Marc Broussard – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – October 16th, 2016

Marc Broussard

Southern Soul-Rock Singer-Songwriter

Marc Broussard

Jenn Grinels, Peter Aristone

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

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

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$22.00 ADV/$25.00 DOS

Marc Broussard
Marc Broussard
In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and raised, and its thematic centerpiece was a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul called “Home.” That album and the three that followed revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with a rarefied gift and innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, causing the L.A. Times to rave, “The guy can really sing, with power, nuance and class. Anybody got a phone book? I’d listen to him hum a few pages.” Those records also evidenced Broussard’s maturation into a songwriter of uncommon eloquence, fashioning the indigenous idioms of his native region into compelling personal testimony.

Now, a decade after his critical breakthrough, Broussard has come full circle with A LIFE WORTH LIVING his sixth studio album, a celebration of what home means to him, starting with his wife and kids, the street he’s lived on his entire life, surrounded by loved ones, and all the minutiae of everyday life that he has come to treasure.

“Home definitely has a lot to do with this album,” he confirms. “But family has a lot to do with it as well, and those two go hand in hand. The infrastructure of family is really important, especially when you have four kids. Luckily I’ve got family that I’ve been able to lean on throughout all these years. Then,on top of it all, this place is just special. There’s a different way of living, a different way of communicating and a different way of celebrating life here that is infectious. And once you realize it, you never want to leave.”
Jenn Grinels
Jenn Grinels
Nashville-based musician, Jenn Grinels, is a dynamic songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and all-round entertainer that will absolutely captivate you.

The self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock artist” has released three critically acclaimed full-length albums, built a loyal fan base all over the world and won numerous awards for her electrifying live performances. Her single "Right From The Start" (brokenHEARTbreaker) can be heard on radio stations nationwide and music from her full length albums has been featured on several major television networks and in films all over the world. Grinels has performed over 1500 concerts in venues ranging from performing arts centers to private, intimate living rooms. In 2016, she has toured with Marc Broussard, Edwin McCain and 10,000 Maniacs, as well as headlining with in several cities across the country.

San Francisco Examiner.com reviewer Kenneth Fish writes:
“Grinels steals the show. She is a rock and roll temptress conjuring musical spells that no one could resist. Whether quietly purring into the microphone or seriously belting out a tune, the audience was hanging on every note and lapping up every well crafted phrase. (She) has the rare gift of being a well-rounded performer who engages the audience fully and openly, sharing the performer as much as the performance. And her performance was nothing short of amazing.”
Peter Aristone
Peter Aristone
Sometimes you have to go back in order to move forward. After making his acclaimed debut album, the baroque 2014 release "19 Days in Tetbury," Peter Aristone dials it down a few notches with his compelling, stripped down EP "Gold."

The collection of five hook-laden songs takes Aristone back to where he started. Aristone learned to play guitar by picking up an acoustic six-string as a 14-year old in post-Communist Slovakia.

"That's how it all began for me," Aristone says. "I'll never forget picking up that acoustic guitar and how it felt. This is like a journey back home. I'm so comfortable with the acoustic guitar. I love it."

If it weren't for venerable producer-songwriter Sacha Skarbek (Miley Cyrus, Adele), perhaps Aristone would be on another sonic path. While watching Aristone deliver cuts solo acoustic from "19 Days in Tetbury" at a European club in 2014, Skarbek suggested he record an album in that manner.

"Sascha saw me at a show when I didn't even have a microphone," Aristone recalls. "It was all very raw. He really liked what he heard and he asked if I would ever consider recording acoustic."

Shortly thereafter Aristone and Skarbek started a working relationship and the latter produced "Gold."

"This all felt so right," Aristone says. "With the acoustic in my hand, it felt more emotional when I played. The great thing is that the new songs are not overwhelmed by the other instrumentation. I really like it. What I'm doing with "Gold" is the same thing I did when I was 14. I'm going back to my roots."

Considering the material, four originals and one cover, it makes sense that the songs are unadorned since the EP is comprised of moving love songs.

"Gold" is a gorgeous, dramatic tune, which features a soaring vocal, which is reminiscent of the Icelandic act Of Monsters and Men." The title track sounds as if it's sung from the view of a wild-eyed optimist..

"It's about the love that connects us all," Aristone explains. "It's about passion. That can be the passion for music or whatever you love. It's a song about how love can save you from everything bad in the world."

The timing couldn't be better for "Gold" considering how unstable and unpredictable the world has become.

"Fire Inside" is a snapshot of a character moving on after a nasty breakup. The melodic, rhythmic gem finds the protagonist taking his next step after digesting the fact that it's time to depart. "Fire Inside" is about fueling the flames inside of you after a serious relationship ends," Aristone explains. "This song is where I was a month after breaking up with my girlfriend. This song is about the hurt fueling the fire inside. That big fire inside gives us the motivation after our heart has been broken."

Aristone, who could be the professor of heartbreak after the experience with his last girlfriend, eloquently expresses how to lift yourself off the mat after you've been crushed romantically with "Fire Inside.'

And then there is the gentle and gorgeous "Someone Else's Rule," which is about letting go of everything in life, which then sets you free.

"What I've discovered is that the more you try to be in control of everything, the more you're losing it," Aristone states. "You let someone else rule your whole life, which is the wrong thing to do. You can't let anyone else rule you. I wrote this song with Alfie Jackson (the Holloways), who is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter."

The poignant "Not As One" captures the sonic moment of a fresh breakup. The heartbreaking ballad is a display of Aristone at the height of his powers as he nails it with this catchy, melancholy cut.

"I wrote "Not As One" the day after the breakup," Aristone recalls. "The hurt was really fresh. I had to fly to Denmark but I told my manager, that I wasn't going anywhere. I wrote this song instead. I was just sitting there with the guitar playing chords and it just came to me. It's a song about desperately loving a girl. You know it's over but you can't help yourself. The more you try to get her back, the more you're losing her."

"Gold's coda, a powerful cover of the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic, "Love the One You're With," is appropriate. After suffering through repeated heartbreak, Aristone had an epiphany.

"I love the message of the song," Aristone says. "Just love the one you're with. It doesn't have to be about romantic love. It can be brotherly love or the love between a mother and son. The song is the perfect fit for this EP."

Aristone completely reinvents the folk-rock staple. He transforms it from a mellow, straightforward track into an edgy, raw tune thanks to his powerful strumming and intense, passionate vocal. "Love the One You're With" sounds more hopeful than ever courtesy of Aristone's treatment. "I sing it much rockier than the original, "Aristone says. "I decided to go that way after I heard the demo by Stephen Stills."

His salad days as a metal vocalist inspired the direction he chose. "I used to sing really hard back in those days," Aristone said. "I thought it would be an interesting way to go with the song. There's no way I would repeat what was already recorded. Why repeat a cover? I wanted to do something different and make an interesting choice."

Aristone made some fascinating choices throughout "Gold." He was wise enough to revisit his early days as a musician.

"It did me a great deal of good going back," Aristone says. "Now I'm just trying to go forward and do the best that I can."