Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Has Died

The band's weekend shows at Oregon Zoo will continue as scheduled.


Derek Rieth, for two decades a percussionist in Portland pop orchestra Pink Martini, has died, the band announced via its Facebook page this afternoon.  Rieth, born in 1971, played several instruments for the band, including drums, bongos and finger cymbals.  No cause of death is being released at this time, according to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner. "[Rieth]'s enormous heart and ...   More
Friday, August 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: Backspace Space Safe

Gossip with the guts to go pro.

SAVING SPACE: Our great local nightmare is over, and it didn’t even take a dramatic last-minute twist. Last month, Backspace—Portland’s only all-ages music venue—appeared to be on the ve   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Crazy Enough, Storm Large

Storm Large is not a stranger to anyone with tenure in Portland’s music and arts scene. Her new memoir, Crazy Enough (Free Press, 288 pages, $25), painstakingly details how Large came to be the    More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MICHAEL LOPEZ

Crazy Enough

Getting off, snorting up and wrestling with family demons—excerpts from Storm Large’s new memoir.

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Storm Large is calling from the Four Seasons in New York, where she is having lunch. “I’m looking at Martha Stewart, Tom Brokaw, Vernon Jordan,” she says. “I’m in a den of 1 percenters.    More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 WW Staff

One Percenters Join Others in a Singalong for Occupy Portland


Many 1 percenters and their employees and friends showed up in support of Occupy Portland on Friday afternoon in Pioneer Courthouse Square to singalong with Storm Large, Pink Martini and members of the Oregon Symphony. ---Members of the actual Occupy Portland encampment were almost nowhere to be seen, lost in a crowd of Columbia-, Nike- and Ugg-wearing spectators sipping the free coffee donated by ...   More
Friday, October 28, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Storm Large and Pink Martini to host a Free Occupy Portland Sing-A-Long Tomorrow

Congressmen and religious leaders will also attend

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Earlier this month, Salon ran a brief but interesting piece noting the minor role music has played at the Occupy protests—in contrast to the protest song-heavy civil rights struggle—and asking if any great folk singers would emerge from the Occupy protests. --- That question remains unanswered, but here in Portland at least we know that some of our highest-profile artists are working (heh) in concert ...   More
Thursday, October 27, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Voodoo Doughnut's Tres Shannon Reviews Storm Large in Los Angeles

For several weeks now, Storm Large has been appearing on stage in L.A. at the Mark Taper forum, in a revue called "Harps and Angels" of songs by Randy Newman, the pop singer/composer/pianist. Large performs along with Michael McKean and Katey Sagal (best known as the mom on Married . . . with Children). The reviews? The Los Angeles Times did a strange thing and reviewed the show by asking Newman ...   More
Thursday, December 16, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

2009 Drammy Awards: The Winners

Last night's 30th Anniversary Drammy Awards was, as usual, a rowdy, largely inebriated affair, though (thank heavens!) shorter than last year. Attendants at the annual ceremony recognizing "outstanding achievement in Portland theater" wore outlandish costumes, most everyone appeared to have a good time, and no one from Artists Repertory Theatre bothered to show up to collect the company's four awards. ...   More
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Crazy Enough: Storm's new 8-mile vagina video.

[youtube w5U-YT-mRmI] Storm Large's single "8 Miles Wide" from her one-woman show, Crazy Enough (playing through Aug. 16 at Portland Center Stage) is the year's best anthem, popping up in impromptu choruses wherever you find actors or Storm fans or Rick Emerson. Now the video, directed by Film Geek and The Auteur director James Westby, is out. It's a who's who of Portland pseudocelebrity—who's ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Did James Westby Just Kill Storm Large?

James Westby, the Portland director who made Film Geek and The Auteur (though at the moment he may actually be better known for a video surveying the width of Storm Large's vagina) has been busy in post-production on his newest feature, Rid of Me. And now it has a trailer, which if nothing else suggests that Westby is putting comedy aside for the moment: [youtube][/youtube] So ...   More
Monday, August 31, 2009 AARON MESH


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