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Portland Notes announces our next Youth Concert 5/28: expanding opportunities!

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We cannot wait to host another youth event with McMenamins White Eagle Saloon – the staff was amazing. I think we ate all the polenta strawberry shortcake in the house, but the cheesecake was also yummy! (I have not had lunch yet…) This May 28 event is very exciting, because some great organizations are stepping up to help promote and expand this ongoing series! Tickets are now available – ALL ticket proceeds go directly to the bands!

Youth-Concert-May-28-2016-01PDX Spotlight, a locally produced television program who focuses in tightly on a different local band each month, is scouting our youth events looking for talent. Mike Burling, producer, sees that our next generation of musicians is on the rise, and wants to gather a few bands together to produce a special video event.

Youth-Concert-May-28-2016-02McMenamins White Eagle Saloon is again donating the venue, promotional services, sound engineer, and service staff to allow us to pay the bands directly from ticket sales. We really appreciate White Eagle’s great attitude in taking this risk, and we certainly hope they will feel rewarded for their generosity!

Annette Johnson, veteran rock photographer, will be taking amazing photos of the participating bands. Her shots are unbelievable!

Stefanie Fisher Realty has offered services Youth-Concert-May-28-2016-03again – we cannot wait to talk poster design and event planning with Stefanie, who really came through with promotion for the awesome April 9 showcase!

Youth-Concert-May-28-2016-04Stoller Family Estate Winery has contributed towards our out-of-pocket costs! Thank you Stoller, for supporting youth and local music!

Youth-Concert-May-28-2016-05The BANDS this time, wow! Size 85 High Tops will be joining us this time, along with New Social Outcasts, Jack Mortensen Band, and Shadows of the Revolution!

Youth-Concert-May-28-2016-06Co-host for this event: I am waiting to find out if Teresa Topaz is available to speak to the bands about guitar tone – a subject everyone talks about, but few understand. Teresa is an accomplished guitar player and performer, who also is a great consultant and instructor at Guitar Center.

May 28, the next step in making youth music a DO NOT MISS for Portland! If you’d like to help in any way, please email us at info@portlandnotes.com. If you’d like to contribute, we’d love your help. If you’d like to get your band into an upcoming event, please come to the 5/28 show and sign up!

SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH MUSICIANS: Jack Mortensen Music

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With our focus on local youth musicians this month, and a special concert on April 9, Portland Notes has decided to highlight a few local bands that are working hard to pave the way for student and youth bands in the northwest. One such active and diligent band is headed by my friend Jack Mortensen!

Spotlight-on-Jack-Mortensen-Music-03I know I’m revealing both my age and my motherly weaknesses here – but I’ve been watching Jack grow from a student musician into a stellar performer and mentor, and I’m insanely proud of what he’s accomplished. Jack was a student at the Portland School of Rock when I began visiting there in 2011. Already an outstanding bass player at that time, he was a cornerstone of the school’s ambassador House Band. Performing note-for-note covers all over the city at high profile events, Jack was always a responsible and respectful representative of School of Rock’s commitment to mentorship and extended musical learning. I personally know many students who have been personally taught and encouraged by Jack.

Spotlight-on-Jack-Mortensen-Music-01Jack Mortensen took advantage of all the school had to offer, making the most of lessons and show rehearsals and performances, teaching incoming students, volunteering at summer camps, and participating in the National School of Rock All Star Program. He toured the country with School of Rock’s All Stars in 2014 and 2015, playing at exclusive events with other handpicked student musicians from across the United States.

Spotlight-on-Jack-Mortensen-Music-02The best news, though – Jack hasn’t just excelled at learning and performing! He’s been writing his own original music, and has formed a band with some of the most amazing youth musicians in Portland! He has released an album, Interceptor -he’s performing at local events, and will be featured in our upcoming Youth Music Showcase at McMenamin’s White Eagle on April 9, along with the School of Rock House Band, Black Sand, 4 Day Moon, Pedestrian Death Gang, and Michael Hermes. We hope you enjoy the music, and (if you haven’t already met…) really hope to introduce you to Jack in person next month! Interceptor is available for purchase on Jack’s website.