Wednesday, April 28, 2010

...:::::::SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL:::::::...

I was honored to photograph some of the great music legends the past few weeks.  The Soul'd Out Music Festival has now come to an end, and with it comes a little rest, and a lot of photo editing.  Here's the bands I was able to attend and capture through the lens.
The first annual Soul'd Out Music Festival takes place over two weeks, throughout eight of Portland's most prestigious venues. Featuring artists from across the musical spectrum, 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. 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. 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.  

Saturday, April 17, 2010


The Soul'd Out Music Festival here in Portland has taken a turn I wasn't expecting with Portland's own
Their music and theatrics, left the crowd in a state of awe wanting more.  I'm sure if they were the headliners they could have easily coaxed two or three encores.
 I was able to join my friends before the Vagabond Opera/Devotchka show over for the all-ages Jimmy Mak's show of legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.

Friday, April 16, 2010

...:::::::GIL SCOTT-HERON:::::::...

I was lucky enough to photograph the legendary Gil Scott-Heron in Portland's Aladdin Theater for the Soul'd Out Music Festival.
He was great, actually starting the first 15 minutes of the show with some stand-up comedy, 
which was well executed and pretty funny.  Half way through the show he paused to greet his long time friend and fellow musical legend Bernard Purdie. Seriously look him up, he's probably played drums on one of your favorite songs.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

...:::::::DJ P & EGYPTIAN LOVER:::::::...

Always a pleasure to see DJ P perform, he's truly one of the greats.  Speaking of which, Egyptian Lover opened with some super old school, bringing back the 808, to where it went I'm not quite sure.  This was all for Refuge, a new club that opened in the South East.

Monday, April 05, 2010

...:::::::HANK WILLIAMS lll & ASSJACK:::::::...

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Hank lll.
Hank 3 is an American country, punk and metal musician. The grandson of country legend Hank Williams and the son of Hank Williams Jr., he is one of the most prominent musicians to play neotraditional country in a country music market dominated by pop country.  In addition to his honky tonk recordings, Williams' style alternates between punk and metal.

What I saw was one of the most extreme concert experiences ever, as I hardly attend Metal or Punk shows... Maybe I should go to more just to be more prepared.  I thought it was great to see people flying over the barricade into the pit every minute or times...
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