Another music festival? I can already hear you groaning. But hear me out on this one. Starting on April 11, the first annual Soul'd Out Music Festival
will take place over the course of two weeks and eight venues. And instead of the usual deluge of indie rock, this things got some diversity—jazz, hip-hop, funk, electronic, blues, soul. The best part? Some big time headlines, including Gil Scott-Heron
(Gil! Scott! Heron!), Dead Prez
, Buddy Guy
, and King Khan & the Shrines
Tickets for all the shows are being sold individually, but you can also buy the Jazz Package ($75 gets you into all the jazz shows)
or an All Access Package for $250
. Steep, sure, but you get a lot of music for your buck. Here's the full press release and an annotated schedule courtesy of Roseland booker and festival curator Haytham Abdulhadi.
Portland, OR – The first annual Soul'd Out Music Festival will take place over two weeks, throughout eight of Portland's most prestigious venues. Featuring artists from across the musical spectrum, including Jazz, Funk, Blues, Hip-Hop, Soul & more, SOMF brings them all together under the banner of Soulful Music. Soul music, unlike any other, has the unique ability to unite us across perceived differences in race, culture or generation.
Photo courtesy of the Soul'd Out Music Festival
The Soul'd Out Music Festival was created in November 2009, with the inaugural festivities scheduled for April 2010, as a means by which to give a platform to music often overlooked by the commercial music industry, as well as to firmly supplant Portland as the West Coast's premier independently-minded music market.
Soulful, uplifting music, re-created in the live setting, is one of the most healing and profound means of expression humanity has. This music is the most effective tool of bringing about positive social evolution. We offer this festival as the beginning of a new movement towards realizing music's inherent healing and transformative qualities, and as a means of applying these qualities directly in our ever expanding community.
April 11: Corrine Bailey Rae @ Roseland
April 11: King Khan & The Shrines @ Wonder Ballroom
April 13: B-Side Players @ Berbati's Pan (may add Breakestra to this bill)
April 14: Céu @ Aladdin Theater (Brazilian Electronic singer)
April 14: Nicholas Payton Trio @ Jimmy Mak's (New Orleans Jazz Legend)
April 14: Pretty Lights @ Roseland Theater (got to get the burners involved)
April 15: Gil Scott-Heron @ Aladdin Theater (street cred)
April 16: DeVotchKa (for the indie rock fans – this is as soulful as indie rock gets in my opinion)
April 16: Bernard “Pretty” Purdie @ Jimmy Mak's (jazz/funk drummer legend)
April 17: Christian Scott @ Jimmy Mak's (New Orleans youth jazz movement)
April 17: John Brown's Body w/Toubab Krewe @ Doug Fir
April 19: Omar Sosa's Afreecanos @ Jimmy Mak's (Afro-Cuban jazz)
April 20: Steel Pulse @ Roseland Theater (perfect 4/20 show)
April 20: Dr. Lonnie Smith @ Jimmy Mak's (he's coming w/his new psych funk project on a new record in Spring)
April 21: Benny Golson @ Jimmy Mak's
April 22: Dead Prez @ Berbatis Pan (not too shabby of an Earth Day show)
April 23: Buddy Guy @ Roseland (best electric blues guitar player – Hendrix said Buddy was a better player than him)
April 23: Mad Professor @ Doug Fir
April 24: Bonobo (Live Band) @ Wonder Ballroom (we had these guys at Roseland and everyone left saying it was better than Thievery Corp Live)