Portland Soundcheck – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – January 25th, 2013

Portland Soundcheck

Portland Soundcheck

Haley Johnsen, Beat Frequency, Patrick Hammond, Enric Sifa, Xile, Brant Colella, Talilo, Sarah Billings, David Martin, Katie Carlene, Alessandra Rose, Dearborn

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$15.00 adv/dos

Minors -21 permitted w/parent or legal guardian

Portland Soundcheck
Portland Soundcheck
Portland Soundcheck creates an opportunity for music enthusiasts here in Portland to catch a fresh glimpse of the city's rich culture. Through a selection of local music on the cusp, as well as artists from national successes such as "The Voice," "American Idol," and various MTV programs. Portland Soundcheck offers a taste of the diverse musicians currently playing their talents here in the Rose City.

In one evening you'll be able to tour part of Portland's music scene at one venue. With an array of genres represented, highlighting styles ranging from rock and roll to hip-hop, acoustic-folk to indie, soul to jazz and more. It promises to be an eclectic, electric, live experience; an evening tour of Portland's music scene, all at one venue. Many artists enthusiastically got involved to share their flair for the Nov 23rd event at the iconic Aladdin Theater. Here are the artists on the roster:

Samsel and the Skirt - Song birds Cary and Kelsey Samsel recently ranked one of the top best in the nation in the Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter contest. They will be reviewed by the producers and may have a chance to record with Don Was (producer for Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, and John Mayer). This wonderful folk-pop music are one of our area's hidden musical treasures, but hopefully not for long. The phrase "Win You Over" worked for Cary as they recently tied the knot. This husband-wife fronted band write catchy tunes about conversations and life. They have played from cafes to The Cascade Blues Festival. In 2013, Samsel and the Skirt released a self-titled EP and will be releasing a full-length album in the fall.

Joseph (formerly Dearborn) - This three sister band have elegant melodies and genetic perfected harmonies filled with folk, pop, and stomp. Their songs are about being young and pursuing your dreams. The band's roots originate from a small town in eastern Oregon called "Joseph", which is also the name of their grandfather. The trio consists of Natalie Closner, Allie Closner, and Meegan Closner. They will be releasing an upcoming EP "Dreamer".

Sanjaya Malakar – One of the most popular contestants on American Idol. His audition on American Idol, Season 6 advanced him to becoming a national household name. He has been included in US Weekly, People, TIME, and Teen. He has written a book called "Dancing to the Music in My Head" that takes fans behind the scenes of what it's like to star on one of the most popular shows today. This neo-soul singer and songwriter is from the Northwest and his band reside in Portland, OR. His local band members include a hip-hop gospel drummer (Nathan Powell) and blues guitarist (Cary Samsel).

Beautiful Eulogy - A Portland, Oregon-based hip-hop group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano. The group introduces a distinct and directive sound based in the context of its members’ hip-hop roots and shaped by influences like electronic music, folk songs and old hymns. This group creates songs, settling on concepts and driving them through a process and reprocess of musical and lyrical shaping. The resulting tracks are lyric-driven, but contain an equally deliberate musical backdrop.

Haley Johnsen – Some will recognize this artist from American Idol Season 11’s Top 24. Although she didn’t start playing guitar and writing until age 20, Haley’s rich voice and musical talent quickly propelled her from her Oregon State University performances to national acclaim. This singer/songwriter turns heads with her rich, soulful and bluesy voice. In 2012, she was part of a Military Idol tour consisting of American Idol contestants that performed on military bases around the world for the military and their families. Haley is currently in the process of making her first solo album and performing around the Portland metro area with hopes of gaining further success in her musical endeavors.

Sarah Billings - The newest arrival to Portland's well-established rhythm and blues scene, Billings writing reflects her catch pop style melodies combined with her soulful grit making them an unmatched combination. You may have heard her on "KINK FM's Local Artist Spotlight" or seen her on stages like the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. She gigs throughout the city with her blues family, and is mentored by respectable musicians like Norman Sylvester and Curtis Salgado. She has often times been compared to the writing style of Amy Winehouse, Adele and Joss stone, and the electric stage presence of Grace Potter and Alicia Keys. One thing is for sure, people are on the edge of their seats or on their feet dancing every time the Sarah Billings Band hits the stage.

Brant Colella – This artist's passion for music is matched by his passion for the people around him. Giving until it hurts, he has been known to spend all he had to provide the homeless with housing and food. The same genuine and captivating qualities of this artist's personal life are reflected in the music he plays. His vocal style, guitar work and the distinctive musical progression range from rock and roll to R&B and other genres.

