Portland Oregon Music Rocks In May!
Nowadays, an up and coming musician can buy everything from Twitter and Instagram followers to internet fans. If you look at the Los Angeles Craigslist, “jobs” section you may find ads placed by young artist seeking people to pretend to be their fans by wearing tee shirts around town, setting up fan pages and even screaming for the artist when they walk the red carpet for a makeshift, “event.” Sadly, most of these young artist efforts will fail at Portland Oregon Music and another year slingin’ hash at Denny’s, mopping up the aisle at Target or taking calls from angry customers is inevitable. No matter what may have changed in the music industry, a combination of talent and luck are still necessary to achieve fame.
After fame is obtained, it takes a lot to sustain a fan base in the music industry. No matter how popular a performer or a band might be, their romance with the audience is doomed to wane when that audience meets someone newer. In spite of this, there are a few performers who have maintained a loyal following for many decades and who have fans that span several generations.
The month of May will bring several artist to Portland whose enormous talent has kept them performing long after their contemporaries have faded away or headed to Vegas or to Celebrity Rehab. Each of the performers got their start in the sixties when, fans were real, weed was illegal and talent was more important than looks.
Saturday, May 14
The singer and song writer Leon Russell has collaborated with just about every major name in music regardless of genre. He has released twenty seven albums, is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and has participated in a couple of Grammy winning albums.
On Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Russell will grace The Aladdin Theater in Portland. Tickets to the show are $35.00. Given the size of the Aladdin, the fame of the performer and the price of admission, you may want to buy your tickets in advance.
The Who Rocks Portland Oregon Music
Tuesday, May 17
The legendary British band ,The Who will grace Portland’s Moda Center on the 17th of May at 7:30 as part of its, “The Who Hits Fifty Tour.”
The Who was originally called The Detours and was formed by a young art student named Peter Townshend and a young accountant named John Alec Entwistle in the early sixties. Although they are most famous for their rock opera, Tommy, they also contributed to the invention of The Marshall Stack, which was a large and loud amplifier designed specifically for hard rock music. It came about when Mr. Townshend complained his amps weren’t loud enough.
Tickets to the show are $89.00 to $139.00. There is no word as to whether or not the Marshall Stack will be performing with them.
Wednesday, May 25
Ever since he took to the stage with his childhood best friend Art Garfunkel, Mr. Simon has written musically complex songs that are just as thought provoking as they are cathartic. The fifteen time Grammy winner will visit Portland as part of a 31 city tour that will feature songs from his new, Stranger to Stranger CD as well as some of his older songs.
Mr. Simon continues his tradition of experimenting with different styles of music on the album which includes three songs with the electronic music artist Clap! Clap! According to the Rolling Stone the music on the album is heavy on rhythm and echoes and features many custom instruments.
This Portland Oregon Music concert will take place at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the show range from $64.00 to $134.50 and every pair of tickets will include a free CD. If you are a die hard fan you may want to consider getting one of the tours ticket packages, which include a merchandise item designed and created exclusively for you.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.