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Something To Talk About: A Portland Bonnie Raitt Tribute
Mar 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:00

$18 Advance
$22 At the Door

All Bonnie Raitt songs, all night.
Some of Portland's finest singers and players collaborate on a night of music in celebration of the queen of the bottleneck blues.

Performers include:
LaRhonda Steele
Anne Weiss
Lisa Mann
Bre Gregg
Ara Lee
David Jacobs-Strain
JP Garau
Dan Stueber
Mark Bowden
Bob Beach
Ticket sales ended Mar 25, 2018 6:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Anne Weiss | 7:00 PM
Anne Weiss is an outstanding multi-genre singer/songwriter and poet with diverse influences, to say the least. In her yearly years she studied classical piano with her grandmother, folk guitar with hippie instructors, played drums once for Dizzy Gillespie,was Allen Ginsberg's poetry teaching assistant and his piano teacher, and fell in love equally with Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, and Joni Mitchell. Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk and gospel, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, funk ukulele, great songwriting and striking stage presence.She has performed nationally with everyone from Dar Williams to Taj Mahal. She has 6 CDs to her credit, including one produced by rock great Kenny Passarelli (bassist for Elton John, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh). Her latest double CD is aptly titled "Where Folk Gets the Blues". When not touring, Anne works as a producer, sings with the 100 voice NW Community Gospel Choir, teaches at Artichoke Music, and directs the Everyone Welcome Community Choir. more >>>
Lisa Mann | 7:00 PM
Portland’s own Lisa Mann has won two BMA awards, and has won so many CBA Muddy Awards she’s now in their Hall of Fame. Her latest recording “Hard Times, Bad Decisions” is under consideration for a Grammy, and she tours often from Oregon to Florida. Lisa also played bass with Paul deLay on occasion, back in the day. more >>>
Bre Gregg | 7:00 PM
Bre Gregg is wildly soulful. When she opens her mouth you hear a rich musical history of back alley clubs filled with smoky blues and deeply authentic swamp soul. Her voice is technically superb, but her ability to connect with the music and her audiences make her performances profoundly intimate. Bre focuses her musical energies on two bands - Red Bird and Midnight Honey. Red Bird is a band playing original music and relevant covers in a genre they call “electric roots”. Think Tom Waits and Bonnie Raitt with a splash of Nina Simone. Bre’s soulful vocals and Dan Gildea’s screaming guitar prowess front the band as they masterfully pass the lead back and forth in a musical communication that is both powerful and organic. She can also be heard setting harmonies aflame with her soul sister Shelly Rudolph in the sultry and joyful band called Midnight Honey. more >>>
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.” His new album, “Geneseo,” speaks of open roads, longing hearts and flashbacks of Oregon– a record of emotions big and small, and lyrics that turn quickly from literal to figurative. “I’m fascinated by the way that rural blues inscribes movement and transience. The music that frees a singer keeps them on the run; there’s a crossroads where a thing can be enchanting but dangerous; damaging but beautiful.” more >>>
Ara Lee | 7:00 PM
Ara Lee, when pressed, calls herself a singer-songwriter. But the image of a wispy, soft-voiced, guitar strummer that might come to mind couldn’t be farther from what she does. Call it soul, call it folk, call it gospel, Ara sings like a woman with something to say, in a voice that makes you stop and listen, with lyrics that make you remember why you decided to be human once upon a time. Crediting Nina Simone and Rumi among her influences, Ara is equally comfortable with stripped down acoustic-driven folk and her signature soulful, tribal grooves. Known for her commanding stage presence, Ara Lee’s shows, often called “musical church,” cut straight to the gut. Backed by her band they're nothing short of a full tilt revival. more >>>
LaRhonda Steele | 7:00 PM
LaRhonda Steele began her musical journey in Jones, Oklahoma at age 13 singing her first solo in church one Sunday morning. Her journey continued to Portland, Oregon and beyond culminating into an powerful legacy of musical experiences for which she is Awed and Grateful.

Over the years she has enjoyed working with local, national and international artists: Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Paul Delay, Obo Addy and Thara Memory. She has had the pleasure of recoding with Thara Memory, Obo Addy, Janice Scroggins, Norman Sylvester and Ken DaRouchie.

Performing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and her yearly appearances at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festivals are just a couple of the highlights of her career.

LaRhonda currently enjoys working with B3 organist “King Louis” Pain. Their CD “Rock me Baby” received 4 out of 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine and is currentll being played throughout Europe. She also enjoys working with her own band The LaRhonda Steele Band in which her husband Mark is the keyboardist and co-producer of their collaboration “Artistic Differences.” The CD features 12 original songs written and co-written by the duo. “My Soul’s Song” features some of her gospel favorites more >>>
JP Garau | 7:00 PM
Jean-Pierre Garau enjoys an active artistic vocation playing piano, keyboards and singing – among other music related endeavors. He’s performed as a soloist and with many acts over many years - currently performing in various ensembles with singer Ellen Whyte (including Ellen, Gene & Jean with bassist/vocalist Gene Houck), Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer, guitarist/producer Tim Ellis and with more than a few regional singer/songwriters.

JP’s played keyboards on many album projects, documentaries, industrials, regional and national TV and radio spots. In addition, he’s a composer, music adaptor, chart writer and music educator.

JP lives with his wife Suzan in Portland, Oregon, has twin daughters, 12 cats and several tanks of freshwater tropical fish. He enjoys cooking, gardening, walks on the beach, man flicks and digressing. more >>>
Mark Bowden | 7:00 PM
An East Coast refugee, PDX based Guitarist/Producer/Songwriter Mark Bowden has played on and/or produced over 20 full length CDs including many national releases. As a guitarist he is sought after for his soulful lead work and versatile sonic texture skills. His recent credits include Blues Rock artist Miriams Well, Indie Rock Chanteuse Kris Deelane, Folktronic artist Laura Ivancie, Roots Rockers Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind and Singer/Songwriters Michael Dean Damron and Josh Malm to name just a few. His writing credits include penning tunes with the likes of Lee Garrett (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, Stevie Wonder). Having toured the US from NYC’s The Bitter End to LA’s The Troubadour, Mark has played with and shared stages with artists such as Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Janeva Magness, Angie Aparo, and Debra Dobkin (Richard Thompson). He is an original member of the long running Alberta Rose Theatre production, The Next Waltz, a tribute to The Band’s Last Waltz show of 1976 and regularly appears in clubs, theatres and festivals in Portland and the Northwest. more >>>
Dan Stueber | 7:00 PM
Dan Stueber (drums, percussion) attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he specialized in jazz and classical percussion. Dan has toured and performed on Broadway with The Flying Karamazov Brothers. Some of the current projects Dan’s involved with include The Trail Band, The Cal Scott Band, and Portland jazz, blues vocalist Bre Gregg. more >>>
Bob Beach | 7:00 PM