Musicians Support Health Care with the Blues

Bluesman Norman Sylvester performing at the Nehalem Bay Winery, March 2018. (Courtesy of Norman Sylvester)

Bluesman Norman Sylvester performing at the Nehalem Bay Winery, March 2018. (Courtesy of Norman Sylvester)

Taken from: The Skanner News – The Skanner News Staff // Published: 05 April 2018

In its seventh year, the annual “Inner City Blues Festival: Healing the Health Care Blues” kicks off at the North Portland Eagles Lodge on April 21.

The one-night concert event is largely a fundraiser for Health Care for All Oregon – a volunteer-run, statewide coalition of over 120 organizations working to bring an equitable, affordable, and publicly funded health care to Oregonians.

With over a dozen acts, the six-hour blues festival will also feature a silent auction, food and beverages, and tabling by community organizations. With around 800 attendees last year, the festival raised $28,000 for the cause.

This year’s installment will showcase performances by Bloco Alegria, I&I Band Reunion with Newell Briggs and Obi Addy, Ken DeRouchie Band with Mz. Etta, King Louie Pain Quartet, and the Norman Sylvester Review with Sarah Billings and Lenanne Sylvester-Miller, plus many more. Inner City Blues will be MC’ed by Renee Mitchell, Ken Boddie and Paul Knauls.

The alliance among health care advocates and blues musicians is a natural pairing, said its organizers. “The blues is about worry, depression, and melancholy. That’s what people feel around our current insurance system,” said Tom Sincic, a retired family nurse practitioner and president of Health Care for All Oregon.

“Whether you go with the Mississippi Delta blues, the Memphis blues, the St. Louis blues, or the Portland blues – it’s all across the country,” continued Sincic. “People have all kinds of worries about whether they’re going to get the health care they need, and about the financial loss attached to it. It causes a lot of stress, so the blues is a perfect type of music to relay that.”

The festival’s performers should know, as many have experienced first-hand the plight of accessing and affording healthcare – in particular, Oregon blues legend Norman Sylvester, who has been a festival mainstay from the start.

“I have played too many benefits for musicians who fell ill or, more tragically, played at their (tributes). They didn’t have preventative care because of years of not being able to afford healthcare,” Sylvester said in the festival’s press release.

But as the state of the nation’s health care system continues to hang in the balance, Health Care for All Oregon falls in line with many local visions of an agreeable and equitable model.

On Feb. 1, Multnomah County’s board of commissioners passed a resolution supporting legislative action towards universal health care access. In the letter, the commissioners urged “the Governor and the Legislature to continue working to develop a comprehensive, equitable, and high-quality system of health care that is accessible to all, without discrimination, and that is affordable for families, businesses, and society.”

The North Portland Eagles Lodge is located at 7611 N?Exeter Avenue in Portland, Oregon, 97203. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and performances will run until midnight.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 online at Ticket Tomato, or at Music Millennium (3158 E Burnside), Geneva’s Shear Perfection (5601 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd), Peninsula Station (8316 N. Lombard), and Musician’s Union Hall (325 NE 20th Ave). Tickets are $25 at the door.

AMINÉ RELEASES NEW SONG & VISUAL “CAMPFIRE,” FEATURING INJURY RESERVE TODAY; PERFORMING AT COACHELLA 2018

AMINÉ RELEASES NEW SONG & VISUAL “CAMPFIRE,” FEATURING INJURY RESERVE TODAY; PERFORMING AT COACHELLA 2018

NEW YORK, NY (April 6, 2018) — Multiplatinum-certified Portland, OR rapper Aminé shares a brand new song entitled “Campfire” [feat. Injury Reserve] today. Get it HERE via Republic Records.

Over sparse throwback, turn-of-the-century-style production, the MC once again drops clever and catchy bars as Injury Reserve provides an appropriately fiery cameo. Additionally, Aminé also uncovered the hilarious music video for the song this morning. In the video, the artist and his crew take over the wilderness. Rocking neon colored wigs and cruising through a sparse mountain range, they debate how to properly pronounce“rural” between the action.

Watch it HERE.

Just in time for what’s shaping up to be a big month, “Campfire” amps up hype for his upcoming Coachelladebut April 15th and April 22nd. Renowned for insane and unforgettable live appearances, make sure to see what he has in-store in Indio this month.

Get his RIAA Gold-Certified debut album Good For You HERE.

Every once in a while, an artist comes along and rewrites the entire rule book for a genre. That’s exactly whatAminé did with “Caroline” in 2016. Taking rap to a new frontier, it earned an RIAA 4X Platinum plaque as he delivered a kinetic performance of the anthem on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon between constant touring. “REDMERCEDES” and its high-profile official remix with Missy Elliott and AJ Tracey saw him lap the competition yet again.

Portugal. The Man will play Portland’s March For Our Lives

The students putting together Portland’s March For Our Lives, a gun safety protest organized in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, have booked Portugal. The Man to play at Pioneer Courthouse Square on March 24.

The announcement came through the event’s Facebook page via Sue Castner, one of the adult organizers who describes herself as “just trying to stay out of the students’ way.”

The event, which includes a march through downtown Portland, begins with a rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 10 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., participants will march to Pioneer Courthouse Square, where organizers anticipate the crowd will arrive by noon. That’s where Portugal. The Man will perform.

