The Fenix Rising Band

The Fenix Rising Band is a dynamic, soulful rhythm & blues group led by saxophonist/vocalist Fenix. The band has held court in Portland’s most venerable juke joint, the Blue Diamond, weekly for over twenty years. Fenix, with his gravelly vocals and stirring sax, reveals the depth of emotion and experience of an authentic blues man. He is backed by a smooth and […]

The BrassRoots Movement

Founded in 2010, The BrassRoots Movement specializes in traditional and modern New Orleans style brass band music. The group strives to bring the true spirit of Crescent City brass band music to the Pacific Northwest. The band plays weddings, street parties, special events, celebrates life in funeral processions in the New Orleans’ style…and for the past several […]

The Bayou Boyz with Kris Deelane

“Fearless.” This is just one of the many good things that have been said about The Bayou Boyz – featuring Jimmy Russell (guitar/vocals), Steve Kerin (keyboard/vocals), Brian Foxworth (drums/vocals), and David Kahl (bass/vocals). Individually, there’s a lot of history here, from touring to recording to awards. Collectively, their work shows it. Any performance by this unique group is as much an experience as it is […]

Tevis Hodge Jr.

Born in Virginia, and inspired by his Southern Black heritage, Tevis Hodge Jr. began playing blues at the age of 12, though started guitar at six. With a deep love for Black American music, Tevis brings the traditions of his heritage to life.  Well versed in Piedmont, Delta, Texas, urban and country blues styles, he also […]

Swamp Thang

Swamp Thang is a 5-piece band from Portland playing swampy soul and Rock & Roll in the zydeco tradition. Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the Pacific Northwest this popular dance band is a blend of traditional zydeco, swamp-pop and rock with crowd-pleasing covers and melodic originals. The band continues to explore the genres’ boundaries with […]

Soul Creole

Corey Ledet & Soul Creole

Presented by St. Landry Perish Soul Creole brings a modern voice to Louisiana French music. Formed in 2012 by Ashlee Wilson Michot on t-fer (triangle fiddle), Grammy nominee Corey Ledet on accordion, and Grammy Award winner Louis Michot (of Lost Bayou Ramblers) on fiddle, Soul Creole is a crossroads for the diverse cultures and music […]

Son Little

Son Little

Presented by NW Natural When Son Little released his 2015 self-titled debut, his collaborations with The Roots and RJD2 had already made him a name. Critics worldwide recognized the unique power of Little’s music, which stripped the past for parts that could be reconstituted into something wholly original. NPR hailed Little’s “impeccably crafted songs” as […]

Smut City Jellyroll Society

The Smut City Jellyroll Society takes you back to the 1920’s and 30’s, the early days of both blues and jazz. Featuring powerful vocals, fingerpicked guitar in the style of Blind Blake and others, hot horn solos and a hard-grooving rhythm section, the Jellyroll Society has become popular with local swing and blues dancers. The band plays frequently […]

Silent Partners

Presented by Little Village Foundation Silent Partners — Tony Coleman, drums and vocals; Russell Jackson, bass and vocals; Jonathan Ellison, guitar and vocals — have been friends for a lifetime and can trace their mutual musical lineage to decades in the employ of B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Johnny Taylor, Freddie King, and Charlie Musselwhite (with […]

Shelly Rudolph

“Imagine a smoky, sonic concoction with equal parts sugar and whiskey, and you’ve got something close to Shelly Rudolph’s voice… Whatever the material, Rudolph has enough bluesy grit and diva class to carry the day.” – All About Jazz Infusing jazz, blues and her own “powerfully romantic” material with sultry sweetness and soulful swank, singer-songwriter Shelly Rudolph has long been a favored […]