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The Whiskey Darlings – Live Sessions Album available now!

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Rob Rainwater and Michele Van Kleef, each very active in the local music community, have come together to create a project based on a common love of thoughtful, emotional stories and incredibly tight harmonies. Finding a bond over the music of Simon and Garfunkel, this duo has created beautifully conceived lyrical songs with a comfortable, familiar feel. The Whiskey Darlings are quickly creating fans and friends all over the Northwest and beyond!

The-Wiskey-Darlings-Live-Sessions-01They’ve recently submitted their new song “Why, oh Why?” To the NPR Music 2016 Tiny Desk contest. The Whiskey Darlings have booked a variety of shows over the next few months – and they’ve been written up in The Starlight Music Chronicles and featured in an article on Portland Radio Project.

The-Wiskey-Darlings-Live-Sessions-02Both Rob and Michele are show hosts at Portland Radio Project, where they support and encourage local musicians to pursue their musical dreams. Michele hosts the Monday Music Muse show at 11 AM on Mondays, while Rob is the host of his own show, Songs From the Source, on Sunday afternoons at 1PM

The-Wiskey-Darlings-Live-Sessions-04Listening to the album, I am moved by the longing, sadness, hope, and connection that I hear in the lyrics. Even Rob’s harmonica carries such a strong sense of emotion, that it is impossible to miss. Though Rob and Michele have only been working together for a short time, their harmonies sound like they grew up in the same house as children. Perhaps that is due to Michele’s extensive background as a harmony singer, but I also give credit to the strong friendship that is so visible between these two musicians. The harmonies on “Moonlight Falls” give me goosebumps every time I hear the song!

The-Wiskey-Darlings-Live-Sessions-03You can purchase their album, Live Sessions on ITunes. Check their calendar for upcoming shows! They are just delightful in person, performing surprise covers, and interacting with the crowd in a most amusing way. Two very real people who perform some touching and memorable music…The Whiskey Darlings!

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.

Kelly Jones is a guest on Portland Radio Project

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Portland Notes’ own Kelly Jones appears on Rob Rainwater’s “Songs From the Source” to discuss the new website, and how to efficiently use media to organize a record release. She’ll share a few songs that are influences in her life right now, and talk about a few local artists that are inspiring her. “Songs From the Source”, heard on Portland Radio Project, introduces listeners to Rob’s favorite tunes and music events around Portland. Kelly will join Rob on Sunday afternoon (February 7) from 2-2:30.

Update! Portland Radio Project posted an article and a podcast of the interview. Check it out here!

Kelly-on-PRP-01Kelly is a lover of all things musical. Born with a pitchpipe in her hand, Kelly has been singing and playing music since childhood. As an adult, she turned her attention towards supporting and encouraging musicians in their complicated artistic paths. Kelly thrives on the positive and unifying energy and synergy that are the foundations of music and musicianship. With experience in performance, merchandising, marketing, management, and media, Kelly actively seeks to find local bands and musicians who are wanting to reach out to a larger audience.

PDX Spotlight focuses on Brass Tacks – Oregon Country

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Fulfilling a musical bucket list dream, Oregon Country band Brass Tacks played their hearts out on PDX Spotlight last night. Their episode will appear in May, but Portland Notes can’t wait to share our excitement about this band of “brothers”, who are so earnest about what they do. The Brass Tacks are friends as well as bandmates, and most of their songs are actually fairly literal, describing experiences they have shared along their musical travels. These musicians connect with their audiences with relatable and recognizable stories – and they really do connect! They’ve been given priceless gifts from their admirers – listen to the interview below to hear two special stories that brought tears to my eyes. The passion to connect with their audience is evident even in the way these men speak about their music.

Brass-Tacks-at-PDX-Spotlight-on-02-03-16-06Oregon Country is a label that was casually applied to this band, but the band has embraced the name – it’s a little bit blues, a little bit rock, a lot of energy, and a complete transparency of expression. With their current musical influences being drawn from a variety of genres, their music is anything but basic. Oregon Country also means something more to them than just a style – the songs are about Oregon experiences, Oregon journeys, and Oregon hopes and dreams. Here is a link to one song about the Oregon Trail journey – “Pioneer.”

Brass-Tacks-at-PDX-Spotlight-on-02-03-16-10At a live show, a listener will be a friend by the end of the night because there is something to identify with in every single song. The Brass Tacks are releasing a new album soon – hoping to start revealing songs in March, they introduced the new songs on PDX Spotlight and shared the stories in an interview afterward. I particularly loved the song “Small Town Drunk!” Who among us hasn’t said, “You can’t cut me off”? Maybe not to a bartender, but perhaps to a partner or an employer…we’ve all been desperate at times. Bonding with audiences over common ground creates a comfort and familiarity that continues to draw crowds to see and hear Brass Tacks.

Brass-Tacks-at-PDX-Spotlight-on-02-03-16-08Portland Notes would like to thank Mike Burling for inviting us to witness the show – Mike and his impressive volunteer crew spend their time and energy to support and promote local artists, an effort that we appreciate and admire. Mike will appear on Portland Radio Project’s “Sounds of PDX” show to talk about his project, and why local music holds a special place in his heart. Luke Neill hosts Thursday night, February 11- 7-9 PM on www.prp.fm.

Have a listen to Kelly’s notable conversation with Brass Tacks and check out all the photos she took as PDX Spotlight was recording.

FREE Marketing Help for Musicians – no “strings” attached!

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Sunday, January 24 was an historic day for Portland musicians! J-Fell Presents, Vortex Magazine, mogo Portland Music Festival, and Portland Radio Project hosted a free musicians’ marketing meetup (“meetup” is to “seminar” as “sellout rock show” is to “recital”) where the local music community joined to ask questions about social media marketing, where to invest marketing dollars, timing, venue cooperation and more. Portland Notes was there to get the scoop!

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Frank Rinaldi

The expert panel consisted of music marketing mentors who volunteered their time and expertise to help musicians help themselves. Mike Walker of McMenamins Pubs, Breweries, and Historic Hotels, Ned Failing from Pickathon, Revolution Hall, and Mississippi Studios and Frank Rinaldi of the Doug Fir Lounge and The Bite of Oregon were very candid with their expectations and their willingness to cooperate with a band’s marketing efforts. Jason Fellman of J-Fell Presents, Harefest. and mogo Portland Music Festival offered his advice from a promoter’s viewpoint, stressing professionalism and straight-up good musicianship. In fact, the general message from all panelists was, “Be Brilliant!” – a motto we may hear often from attendees over the next few months.

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Jason Fellman

Mike Burling from PDX Spotlight and Chris Young from Vortex Music Magazine both stressed the importance of creating content – building assets that can be shared with venues and the general public. This content can come in many forms. Once it is shared, it is a contagious and powerful force to propel a band’s image. Portland Notes spoke regarding content, communication, and cross-promotion. Audience members openly described their personal experiences – successes and failures.

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Ned Failing

So much was shared in the meeting, that it is impossible to cover all the topics in a short article. We’ve gathered two snippets of panelist instruction regarding social media, which was definitely a hot topic of the day. For more information, follow the PDX Musicians’ Marketing page on Facebook. These seminars will be happening at regular intervals, and will cover a variety of topics related to successfully marketing a band or solo project.