The 21 Best Songs About Portland

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In honor of MusicfestNW, which starts Friday the 21st, we are counting down the top 21 best songs ever written about Portland. Every day until Wednesday we will reveal five more songs.    More
Saturday, August 15, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Thara Memory

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From gigging with the likes of James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and the Commodores to long tenures in Mel Brown’s and Leroy Vinnegar’s bands, trumpeter-composer Thara Memory has earned a deserved    More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

From Rose City to Austin City: An ACL Wrap-Up


When Austin City Limits Music Festival began in 2002, it lasted two days and attracted close to 40,000 fans. Wilco, Shawn Colvin and hometown guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. occupied a bill of 70-some acts. Clark, responsible for this year’s most memorable set, was just a high-schooler, eager to play on a big stage in a festival with an unpredictable future. Austin, the self-proclaimed “Live Music ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MARK STOCK

Check Out the Lineup for the 2013 Portland Jazz Festival


If you were lucky enough to catch the soul scorching set by Matthew Shipp Trio at Jimmy Mak's last night, you were also given the inside track on the lineup for the 2013 Portland Jazz Festival. Managing Director Don Lucoff took the stage and rattled off a quite impressive string of players and performers who will be gracing our fair city with their talent from February 15-24. But, lest we leave ...   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Mic Check: Esperanza Spalding

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Esperanza Spalding is a popular woman. The bassist/singer/composer will tour at least 10 countries this summer after wrapping up the lengthy U.S. trip that brings her back to her hometown of Por   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Watch: Esperanza Spalding on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Between the Thermals' appearance on Lopez Tonight and last night's performance by Esperanza Spalding on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Portland music has been all over the third-tier late night talk show circuit the past few weeks. Of course, Spalding herself has been everywhere since taking home the Grammy for Best New Artist last month, earning her the wrath of Justin Bieber fanatics and instantly catapulting ...   More
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Esperanza Spalding Wins Best New Artist Grammy


Diehard fans of that cherubic Canadian waif Justin Bieber are outraged that the singer lost the Best New Artists Grammy award to Esperanza Spalding, a jazz bassist and singer who, in addition to being a hell of a musician, is also a native Portlander. Spalding was born here in 1984, attended the private downtown arts high school Northwest Academy, was at one point concertmaster of the Chamber Music ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE


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