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Inner City Blues Festival

Got the health care blues? Portland’s original Boogie Cat Norman Sylvester does too. So again this year, he’s helping organize the HEALTH CARE FOR ALL OREGON fundraiser with music, dancing, and food April 22, 2017.

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Coco Columbia: MOGO 2017 on Sounds of PDX

On this episode of the show Jen Em and I welcomed back recording artist Coco Columbia. The topic of this evening’s broadcast was MOGO Music Fest 2017. Just days before taking the stage at MOGO Music Fest with GLASYS

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Portland Center Stage at The Armory – Lauren Weedman

Lauren Weedman and her alter-ego, Tami Lisa, take us on a fearless journey of heartbreak to mid-life crisis, and finally to a fresh start. Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is filled with tears, laughter, resolve and great songs and … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session: Kathryn Claire

Over many years of cultivating a personal style with fiddle, guitar, voice and as songwriter, side player and with her own band, emerges Bones Will Last, Kathryn’s fourth full-length album.

 

CONSIDERING THE BONES OF LIFE

 

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Portland Center Stage at The Armory – Blitzen Trapper

Writing songs. Telling lyrical stories. Playing guitars. For the sheer joy of making music. That sums up the many parts of Blitzen Trapper. And now there’s a rock musical named after one of their songs.

 

Wild and Reckless

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Drop-In Session With Kory Quinn

Kory proves to us that music has the power to offer understanding and even hope with his newest release, Black Gold Blues. Fully charged with political issues we are facing today. It’s time.

 

KORY QUINN AND THE QUINTESSENTIALS

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Visionary and Radical James Baldwin

Raoul Peck’s explosive documentary,  I Am Not Your Negro, is based on James Baldwin’s words and writings that still resonate. His niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, joins in for a conversation.

The Optimism of James Baldwin

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Portland Center Stage at the Armory

The timing couldn’t be better for Astoria: Part One. A story of a journey in the 19th century to create the first permanent West Coast settlement. A timely and relevant piece of history,  here in the 21st century. Enjoy … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session with Melville’s Ryan T Jacobs

Melville lead vocalist, Ryan T Jacobs, has been offering up a special Valentine’s show for a while now. They call it “Under the Covers”. Ryan joined up with Saturday Joe to lay out the story and play some music.

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Drop-In Session with Portland’s Rock Royalty Jon Koonce

Musicians go through many identities, changes, upheavals, both in lineups and hopes for that moment to take them to the …..top? Jon Koonce, a long time Portland artist, shares his rich history, and why music keeps on happening in his … Continue Reading

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The Diva Series Returns

Robin Jackson brings back the monthly evenings, The Diva Series, that feature a prominent female artist for each show, followed by a set with Robin Jackson and the Caravan!

 

Kicking Off Winter with Light

 

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A new year with The Adio Sequence on Sounds of PDX

For my first episode of 2017 we had The Adio Sequence join us in studio to talk about new music, recap 2016, and their plans for the new year. Jen Emerson and I had plenty to chat about with the … Continue Reading

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Jimmy Mak and the Language of Music

Jimmy says it all happened “almost accidentally”. The club, the success he had with it in our community. Thanks in part to inspiration his dad offered Jimmy. And the inspiration, in turn, Jimmy offered to musicians in Portland. Full circle. … Continue Reading

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The Oregon Trail at Portland Center Stage

Have you ever played the game “The Oregon Trail”? Came out in 1995 on a CD-ROM!!! Now in its 5th edition, “The Oregon Trail” has allowed us to be a carpenter, a farmer, a banker, a housewife (yes they had … Continue Reading

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On Location: Portland Center Stage

On the stage now, through October 16, it’s Little Shop of Horrors, the story of Seymourplayed by Nick Cearley, who works on his chances for success and romance with the help of an out-of-this-world plant . On the … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session: Matt Boydston

Matt joined Steven Shomler for a fun round of Tasty Tuesday musical get down. Matt has lived and worked in many places across the globe and it all adds depth and a deep and joyful resonance to his songwriting and … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session: Eric John Kaiser

We consider ourselves lucky, that Parisian-born Eric John Kaiser finds a way to stay put in Portland, at least for precious bits of time. A brand new album created in Quebec will see its release in Portland Saturday, September 24th … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session: Small Souls

Simple pleasures, as one of their songs is titled, seems to be a defining piece of the character that is Small Souls. Unhurried, and lingering over melody and lyric. Both Bryan and Brian have a fine sense of musicality and … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session: Reverend Freakchild

The Rev was recently back in Portland to share some live music with us and to unveil his newest release, Illogical Optimism. A big, sprawling, and wonderful 3-CD set full of the Rev’s typical sense of humor, skill, and love … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session: Michael Allen Harrison

Both with his work as piano solo performer, with his band, and considerable skills as a producer and composer, Michael Allen Harrison offers inspiration in countless other ways with his community and artistic contributions to Portland. Ten Grands on the Continue Reading