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Life As A Black Musician In Portland
Minority populations have made significant contributions to the Rose City’s culture while being systematically excluded at the same time. We must grow together to preserve the communities and culture we want to succeed in Portland.
This issue of Vortex is a conversation about the realities communities of color face in Portland featuring editorials on the first annual Portland Black Music Festival by Farnell Newton and a call to take ownership of the culture we've created by activist and hip-hop artist Glenn Waco.
Plus, explore new artists to watch, Aan's sophomore effort, PDX's best songs of 2016 and more.
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From The Editor
Preserving Our CityChris Young - Oct 20, 2016
Portland’s present is not exactly rosy. This issue is a conversation.
New in #PDXmusic
Three Portland Artists to WatchMac Smiff, Jeni Wren Stottrup, Chris Young - Oct 24, 2016
Blessed by electropop, R&B and hip-hop, these three rising Portland artists have polished their craft into shimmering explosions of dance music, jazzy slow jams, and a focused, honest soliloquy...
Portland's Best Songs of 2016Eric Skelton, Chris Young - Oct 25, 2016
In the world of #PDXmusic, 2016 was more than bountiful. It was no easy task narrowing down this list but now that you’ve got it, turn it up! Listen to the hottest PDX-produced cuts—from Aminé to...
How To Get PressChris Young - Oct 21, 2016
For your band, album release, next gig—here are some tips for dealing with the media. And don't miss our panel on Media Relations for Musicians featuring local journalists and PR professionals....
The Portland Underground: Welcoming TransplantsOllie Collins - Oct 26, 2016
We are all strays and runaways, my friends. So if we close the doors on transplants, we close them on ourselves.
Portraits of Portland Music
Aan: Living a Life of DistractionsChris Young - Nov 10, 2016
Myriad distractions both prevent and propel Bud Wilson’s creativity, which spews forth in emotive bursts of fervent rock on Aan’s sophomore effort. Celebrate its release at a free Rontoms Sunday...
Aan at Bunk Bar on October 14, 2016Photos by Beth Olson
October 19, 2016 2:30pm
Portraits of Portland Music
Understanding the Realities of Our Black Community in PortlandChris Young - Oct 27, 2016
We must grow together to preserve the communities and culture we want to succeed in Portland. Photos by Sam Gehrke
It Takes A VillageFarnell Newton - Nov 2, 2016
Why did Farnell Newton help establish the Portland Black Music Festival? Because we have incredible strength when we come together.
Portland Black Music Festival featuring Farnell Newton, Tony Ozier, The Othership Connection, Saeeda Wright, Cool Nutz, Mic Capes, Andre St. James and more at the Mission Theater on Sept. 11, 2016Photos by Tojo Andrianarivo
September 19, 2016 3:00pm
It’s Time to Take Ownership: Our Community, Our CultureGlenn Waco - Nov 3, 2016
Minority populations have made significant contributions to the Rose City’s culture, yet the same people have been marginalized by the bureaucratic machine and left out of the development...
Red Fang, American Sharks and Witch Mountain at Northwest Hesh Fest at Dante's on Sept. 22, 2016Photos by Miss Ellanea
September 26, 2016 3:30pm
Vortex MarketplacePortland and Oregon's vibrant music scene is supported by a bevy of local businesses that value music in our community. The following supporters of Vortex Music Magazine play a vital role in encouraging, enabling and cultivating the music that circulates through the veins and culture of our city...