Elevate Unity Music Benefit & Fundraiser, October 21st - 23rd, 2021
During the shows, we will spotlight positive tangible commentary from community activists, select nonprofits, and social equality advocates sharing ideas and strategies to unite our divided country.
Seating is limited due to the city and state restrictions. Reservations are suggested in order to ensure entry.
Non-Profits: Jazz Society of Oregon, Ethos Music Center, Black United Fund, Legacy Mentor & Friends of Noise
Sponsors: KMHD Radio, Music Millennium
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THURSDAY, October 21st, 2021
Elevate Unity Benefit Concert & Ladies of the Rose presents, "Daughters of Melody" PDX's Premier All Ladies Music Showcase
f/ the city's top breakout female artists..
Beautiful Botanist Rooftop stage will be Lit!
Blossom is an eclectic R&B jazz-singer who today feels right at home on stage. While it took her some time to grow in confidence, since 2014 she has been creating and performing non-stop. The positive effect music has had on her life is something Blossom now strives to share with the youth in her community. The city has recognized her talent and in addition to being constantly sought after for shows she has also received accolades such as being named one of Willamette Week’s best new bands in 2017.
Veana is a 24-year-old soul singer originally from Minneapolis Minnesota. With a musical theater background and love for poetry she moved here four years ago to pursue music. Now Veana is happily performing around town making music with her friends. Look out for her next upcoming single "clouds", will be released by the end of the month.
Amenta Abioto is a singer, songwriter, producer, and performance artist from Memphis, TN. In her one-woman show, she builds vocal and instrumental loops from kalimba, synthesizer, drum machine, and guitar creating atmospheric textures. Weaved into syncopated rhythms and dichotomies of comedic proportions, Amenta surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas while skipping vocally from soul-shaking gospel to smooth jazz. Boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical surprise and magic through ancient African diasporic sounds and stories.
Rainezra is a 23 year old musician and educator from Portland Oregon. Specializing in youth outreach, Rain strives to help youth artists get opportunities to perform and record. Rain is also cofounder of LLC ladies of the Rose. After getting her certificate in professional music at PCC, Rain began instructing full time at Ethos and released her first EP possibilities on all platforms. Now Rain makes a living teaching, and performing all around the Pacific Northwest specializing in R&B soul and pop genres
Lo Steele is a singer, songwriter, and award winning actor and poet from Portland. Known for her frank lyrics and simple melodies, she aspires to make art that “makes people feel seen”. You may have recently seen her performing her original music as a part of The Mayday Lovestream’s One Year Anniversary Show, or in Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s Queens Girl in the World, for which she won a Drammy for “Outstanding Solo Performance”. Check out her most recent single and music video Nighttime Friends. and the pre-release of her new song Give Yourself Grace, available on Bandcamp.
Doors: 5pm / Music: 6pm |Tickets $10 | Host Drink Special 6pm to 7:30pm | Raffles, door prizes, giveaways & more!
FRIDAY, October 22nd, 2021
Elevate Unity Music Benefit presents the Hispanic Heritage Jazz Tribute
Show Doors open: 5 pm / Event begins: 6 pm
Vegan Carnivores: The Vegan Carnivores are a newly established Latin Ensemble composed of international artists from all around the world. They bring several decades of combined musical experience to the stage. From Iran, on guitar Mehdi Farjami, former guitarist of Toque Libre and Seda. From Spain, on vocals is Pepe Raphael, former Pink Martini’s vocalist and leader of Pepe & The Bottle Blondes. From Cuba, on guitar and backup vocals is Dashel Ruiz.
The Vegan Carnivores' musical arrangements are delivered in an upbeat and tasteful fashion suitable for all types of venues, either in concert form or for the dance floor enthusiasts. Their repertoire includes classic and contemporary arrangements of Latin music amongst a selection of boleros, cha-cha, salsa, Latin rumba, flamenco, tango, and Afro-Cuban music.
SATURDAY, October 23rd, 2021
Elevate Unity Benefit Music Series - Vintage Soul
Doors open: 5 pm / Event begins: 6 pm
Vintage Soul: Steve Kerin - a member of the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, Steve Kerin has won the Muddy Award for Best Keyboard Player seven times. He has performed prolifically in the Northwest since he moved to the region in 2005. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana and classically trained, kerin fell in love with the piano music of New Orleans such as Dr. John, Professor Longhair and James Booker. kerin also performed blues music with Harry Hypolite, the former guitarist for Zydeco great Clifton Chenier. Steve’s old-school-blues journey with Harry culminated in a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s blues tent in 2005. Kerin brings a musical joy and authenticity to each and every show.
Chance Hayden - Always on the move as one of Portland’s most trusted guitarists, Chance Hayden performs extensively throughout the pacific northwest and beyond alongside diverse acclaimed artists such as Jarrod Lawson, Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton, Devin Phillips, Shelly Rudolph and Mel Brown. Hayden's second album, Get Somethin’ (Atlanta Records), has widely extended his international recognition as "a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of color and tone out of his instrument" (Dusty Groove). Having graduated from the PSU Jazz Studies program, Hayden's guitar stylings are well informed through the jazz tradition while equally steeped with blues, funk and soul: the authentic mixture is a result of a lifetime's listening, learning, teaching, practicing and performing.
Ben Jones - The young Drummer Ben Jones (at 14 years old) sat studying Ray Gomez’ guitar work on a Stanley Clarke album with the goal of learning how all the players fit together BUT instead became entranced by Stanley's bass playing: Jones was a Bassman from that point forward. A native of Detroit, Michigan Jones has enjoyed a perpetually busy career spanning over 25+ years. He has performed, toured or recorded with a who’s-who of artists including the Neville brothers, Anita Baker, Jeff lobber. Peter White, Rick Braun, Frank Mccomb, Lloyd Jones, Eddie Martinez, Patrick Lamb, Liv Warfield and many more.
Brian Foxworth - As a leader of multiple bands and a sideman for national artists, Brian Foxworth has toured extensively and received critical acclaim for his drumming. A winner of multiple Cascade Blues Association awards for Best Drummer, Foxworth was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame in 2015. Often a first call player for studio sessions, In 2019 alone he appeared on eight different albums plus a commercial for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Some of FOxworth’s notable collaborators have included Pleasure, Paul Gilbert, Curtis Salgado, The Drifters, Linda Hornbuckle, Paul DeLay, Chaz Shepherd, Jazmin Ghent & Peewee Ellis.
Hosted at the lovely Botanist House
910 NW 14th Avenue
"LoveJoy Rooftop" (the event side)
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