Portland Tribute to Bonnie Raitt, 3/24 & 25!
Something To Talk About: A Portland Bonnie Raitt Tribute
Mar 24 & 25, 2018 at 8:00 PM at the ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE
3000 NE Alberta Portland OR 97211 • Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 7:00
Some of Oregon's finest blues singers and players collaborate on two nights of music in celebration of the queen of the bottleneck blues.
Tickets available at AlbertaRoseTheatre.com or by phone 503-764-4131 or at the Alberta Rose box office.
$22 At the Door
Anne Weiss is an outstanding multi-genre singer/songwriter and poet with diverse influences, to say the least. In her yearly years she studied classical piano with her grandmother, folk guitar with hippie instructors, played drums once for Dizzy Gillespie,was Allen Ginsberg's poetry teaching assistant and his piano teacher, and fell in love equally with Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, and Joni Mitchell. Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk and gospel, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, funk ukulele, great songwriting and striking stage presence.She has performed nationally with everyone from Dar Williams to Taj Mahal. When not touring, Anne works as a producer, sings with the 100 voice NW Community Gospel Choir, teaches at Artichoke Music, and directs the Everyone Welcome Community Choir.
Portland’s own Lisa Mann has won two BMA awards, and has won so many CBA Muddy Awards she’s now in their Hall of Fame. Her latest recording “Hard Times, Bad Decisions” is under consideration for a Grammy, and she tours often from Oregon to Florida. Lisa also played bass with Paul deLay on occasion, back in the day.
Bre Gregg is wildly soulful. When she opens her mouth you hear a rich musical history of back alley clubs filled with smoky blues and deeply authentic swamp soul. Her voice is technically superb, but her ability to connect with the music and her audiences make her performances profoundly intimate. Bre focuses her musical energy on Red Bird, a band playing original music and relevant covers in a genre they call “electric roots”. Think Tom Waits and Bonnie Raitt with a splash of Nina Simone. Bre’s soulful vocals and Dan Gildea’s screaming guitar prowess front the band as they masterfully pass the lead back and forth in a musical communication that is both powerful and organic. Backed by rhythm monsters Jeff Langston and Charlie Doggett, this is a sound you can’t help but feel.
Dan Stueber (drums, percussion) attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he specialized in jazz and classical percussion. Dan has toured and performed on Broadway with The Flying Karamazov Brothers. Some of the current projects Dan’s involved with include The Trail Band, The Cal Scott Band, and Portland singer Bre Gregg.
An East Coast refugee, PDX based Guitarist/Producer/Songwriter Mark Bowden has played on and/or produced over 20 full length CDs including many national releases. As a guitarist he is sought after for his soulful lead work and versatile sonic texture skills. His recent credits include Blues Rock artist Miriams Well, Indie Rock Chanteuse Kris Deelane, Folktronic artist Laura Ivancie, Roots Rockers Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind and Singer/Songwriters Michael Dean Damron and Josh Malm to name just a few. Mark has played with and shared stages with artists such as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Janiva Magness, Angie Aparo, and Debra Dobkin.
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.
Jean-Pierre Garau enjoys an active artistic vocation playing piano, keyboards and singing – among other music related endeavors. He’s performed as a soloist and with many acts over many years - currently performing in various ensembles with singer Ellen Whyte (including Ellen, Gene & Jean with bassist/vocalist Gene Houck), Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer, guitarist/producer Tim Ellis and with more than a few regional singer/songwriters.
Ara Lee, when pressed, calls herself a singer-songwriter. But the image of a wispy, soft-voiced, guitar strummer that might come to mind couldn’t be farther from what she does. Call it soul, call it folk, call it gospel, Ara sings like a woman with something to say, in a voice that makes you stop and listen, with lyrics that make you remember why you decided to be human once upon a time. Crediting Nina Simone and Rumi among her influences, Ara is equally comfortable with stripped down acoustic-driven folk and her signature soulful, tribal grooves. Known for her commanding stage presence, Ara Lee’s shows, often called “musical church,” cut straight to the gut.
Bob Beach has been a working professional musician for more than 40 years, adding harmonica, flute and vocals to a broad scope of genres.