Fans of Portlandia may be under the impression that our fair city is full of hipsters and intellectuals who shun the Portland pop culture, read David Foster Wallace, sip artesian coffee and listen to nothing but alt rock and old blues. However, Portlanders, like everyone else harbor their share of dark secrets. Sometimes, when we are alone we turn on reality television, order pizza from a chain restaurant and flip through our collection of top forty CD’s.
This September the Moda Center will host several of pop culture’s most popular performers. Two singers and comedian will grace the stage of the giant arena and the ticket prices will suggest that they have no shortage of fans here in Portland. The concerts will proceed a fall and winter season filled with hoops and hockey pucks at the center.
Ariana Grande’s Honeymoon Tour
The pretty, petite pop princes will bring her particular brand of rock to Moda Center on Friday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. The two time Grammy Nominee’s tour will take her and her suitcase full of skimpy clothes to over forty cities.
The twenty two year old, who has a fondness for cat ear head bands and agoraphobia inducing stilettos will espouse the vocal prowess and the musical philosophy that earned her a number one spot on the Billboard charts for her album My Everything and made her song problem the 5th highest digital song debut for a female artist in history.
Tickets to the show run from $29 to $69 and are available through Ticketmaster.
The popular comedian and star of the films Ride Along and Little Fockers will take the stage on Friday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. as part of his What Now? tour.
- Hart’s standup routine includes the perils of parenthood, sexual politics and gender roles. He often discusses the difference between the parenting styles of men and women in his routine.
Mr. Hart knows a thing or two about the pop culture and has capitalized on his knowledge. In addition to a successful stand up and film career Mr. Hart is also a successful business man. He is the producer of the reality show spoof, Real Husbands of Hollywood on the BET Network. He was also the host of the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.
Tickets to Mr. Hart’s show are on sale now and run from $40 to $180.
On Sunday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. county music’s most popular female singer will grace the Moda Center stage as part of her Rock This Country Tour. The tour has been extended due to popular demand. It is Ms. Twain’s first tour since her two year stint in Las Vegas at The Coliseum.
Ms. Twain is best known for her songs, Man! I Feel Like a Woman and From This Moment On which has become a popular wedding theme. Her records have sold over 85 million copies worldwide and she has five Grammy Awards.
Unlike so many musicians before her, Ms. Twain was not hesitant to sell her music for commercial purposes. Man! I Feel Like a Woman was used in a successful campaign for Revlon cosmetics. The diva endorsed COTY to produce the perfume “Shania” by Stetson as well as “Shania Starlight.”
Mr. Twain’s music has graced the soundtracks of several popular films including the romantic comedy Noting Hill and the existential mystery I Heart Huckabee’s.
Pop Singer Gavin DeGraw whose hit single I Don’t Want To Be served as the theme for the hit show “One Tree Hill,” will open for Ms. Twain.
Tickets to the show range from $46.00 to $136.00. It is recommended that you buy your tickets well in advance.
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.