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From the unbelievable trip that was Vortex I to stories of festivals, organizations and pillars of the Portland music scene.
Her Unsung HistoryChris Young - Oct 31, 2019
Musician and illustrator Rachel Frankel sheds light on important musical biographies, setting the stage for a formidable future that’s female. Hear Frankel talk about her book 'She Can Really Lay...
Pickathon: The Rebel FestivalDarka Dusty - Jul 23, 2015
Entering its 17th year, the eco-friendly, volunteer-supported festival on farm and forestlands just east of Portland has become a model for not just sustainability but also top-notch performances...
KMHD: 30 Years of Jazz Radio Against the OddsDon Campbell - Feb 25, 2015
Through ups and downs, Portland's own 89.1 FM is among the oldest listener-supported jazz station in the country.
Oregon Music Hall of Fame: Honoring The Past, Building The FutureDon Campbell - Nov 11, 2014
“The whole message is to recognize Oregon’s musical past, and use that as a vehicle for education to support Oregon’s musical future.” Photo by John Alcala
On The WaterfrontDon Campbell - Jul 2, 2014
A history of the Waterfront Blues Festival: How a small one-day fest turned the powerful force of music into a benefit to feed the hungry and a blues-fueled good time. Photos by John Alcala
Vortex I: A Strange Oregon TripMatt Love - May 6, 2014
Matt Love, the resident historian of our namesake festival, looks back in time to the only state-sponsored rock festival in American history and offers new, never-before-published anecdotes and...