Friends of Noise

Day 2+3

Crossroads Stage

1 PM + 1 PM

Friends of Noise is a non-profit arts organization built on the values of collectivism and restorative justice. We seek to transform the culture of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth access to the music industry, by hosting all-ages concerts throughout Portland, providing professional development for teen sound engineers, and empowering youth to advocate for themselves. They are proud to present some truly gifted all-ages talent at this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival, with performances and stage crew support on Saturday (1 PM + 3 PM) and Sunday (1 PM + 3 PM) at the Crossroads Stage.

Saturday’s performances include Bass Pancake, Grace Griot, Teeth and Mei Anna. Bass Pancake is a group of college and high school students who met in a jazz lab, now exploring a mix of jazzed-up video game music and jazz standards. Grace Griot is a sing-out-loud, dance-in-the-rain kind of songstress, performing soul sounds (a mixture of R&B, hip-hop, blues and gospel). She was influenced by the old-school music her mother introduced her to as a child — music that would get her up on her chair, bellowing with the beat into a carrot. Teeth is an alternative hard-rock BIPOC band from Portland looking to express themselves creatively and make the world a better place. Mei Anna is a folk and blues acoustic singer, guitarist, and songwriter, as well as a full-time college student in Illinois studying Psychology and Music.

Sunday’s performances include RiverCity Rock Star Academy Royals, Serenity, Portland Jazz Collective and Rena Marthaler. The Royals are RiverCity Rock Star Academy’s audition-based program for teens and young adults. The Royals cover a wide range of genres, mostly within the “rock” umbrella, from ballads to blues, to heavy metal. Serenity is a young Afro-Latina woman performing R&B and soul. She loves to sing and create serene songs where her audience can feel lifted and healed. Portland Jazz Collective has been playing together since the summer of 2021, drawing inspiration from jazz legends Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Wynton Kelly. Rena Marthaler is an 18-year-old Portland-based performer, that has been performing with Friends of Noise as a singer/songwriter for almost four years. Rena has been performing classically with various ensembles since 5th grade, and has been playing music since the age of 5.

Jul 2+3
Jul 2+3