JPoetic - James Calkins is a Portland born and raised mc, beat maker, and spoken word artist. Wanting to make the listener think, he blends metaphors through passionate lyricism and wordplay. His sound is unique in that i unifies different genres such as folk and hip-hop with heartfelt acoustic indies vibes, abstract samples, boom bap breaks, and North West soul. In 2013, he won the Relevant Magazine Spoken Work Slam on the main stage at the Justice Conference in Philadelphia and debuted his beat tape called "Addition". He works for a non-profit, My Voice Music that engages with marginalized youth to promote self-confidence and self-expression through arts.

Pending Black - What happens when you mix dubstep beat boxing and luscious pop vocals? You receive a dynamo duo resulting of Gabe Gleason and Myra Hart. This group's sound is upbeat and dance-pop that will move audiences to get up and dance. Pending Black is currently developing their fan base in Portland, Oregon. The band will be releasing their debut EP in the near future.
Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen
Some will recognize this artist from American Idol Season 11’s Top 24. Although she didn’t start playing guitar and writing until age 20, Haley’s rich voice and musical talent quickly propelled her from her college performances to national acclaim.
Beat Frequency
Beat Frequency
Their audition on The Voice, Season 3 was a chair turner, landing them on Christina Aguilera’s Team. Since this duo met, Shawn and Natasha have been melding dance beats and dynamic vocal blends to create a passionate music experience. From America’s Got Talent to X-Factor to their performances on The Voice, these are two of the NW’s up-and-coming.
Patrick Hammond
Patrick Hammond
One moment he’s serving up lattes, the next, he’s serving up smooth and soulful notes. The Forest Grove local’s natural smoky sound and earnest lyrics are opening doors. This self-taught artist’s music has even been featured on MTV’s “The Real World: San Diego”.
Enric Sifa
Enric Sifa
This Singer/Songwriter and winner of "Rwanda Idol” had a rough beginning. A survivor of the Rwanda genocide and orphan at a young age, his story is one of perseverance and hope. Currently he attends college here in Portland, and continues to use his music to touch lives as an advocate for children’s rights.
Xile
Xile
This hip hop rapper has gained popularity through his passion and enthusiasm for the Oregon Ducks. He has self-produced hit music videos that rallied passionate Oregon fans and former Oregon football players too. Xile's anthems have united Oregon duck nation with songs like "O Time" and "Gotta Get It."
Brant Colella
Brant Colella
This artist's passion for music is matched by his passion for the people around him. Giving until it hurts, he has been known to spend all he had to provide the homeless with housing and food. The same genuine and captivating qualities of this artist's personal life are reflected in the music he plays.
Talilo
Talilo
Born in Iloilo, Pihllippines, this young artist came to the states at a young age. A rough and abusive family life drove led him to the streets. A destructive path of gangs, theft and violence landed him in prison by age 19. It was a turning point. His music targets those with similar stories, seeking to inspire people to choose non-violence. Through his music he hopes to touch the lives of those similarly entrapped by their circumstances. With what money he raises, he dreams of bringing his impoverished family out of the Philippines to a brighter future in America.
Sarah Billings
Sarah Billings
The newest arrival to Portland's well-established rhythm and blues scene. Her vocals are spicy and soulful. You may have heard her on "KINK FM'S Local Artist Spotlight" or on the stage of largest Jazz festival west of the Mississippi. She gigs throughout the city with her blues family, respectable musicians like The Boogie Cat and Renato Caranto.
David Martin
David Martin
The real value in life is in relationships, not results. Maybe that's the ultimate result: how much we've loved. This producer and singer/songwriter wrote a batch of love songs for his wife in his debut album of "Something In Your Eyes." He hopes his songs spark a greater love for others, because true love is worth whatever it costs.
Katie Carlene
Katie Carlene
She finds her courage and strength through writing music, singing and playing songs. This Newberg resident and indie artist is working on her second album called "Lux". It's an album about love, hope, the dark and the light.
Alessandra Rose
Alessandra Rose
Expect brooding piano compositions and deep, dusky vocals from Alessandra Rose. She wants you to know from her recent album that "You Are Gold." After quitting her job, she now pursues music full-time as a new resident of Portland.
Dearborn
Dearborn
Three is better than one. This three sister band have soaring elegant melodies and rich harmony vocals filled with folk, pop and stomp. Their songs are about being young and figuring out life. The band consists of Natalie Closner, Allie Closner and Meegan Closner.