Spotlight on Youth Musicians: Michael Hermes

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This Saturday, April 9 is a very exciting day for Portland Notes – we are co-hosting an all local all youth band music showcase at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon! We are so proud to be able to feature the music of Michael Hermes! Michael and his family are well-known to me through our mutual association at the Portland School of Rock and Abundant Life Church. I’ve been blessed to know so many amazing developing musicians in my time at both places, and Michael has really impressed me for his music, his character, and his musician’s heart.

Currently at the age of 15, Michael Hermes is the youngest artist ever sponsored by Kiesel/Carvin Guitars. Michael is an accomplished musician and songwriter. He plays the classical guitar (studying under Scott Kritzer), the electric guitar, and writes music on the keyboard. His influences in music include: Hans Zimmer, Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan, and Andres Segovia.

Spotlight-on-Youth-Musicians-Michael-Hermes-03For the past 9 years Michael has played at venues Northwest, alongside seasoned veterans and onstage with Portland School of Rock. It’s absolutely impossible to explain what happens when seeing and hearing Michael play guitar – you must be there! I saw him play recently at the Monsters of Rock benefit concert along Brian Harrison (The Last Draw) and many other established Portland rock heroes. His ability to connect with these musicians as an equal in talent and poise is beyond impressive.

Spotlight-on-Youth-Musicians-Michael-Hermes-02His heart is fully invested in music and all that goes along with it – rehearsing, working with his amazing parents to schedule all the events, designing his own logo, and conceiving of the most amazing beautiful guitar music imaginable! Michael has just released his first full-length CD Wonders of the Unknown, which is available on Bandcamp. All of the music on this CD was written and performed by Michael.

Spotlight-on-Youth-Musicians-Michael-Hermes-01I cannot wait to hear what Michael has planned for the White Eagle Youth event. He will be headlining the show, and it’s bound to be outstanding! Please join us Saturday, April 9 at the White Eagle Saloon. Doors 11:30, Show 12-2:30 Tickets available at www.cascadetickets.com. He will play alongside School of Rock Haus Band, Jack Mortensen Music, Black Sand, 4 Day Moon, and Pedestrian Death Gang. Show will be hosted by Portland Notes’ Kelly Jones and Shadows of the Revolution’s Cruz Yates.

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