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Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival – Delicious Donuts!

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I am so excited about the chance to eat doughnuts and drink coffee beers that I can barely wait for Saturday, March 12! The Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival is a chance to sample 13 coffee beers and 13 doughnuts in one day, while enjoying music and a brand new Decoration Station for the children! Hosted by Brian Yaeger Presents and Culmination Brewing, this event is bound to please – dough nut miss it! This year’s Decoration Station is hosted by our feature artist of the day – Delicious Donuts!

Delicious-Donuts-05We were able to pull Penny out of the Delicious Donuts kitchen to have a brief chat about their participation in the upcoming scrumptious event, taste test a few items, take some photos, and get to know the owners, Penny and Boun – who treat everyone like family. I think that’s what impressed me the most about this couple – love of family and our local community is the key ingredient in every single donut, breakfast burrito, and coffee drink – you can taste the love! Penny and Boun have been in their Grand Avenue location since 2005, and have had many of the same loyal customers since day 1! The customers who arrived while I was munching my chocolate covered old-fashioned donut were all greeted by name. Penny graciously gave a shout out to several local businesses who support the shop, as well as delivery services that will drop off the tasty treats. The interview below is short, but very sweet, as Penny is an enchanting and delightful host.

Delicious-Donuts-03Delicious Donuts has a loyal following, and they give back to their customers with amazing specials every day of the week! This great relationship between Penny, Boun, and their neighborhood led Delicious Donuts to want to reach out even more into the community and help to build a spirit of giving, charity, and kindness. Penny discovered Dollar for Portland, a local organization that assists families in paying medical bills…one dollar at a time. Penny and Boun believe, along with Dollar for Portland, that one person giving even a small amount can make a difference when people come together with good intent and purpose. With this in mind, Delicious Donuts has offered to have Dollar for Portland take over their shop on Monday, February 22 in a special event! Anyone who signs up to participate in the Dollar for Portland program (only $1 per month donation) will receive a free donut! Party is at Delicious Donuts, 12 SE Grand.

Delicious-Donuts-01Sharing a taste of Delicious Donuts’ apple fritter, along with the other bakers in the Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival will be a delight! Meeting all the people behind this creative community event will also be delicious! For tickets, a list of all participants, and more about the event, please visit the Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival website.

 

Rob Daiker’s Binary Affairs – almost S.W.A.K. (sealed with a kiss)

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Have you ever been in love? Do you remember those moments that were so emotionally poignant that you wished you could just freeze them in time forever? Can you recall the intense joy and excitement of anticipation? Have you ever been so drawn in by someone that you see poetry in every word and moment of your relationship? Rob Daiker’s album Binary Affairs embraces and vividly expresses a journey through a developing, blossoming, and expanding romantic relationship. His clever use of text fragments, historical quotes, and bits of conversation to inspire song titles and lyrics bring that metaphorical depth to the music which makes it accessible and relevant to all.

Rob-Daiker-at-home-01Binary Affairs is just so close to being released that we can all taste it – Rob needs just a few more days to put the final touches on things, but he’s a very busy man. A single father, a music producer, and artist – Rob is pulled in many different directions. He maintains focus very well, but sometimes his personal projects are put on the back burner. He anticipates a May release with a show event in June. It’s hard for fans to wait, but Rob’s incredible attention to detail is what makes his work so well-loved and appreciated. The dancy and intensely full pop-sound of Rob’s music is in no way easy to achieve, especially considering that he is composing, playing, and recording as a one-man project.

Rob-Daiker-at-home-02Rob released the first song from Binary Affairs, “Superhero” September 2015 to a packed house at Dante’s Portland. Along with Emotitron and Berahmand, he performed songs from the new album, and we’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the remaining Binary Affairs album. “Random Error” was just released in December. Releasing the songs individually was not his original plan, but it certainly does cause quite a stir when each song is played for the first time! He’s offering a sneak preview of another release in this very article!

Rob-Daiker-at-home-03In the interview below, Rob talks about the inspiration for Binary Affairs, what he’s been up to since we last talked in September, and he shares a brand new song with us! “Damn the Torpedoes” is perhaps the next single to be released – this is the unfinished version, but only Rob would be able to notice any imperfections, of course. The story behind the song is revealed in the interview, as well as the history behind “Random Error”, and the meaning of the album title. In addition to being an obviously fantastic musician, Rob is a generous host, an active participant with the bands he produces, and a skilled communicator. Thanks to Rob Daiker for hosting Portland Notes and giving us an inside look at Binary Affairs.

Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer & Doughnut Festival – Olé Latte

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In anticipation of the upcoming Baker’s Dozen Coffee, Beer & Doughnut Festival happening March 12, Portland Notes set to the streets to pick the brains of this event’s organizers. We suspected that the kind of creative minds that would partner these delicious items together in an all-ages festival would also be introducing an entirely new level of artistry – so far, so great…every participant in this festival is a true artist, and we look forward to talking with them all!

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-03Steven Shomler, author of Portland Food Cart Stories, Portland Beer Stories, and Coffee Stories and Doughnut Tales introduced us to this tasty festival and the participants. Steven hosts a show on Portland Radio Project called Tasty Tuesday, where he introduces listeners to the many aspects of enjoying Portland’s culinary delights. This festival, sponsored by Brian Yaeger Presents and hosted by Culmination Brewing, is creative, unusual, and thought-provoking…what a fun event – Portland Notes is so grateful to be included! Steven referred me to Todd Edwards in order to get an inside look at what inspires this one-of-a-kind local event.

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-05I was energized by my coffee and conversation with Olé Latte founder and owner, Todd Edwards, who has a special part in the festival – the cooperative creation of a uniquely Northwest beer, born of coffee and a secret (revealed in the podcast below…) seasonal ingredient that will surprise and delight you! Todd also shared so much more besides Olé Latte’s delicious coffee. He shared his purpose and heart with us. It takes a great deal of trust and a spirit of community to bring an event like this to fruition. Todd exemplifies that spirit in all that he does with Olé Latte.

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-04Todd Edwards was a joy to interview – I felt that there was still so much more to learn from him. The man is so loved and appreciated that we could not get more than a block without a pedestrian stopping to say hello! He has started posting “storytime” on the Olé Latte Facebook page, customers’ photos are seen all over the page – huge smiles on their faces as they drink local artisan coffee at one of the three thriving locations – City Center, PSU, and Happy Valley. We visited the cart on 10th and SW Alder – constant traffic with repeat customers, as well as tourists who had been advised to visit and try the seasonal Portland Pine signature latte. Olé Latte’s Suspend Coffee board allowed for customers to anonymously pay forward and provide coffee or a pastry for a future visitor. The sidewalk was a great place for all to get warmed up and have a nice moment of conversation.

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-06In the interview below, Todd discusses the origins of his fascination with coffee, the brand new beer being created for the festival, his support and promotion of the heart and body-warming “Suspended Coffee” movement, and the importance of relying on local sources.

More stories on this amazing festival to follow – to be able to enjoy live music and sample 13 coffee beers and 13 doughnuts all in one place? My mouth is watering already! All-ages admitted (21+ for alcohol, of course). Tickets available. Proceeds to benefit Friends of the Children.

Festival Booking Tips from Robert Richter – Alberta St. Pub

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Good news for local musicians – local industry professionals, venues, and promoters are getting on board to offer tips and assistance with the business side of the music industry. Putting together a great band and playing amazing music is not enough anymore. How does a band get booked at festivals and outdoor events in the Northwest? Robert Richter spoke to a group of eager musicians Wednesday night at the Alberta Street Pub to address this question. His targeted seminar will be offered again, with an exclusive list of tips and advice. Portland Notes is just offering a few tidbits of information that we found particularly revealing and helpful. For more specific information, contact Robert Richter.

Robert Richter, host of the popular Local Roots live concert series, is a devoted lover of Northwest artists. He offers seminars and consulting services on a regular basis, and can be reached at his email address or through Facebook on the Excel Talent page. Robert has an insider’s knowledge of the festival scene. We were surprised to hear that Robert’s suggestions are completely achievable for any local band – very encouraging!

Some common sense ideas from an experienced musician, music consultant, promoter, radio show host, and lover of local music:

  • Know your music and where your band fits well.
  • Have a short, to-the-point email that can be tailored to each festival application.
  • Keep an email introduction simple – those reading applications and emails are not necessarily familiar with music jargon.
  • HAVE A GREAT VIDEO – live performance produced without distraction. This is creating a picture in the booker’s mind of what your band will look like on their stage at their event.
  • Include video and links to band bio, photos, etc. within the short introductory email.
  • Don’t be afraid to follow up with a phone call – festival bookers can get overwhelmed with applications, email can get lost…

Things that aren’t so obvious:

  • Black Friday is the day to start booking Summer events.
  • Most festival bookers are only bookers during one season – they have other full-time jobs.
  • Many events are run by the local Chamber of Commerce or City Personnel.
  • Budgets vary by event, by town, by year, etc. There is no set pay rate.

