On a freezing Portland evening, most of town hunkered down for a cold night. Yet, a warm front from the south had settled in near the corner of SE Powell Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue at the historic Aladdin Theater. One hour before showtime, the near-capacity venue was buzzing with anticipation of a great night of storytelling and music from JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars)—all performing on their Southern Soul Assembly tour. The artist-in-the-round format seemed to fit the foursome well, blending a perfect gumbo of their different styles as each took turns with a story and a song, many of which brought standing ovations from the audience. In the end, Grey, Broussard, Osborne and Dickinson put together a soulful, down-home musical journey that was pure joy to experience.
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,...