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/03/portugal_the_man_portland_march_for_our_lives.html

Everclear Frontman Art Alexakis to Release First-Ever Solo Album

Art Alexakis — best-known as frontman and songwriter of the alt-rock outfit Everclear — is releasing his first solo album, expected later this year via The End Records/BMG.

On Feb. 28 he launched a PledgeMusic campaign giving fans exclusive access to join him throughout the entire recording process and album release, along with different types of products, bundles, and experiences. He’ll be releasing all types of weekly updates, including behind the scenes footage from the studio, to give fans an inside look at everything that goes into making the record.

“For the most part, it’s going to be an acoustic singer-songwriter type of album,” says Alexakis. “There’s going to be banjo, and some keyboards, and some programming on it. Right now it has the feel of a very rough-sounding, almost Americana-type of feel, while underneath it I’m programming and really screwing with sounds. I’m letting it evolve as it goes, and that’s what’s so much fun about it. It’s not about making another Everclear record; it’s about doing something that’s just me. I’m pushing my ability and pushing the envelope, and having fun at the same time. I’ve always wanted to do something like this.”

Read more at: http://variety.com/2018/music/news/everclear-frontman-art-alexakis-to-release-first-ever-solo-album-1202710793/

Kathleen Saadat Releases First Album at 77

At 77 years old, Portland’s legend of civil rights activism, Kathleen Saadat, is making her recording debut after a lifetime of singing behind the scenes.

With an international release date set for March 2, “Love for Sale” is a 10-track album of jazz standards featuring Saadat’s lead vocals and arrangements by Thomas Lauderdale. It also includes performances from members of his Portland-based “little” orchestra, Pink Martini – an ensemble that fuses classical, Latin music, pop and jazz.

As one of Oregon’s most respected social and political activists, Saadat has advocated for equality and social justice for over 40 years. Her dedication has assisted marginalized and under-represented groups including communities of color, women, and LGBTQ people.

Saadat was appointed Oregon’s affirmative action director under Gov. Neil Goldschmidt in 1987. Later, she worked within Multnomah County’s Department of Community and Family Services and helped draft the Portland Civil Rights Ordinance. She was also the diversity director at Cascade AIDS Project, and in 2012 she accepted the Lifetime Achievement from the Portland Human Rights Commission.

But when she wasn’t on the frontlines of the cause, Saadat was singing.

Read more here: http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/26590-kathleen-saadat-releases-first-album-at-77?mc_cid=2f83560c31&mc_eid=93ce860af7

View a video of Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and Kathleen Saadat on Live Wire Radio at: https://youtu.be/mjdisr8yDCk

Portugal, The Man wins Grammy!

We want to send a big shout-out to our friends and Portland, OR-based Portugal, The Man for their win at the Grammys!  Last year, Portugal, The Man was nice enough to donate their time to play Oregon Music Hall of Fame’s Oregon Backstage fundraiser.  We are very excited and happy for them!  They won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit single, “Feel It Still.”

 

Congrats to Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm for their Blues Music Awards nomination

Congratulations to Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm for their Blues Music Awards nomination for Soul Blues Album! The 39th annual Blues Music Awards will be held on May 10, 2018 in Memphis, TN. For more information on the Blues Music Awards, please visit blues.org.

 

Congrats to Jeff Lorber on his Grammy win!

Congrats to Jeff Lorber.  He won in the Grammy category of:

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:

What If – The Jerry Douglas Band

Spirit – Alex Han

Mount Royal – Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

Prototype – Jeff Lorber Fusion — WINNER

Bad Hombre – Antonio Sanchez

 

Also, Randy Porter and Nancy King were in the last five (but did not win). Still, congrats to them for the nomination:

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

The Journey – The Baylor Project

A Social Call – Jazzmeia Horn

Bad Ass and Blind – Raul Midón

Porter Plays Porter – Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King

Dreams and Daggers – Cécile McLorin Salvant — WINNER

“Doc” Severinson Honored

Elmhurst College Honors Carl Hilding “Doc” Severinsen

June 1, 2017

Elmhurst College has honored Carl Hilding “Doc” Severinsen with an honorary Doctor of Music degree. The legendary trumpeter and bandleader was presented with the degree at the college’s commencement ceremonies on May 27.

At the ceremony, Elmhurst College director of Jazz Studies Doug Beach called Severinsen “renowned around the world as a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and recording artist, whose contributions to the art of jazz and jazz education have found their place in the annals of music history.”

Severinsen has been performing the jazz trumpet for over 60 years, and has performed in bands led by jazz legends like Charlie Barnett, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. In 1962, he joined the “Tonight Show” band as first trumpet, and within five years, he became the music director for the show. Doc has also released more than thirty recordings and is a Grammy award winner.

“Always willing to share his experience and knowledge, Doc has been an inspiration to Elmhurst College students over the past several years,” said Beach.

Courtesy of JAZZed Magazine

Oregon Backstage

An evening of mingling and music benefiting the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Saturday, May 6 – 6pm?The Secret Society — 116 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212

Get your tickets HERE. Kids 16 and Under get in for $25. Show is all ages. Advance tickets will be on sale through TicketFly until 1pm on the day of show. Prices are $100 otherwise on site, day of event.

 

 

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