How to get started:

  • Research town by town – repeated events.
  • Identify festivals or events that match your genre/style by reviewing past events.
  • Create content – links, VIDEO, easy contact information.
  • Always be positive – you can’t spell “festival” without “festiv”.
  • Remember that you are dealing with people who WANT to help you. They will be kind.

Robert also pointed out that opportunities exist beyond festivals – most cities have outdoor concert series and events. Research is key – festivals and outdoor events are plentiful, but vary immensely in size, budget, and level of organization. The key is to find out where the band fits, identify the contact, make a good introduction, and follow up.

Thanks to Robert Richter and the Alberta Street Pub for hosting this informational seminar!

The Intriguing Laryssa Birdseye at McMenamins’ Al’s Den with Will Kinky on February 16

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Yes! It’s her real name! Yes – she’s coming up with all sorts of fun puns for her new band name, “Birdseye Blind” being the one that made me laugh the hardest…Laryssa is a character you cannot help but love. She’s bright, funny, hopeful, and introspective. She has a sexy, smoky singing voice that comes across as intensely emotional. When talking, Laryssa is genuinely sharing energy with her audience, laughing and telling stories that naturally draw people in to listen more closely.

Laryssa-Birdseye-at-Als-Den-on-02-16-16-01I met Laryssa at a bowling party last year – she was so energetic and hopeful about the music community in Portland – looking forward to making connections and being part of building a spirit of cooperation and support system for local artists. Her positivity and enthusiasm led to her being an emcee at last November’s Mogo Music Festival, where she helped to introduce many outstanding local bands, such as Redcast, Bart Hafeman, Haley Johnsen, Mosby, Jordan Harris, Harper, Emotitron, Goldfoot, Berahmand, and ADDverse Effects on the Star Theater stage.

Laryssa-Birdseye-at-Als-Den-on-02-16-16-02Laryssa has been performing around town lately – and I was lucky to catch her at Valentine’s last week. Heather Hanson, host of Portland Radio Project’s “The Bus Stop” and creator of Super Groovy Cosmic Bus Entertainment, put together a fun, light-hearted bill of artists including Improv Logic, Matt Varga, and Craig Irby, Jr. Laryssa closed out the night with some beautifully moving covers and striking originals with her new band. Vincent Jaime of ADDverse Effects and Matt Brewster, formerly of Ancient Sol, are great additions to Laryssa’s guitar and vocals. The resulting sound is full, warm, and inviting. Click on the link to listen.

Laryssa-Birdseye-at-Als-Den-on-02-16-16-03Following is an interview with Laryssa Birdseye – you can catch her next at Plew’s Brews on Saturday, February 13, and at McMenamin’s Al’s Den on Tuesday, February 16, where she will be a guest of resident Will Kinky! Great opportunity to meet Will and Laryssa, as the venue is intimate and they have nowhere to hide! 7-10 PM, FREE show!


Is your band new? How long have you been together?

I’ve been writing songs for nearly ten years now, and have finally gotten around to putting them in the public eye. Both Vincent Jaime (of Addverse Effects) and Matt Brewster (formerly of Ancient Sol) are good friends of mine, and we just came together a few months ago to add additional layers to my music. They’re a great team to work with, and I’m really enjoying where we’re taking these songs.

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m working on a single with Randal Wyatt of speaker minds–something I’m very excited about, as I really admire him as an artist and as a leader in the Portland music community.

Most excitingly, I’m working with the multi-talented, badass human of a producer, Jeanot Rolland, on my first record ever. It’s a culmination of ten years of writing, and we’ve just finished up the demo. I can’t wait to show the world what we’ve been working on. I’m lucky enough to work with him, and I would highly recommend him to other artists looking for a solid producer.

What are your goals this year – musically or personally?

My goals this year include getting this record out, putting out videos, focusing on the music above all, and to keep grinding at what it is I love most in this world. Music is such a terrific unifier. I hope to impact people with my music in a positive way. I just want to reach out and touch some hearts and souls.