third season of his ongoing artist-in-residence concert series features Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning special guests Jesse Harris, Tracy Bonham, Michael Leonhart, and Chris Barron. As always, each guest performs alongside Morgan, continuing the tradition of unique on-stage collaborations that the residency’s audience has come to love. Special guest Brendan Hines will accompany Morgan at the Season Three Finale on May 16th, 2018.

Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan at White Eagle Saloon
The White Eagle
836 N Russell St, Portland
Fri, April 6th
9 pm | $ 15 TICKETS


Saturday, April 7 Blossom, Bells Atlas, Amenta Abioto at Bunk Bar

Blossom has recently been fulfilling her namesake – with roots in Trinidad & Tobago – she has bloomed in the Pacific Northwest’s music scene.

Combining heavy rhythm and groove, soulful vocal harmonies and a healthy dose of wildcard energy, this dynamic group arrived at an interwoven sound that is undoubtedly their own. Primarily made up of 4 members with a musical chemistry that surprises and compliments, the sonic palette that makes up Bells Atlas is deep, cinematic and colorful. They capture the spirit of eclectic influences – soul, West African & Brazilian rhythm, noise pop, psychedelia – and draw a wide audience with diverse tastes.

Songwriter, producer, and actor, Amenta Abioto is on the cutting edge of all that is musical, theatrical, and literary. Her music is boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical surprise and magic through ancient African diasporic sounds and stories. Weaved into syncopated rhythms and dichotomies of comedic proportions, Amenta surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas. She brings to the music scene funky academia while skipping vocally from soul shaking gospel to smooth jazz and then onto hip hop rhythms wrapped in West African beats.

Blossom, Bells Atlas, Amenta Abioto at Bunk Bar
Bunk Bar
1028 SE Water Ave, Portland
Sat, April 7th
9:30 pm | $10 TICKETS



Saturday, April 7 ALVVAYS, Frankie Rose at Roseland Theater

Two Indie greats who appear regularly on Fresh Spins, Alvvays and Frankie Cosmos are hitting the Roseland Theater in Portland this weekend!

Alvvays’ music has been described as jangle pop by the music press and its members. According to (lead singer) Molly Rankin, the band’s emphasis is primarily on strong melodies, rather than for a specific genre: “If old people ask, I say it sounds like the Cranberries. If young people ask, I call it jangle pop. If a punk asks, I say it’s pop.”[6] The band sounds similar to Best Coast and has often been compared to Camera Obscura. The spelling of the band name was due to the fact that there was already a band named Always signed to Sony. While the band does not have an overt Celtic music sound, Rankin acknowledges she was immersed in the genre from childhood and it has a discernible influence on the way she sings and writes melodies.

Greta Kline, better known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, is known for her independent releases, inspired by Frank O’Hara’s poetry, DIY ethics of K Records and the early 2000s New York City’s anti-folk scene. Kline is also the former bass guitarist of the band Porches and the daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates.

ALVVAYS, Frankie Rose at Roseland Theater
Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave, Portland
Sat, April 7th
9 pm | $20 TICKETS


You can catch Jen sharing amazing music every Tuesday and Friday! Tuesday Tracks 10 am – Noon and Fresh Spins with Jen Em Fridays 10 am – noon, only on PRP.
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Inessa’s picks:

Saturday, April 7 Walking Man’s 3rd Annual Fools Fest

Come one, come all to our 3rd Annual Fools Fest. Festivities kick off at noon with live music, bubbles, games and folly for all ages.

Celebrate during this kick off to Spring event and enjoy our award winning brews including some one-off featured beers and a special food menu throughout the day. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed fools.

Fools Fest will feature nearly 40 local and regional musicians performing a variety of styles and genres. The Skamania Pipers will signal the traditional “call to the community” with their reverberating bagpipes at noon. The main stage in the tented beer garden will host a complete line up of local bands and the indoor stage of our Grain Room event space will feature local singer-songwriters during the main stage set breaks. Portland’s original African-Style marimba band, Boka Marimba will headline the event from 8:30 to 10pm. The ten-piece band blends soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass marimbas with high energy percussion and vocals for a unique and irresistible sound.

“These events are a great opportunity for visitors to experience the vibrancy and connectedness of the small town of Stevenson. It’s also a fun way to meet new people and for locals to come together in support of one another,” said Tom Delzio, Vice President of the Stevenson Volunteer Firefighter’s Association.

Fools Fest is free for all ages, rain or shine. Donations benefit the Stevenson Volunteer Firefighter’s Association. For a complete line-up of live music and more information about the event, please visit WalkingManBeer.com/foolsfest!

Walking Man’s 3rd Annual Fools Fest
Walking Man Brewing
240 SW 1st St, Stevenson, Washington 98648
Sat, Apr 7th
12-10 pm | Free
All Ages Event!


SOLD OUT Monday, April 9 The Whiskey Darlings at Lakeside

The Whiskey Darlings (Michele Van Kleef & Rob Rainwater) special album release show. They will be debuting new material from the album “The Weight of Time” that will officially release the evening of the show. The Whiskey Darlings are a down-home folk duo featuring vocal harmony and classic sounds of 60s and 70s folk-rock.

The Music Monday series features top jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the region. Originally built in 1940, the recently restored Lakeside Theater and Café is a state-of-the art concert facility, with a beautiful lakeside view and a full-service bar and restaurant. This is an All-Ages show., doors open at 6:00, show starts at 7:00.

The Whiskey Darlings at Lakeside
Lake Theater & Cafe
106 N State St, Lake Oswego
All Ages Event!


Inessa is the PRP Music Director and Creative Services and is responsible for many great blog posts, interviews and Drop-In Sessions. Follow Inessa on her blog.

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With a passion for music and a love of all things radio, Jen Emerson joined the PRP team in 2016. Jen’s musical involvement includes a long history of choral and jazz singing. She hosts "Fresh Spins with Jen Em" every Friday, 10 am-Noon
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