Portland 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 so please show them some love and support them back.
Providing personalized service to bands and labels locally and beyond. Family owned since 1994, we are your PDX source for bespoke vinyl manufacturing, CDs, custom packaging and merch items.
Portland's best sounding small venue features consistently solid entertainment across the board with free comedy on Sundays, trivia and Baby Ketten Karaoke on Mondays, free music and open mic on Tuesdays, and live shows rounding out the rest of the calendar. With 21 rotating taps, a full menu of scratch-made pub grub and a huge patio, there are plenty of $5 happy hour and late-night snack options, whiskey and sonic offerings to choose from every single night. Come enjoy Portland's listening room.
Brown is a chemist, bringing together different musical worlds and mixing unlikely influences to create something refreshingly unique. He writes with his hip-hop duo Korgy & Bass and folk-jazz trio The Wishermen, and tours with Shook Twins. His latest release—where eight songwriters took his instrumental melody and created new lyric-driven songs—is a testament to his creativity. The new album Poem Project is out now on Cavity Search Records—get it here!
An exploration of new wave rock and melodic pop, Camp Crush weave strong lyricism with whimsical, danceable melodies. Finding inspiration in their musical roots—Duran Duran, The Cure and Blondie—Camp Crush will make you feel like you’re at the high school prom you wish you had. Their new single "Hometown Glory" and its music video will be released at the Spare Room on Thursday, July 13.
Cascade Record Pressing is the first and only automated production record pressing plant in the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to make high-quality records for discerning local artists and record labels. We are committed to working with our customers to actualize their vinyl visions. Cascade is 100 percent dedicated to manufacturing quality records that will stand the test of time.
With Cedar Teeth’s new EP, Farewell To Green Mountain, the familial five-piece double down on the eclecticism of their debut album, Hoot. Influenced and inspired by the music and songwriting of the Pacific Northwest—the various strands of grunge, pop, folk and Americana—the only rules Cedar Teeth follow on Farewell To Green Mountain are: Keep the music honest and speak with a voice that genuinely reflects the region of the Cascade foothills from which they hail. The EP is out now—get it here or at the band’s Lola's Room show with Magic Giant on Sunday, July 23.
Beyond our regular film and Rocky Horror schedule, the Clinton Street Theater also hosts theater, music and other live performances—always affordable and open to all ages. Interested in playing a gig here? Get in touch: info [at] clintonsttheater.com
Save the date this Fourth of July: After a classic small-town parade, live music, food and family fun continue throughout the day with a huge fireworks show capping off the night! Check out the full musical lineup now!
Discover your most powerful self. CorePower Yoga has three Portland-area studios (and many more nationwide!) offering a variety of high-intensity classes that will push you past physical boundaries with an open mind and a beating heart. Give it a try with your first week FREE and then commit to your mat—and even get 20 percent off yoga packages as a Vortex Access Party member!
Locally owned and operated for 23 years, Cravedog has developed an international reputation for excellent service manufacturing millions of CDs, LPs and apparel orders for our clients. Whether you are a long-standing corporation, a small company, an independent artist, a record label or filmmaker, we know how to meet your needs. It's important to keep things simple and personal—you won't find a computer answering your phone calls. We take pride in personally seeing your project through from start to finish and delivering it to you exactly the way you originally envisioned it. Stop by our monthly happy hour every last Thursday of the month from 4 to 7pm (21 and over only).
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, the Crystal Ballroom is indisputably the centerpiece of the McMenamins music empire in Oregon. Perched on the third floor of an old brick building originally called Cotillion Hall, the historic structure occupies prime real estate on West Burnside, while upstairs the spring-loaded ballroom floor bouncingly hosts thousands of concertgoers at 150 gigs annually. A litany of genre-spanning legends have shared this stage, from Little Richard and James Brown, to the Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield, to the OG funkateer George Clinton and surf pioneer Dick Dale, to contemporary acts like blues-tinged rockers The Black Keys and electronic dance purveyor Pretty Lights as well as homegrown Portland talent aplenty, including The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney, Pink Martini and The Dandy Warhols. Although the air may be thick with sweaty bodies on a rowdy show night, take a moment to admire your surroundings: Ornate glass chandeliers hang overhead, hand-painted murals adorn the walls, and carved, cackling jokers top the colonnades. And when the floating dance floor starts to quiver, just go with the flow and pogo in unison to the beat because the floor will respond like a hardwood trampoline. If the lights come up too soon, grab a pint of house-brewed beer in Lola’s Room, the dance floor below the ballroom, before continuing on to the ground floor Ringlers (named for first owner of the ballroom) for some pub grub—or just stumble a few steps further east to the subterranean speakeasy of Al's Den. On any night, anything can happen!
A music podcast spotlighting Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest scene featuring in-studio performances and uncensored conversations with artists. Stay up, stay tuned, every Friday on iTunes and Podomatic.
