A Musician’s Life: Lived By the Moment

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Naomi LaViolette states she is “feeling lucky” to be an independent singer-songwriter in Portland. But so much more than good luck is packed into a successful singer-songwriter career. I admit to a fair bit of envy when I see how some…

Be a Superhero – Support Music Education!

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This 2K 5K 10K & Kid's Fun Walk supports the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and fights to Keep Portland Weird! 2ND ANNUAL SUPERHERO FUN RUN 2K 5K 10K & WALK KIDS UNDER 9 ARE FREE ... RED CAPE – FIRST 200 WHO BUY TICKETS ONLINE GET…

Laura Ivancie: Not In It For the Wealth

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I wonder where Laura will truly end up in her journey. In the brief time she's been doing her thing, it has included college basketball,fighting fires for the U.S.Forest Service, and teaching English in Buenos Aires. But music was always in…

Musical Food for Thought

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We've been showing off the young and talented in these posts recently. Time to hear from a seasoned pro and share his observations through decades long experience as singer/songwriter and bandleader. A Facebook post from Jack McMahon caught…

For Savanna Coen, No Limitations

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Just as there are no "golden years" and "expiration dates" on creating and playing music, we can arrive into music-making anytime. Savanna Coen is 14 and on a mission. It was Steven Tyler's birthday on Tuesday and he was (Gasp!) turning…

How an Album Gets Made

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Singer-songwriter Michele Van Kleef and guitarist  Tim Ellis are involved in a wonderful collaboration and partnership. The creative juice is really starting to flow! Michele and Tim are setting the music in motion at Kung Fu Bakery…

Music Workshop

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The mission is simple: educate, inspire and motivate children through music education by providing public elementary schools with a free, innovative and turnkey supplemental music program. We are all too aware of the budget cuts in our public…

Third time = a Charmer!

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For the third year, Portland drummer Mel Brown and Martha Reeves (yes, of the Vandellas) will reunite at Jimmy Mak's!   Motown legend Martha (of the Vandellas) Reeves and Mel Brown crossed paths at a chance meeting Vancouver, B.C.…

Third Time = a Charmer!

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For the third year, Portland drummer Mel Brown and Martha Reeves (yes, of the Vandellas) will reunite at Jimmy Mak's!     Motown legend Martha (of the Vandellas) Reeves and Mel Brown crossed paths at a chance meeting Vancouver,…

What is Success? Raising $$$ for Bruce!

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Organizers are thrilled with the outpouring of generosity for former Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte over the weekend. Two nights of concerts at Portland's premier jazz club Jimmy Mak's produced a hefty contribution to a health fund…