Dozens of Portland-area musicians are banding together to raise funds for two media outlets that highlight local artists: Portland Radio Project (PRP) and Oregon Music News (OMN). Organized by Portland singer-songwriter Josh Malm (Redwood Son/Red Tree Productions), the event will be held Saturday, May 2, at the Aladdin Theater. All ages may attend, accompanied by an adult.
Because PRP and OMN consistently emphasize local artists, said Malm, “we musicians should chip in to support the folks who support us. We rarely get a chance to give back.” PRP, streaming rock/folk/blues since 2013, and broadcasting soon on the FM dial, features a song by a local (Northwest) artist every 15 minutes. OMN, Oregon’s all-genre online music magazine, which recently began offering print editions, frequently profiles local musicians.
Both PRP and OMN believe that “Music Matters,” title of the May 2 event. Their volunteers share a passion for music and strive to give local performers a media voice. “We invite local artists to perform during live ‘Drop-In Sessions’ several times each week,” said Rebecca Webb, journalist and PRP founder. “It’s a rare chance for listeners to really connect with people who create the music they love.”
The Music Matters lineup includes some of Portland’s premier performers, ranging from the New Orleans funk-inspired Roseland Hunters, roots rock of Redwood Son, Italian folk of Mbrascatu, to the electro-driven Acoustic Minds. Several local singer-songwriters, many of whom are in regular song rotation at PRP, will also appear: Tyler Stenson, Amber Sweeney, Michele Van Kleef, Laura Ivancie, Andrew Paul Woolworth, Sarah Billings, The Sale, Will West and Pilar French.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
UPDATE: Alicia Baker and David Douglas will also appear!