Committed to Seeing You Home: Your Mortgage Maven and Music Advocate, I pride myself on exceeding my customer's expectations at every stage of the home-buying process, from a complimentary pre-approval through an on-time closing. As a loan officer with Eagle Home Mortgage, I have access to a variety of loan programs and an experienced support team focused solely on home financing. —Janeen Rundle, NMLS #135407, JaneenRundle@eaglehm.com
Hand-built visual and sonic beauty: Meet Edwina, the best live mic for acoustic musicians. Preferred by Grammy Award-winning artists and discriminating home recording. Made in Portland. "Lead vocals worked so well that I resisted pulling out mics that cost 10 times more. That's unusual at this price point for a picky bastard like me." —Larry Crane, patron saint of PDX recording, $499 direct
Hailing from a small mill town on the west coast of Canada, the Portland-based folk songwriter intertwines elements of Americana, bluegrass and alt-country on her fourth studio release: In The End. Out now, the EP features a dynamic assortment of songs and boasts a talented medley of studio musicians. Celebrate the release of the "That Devil" music video at Dante’s on Sunday, July 30!
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Trust Your Label: We are a full-service record label and recording studio featuring music and records from the likes of Richmond Fontaine, Vacilando, Sassparilla, Mike Coykendall, Nick Jaina, Drunken Prayer, Jeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel, The Harmed Brothers, Hillstomp, Fernando, Catherine Feeny and more! Get 20 percent off any order—go to our website and use the code: vortex20
The Future of What is a radio show and podcast that explores music and the recording industry—where it is and where it’s headed. Host Portia Sabin, president of the independent record label Kill Rock Stars, cuts through the noise with music business experts to provide an authoritative look at this rapidly evolving industry in Portland and beyond. Hear new episodes every Friday on XRAY.fm and wherever you get your podcasts.
Idle Giant shouldn't be here. Yet three physicians, a graphic designer and the founder of Electric Opera Company found each other. With four-part harmonies and soaring guitar solos, their debut album was recorded at Jackpot! Recording Studio and displays the five-piece’s melodic pop sensibilities, precise musicianship and diverse rock influences. Idle Giant’s Garden is out now—catch them around the Northwest this summer!
The Saints create folk music fashioned by bluegrass and hammered to the floorboards of forgotten barns. Winding through overgrown valleys where ailing giants sleep their lives away, the crew are cut from seven cloths destined to forge original music reminiscent of forest fires and screen doors slamming.
Jackpot! Recording Studio has served Portland’s music scene since 1997. Notable clients include Elliott Smith, Jolie Holland, Wooden Shjips, Built to Spill, Moon Duo, Lord Dying, Battleme, Quasi, Stephen Malkmus, She & Him, M. Ward, Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Spoon, comedian Dax Jordan, Jason Lytle, and The Shins. Owner Larry Crane has helmed many of these sessions and utilized his knowledge of recording to create a unique and full-featured studio that is available for an affordable price. Many talented engineers and producers from Portland and all over the world have worked at Jackpot!, a studio with an impressive assortment of gear including a custom 32-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console, analog tape decks and Pro Tools. Get a hold of us to tour the studio and book your next project!
Pulling textures from a wealth of sweet-sounding idioms, from early jazz to country blues to jug band swing, with influences from ‘60s soul and early rock, the six-piece make their own powerful blend of America’s rich musical tradition on the full-length album Pacific Ragtime—out now. Get the record here.
Formed in 1988, JaFco (formerly Echo Park) is a hook-laden, alternative pop/rock band from Portland. In addition to writing and performing their original brand of eclectic pop/rock music, they also fill an evening with nostalgic cover tunes from ‘80s alternative rock anthems to a fresh take on Frank Sinatra and yacht rock. Look for JaFco’s first record under their new name: Entire Stripes Black is out now!
If you like eclectic artists, look no further. Bending genres and lacing all manner of tonality into a cohesive musical experience is kinda Jeff’s thing. Likely caused by his own wide taste in music and many years of experimentation, he’s never been able to stick to one type of sound. Check out Selections, a collection of songs from a series of experimental digital releases, remixed and mastered by PDX’s best (like Larry Crane of Jackpot! Recording Studios)—plus see him at Adventureland Ballroom with The Secret Sea and The Sincerelys on Saturday, August 19.
With her soulful, dusky voice, singer-songwriter JoAnna Lee makes a personal declaration about following her own path on her debut album. Inspiring listeners to brush off the naysayers and take bold, massive action toward achieving their dreams, So Free is confessional, to the point and drenched in emotion. JoAnna Lee’s new album So Free is out now.
