One of the original British blues pioneers Kim Simmonds is touring again, celebrating 50 years of music with his band Savoy Brown and a legion of fans. At 67, Simmonds sounded as good as ever when he and his band (Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums) took the Aladdin Theater crowd on a journey through the past and into the future featuring a setlist filled with Savoy Brown classics and new songs alike. Simmonds, a genuine and timeless artist, shared great remembrances of his former bandmates and the experience of being a young kid following his idols Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker with his ever-evolving band. From my perspective, Kim Simmonds is a great bluesman, an architect of blues rock Chicago-style, and still continues to carry the torch—playing with a passion that's second to none. Thank you Kim!
Bart Budwig: 'Sock Song' [Video Premiere]Chris Young - Dec 4, 2019
Full of goofy nostalgia—and in honor of National Sock Day, natch—the tender-hearted Eastern Oregon singer-songwriter welcomes us into his musical family for a sock fight! Celebrate the release of...
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.