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
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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

Congressmen and religious leaders will also attend

Oregon flier

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

Oregon Zoo Announces Summer Concerts...Which Means Summer is Coming!

This makes me very happy, if only because the word "summer" pops up so many times over the course of the zoo's press release. Tickets for the Oregon Zoo's annual summer concert series go on sale Wednesday, April 28 at the zoo or via Ticketmaster. Highlights of the summer concert series include the Levon Helm Band on Aug. 8 and the Swell Season with Black Francis on Aug. 20. Plus you can take your whole ...   More
Friday, April 23, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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