The 13th album from the Portland mainstay is 10 new songs from a 10-piece band featuring three horns, two ladies singing backing vocals and rockin' guitars—it’s full of Memphis soul and bluesy grooves. Recorded live at an eight-track studio in glorious mono, The Lost Cause is an analog statement from a local legend—and is out now on vinyl and CD. The big band’s next show is Sunday, July 16 at the Crystal Ballroom followed by Friday, October 27 at the Mission Theater, where Koonce as Jon Koonce & The Gas Hogs will open for himself.
Taking listeners on an intimate, epic journey inside themselves, singer-songwriter Katelyn Convery crafts dynamic, lyric-driven songs that blend folk, rock, pop and electronica with influences from her time spent living in South Korea, Spain and South Africa. Her soulful debut Unarmed is out now. Catch her around PDX this summer and on tour in Washington, California, Nevada and Idaho in August.
KBA’s first full-length in 15 years is an ambitious musical adventure with roots stretching from the band’s psychedelic rock origins to ‘60s vocal pop, early ‘70s R&B, ‘80s synth rock, modern dream-core, and uptempo, danceable, rebellious anthems—all while remaining authentic, organic and heartfelt. The longtime project of Daniel Riddle (who soundtracked The Mothman Prophecies), Super Beautiful Magic is nothing short of a full-blown cinematic experience. Out now via Cavity Search and Mazinga Records, get it here. And don’t miss KBA at Doug Fir with The Parson Red Heads and LiquidLight on Saturday, August 19.
Combining soulful blues, moany traditionals and foot-stomping gospel, Logger's Daughter is a blues-folk ensemble that taps into the history of American music. Their first album features passionate vocals and old-style string pickin’—with a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll. Look for the self-titled debut out now!
Marylhurst University is a premier, not-for-profit, applied liberal arts and business university serving today’s diverse learners. We deliver an innovative, exceptional academic and social experience in a personalized, accessible and caring environment (online and on campus). Our beautiful campus is just 10 minutes south of Portland on Highway 43.
Art, music and culture are the lifeblood of an applied liberal arts education. Through the arts, we’re exposed to new ideas and perspectives—an essential ingredient in developing critical thinkers. We have a long and rich history of embracing the arts at Marylhurst University. Music programming features our internationally award-winning Marylhurst Chamber Choir, the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble, and the Marylhurst Jazz Ensemble. Every year we welcome world-renowned artists to our campus, such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and composers Morten Lauridsen and Gwyneth Walker. The Marylhurst Chamber Choir performed at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and the following year, won third prize in the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland. Find out more about music at Marylhurst and upcoming performances.
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Marylhurst University also offers high-quality music degree programs. If you’re interested in pursuing your degree in either music or music therapy, visit our degrees and programs to learn more about our academic offerings. We offer private music lessons too! You can sign up for lessons as an adult, and we even offer programs for kids ages 3 to 18.
Brought to you by veterans of the scene (StarChile and DJ Klyph with resident DJ Trox on the beats), this hip-hop experience goes down every last Thursday at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon. We showcase dope elements of hip-hop and the region's best emcees in an atmosphere built to grow the culture!
Monkey With a Hat On is dedicated to providing contemporary, relevant, inexpensive theater pieces geared towards, but not exclusively for, younger generations. Theater is for all of us and should be accessible to everyone—both in creating it and enjoying it as an audience member. Theater is the oldest human art form. Theater is people getting together to share a series of moments and experiences, providing a medium where thoughts, emotions and human histories are exchanged in real time. It is the duty of Monkey With a Hat On to provide pertinent, entertaining and thought-provoking theater for five bucks to the wonderful people of Portland, Oregon. There are many productions on the horizon and plenty of room on the boat for everyone willing—man, woman or monkey.
Music Millennium has been serving Portland’s recorded music needs since 1969. We buy and sell used and new vinyl, CDs and DVDs plus array of unique gift items. We host about 150 live music events in-store each year, both local and international—from Lost Lander to Joe Strummer. It’s A Place Where The Music and People Still Matter.
The American Federation of Musicians and the Portland chapter Local 99 are created of musicians, by musicians and for musicians. Since 1896, we have established, through negotiations and member unity, industry standard wages and working conditions for professional musicians.
PDX Pop Now! is dedicated to stimulating and expanding participation in Portland music. As an all-volunteer organization committed to being accessible, current and local, we provide and support live performances and recorded materials. We aspire to advance a sustainable community that values inclusivity and a high caliber of artistry to enable a creative dialogue between artist and audience. Each year, artists, businesses and individual volunteers donate time and resources to producing our two-disc compilation album of local music as well as benefit events and school outreach programs that all lead up to the organization’s annual, free, all-ages festival, which will be held beneath the Hawthorne Bridge on July 21-23, 2017.
Portland Notes is dedicated to supporting and encouraging creativity by sharing local artists with Portland and the world. Check out the new Portland Notes Radio here!
