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.
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!
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.
Bringing Northwest roots rock from the Cascade foothills, where the sound of saws cut through the Oregon woods and the lights of Portland set the western horizon aglow, look for the five-piece’s new EP, Farewell to Green Mountain, this summer. When the time comes, get it here or at the band’s EP release show at Mississippi Studios with King Black Acid on Friday, June 9—plus catch ‘em at the LaurelThirst with pigWar on Friday, April 28.
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
Originally from the South, songwriter Colin Hogan’s sultry vocals lead the threesome’s jazzy, country blues and Southern soul on their latest LP Tightening the Wire. Bolstered by Brian Link on bass and Matt Ramsdell on drums, they can also be found as the rhythm section for many other Portland bands.
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).
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.
A one-of-a-kind Bollywood entertainer, Prashant is a singer, choreographer, emcee and DJ with one simple agenda: Make people dance all night long to an irresistible blend of the world’s greatest beats. Prashant’s effervescent personality and charisma instantly strike a chord with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Through his energetic performances, Prashant has moved masses across the West and East Coasts of America and many places in between. His monthly Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance Party is a celebration of Desi music, dance and performance. Jai Ho! goes down every second Friday at The Secret Society!
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. Look for the new music video for "That Devil" premiering in July!
The debut album Moonflower is an audiovisual song cycle of electromagnetic soul. Willoughby's vocals, smoky Rhodes and coded poems steer the Andrew Jacksons from raunchy funk instrumentals to synthpop victory ballads to slowcore space country. Live, the six-piece create a psychedelic sensory journey by pairing Moonflower with a meticulously programmed light show. Get the record here!
Producing quality, craft cannabis, we believe in our community and are helping to set the standard for modern marijuana cultivation.
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 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. Don’t miss them at the Doug Fir with Roselit Bone and Chuck Westmoreland on Wednesday, May 31!
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!
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 and catch their energetic live show at O’Connor’s in SW Portland on Friday, May 26.
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.
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 until 3pm daily 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.
Standing in the space carved out by The Head and the Heart and Edward Sharpe, this PDX trio weaves indie folk melodies that leave feet tapping and hands clapping. Their latest single “Hold Me Now” is an upbeat, drum-heavy, soaring rock song with powerful vocals, all showcasing the band’s versatile sound. The new single “Hold Me Now” is available now—get it here!
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.
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 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.