Day 6

The sixth night of the Soul'd Out Music Festival sees another night of wide ranging musical excellence. Diana Krall brings her inimtable Jazz vocals to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, while local chanteuse Jeni Wren joins forces with Brownish Black for our first ever Portland Soul Revue at the Doug Fir--tickets for both shows are still available. Meanwhile, Tuareg mystics Tinariwen are at the Aladdin Theater for a completely sold out appearance that we are looking forward to as one of the highlights of the whole festival. So whatever your flavor, we have you covered tonight!

:: Tinariwen ::

Fifth Day of Soul'd Out

Tonight we can take a little bit of a breather, with just one show on deck for tonight. Blues guitar legend Guitar Shorty has been on the scene for going on five decades, having played with Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, as well as mentoring the one and only Jimi Hendrix along the way. Tonight he brings his signature style to the intimate confines of Mississippi Studios for what will surely be a show to remember.

:: Guitar Shorty ::

Day Four

And on the fourth day we said, let there be music from the motherland. Although tonight sees the final performance of the Pink Martini + Oregon Symphony 3-night run at the Schnitzer, we are truly excited about the Mail-born singer/songwriter/actress Fatoumata Diawara playing at the Star Theater, as presented alongside with our good friends Beloved Presents. For a town known for its diverse musical palette, Portland does not get nearly as much great contemporary African music as we'd like to see--so tonight we are especially looking forward to sharing with you all this beautiful music.

:: Fatoumata Diawara - "Bakonoba" ::

Day 3 Commences

Our first Saturday of this year's festival sees a who's who of local talent. Night two of the Pink Martini residency with the Oregon Symphony at Schnitzer continues, while Sallie Ford headlines the PDX Magazine's issue release party at the Star Theater. Local hip-hop luminary Illmaculate is at Alhambra Theater, headlining his first show back in Portland since the now infamous incident involving the Portland police at the Blue Monk--with numerous special guests planned, a night definitely not to be missed.

:: Illmaculate - "Lost Our Soul" ::

Day Two of the Festival

A big thanks to all those who came out to fill all four venues last night on the opening night of the festival! What a way to kick things off.

Now as we head into the first weekend, we have some amazing music planned for you tonight. Pink Martini and the Oregon Symphony kick off their 3-day residency at the beaufitul Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Legendary Jazz-Fusion guitarist John Scofield and his Überjam band, with special guests Skerik's Bandalabra, are going to take over the Star Theater tonight. Meanwhile, across the river, Odesza bring their NW-infused electronic stylings to the Holocene for a show that has been sold out for weeks. Welcome to day two!

:: Pink Martini ::

Festival Launches Today!!

Well, the big day is finally here.....we are thrilled to kick off the 5th annual Soul'd Out Music Festival today with four fantastically diverse shows! The kick off party will be at Holocene with the Hole in My Soul dance party, at the Roseland Theater we have the completely sold out Little Dragon w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra show, at Star Theater we have the pysch-rockers Temples, then over on the East side of town we have CunningLynguists at Alhambra Theater.  Be sure to check out the SOMF Calendar for a full overview of each night and be sure to take your protein pills---we have 10 nights of incredible music coming your way.

:: Little Dragon - "Klapp Klapp" ::

St. Paul & The Broken Bones Venue Change!

Once again, due to popular demand St. Paul & The Broken Bones have moved from Mississippi Studios to the Wonder Ballroom on April 20. Following a massive SXSW, St. Paul have gotten a huge amount of national press and attention for their take on southern-fried Alabama Soul. All tickets already purchased for the Mississippi Studios performance will be honored at the Wonder Ballroom; a limited amount of tickets have been released and are now on sale. Portand's very own Liz Vice will open the show. Come check out what all the fuss is about on the closing night of the festival...

:: St. Paul & The Broken Bones - "Let It Be So"

John Scofield's Uberjam

We are thrilled to be presenting one of the last living legends of the Jazz world and his equally amazing supergroup April 11 at the Star Theater. John Scofield's Überjam brings together the traditional and the cutting edge for truly mind-bending exercises in sonic interplay. Rounding out this great night of music will be longtime SOMF-favorite Skerik and his own group Bandalabra---making this truly a night not to be missed. Check the performer page for ticketing information and get them while they last, as they are moving quickly!

:: Überjam @ Sarajevo Jazz Fest 2013 -- Full Performance ::

Questlove Joins the Party

So we were sitting around thinking about this year's lineup and wondering what was missing. Living Jazz legend? Check. Tuareg Bedouin Soul Rock? Check. French Elecrto-Swing? Check. So what could be added that would truly have an impact, truly round out this year's lineup, we asked ourselves. 

Then it hit us. What about the modern day pied-piper of Hip-Hop, an encyclopedic authority on the history of the modern era of music and culture, arguably the top tastemaker of our day? Sounded good to us. Ladies and gents---please help us in welcoming the one and only Questlove to the festival, spinning one of his epic dj sets at an incredibly intimate setting on April 16. Pre-sale tickets are recommended, more information on the artist's page.   


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