Commercial-free music radio: rock/folk/blues and weekend jazz. We play a local artist every 15 minutes! Broadcasting in the heart of Portland at 99.1 FM and streaming globally 24/7.
Radio Room is open all day, every day. We are a casual restaurant and lounge with tasty, unpretentious food and drink, priced right and happily served to our wildly creative neighbors, friends and the fine humans of Portland at large. From a morning espresso with breakfast to a nightcap and happy hour snack before bed, we got you all day long. Food. Drink. Art. Music. For the People.
From tried and true to trendy, new fashions, our printing methods will match your style and offer your fans an instant favorite they will always want to wear. Pimp your merch table with our custom screen printing services for bands and businesses! At Rebel Cricket Screen Prints, we pride ourselves on versatility. We stock a variety of color and ink formulations, which means we can print on paper, wood, metal, vinyl, glass and don't forget fabric! Check our website for monthly packages that include shirts, stickers and posters. Get one free setup with promo code: VORTEX
A global music agency focusing on bringing American artists to Europe, we sustainably develop and support our artists with personalized strategies and long-term vision via booking international tours, public relations and management. Founded in Vienna in 2010 by Dominik Schmidt, ROLA Music established a second location in Portland in 2013. As a result of the expanded territory, ROLA now operates full time from both countries and has organized European tours for local artists like Autonomics, Bart Budwig, Hustle and Drone, Worth, Sama Dams, Minden, DoublePlusGood, Haley Heynderickx, Fox and Bones, Thanks and many more.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, The Rye Room provides musicians with a recording experience tailored to each individual or group. Every artist or band bring unique elements to their music. Our mission is to distill raw creativity and talent through an exceptional, time-honored process to create a high-quality product that, like a great whiskey, can be easily enjoyed. We believe recording is about the experience. We put a great deal of thought into design, vibe and comfort to ensure you are able to deliver your best performance. Capturing that performance is enhanced in the right environment, which is why all rooms are tuned and custom wired for exceptional acoustics. Small batch, handcrafted records means we approach each project with an eye for quality, a lifelong passion for music, and a focus on creating your best record.
Local CD/DVD duplication: Specializing in short runs for area bands and artists, we also offer affordable graphic design for your album or project. Ask us about cassettes! Located next door to Revival Drum Shop, call or stop by!
Stumptown's go-to graphic artist for all things music and design related. Focusing on music-centric creations in the Pacific Northwest scene, Chris Bigalke is a one-man studio who works with local businesses, music venues, bands, record labels, and national companies for gig posters, album art, branding, website layout and more. Keeping Portland surreal since 2008.
Powered by a pair of female vocals from singers Angie Kopshy and Kate Austin, Stoneface Honey’s sweet harmonies are backed by Dan Johnson on guitar, Shirley Johnson on drums and Kate Harris on bass. With a new record of roots rock and indie pop on the way, Rise is inspired by the challenge of overthrowing the albatross of bigotry. Look for Stoneface Honey’s fourth album Rise this fall. When the time comes, get it here.
Experienced attorneys providing legal services to Portland’s musicians including distribution, performance, producer, venue, copyright, contract, publishing and licensing agreements.
Record label. Handmade goods. All together now. Celebrating 10 years as Portland's hub for local music, handcrafted gifts, T-shirts, jewelry, vinyl and more. Locations at the Portland Airport, downtown, NW 23rd and Hawthorne, where you can find frequent in-store performances from the bands you love. Subscribe to our emails to find out more!
Volume Bomb specializes in new and used electric guitars, amps and pedals, local punk and metal records, macabre art and jewelry, and small-run enamel pins and patches. Located off Holgate in The Hallowed Halls recording studio on SE 64th Avenue in Portland.
Designer, illustrator and screen print artist Gary Houston offers original hand-pulled posters and other art. We make crap you don’t need.
XRAY.fm is an independent, not-for-profit radio station that supports the Pacific Northwest’s music and arts communities. It fulfills its educational mission through airing local public affairs programs featuring voices seldom heard on radio and broadcasting a diverse array of music, with a focus on new, local, independent and experimental recordings. XRAY.fm also serves as a resource for training community members in radio, broadcasting and digital media. In the Portland area, tune in at 91.1 and 107.1 FM or stream online.
As the Oregon Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event, the Waterfront Blues Festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike: It is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second largest blues festival in the nation. Since 1988, the festival has raised $10 million and 815 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.
The Wildwood MusicFest was created exclusively by grassroots efforts of a caring community in rural Oregon. Our annual festival is a small, family-friendly event that is all about fantastic music from emerging artists all performing on a single stage, allowing you to settle in and take it all in without having to follow a hectic schedule. We are committed to making this a self-sustaining, yearly fest that showcases good music and good times by promoting local food and agriculture, featuring regional beers and wine, and providing tons of free activities for kids, all while being environmentally conscious by using reusable cups and tableware.