It’s a Friday night in Portland and a raucous crowd is filling the Aladdin Theater to capacity for a night with Junior Brown. For those who have not been blessed with the opportunity to experience him live, Junior Brown is a guitar enigma. Country and Western through and through, he is also a little blues and surf along with some rock and roll. At his live shows, you never are quite sure what he'll be throwing your way, but one thing's for certain: You will definitely be amazed. His playing is a masterpiece of dazzling finger work on the fretboard and slide, and his guitar—a Guit-Steel that's half Telecaster and half pedal steel (without the pedals)—is something to behold. It's even a greater treat to watch him play it. On this night, Brown undeniably delivered a performance of everything great country music should be and more.
The Portland Playlist: Ural ThomasChris Young - Oct 12, 2018
It’s time for Ural Thomas to spread love and bring The Pain—he shares the songs that inspire his music, plus a couple that he just can’t live without. Listen to his playlist now!
Past Present: Eric Johnson Talks Change and Revisiting 'Ah Via Musicom'Nathan Rizzo - Jan 31, 2018
Always the student, the Austin guitarist speaks with Vortex about staying liquid and staying in touch with his passion ahead of his February 1 performance at Portland’s Aladdin Theater.
Eric Johnson: The Tone Ranger Heads for HomeNathan Rizzo - Jan 31, 2017
The Texas guitar legend talks Simon & Garfunkel, embracing the imperfect, and the centrality of acoustic music ahead of his January 31 performance at Portland’s Aladdin Theater.
Turn Your Concert into an ExperienceChris Young - Jan 27, 2017
Con Bro Chill and Chanti Darling break down what makes a good performance. Then, don't miss our free, all-ages panel on this topic, including insight from What The Festival and promoter True West,...