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.
Oregon’s Bluesman: Norman SylvesterJory Farr - May 7, 2020
In 1987, B.B. King told a 42-year-old Norman Sylvester to devote himself full time to music. The Boogie Cat heeded that advice and became his own ambassador of blues: "Musicians are messengers. We...
In Dark Times, I Sing of TreesOlivia Awbrey - Apr 22, 2020
In a blink, Covid-19 devastated the music industry. Together, we’ll adapt and evolve. During these times of uncertainty, it's more important than ever to shine a light on information that provides...
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!