July 10 — Sarah Billings
The arresting Sarah Billings is a force of soul and rock that has been swiftly welcomed into Portland’s well-established rhythm and blues scene. Performing with the respectable likes of the Norman Sylvester Band, Brian Foxworth, Ben Jones, and more, Sarah has a passion and fire behind her stage presence and songwriting. You may have seen her performing on stages at world renowned, Waterfront Blues Festival, Aladdin Theatre and holding down a four year Wednesday night residency at the Gemini in Lake Oswego, OR. Polished but raw, tutored yet instinctive, Billings has all the markings of a blues frontwoman on the rise, poised for greatness and longevity in the Rose City’s hallowed music scene. Come out, and come expecting.
Book Sarah Billings 7/10
July 17 — Samsel
Portland’s Samsel tell stories of hope love and heartbreak with energetic performances. Churched on Soul, Rock and Blues, the band’s catchy lyrics are complimented with thoughtful musicianship. A foot stomping good time.
Book Samsel 7/17
July 24 — Corner
CORNER was born from the restaurant industry. Our group of five met and continue to work at the Portland City Grill and consists of sisters Crystal and Angela Lariza, Grant Andersson, Ray Maestas, and Mike Cook. We all have come from different parts of the country and landed together in Portland, OR. Brought together by work, we started playing music together only a year and a half ago. With numerous live shows under our belt, we just finished recording our first studio EP, "Rude Awakening". The sound is a timeless mix of folk, rock, and indie, ranging from soft ballads to upbeat rock and dance.
Book Corner 7/24
July 31 — Lace and Lead
Lace & Lead is a Nashville based country duo and songwriting team fronted by singers Trysh Hill and Emily Tanke. The duo’s quality songwriting, dynamic performances, rich harmonies, and their unique take on modern country is gaining them recognition at venues and radio stations throughout the US.
The duo's debut EP was released in the Fall of 2014. The album is produced by Tom Beaupre (Florida Georgia Line), and features musicians such as Tyler Chiarelli (Florida Georgia Line), David Mahurin (Jerrod Niemann & the Hung Jury), Buck Reid (Lyle Lovett), and Joe Arick (Jake Owen).
Book Lace and Lead 7/31
August 7 — Wil Kinky
Born and raised on a blueberry farm in Oregon, Wil Koehnke (aka Wil Kinky) began playing music in his early teens. Now he’s in his early twenties and a regular feature on his local Portland scene, playing both solo and with various groups/acts, including Keegan Smith and The Fam, Tony Smiley and the Kinky Brothers. Wil Released a Solo EP April 27th 2013 at The Star Theater in Portland, OR. He Has been touring the NW extensively since its release. He has Also performed in Idaho and Colorado.
For all his musical talent, and there’s plenty of it, it’s his rich, vibrant voice that makes an immediate impact, and perfectly suits his rootsy, soulful songs. He’s been compared favorably to established artists like John Mayer and Ray Lamontagne, but there’s enough passion and fervor to these seven tracks to suggest, not only is Kinky / Koehnke his own man, but with the right breaks he can make much the same commercial impact.There’s a nice variety of material here, from the rolling, catchy-as-hell, opening track “It's Alright” to the organic Steve Winwood-esque soul groove of “The Energy Between (Me and You)” and “Dreams I Leave Behind”.
Book Wil Kinky 8/7
August 14 — Beth Willis Rock Duo
In the past year, the Beth Willis Rock Duo has played houses in Las Vegas, Mexico, Portland, and at sea. They've opened for national acts including Rick Springfield, Pablo Cruise, and Thompson Square, and have appeared in venues like The Viper Room (LA), House of Blues (Las Vegas), and the Troubadour (London). Pairing catchy originals (described by one critic as "Instant Classic Rock") with a seemingly never-ending repertoire of popular covers from every era (they take requests!), the duo is charming, accessible, and above all, a lot of fun. Come check out the act Oregon Music News called "...worth a long listen, especially in person."
Book Beth Willis Rock Duo 8/14
August 28 — White Rhino Marimba
White Rhino Marimba performs upbeat dance music from Zimbabwe and West Africa. Portland-based, they have been together since 1997 and continue to share their passion for African music at various festivals, parties and farmers markets. "Crash of Rhinos" is their newest CD, featuring thirteen lively and exciting songs. Their ages span six decades but when they play together, they're all of the same ageless spirit.
Book White Rhino Marimba 8/28
September 4 — Pretty Gritty
Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both from Montgomery County, MD. Although they originate from different rock bands, fate brought them together at local “open-mic” nights, where it became evident that they shared an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It’s said that she brings the “pretty” while he brings the “gritty,” combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics.
Book Pretty Gritty 9/4
September 11 — Tyler Stenson
Born in Wyoming but raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is an arresting singer/songwriter of acoustic 'elegant folk' music that hints at comparison to songwriter greats such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Ryan Adams. While he has been locally recognized as the two-time 'Songwriter of the Year' by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and 'Best Male Artist' at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, on the national stage, Stenson has received even more impressive praise from the top tier of the music industry.
Recently hand-picked by legendary producer Don Was, Stenson was named a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center's Songwriter III contest (out of 10,000), as well as, he was hand-selected by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and music critic Ryan Spaulding, to perform at their Outlaw Roadshow showcase at SxSW 2013 (out of 4,000). Additionally, Stenson's music is currently in rotation on SiriusXM's "The Coffee House" station (ch31), he was named ReverbNation's 'Breaking Artist' of 2013, he has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Marc Cohn, Matisyahu and more and his original music has been featured on multiple Chevrolet commercials and a few popular television series.
Above all, Stenson has proven he's not just another "guy and his guitar," his foundational belief that 'lyric is king' sets him apart as a true artist worth getting to know.
Book Tyler Stenson 9/11
September 18 — The Neil Darling Band
It might be a little rock and roll, and it's definitely funky, but we just call it Gypsy Soul.
The Neil Darling Band is a young group with an old soul, and years of experience between them in Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul,Blues, Gospel and everything in between.
The bands front man, Neil Darling is a new Oregonian from Alaska, by way of Austin,Texas. Neil's heartfelt,unique style is reminiscent of Johnny Lang and Stevie Ray Vaughan, with just the right touch of John Mayer. Within his first few months of being on Reverbnation, Neil became the #1 alternative artist in Portland and continues to reign in the top two spots.
Backed by the incredible talents of Charles "Charlie 100%" Santos on drums, the funkiest bass lines you've ever heard from the amazing Rodney Wilder, and accented by the siren's songs that are the vocal stylings of Shevonne Sayers, The Neil Darling Band is sure to impress, and keep you coming back to see what new grooves they will throw down next.
Book The Neil Darling Band 9/18
September 25 — Tim Snider
How would you define “world music”? For Tim Snider, it’s personal expression inspired by his world travels. Studying violin, guitar and percussion across the globe and incorporating his influences like Ben Harper, Paul Simon, Nick Drake and Bill Withers, Tim Snider continues to surprise his audience – and himself – with new blends of foot-stomping, soul-stirring musical goodness.
For most of us drawn to music, it’s an inexplicable force. For Tim, it was a cosmic force. When he was two weeks old, his grandmother, nearing her last days, held him in her arms and proclaimed, “Finally, this will be my violinist.” She had inherited her love of violin from her father, Theodore Post, who had studied violin at Julliard and Harvard and helped found the music department at University of Nevada Reno (UNR). Since none of her children took to violin, she knew a grandchild would. She was right. A three-year old Tim, mesmerized by a performance by Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street, begged his mother right there and then for violin lessons.
Book Tim Snider 9/25